cost of living in xiamen

Cost of Living in Xiamen, China

Xiamen City is a seaside town harbor with a burgeoning foreign community, evident in the number of foreign restaurants. Living in Xiamen is ridiculously inexpensive compared to other cities in China and the world. Learn more about the cost of living in Xiamen here.


For a one-bedroom apartment with furnishings and good location, the monthly rent can range from US $140 to $280.


A basic combo meal in a fast food restaurant can cost you $3.50 to $5 while a meal at a business district is $8 to $10.


A monthly ticket for public transportation is $12 while a tax trip on a business day can range from $4 to $6.


Utilities which include electricity, heating, gas and water can range from $40 to $100 per month depending on usage. Data, messaging and internet will cost you $15 to $25 per month.


Two of Xiamen’s most popular universities include Xiamen and Jimei University. Xiamen University in particular, has a picturesque campus located between the sea and the “Five Old Men” mountains. Its campus is one of the most breath-taking in China. Yearly tuition can range from $5,600 to $11,100.

Miscellaneous expenses

Clothes, personal care and entertainment costs will depend on how much you spend on it every month. In Xiamen, you can spend as low as $3.50 for a beer in your neighborhood to $105 for a pair of jeans. A 15-minute visit to a private doctor can cost you $21.

Average monthly cost of living

The average monthly cost of living in Xiamen for a single person is $1,075.

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