If you’re concerned about living conditions in China, you might well be surprised by the quality of accommodation available. A survey conducted after the Beijing Olympics found that 100% of foreign athletes and officials were satisfied with the food and accommodation.
International students in China can choose to live in the university's hotel or dormitory. You can also live off campus with the permission of your school.
On Campus Accommodation
Dormitories on campus usually have all the facilities that you may need, including lockers, bedding, air conditioner, TV sets, inexpensive or even free Internet access, toilet, shower facilities, hot water, etc., as well as communal kitchens, refrigerators and so on. Universities in the north provide heaters for winter use.
Dormitories generally offer single rooms, double rooms or deluxe rooms. You may also request for your own roommate if you want. The cost of accommodation may vary from RMB 25 to RMB 150 per day, depending on the university, the city and the type of room. You can find out specific costs for each university's on campus accommodation on the university's CUCAS page (click on the 'Accommodation' button on the top right navigation bar).
For instance, Beijing Language and Culture University offers six accommodation options for international students to choose from. The on campus dorms include single rooms, double rooms, and economic double rooms, which cost from RMB 50 to 90 per person per day.
|Single room at BLCU||Double room at BLCU|
Off Campus Accommodation
International students can also choose to live off campus. English listings for rental accommodation/roommates can be found on expat websites, and estate agents are easy to find in China. The cost of renting off campus varies considerably depending on the location and condition of the apartment, so check the local listings to get a sense of the prices. In Beijing, international students typically pay around 1500RMB-3000RMB per room per month, excluding bills, though it is possible to find cheaper accommodation. Housing costs in smaller cities are considerably less. Bargaining rental rates is acceptable practice in China.
Websites with listings for housing:
School Accommodation Booking Service is a supplementary service provided by CUCAS, to help CUCAS users book dorms on campus. All international students who have applied Chinese universities through CUCAS can consume this service by free.