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Living Expenses in SJTU
  • At One Glance

    Living Expenses At One Glance



    Minhang Campus

    Xuhui Campus


    On-campus (single room)

    7000-9800 yuan/sem.

    9800 -10500 yuan/sem.

    On-campus (double room)

    4800-5400 yuan/sem.

    4900 yuan/sem.

    Off-campus (two-room apmt.)

    2000-4000 yuan/month

    3500-4500 yuan/month

    Living Expenses

    Living expenses

    (excluding housing costs)

    1000 -1200 yuan/month

    1200-1400 yuan/month

    Living Expenses Breakdown

    Food & Drinks

    On-campus dining

    5-8 yuan/ meal

    5-8 yuan/meal


    10-20 yuan/meal

    10-30 yuan/meal

    Off-campus dining

    10-20 yuan/meal

    15-25 yuan/meal


    20-40 yuan/meal

    40-60 yuan/meal

    Total meal expenses

    600-700 yuan/month

    800-900 yuan/month

    Drinking water

    20 yuan/month

    20 yuan/month


    Xuhui-Minhang Shuttle

    4 yuan/ticket


    3-7 yuan/ticket

    City bus

    2-8 yuan/ticket


    14 yuan upon entry


    Domestic texts

    30 yuan/text

    Foreign texts

    60-100 yuan/text

    Imported texts

    <200 yuan/text

    PPT printing costs

    10 yuan/course/semester

    Entertainment & Shopping


    50-100 yuan/ticket



    Mobile phones

    <1200 yuan/phone


    <4000 yuan/computer

  • Transportation
    • School Shuttle.  The Xuhui-Minhang shuttle costs 4 yuan per person.  
    • Metro.  Ticket prices range from 3 to 7 yuan.
    • City Bus.  Ticket prices ranges from 2 to 8 yuan.
    • Taxicabs.  14 yuan upon entry. The first three kilometers are free. 2.4 yuan is charged for every kilometer after. Rates are higher during the period from 11 PM to 5 AM the next day-18 yuan upon entry, and 3.1 yuan for every kilometer after the third kilometer.

    Consider buying a Public Transportation Card. They can be used to pay for metro and bus tickets, for taxicabs, and for ferries. They can also be used in other participating cities.

  • Textbook

    Not ever course requires textbooks. Students can study from PowerPoint slides and other handouts. Should you choose to print them out, printing costs are approximately 10 yuan per class per semester.

    If you opt for textbooks, domestic textbooks cost around 30 yuan. Foreign textbooks released by Chinese publishers, whether in Chinese or in the original English texts, can be purchased for 60 to 100 yuan. Imported textbooks costs 200 yuan or more.

    Xueren Bookstore at Lianhua Life Center in the Minhang campus offers textbooks at a 15% discout and test-preparation material at a 20% discount. You can also shop at the used bookstore, also in Lianhua Life Center. Also consider ordering online, where texts can be found at even steeper discounts. Most online stores offer free delivery and payment-upon-delivery services.

  • Living Necessities

    Minhang Campus

    If you are not too picky, most living necessities-toiletries, office supplies, etc.-can be purchased on campus. You can also shop at the Auchen Hypermarket by Dongchuan Road Metro Station.  Expect to spend 30 yuan on average per month.

    Xuhui Campus

    There are several supermarkets around Xuhui campus. Prices are generally high; a jar of peanut butter may go for 3 to 4 yuan more in Xuhui! Shopping online is a good way to save some money. Yihaodian.com offers free delivery for purchases of more than 100 yuan. 

    Yihaodian  www.yihaodian.com

  • Shopping & Entertainment
    • Movies & Cinema.  Ticket prices vary from 50 to 100 yuan, according to location and time.
    • Fashion.  Clothes at Zara, H&M, Uniqlo, and Jack Jones can be purchased at 60 to 500 yuan a piece. If you are in the mood for bargaining, try shopping at the Qipu Road Shopping District, where a T-shirt can be had at 30 yuan, and 200 yuan would have you going home with a couple of full outfits!
    • Digital Devices.  Mobile phones are available from 1200 yuan, and computers from 4000 yuan.