Cost of Living in Xi’an, China

Compared to bigger cities on the east coast of China, Xi’an is a much affordable city to live in. The city can cater to certain Western needs, it also offers an excellent living experience on a budget. You can eat, travel and shop in Xi’an without having to skimp on the essentials.


Depending on the size and location, the general price range for apartments in Xi’an is between US $140 to $420.


Food in Xi’an is both delicious and cheap. A basic meal of rice or noodles will only cost you as low as 2 RMB while eating authentic Xi’an cuisine in a restaurant can cost around $2 to $3.50.


Public transportation in Xi’an is amazingly cheap. Taxis costs only $.85 to $4 and public buses at 0.14 to $.42.


Electricity is relatively cheaper in Xi’an compared to other cities in China. Cellphone and internet fees are around $28 to $56 and water and garbage removal at $28 to $42.


Xi’an’s most notable universities include the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) and Northwestern Polytechnical University. Depending on the program, yearly tuition may cost between $2,800 to $42,000.

Average monthly cost of living

The average monthly cost of living in Xi’an for a single person in Xi’an is $710.

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