How much cash should I bring?
It’s important to remember to bring enough cash with you when you first arrive to cover any ‘settling in’ costs, such as accommodation, health checks or sim cards. You can use your debit or credit cards to withdraw Chinese money from ATMs, and family and sponsors can send you money through bank transfers. Staff at the INTO office can help you with this.
You’ll need approximately RMB 2,000-4,000 per month to cover your basic living expenses – however, remember that this will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits. You’ll find various budget restaurants and cafés around the campus. It’s possible to eat well while spending RMB 700 on food each month.
Chinese Language Summer Programme students:
The programme includes the cost of all meals, activities, tuition and accommodation, so you’ll only need cash for souvenirs, snacks and any spending you want to do in your free time. RMB 2000 should be enough to cover any basic costs for your time in China, although allow extra spending money if you plan on shopping trips or nights out.