Cost of Living in Xi’an
Has anyone here ever lived in Xi’an, China? If so, how much did you pay to live there on a monthly basis? I am guessing that I will be spending about $500 a month to live there once I am settled.
Hello, I’ve been living in China since 2015 and currently reside in Beijing. I’ve traveled to Xian and the closest I’ve lived is Central Henan during 2015-17. Really it depends on your circumstances. If you could provide more detail that would be helpful. For any city you can live cheaply or more costly. $500 a month isn’t a bad estimate. That’s probably more than what I was spending per month while I was in a smaller Henan city. However, with my jobs here I’ve never had to pay anything for housing costs. I will say no matter where you are if you spend similarly to the locals’ habits you’ll reduce spending quite a bit. If you’re spending a lot on Western food/brands/etc then expenditures will be more similar to living in any other big city around the world. Here in Beijing I definitely have more spending due to the latter but sometimes rein myself in. In months where my spending habits are limited 500/mo is a decent baseline.
Glad to find another expat living in China on here. We should set up a thread in the Asia/Australia forum area.