Cost of living

Your cost of living in Shanghai will depend entirely on your lifestyle and how you arrange your personal finances. Living in Shanghai can be as cheap or as expensive as you wish to make it yourself. You may find that local products and services, such as local restaurants, food in supermarkets and public transportation, will be cheaper than in Europe, while imported goods, such as wine and cheese, may be more expensive than at home. Overall, you may find that your daily expenditures will be more or less equal to those in most major European cities.

The following price approximations may give you a rough guide to the living cost in Shanghai.

ItemsChinese YuanEuro
Set lunch in university canteen10 - 20 1.30 - 2.60
Set lunch in a local restaurant16 - 482 - 6

Dinner at  mid-range Chinese restaurant


Dinner at mid-range Western restaurant

Cappuccino at Starbucks324
Local 0,5 l draft beer in a bar16 - 322 - 4
1 l milk at the supermarket121,5
Metro ticket4 - 140,5 - 1,8
Taxi from Unijia to city center32 - 404 -5