Average Expenses of Studying in Universities in Second-tier Cities

Second-tier cities refer to cities such as Chongqing, Changsha, Dalian, Xiamen, and Shijiazhuang. These cities have relatively slow economic development, but in recent years, they have been rapidly rising and the Chinese government is actively supporting their development. Although the consumption level in these cities is relatively low, their people are hardworking and kind, and the cities have a deep historical and cultural heritage, which are their characteristics and advantages, and also important reasons for attracting tourists and investors. In addition, some second-tier cities also have unique natural scenery and tourism resources, which attract a large number of tourists for sightseeing and bring great opportunities for the city's development. Compared with first-tier and new first-tier cities, second-tier cities usually have a more suitable cost of living.

Cost of Living in Chongqing

Chongqing is one of the largest cities in China, with a population of over 30 million people. It is located in the southwestern part of the

country and is known for its spicy food and beautiful scenery. If you are planning to move to Chongqing, here is what you can expect in

terms of cost of living.


For a one to two-bedroom apartment with decent furnishings, the average rate in Chongqing is US $300 to $500. If you want to live in

the city centre, the price is higher but still cheaper compared to rates in Beijing and Shanghai.



Chongqing is famous for its spicy hotpot and other Sichuan-style dishes. You can eat more than enough for an entire week for $20 to $50.

Whether you grocery shop every week or eat at restaurants, food in Chongqing is generally affordable. Two large chicken breasts will only

cost you $3 to $4, a loaf of bread at $1.50 to $3 and a dozen eggs at $2.


The taxi tariff in Chongqing starts at $2, every kilometre after is $.29. If you take the subway (depending on the number of stops), the rate

is between $0.22 to $1. The monthly ticket for public transport is $16.


Utilities which include electricity, heating, gas and water can range from $29 to $130 per month, while data, messaging and internet will

cost you $6 to $20 per month.


Chongqing has a number of universities, including Chongqing University and Southwest University. For tertiary education, the yearly tuition

fee can range from $3,000 to $8,000.

Miscellaneous expenses

If you are not big on clothes, you can save a lot in your monthly expenses. However, if you like having fun from time to time, the cost of

entertainment is as low as the cost of living. For instance, a local beer will only cost $3, movie tickets at $5 or fine dining at a fancy

restaurant for only $28.

Average monthly cost of living

The average monthly cost of living in Chongqing for a single person is $750.

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Cost of Living in Xiamen


Xiamen City is a seaside town harbor with a burgeoning foreign community, evident in the number of foreign restaurants. Living in Xiamen

is ridiculously inexpensive compared to other cities in China and the world. Learn more about the cost of living in Xiamen here.


For a one-bedroom apartment with furnishings and good location, the monthly rent can range from US $140 to $280.



A basic combo meal in a fast food restaurant can cost you $3.50 to $5 while a meal at a business district is $8 to $10.


A monthly ticket for public transportation is $12 while a tax trip on a business day can range from $4 to $6.


Utilities which include electricity, heating, gas and water can range from $40 to $100 per month depending on usage. Data, messaging and

internet will cost you $15 to $25 per month.


Two of Xiamen’s most popular universities include Xiamen and Jimei University. Xiamen University in particular, has a picturesque campus

located between the sea and the “Five Old Men” mountains. Its campus is one of the most breath-taking in China. Yearly tuition can range

from $5,600 to $11,100.

Miscellaneous expenses

Clothes, personal care and entertainment costs will depend on how much you spend on it every month. In Xiamen, you can spend as low

as $3.50 for a beer in your neighborhood to $105 for a pair of jeans. A 15-minute visit to a private doctor can cost you $21.

Average monthly cost of living

The average monthly cost of living in Xiamen for a single person is $1,075.


These are basic cost of university in different cities in China,  of course, you can also adjust according to your needs and budget.

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