cost of living in tianjin

Cost of Living in Tianjin, China

Tianjin is a metropolis in China that offers rich cultural experience and history and urban vitality. With its literal translation which means “The Emperor’s Ford”, Tianjin has over 600 years of history and is famously known for its grand architecture and scenic landscapes.

Tianjin has a population of more than 15 million people. It is also home to the world’s fourth largest port which serves the thriving Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. Compared to mega cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, Tianjin is a cheaper alternative when it comes to cost of living.


The monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation ranges from US $410 to $890 while a a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio ranges from $360 to $550.


A basic meal/lunch will cost between $4 to $8. A $30 t0 $60 budget on groceries is more than enough for a whole week.


If you drive a car, 1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas will only cost $.91. Monthly ticket for public transport is $20 while the basic tariff for every 8 kilometers for a taxi trip is $4. Transportation rates are in Tianjin are one of the cheapest in China


Basic utilities such as water, electricity, garbage disposal, heating and cooling can cost between $46 to $100. Data and unlimited internet has an average rate of $13.


Research-oriented Nankai University is located in the city. Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT) is also a notable university in the area. Depending on the university and the program, yearly tuition ranges from $2,800 to $7,000.

Miscellaneous expenses

The cost for other expenses such as clothes and personal care depend on your usage and brand choice. A short visit to a private doctor (15 minutes) costs $80. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are generally cheaper in China.

If you would like to go out with friends, relax or unwind, the cost in Tianjin is fairly affordable. A basic dinner in a neighborhood pub will only cost $16, a ticket to the movies $6, a fancy meal at a restaurant is $51 and a beer/cocktail costs between $4 to $8.

Average monthly cost of living

The average monthly cost of living in Tianjin for a single person is $1,093.

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