How should an international student save money when living in China? Taking part-time jobs? Eat less? Everyone has his own answers. Every year, there are about 300,000 international students leave their country and study aboard in China. Let’s check out their tips on how to save money while living in China.
Tips 1: Eat at the dining hall in the university
Before you go to China, you should learn how to make your native cuisines, and when you arrived in China, just eat at the dining hall in the university, if you go to the restaurant outside of your school for your native cuisines at every meal, you will spend a lot of money because foreign cuisines are expensive.
Tips 2: Buying clothes in the right way
Buy clothes online and you will get a lower price than buy it in the mall. Besides, winter is the discount season for the summer clothes and you can buy summer clothes in winter, on the other hand, buy winter clothes in summer. You can usually get a 60% discount by doing so and save your money.
Tips 3: Apply for a student bus card
Try to apply for a student bus card in your city, you may need to spend about ￥20 for you to do this, but once you have a student bus card, you can enjoy a 20% discount for each time taking a bus.
Tips 4: Live in dormitory in your university
House prices in China have skyrocketed in the last decade, and you are suggested to live in the dormitory in your university. If you want to rent a house outside of campus, you’d better share it with your friends, otherwise you need to pay about $2,000 more than living in your dormitory in every year.
Tips 5: Put your eyes on the exchange rates
Put your eyes on the exchange rates and see how much your cash is worth in China. Just draw money when the exchange rate is great for you so you can get the most value out of your dollar. You should also find the right money transfer service without any additional fees, otherwise you will need to pay for a lot.