When you’re preparing to move to China, there are different costs involved. These costs can be separated into two parts – costs you will pay before you arrive, and then costs you will pay after you’ve arrived until you get your first paycheck from your job. Here are some estimates to give you a better idea of how much the process will cost and how much you should save for moving to China.
**Note: These costs will vary depending on your home country and situation - these numbers are just a sample from some of our teachers to help you plan ahead. Please keep in mind that your situation and personal preferences could be different. We cannot guarantee these rates for you, and cannot be held responsible.
These are the costs you will need to pay after you arrive in China and during your first 6 weeks until your first paycheck.
If you're doing this in China, it usually costs about $100 (600 RMB)
Usually $15 a month depending on your plan
Depending on your landlord and where you rent. Some places may ask you to pay the annual internet fee upfront all at once. Others you will just pay monthly
Buying groceries, dining out, etc. Check out what these teachers in different cities usually spend in one day.
Taking the metro, buses, taxis, and bikes and other transportation around your city
You’ll need to buy things to furnish your apartment like bedding, toiletries, and towels. Apartments usually come with furniture and appliances.
Going out with friends, sightseeing, traveling, etc
Read more about renting an apartment in China.
Your first paycheck usually arrives one month after you have started your job. Many Chinese employers pay around the 15th of every month, so if you start work in September, you’ll receive that paycheck October 15. This depends on your employer though.
Depending on the time of the month that you arrive, you may need to cover 1-1.5 months. It is best to prepare enough savings in advance just in case there is a delay or obstacle with the banking system here.
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