Cost of Living in Wuhan, China

Wuhan City is the capital of Hubei Province. As home to more than 11 million people, it is the most populous city in Central China. The city is an important centre for finance and trade. However, it is best known for its scientific research, biology engineering and pharmaceutical industries. More than being a business hub, Wuhan is a beautiful city and is a top tourist destination in China. Learn more about the cost of living in Wuhan here.


For a one to two-bedroom apartment with decent furnishings, the average rate in Wuhan is US $360 to $500. If you want to live nearer to the city centre, the price is higher but still cheaper compared to rates in Beijing and Shanghai.


You can eat more than enough for an entire week for $20 to $50. Whether you grocery shop every week or eat at restaurants, food in Wuhan is generally affordable. Two large chicken breasts will only cost you $3 to $4, a loaf of bread at $1.50 to $3 and a dozen eggs at $2.


The taxi tariff in Wuhan starts at $2, every kilometre after is $.29. If you take the subway (depending on the number of stops), the rate is between $0.22 to $1. The monthly ticket for public transport is $16.


Utilities which include electricity, heating, gas and water can range from $29 to $130 per month, while data, messaging and internet will cost you $6 to $20 per month.


Wuhan is home to top-tier universities such as Wuhan University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. For tertiary education, the yearly tuition fee can range from $3,100 to $8,400.

Miscellaneous expenses

If you are not big on clothes, you can save a lot in your monthly expenses. However, if you like having fun from time to time, the cost of entertainment is as low as the cost of living. For instance, a local beer will only cost $3, movie tickets at $5 or fine dining at a fancy restaurant for only $28.

Average monthly cost of living

The average monthly cost of living in Wuhan for a single person is $794.

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