Study in Zhuhai, China: Costs, Unis, and More!

Zhuhai 珠海 is a beautiful, modern, and livable city located in southern China’s Guangdong Province. On the coastline of the Pearl River and a modern economic hub, Zhuhai is an excellent location for international students to live in China.

Let’s get to know the so-called “Bohemian City” (浪漫之城) of China!

10 Reasons to Study in Zhuhai

  1. Growing economic opportunities
  2. Part of the Greater Bay Area
  3. Warm year round
  4. Seaside city with beaches
  5. Close to Hong Kong and Macao
  6. Affordable cost of living
  7. Learn Mandarin and Cantonese
  8. Urban and natural/rural life combined
  9. Welcoming and international universities
  10. Rated most livable city in China for many years!

Zhuhai’s Climate and Geography

Zhuhai borders Macao and is near to the cities of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Zhongshan, and Jiangmen. The city’s territory also has 217 islands. Many of them are connected to the mainland by bridges and causeways, making for easy travel.

Zhuhai has a humid subtropical climate with rainy seasons but no snow or frost. With temperatures ranging from 18 to 32 °C (64 to 90 °F), this city is a coveted retirement or summer travel destination for many Chinese. Those who study in Zhuhai will never have to worry about bad weather!

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Economy and Opportunities

What career and economic options are available to you in Zhuhai? Zhuhai is a key component of the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macau Greater Bay Area (GBA for short), a megalopolis that is projected to be a world-leading economic hub by 2035. Combining the historical international trade status of Hong Kong and Macao with convenient access to shipping and transport all around Asia, the GBA is set to be a major hot spot.

Major global companies such as ExxonMobil, BP, Siemens, Carrefour, and Matsushita have operations and investments in Zhuhai. The city is also home to several key zones–a Free Trade Zone and High-Tech Industrial Development Zone. Already hundreds of businesses have flocked to establish a presence in Zhuhai.

Students in Zhuhai will find a robust and quickly-developing environment to search for internships. With Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Macao less than a few hours away, there is a strong potential to make connections in those cities as well.

Language and Lifestyles

Zhuhai is located in Guangdong Province, where Cantonese is a commonly spoken language. However, Mandarin Chinese is the national language of China and is also spoken in this city. If you study in Zhuhai, you will learn Mandarin and class and pick up some Cantonese from local friends and shops.

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Zhuhai is known as China’s “Bohemian City” or “Garden City.” The city has an easy lifestyle, tropical breezes, and effortlessly combines modern urban life with the gorgeous natural scenery. Residents of Zhuhai enjoy day trips to the many islands near the mainland such as Gaolan Island, Dong Ao Island, Qi’ao Island, and Hebao Island. Take a bike ride along the “Lover’s Road,” the world’s longest seaside sightseeing road. From Zhuhai, you can easily access the bustling cities of Hong Kong and Macao by taking the famous Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

Cost of Living in Zhuhai in 2022

Zhuhai is an extremely affordable city. Though it’s close to Macao and Hong Kong, you will be able to enjoy more affordable prices and a great quality of life!

Cost of 1 meal: 10-20 RMB

High Speed Train Zhuhai–> Hong Kong:  140 RMB

Bus Fee: 1 RMB per ride

Short Taxi Trip (8km): 30 RMB

Estimated monthly apartment rent in Zhuhai: 1000-3000 RMB

Average Monthly Costs: 1000-1500 RMB

United International College Dorm Costs: 4000 RMB/year/person for a triple room, 6400 RMB/year/person for a double

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Universities in Zhuhai

The best university for international students to study in Zhuhai is United International College (UIC).

UIC was co-founded by Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University as the first full-scale cooperation in higher education between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.

With an English-medium of instruction, UIC has built a new model for liberal arts education in China by tapping into traditional Chinese and Western cultural resources. A liberal arts education cultivates open-minded, well-rounded talents, enabling students to dig into their academic field of expertise with an interdisciplinary approach. This liberal arts university is totally unique to China!

Read More About UIC:

Introducing BNU-HKBU United International College: Liberal Arts Education in China
Explore UIC’s Campus in Stunning Zhuhai, China
3 Popular Programs at United International College for 2022 Intake

Savannah Billman has a master's degree in Chinese Law and Society at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. She holds a B.A. from NYU Shanghai and has also written for The World of Chinese, TechNode, SupChina, and Sixth Tone.
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