Cost of Living in Xi’an
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.