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Living Guide for Chinese Universities


Groceries & Shopping

Each campus has a small shop for bread, water, fruit and other daily necessities. Wudouku also has many shops in the local area, as well as supermarkets. There are many large shopping centres in Beijing, such as Bei Chen at the Asian Games Village and the Friendship Store at the Lufthansa Center.


Laundry

Students can use the laundry services in their dormitory. Students living in an apartment will have laundry facilities there, and for students staying in a hotel laundry services will be provided. If necessary, there are also services in the local area which provide laundering, ironing and dry-cleaning services.


Internet Access

Each dormitory room has an internet access point (bill not included). Depending on the university there may be an internet room in the dormitory building or on campus, for example the library in BLCU. Most hotel rooms have internet connectivity. Internet cafes are available in the local area. Fees are around 2-5 RMB per hour and often drinks and snacks are available in the cafe. Many cafes and bars also offer a wireless connection.


Sports Facilities

Each university has a sport area for basketball, volleyball, tennis, martial arts, football and baseball. There is a gym with a swimming pool, badminton courts and spaces for table tennis and bowling.


Money & Banking

There are many banks in the university area where students can open an account. SCIC staff will assist students with this after their arrival in China. Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are accepted only in large shops and restaurants. Some banks offer a foreign exchange service, including cashing personal checks, traveller's cheques and credit cards, such as the Bank of China at the Asian Games Village.


Post Office

There is often a post office on campus. BLCU also has a large post office nearby. There is a post office at the Asian Games Village and the International Post Office at Jianguomen for special services.


Medical Care

Some universities, such as BLCU and UIBE, have an infirmary on campus that offers outpatient care for international services at a relatively low expense. For serious illnesses there is the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital (6422-2952) in Wudouku which accepts foreigners and is one of the best hospitals in Beijing. There is also the AEA International Clinic (SOS) in Beijing (6462-9112).

We strongly suggest that students purchase adequate medical insurance in their home country for the duration of their time in China.


Living Expenses

Overall living expenses in Beijing are quite low.

Subway Ticket RMB 3-5
Bus Ticket RMB 1-2
Taxi RMB 10 (4km)
Rice RMB 3/kg
Vegetables RMB 1.5/kg
Eggs RMB4/dozen
Newspaper RMB 0.5-1
Movie Ticket RMB20
Fast Food Meal RMB20
Bicycle RMB300
Computer RMB5000
Train ticket from Beijing to Shanghai RMB330
Ticket from Beijing to Shanghai RMB900

Currently RMB 10 = $1.4/£0.8 (correct at time of writing)


 

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