Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Your Guide to Living in China

Living in one of the biggest countries, with the largest population in the world, life in china can be an overwhelming experience for most people. When international students decide to study in China, many of them worry about the way of life in China is completely different from their home countries, and they may have hard time to adapt their new study life in China.

Today’s life in China is not so much different from anywhere else in the world. If students are studying in major cities like Shanghai and Beijing, the lifestyle of local people has been strongly influenced by western culture. You can easily find western fast food restaurants, supermarkets and department stores. Mobile payment apps such as Alipay and WeChat Pay transform China into a cashless society. Cash and credit card are not even necessary to carry as long as you have your mobile phone.

When students leave their countries, they are embarking on a journey that will take them to places that are different from their usual way of life. Students should try to be flexible and enjoy the unexpected. Embrace new people and culture around you. Sample the food, try to speak the language, ask questions, your study abroad experience in China will be full of happy memories.

Students should open local bank account in China if they are studying in China for more than three months. Foreign students can easily open bank accounts in China.

Money Exchange
Exchange rates fluctuate in line with international financial market condition and are published daily by the State Exchange Control Administration.

It is required by the ministry of education in China that Insurance is required for all foreign students who pursues higher education in China for a period over six months.

Students will largely rely on mobile phone as a medium of communications with your newly met Chinese friends during your stay in China.

List of International Hospitals and Clinics in China
List of Embassies and Consulates in China
China Student Visa
Useful Information

Medical and Health
If you have any health problems, ask your doctor for a copy of your medical history should you need to consult a local doctor in China.

Renting an apartment in China can be very difficult. The main concern is that most information you can find on the internet is written in Chinese language.

In China, the common power voltage is 220 Volt 50 Hz. There are two kinds of power sockets widely used in China: type A and type I.

Most international students will travel to China by flight. Direct flights are available if destinations are major cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

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