Cost of Living in Shanghai

Summary about cost of living in Shanghai:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30.00 ¥ 22.00-50.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 200.00 ¥ 150.00-250.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 34.50 ¥ 28.00-40.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 15.00 ¥ 8.00-30.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 25.00 ¥ 15.00-45.00
Cappuccino (regular) 28.63 ¥ 20.00-35.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.67 ¥ 3.00-5.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.40 ¥ 2.00-4.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 60.16 ¥ 45.42-75.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 12.59 ¥ 7.26-20.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.04 ¥ 1.81-4.54
Eggs (regular) (12) 13.51 ¥ 6.00-20.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 62.01 ¥ 31.75-90.72
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 15.33 ¥ 9.07-22.68
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 36.89 ¥ 22.68-58.97
Apples (1 lb) 6.72 ¥ 3.63-13.61
Banana (1 lb) 4.63 ¥ 2.72-7.26
Oranges (1 lb) 6.75 ¥ 2.72-9.07
Tomato (1 lb) 4.26 ¥ 2.27-6.80
Potato (1 lb) 4.05 ¥ 2.27-6.35
Onion (1 lb) 4.06 ¥ 1.81-5.44
Lettuce (1 head) 5.71 ¥ 4.00-10.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 4.28 ¥ 3.00-8.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 80.00 ¥ 70.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 6.73 ¥ 4.00-10.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 15.75 ¥ 10.00-20.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 20.00 ¥ 16.00-25.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 ¥ 2.00-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 200.00 ¥ 100.00-240.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 14.00 ¥ 14.00-14.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.02 ¥ 3.86-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.60 ¥ 30.00-45.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 25.52 ¥ 23.09-26.50
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 150,000.00 ¥ 126,900.00-180,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 130,700.00 ¥ 110,000.00-200,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 362.00 ¥ 239.06-637.50
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.24 ¥ 0.15-0.40
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 102.55 ¥ 50.00-150.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 332.14 ¥ 183.33-500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 63.75 ¥ 40.00-100.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 60.00 ¥ 40.00-80.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 4,554.17 ¥ 2,500.00-10,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 190,769.23 ¥ 108,000.00-253,556.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 515.79 ¥ 200.00-799.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 244.12 ¥ 150.00-300.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 661.50 ¥ 500.00-800.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 682.35 ¥ 400.00-1,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,912.50 ¥ 4,700.00-12,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,586.96 ¥ 2,500.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 19,933.33 ¥ 10,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 7,880.95 ¥ 5,000.00-15,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 9,290.23 ¥ 7,432.18-11,148.27
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 4,405.52 ¥ 3,006.96-5,574.14
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 8,386.87 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.81 4.00-6.00

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Last update: February 2018
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62 Comments so far

#Steve on Feb 15, 2018 :
I have an interview for a job in Shanghai on Monday, the wages are 20000rmb a month with free accomodation.

Will this be enough to save?
#Chelsea on Feb 11, 2018 :
Hi! I just got a job offer through English First to come teach in Shanghai. I'm doing research, and from what I've seen, it doesn't sound like 13,000RBM isn't enough to live off of and be able to save. Is this accurate or no? Any advice would be useful as I'm trying to make my decision with them.
#jim on Feb 07, 2018 :
Hi I got offered an internship, where you get paid 4,000rmb and they will play for accommodation on top of this. Does this salary mean you will have a low standard of living?
#Gene on Jan 11, 2018 :
Hey Motress,

If this is your salary after tax and visa, then you could rent an apartment for about 7k. Another 3-4K would go on living expenses depending on your living style, the one I use is very modest. And then what’s left of that could go towards savings for a trip back home once or twice a year.

Disclaimer: my assumptions are subjective.
#Motress Motress on Dec 30, 2017 :
Hi, i get a job offer at shanghai and salary is about 12500RMB. After i go through the data above seems like is hardly to survive with this offer. Need someone advise on this please? I'm curious what is the cost of rental for 1 bedroom (without share) within center area.
#Len on Dec 06, 2017 :
I've lived in Shanghai for 8 years as an expat and I don't agree with these numbers. I would say you should expect prices and cost being at least 20% higher than these estimates.
Especially for rent, utilities, restaurants and beer. As a reference point a local beer at an OK place(one you as an expat would go to Chinese or non Chinese food) expect to pay up to 25-35RMB and up to 50-60 for importer beer. A bottle of wine at a restaurant at least 200RMB.
I would say our average meal for 2ppl at a mid-range restaurant is often 250-400RMB not 200 as estimated above.

I currently pay 13,000RMB for a 1 bedroom apartment in the middle of french concession/xuhui dist. the apartment standard is average as a western but acceptable to live in. Expect prices up to 20,000/month for a very nice 1 bedroom apartment. Then i mean a good apartment by western standards. I
#James on Jun 12, 2017 :
The problem is you all assume people live in Jing an area...which is very expensive. If you are willing to like in other areas, the rent isnt terrible. I lived between Dong Chang and Century Avenue only 1 stop from Luijazui and paid 4000rmb per month for 1 bedroom 58sqm. Now it goes for 5000rmb per month.
#MERT BINGOL on May 29, 2017 :
I got an job offer in Shanghai wage is $5000 what do u think guys is it enough for a good life ?
#Sephiroth on May 18, 2017 :

If a company offers 11k, the net income is probably 8-9k after the tax and fees.

It is very hard to find an average studio under 7k in the city center. There are some 4-5k units, but mostly in poor condition and are highly sought for by those who share the cost among 4 or more people (student and other lower income groups). You will likely spend 50% of the income to rent a place of your own in the "intermediate circle" or beyond.

As to the living cost beyond housing, the numbers listed are quite close. You need 4k excluding the rent to live.

A bit tight, but doable. Best to find someone to share the housing cost.
#EY on May 15, 2017 :

That is pretty doable with that kind of salary even though you have to find your own place.
You can easily find a nice place to yourself with around 5k, or share an apt for 3-4.5k, living in Shanghai with 6K every month is not bad you'll be able to go explore the city comfortably :)

If you need to find any apartment you can let me know Im working for this company called Job in/iroommate (our website: we help foreigners find places to stay in shanghai with no agency fee. If you are interested you can contact me through my email :

Hope this helps though!
#Anonymous on Apr 22, 2017 :
You can rent an apartment for RMB5k. But an expat friendly 3 bedroom that you’ll be happy in goes for 20,000 to 40,000.
#J. on Apr 19, 2017 :
@ Ani

Please ask for 10k+ at least, if accommodation is left on your own. 10k after tax may cover very basic needs according to standard for any decent.
#Ganesan on Apr 10, 2017 :
Any one can tell me where most of the tamil peoples lives in shanghai.
#yw on Jan 15, 2017 :
As a living in Shanghai, This data listed is basically true if you are to compare your salary and living quality.
#Ani on Dec 28, 2016 :
I'm offered a job in Shanghai with 8000 CNY for a month, is that enough for me to cover my expenses and rent a 1bedroom apartment and still save a little as well?
Please help me
#Anonymous on Dec 20, 2016 :
hi #Jiban, the process is.. find a consultant and pay him.
#Jiban on Dec 11, 2016 :
I want to open a hotel in sanghai city near a medical college so what is the process to open a hotel ?
#Anonymous on Dec 06, 2016 :
hi #Anonymous, with budget 10k rmb you can find a nice 2 bedroom apartment in downtown. if you just looking for 1 bedroom, 10k will give you option for a very stylish and chic contemporary interior design apartment. I would suggest if you bargain for 40k rmb salary instead and find yourself a nice 1-bed apartment with 5k rmb, so if your wife relatives visiting you can just book a hotel for them. and treat yourself too! have fun!
#Anonymous on Nov 29, 2016 :
I am offered a 30000/month yuan salary IT job in Shanghai including 15% extra for retirement money, + up to 10000 for help with rent and about 1500 for subway card. I have about 10+ years experience of software development and am currently a senior level. In addition to this usually 15% yearly salary bonus are paid, but no guarantees. A basic health/safety insurance will be in the contract as well. My doubts are not so much the money, but more about the health and living conditions in China. Food, air, health care quality, entertainment.
Moving to China for two years with my Chinese wife must be worth it in different aspects and I know Shanghai is much more expensive than a few years ago. Many foreigners have also already left the city from what I have heard. I wonder what apartment I can find for 10000 /month. Minimum 1 bedroom, living room and kitchen. Actually 2 bedrooms would be nice in case some of her relatives visit.
I hear most people buy groceries for cooking online. Same with clothes.
#Anonymous on Nov 26, 2016 :
I mentioned I've two kids not 5. Nd we've been given housing facility
#frugalism on Nov 21, 2016 :
RMB10,000: You can hardly survive even on your own. Shared room for a single is a minimum of RMB3,000. Transport is around RMB1,5000 (or more if you live in the outskirts; and around RMB1,500 if you are riding metro within city center)

Be ready to spend at least RMB50 per day per head for food (home cooking ONLY)

If you're on your own, expect to get RMB18,000 or more to survive in Shanghai. If you've got a family, that should be more. 10,000 for a family with five kids? Please don't be naive.
#Anonymous on Nov 19, 2016 :
Hello everyone. My husband has been offered a post doctorate fellowship in material sciences in a v Gud university in shinghai. But the problem is they r offering only 10, 000 RMB. I wanted to know whether they wud be sufficient for me him and our 4 yrs kid and a 7 month old baby thank u
#petrus on Nov 15, 2016 :
hi everyone,

here's some link that can be useful,

#petrus on Nov 15, 2016 :

hello, I suggest you can search some statistic on average salary for your husband, it really depends on his working experience and job field. for me working in design industry with 8 years international working experience the range would be 20k-30k (before tax). I don't know about school tuition though..
#Mariam on Nov 14, 2016 :
my husband is offered a job in SHanghai.
can u kindly advise what is the average decent salary that covers a family of 4 persons (husband + me + 2 kids)
please also can u help with average school fees?
#Cai on Nov 07, 2016 :
Hey @Madie,

Welcome to Shanghai at first! I don't know where you get this weird information, but of course you and your boyfriend can live and rent a flat together in China.

It's always hard to find a full time job as a foreigner in China if you don't have a contract before you come. But some part-time job like language Teacher or journalist would not be hard to find. Ask other foreigner on that after you come. Local people don't know much about that.

Enjoy your stay and discover this wonderful city!
#Madie on Nov 03, 2016 :
Hi, my boyfriend received a offer to work in Shanghai China and we are thinking of moving there by the end of the year.
However we have few question and we appreciate your comments. Is unmarried people living together is allowed in china.
Also we are concern about my visa, if i come with him on a visit visa, will that allow me to look for a job and how long i usually can stay.
In terms of the cost of living how much is the package he should get to have an average standard of living of two people.
Thank you for your comments.
#Alley on Sep 18, 2016 :
Hi, I have been offered a contract to teach in Shanghai paying 15000 RMB/month. I am single, so the salary would only need to cover my expenses (rent, utilities, food, etc). Is that enough?
#Omar on Sep 12, 2016 :
Well I am currently living in Shanghai, originally from the UK, was working as a private English teacher with a dodgy agency - they were paying me 250rmb/140mins class with each student ( I know it's a really weird amount of time right?) and was earning anywhere between 6-8000/month depending on how many classes I taught. Anyway, long story short, one of my students was the owner of a small PR agency and he offered me a job as a copywriter (which I had no idea what that meant at the time) for 22,000 rmb/month after tax. But bare in mind that's a rather high salary even for a laowai (foreigner in Chinese) in China, really if you earn upwards of 10k you'll be ok, 15K+ comfortable, and with 20k and more you'll be able to save a sizeable amount each month. PEACE!
#Omar on Sep 12, 2016 :
Well I am currently living in Shanghai, originally from the UK, was working as a private English teacher with a dodgy agency - they were paying me 250rmb/140mins class with each student ( I know it's a really weird amount of time right?) and was earning anywhere between 6-8000/month depending on how many classes I taught. Anyway, long story short, one of my students was the owner of a small PR agency and he offered me a job as a copywriter (which I had no idea what that meant at the time) for 22,000 rmb/month after tax. But bare in mind that's a rather high salary even for a laowai (foreigner in Chinese) in China, really if you earn upwards of 10k you'll be ok, 15K+ comfortable, and with 20k and more you'll be able to save a sizeable amount each month. PEACE!
#Sheetal on Sep 10, 2016 :
My Husband got an job in Shanghai. He has total 11years experience as a Mechanical Engineer(CAE Engineer) in MNC company. He is offered 27,000Yaun/month before tax deduction. Just want to know
1)Is it a good salary for 11years experience?
2)If we are looking for 1bedroom apartment few kilometers away from downtown in Shanghai then how much will it cost?
3)How much money can we can save in a month.
Kindly guide us ASAP
#Vee on Aug 31, 2016 :
Dear Aneesa

What type of teaching will you be doing? I'm looking to teach English. Please let me know which agency you went through with please. The positions I've applied for are offering a less than 18200 Yuan with no money towards accomodation. My email Addy thanks
#Aneesa on Aug 14, 2016 :
I have been offered a teaching position in Shanghai - Salary 18200 Yuan ( before tax) as well as 3000 Yuan towards accommodation. Is this sufficient to live comfortably in Shanghai as well as save some money?
#Vishal PTEL on Jul 11, 2016 :

One company offering me salary 50,000 USD per Year in Shanghai.

So it can be manageable for e people ?
#hihi on Jun 27, 2016 :
Hi, I was offered a salary of CNY 4000 rmb + per pay of 3500 rmb at Shanghai. The company has accepted to pay accommodation, is it a good pay pls suggest!!
#Luo on Jun 15, 2016 :
@Sadia : firstly welcome to shanghai, to answer your question Jing An area is a good area of shanghai pretty much downtown as anyone would say, but on your hubby's salary 16000RMB to support a family of 2members it would be a little hard. and i want to ask if your hubby's salary 16000 is it before tax? if so then it's gonna be even harder for you two.
#Sadia on May 10, 2016 :
Hi, my husband abd I are from Bangladesh, we will be moving to Shanghai soon at the end of this year. The salary that he has been offered is 16000RM in Jing An area. Wanted to ask if its a good salary for family of two? And if its possible to live in Jing An with this salary?

Would appreciate your response.
#Anonymous on Apr 22, 2016 :
I am exploring working in Shanghai in Advertising as a Business Director. What monthly salary can one expect from a MNC agency. What would be the average monthly cost of living. Would thankful to some one who can answer
#William on Feb 19, 2016 :
if someone earns CNY20000, how much he can save in Shanghai, provided he lives alone in a one bed apartment, eats the local food (eat at local restaurant or street food, seldom cook at home) and don't buy imported food, toiletries, clothes, etc.
#Tianyi on Feb 17, 2016 :
As a local Shanghai people, I'm here to answer all question remained unanswered in 2015. And you are welcomed to ask me more questions about this city.

@Alton Senekal Fire Fighters in China belongs to the Army, They are not pros. So i think it would be hard for you to find job here.

@Etherl CNY 5800 a month is not a high salary. You'll have to save money and try to change another job once you settled in Shanghai. Huangpu district is in central Shanghai. Very good location and very high rental price.

@Shantnu CNY 18000 is considered a decent salary. Most of Chinese local young bachelor wont get that much. So don't worry.

@David Shanghai is a good place to find a job. No restrictions for girls to find jobs. But if your Malay girls are muslim, it'll be a little bit hard for her to find a halal restaurant.

@The Man Well, I agree and disagree. Import stuff are super expensive, especially in some fancy shop in downtown. But once you find those local alternatives, you could save a lot of money.
#Some guy on Sep 10, 2015 :
@Alton Senekal, since South Africa is an extremely unsafe country where 50 murders on average a day is the norm, don't you think you're already in the right track thinking of moving to Shanghai?
#Alton Senekal on Aug 25, 2015 :
Good day. I am a firefighter from South Africa. I have a diploma in Fire Engineering Science and is a station officer with 23years service. Can somebody please give me an idea if it will be worth it for me to emigrate to Shanghai and work there in the fire service? Salary please? Thank you
#Etherl on Aug 04, 2015 :
Hi guys,

I got a job offering in Mengzi Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai.
Am offered 30,000 new taiwan dollars (approximately 5,800RMB).
Accommodation provided by company.

Just want to know if this amount is sufficient for living in Shanghai?
And does anyone know what's the community like in Huangpu District?
Is this area convenient (i.e. accessible to subway stations and shopping districts)?

Would appreciate if someone could offer me some advice here.

Thanks a lot!

#Shantnu on Jul 20, 2015 :
Hello Everyone,

I'm from INDIA, and I am moving to Shanghai coming October, I've been offered for 18650 Yuan per month. I am a bachelor.

What do you think, Reallocating to shanghai with 18650 Yuan/month is enough for general expenses.??

Thanks in advance for your response. :)
Shantnu Sharma
#David on Jul 17, 2015 :

I am moving to Shanghai to take up a teaching position in October. My girlfriend is from Malaysia and will join me soon. Would she find a job there easily, or are jobs limited?

Your help would be appreciated...Thanks
#Andy on Jul 13, 2015 :
A bit of fear mongering here. It's not that bad. Rent is higher than most places on earth I guess but I'm still in a fairly nice place with Girlfriend for 4,000/month. A few minutes walk from the subway station and maybe 15 minutes walk (or one subway stop) from Jing'an which is the very centre of the city.

Food is objectively cheaper than the west, at least the western places I've been. And other products are insanely cheaper if you know how to use TaoBao. I got things on there for 100 that you would find in a store for 450+.

17,000RMB/month is totally enough to live on. I've been working part time on 12,000 and as little as 6,000/month and been doing totally fine.
#Land on Jun 15, 2015 :
Agree with TheMan. Shanghai is probably the most expensive city on earth.

Going to the supermarket is always like a shock. Everything is 3-20x more expensive than in Europe... It is crazy. Even on the stinky and dirty local wet markets is nothing cheap.....
#TheMan on Feb 07, 2015 :
Is 17,000 a good salary in Shanghai? No, not even for a Chinese person. The costs of living are extremely high - Mercers rate the city as more expensive than new York.

- Grocery Shopping costs you easily 3x more than in Europe (there is no discounter in Shanghai). Vegetables are cheap but everything else is very expensive. A liter of Milk can cost you easily 2.5$ and 250g butter easily 4$. For an average shopping card I payed in Europe roughly about 35Euros, in Shanghai it is minimum 100 Euros. It can be easily 500 Euros if you buy your stuff at Cityshop.
- A normal gym costs you in Europe 25$ a month, in Shanghai it is minimum 3x more (and than it is dirty and fucked up).
- An average apartment in a bigger city in Europe costs you about 1.000 Euros a moth. In Shanghai you get only total shitholes for 1.000 Euros a month with no oven and nor washing machine. My apartment is about 25,000 RMB and totally disgusting.
- Nightlife is minimum double. A beer in a bar costs you betwenn 40-80 RMB. That is Crazy.
- Drug store stuff is 3-4times more expensive. A fucking shampoo that cost you something like 2Euros in Europe can cost you easily 100 RMB in Shanghai.....
#jerry on Dec 15, 2014 :
700Y for leather shoes? that's crazy. 100 will get you nice shoes. cheese is expensive because Chinese people dont eat cheese, but pork is reasonably priced. so is food in general. normal meal for me is about $3usd. @masoud. there arent alot of Iranians in China, but there's alot of Arabs. I don't know how well you will get along with them. if you cooperate with them, maybe you can have a good life here. I've only seen one Iranian restraunt here, and i think that it can be successful. I do believe the Arabs here will enjoy Iranian food. Anyway, the Arab community is based in Guang dong, and i think they are export and import.
#kf on Dec 06, 2014 :
Hi Chriatopher,

Since I just got a job in Shanghai and al looking for a flat, could you suggest some of the chinese webites for house hunting that you where writing about in your comment?

And if anyone else have some suggestions, let me know please!
#david on Nov 14, 2014 :
I'm an IT guy with 4 years of industry experience. I got an offer from an MNC in Shanghai, 17000 rmb/ month. Is this a good salary for a single person to live in Shanghai? Also let me know average expense incurred for a single person.
#teo on Oct 15, 2014 :
#poul, are you going there to teach English? If you are already there, could you give me some information about the environment? Thanks!
#Poul on Sep 22, 2014 :

i am thinking about job offer in China Shanghai, is 1400USD Enough for normal life ?
is it possible to save something from this amount?

thank you!
#DAVID BANDA on Sep 18, 2014 :
Hi,i want to study in shangai,but i want to know the cost of living for each accademic much do most universities charge for accomodation if you are staying on campus there?...can you work a part time job while studing there?...please am looking forward to hearing from you
#Deeps on Jul 16, 2014 :
I am moving to china from India. Just wanted to know the monthly expenditure. I will be provided accommodation by company. How much will I be able to save?

How do I transfer money to india monthly bcoz I have my loan going on in india.
#Keswick on Jun 01, 2014 :
@vicky joshi

depends on your terrible grammars and weird writings, you shouldn't.
#vicky joshi on May 26, 2014 :
Need to know if I want to start a small school for teaching foreigners chinese language. And chinese people english language. What will be the approximate investment.
Thankimg u for ur time.
#Darius on Mar 30, 2014 :
P.S.2 Or I would say like this: If I would make Y 25 000/monthly, how much I could save if I am not big money waster.
#Darius on Mar 30, 2014 :
P.S. Also how much taxes need to pay as forefinger
#Darius on Mar 30, 2014 :
Hi All,

can some one explain me how much money cost to rent 1br apartment, food (I wouldn't have time to eat every day in the restaurants, probably will be cooking at home), also gym, mobile phone & internet, travelings by taxi and metro. I need to know TOTAL. Thank You Very Much.
#Christopher on Mar 20, 2014 :
The main issue for expatriates in Shanghai is that most of them use websites targetting foreigners to find their apartments (like Smart Shanghai for example), the agencies owning or posting on these websites are perfectly aware that they are dealing with people who are clueless about the housing market in Shanghai, as a result many newcomers end up paying 150~200% (and even three times in somes cases) the price that they would pay if using local websites that every Chinese people also use.

I laugh everytime I hear foreigners telling that they have made a good deal renting for example a 70m² 1br apartment in a modern highrise located in the city center (Huangpu, Jing'an or Luwan) nearby a subway station for 5000RMB/month without utilities, the truth is that the exact same apartment next door in the exact same building with the exact same furnitures is likely proposed for 3500~4000RMB/month utilities included on Chinese websites.

Shanghai can be as cheap as any other big city in China, considering that you use your brain when shopping (groceries or else whatever, even imported food price can range anywhere from 1 to 20 depending on where you shop) and don't go clubbing every night (because Shanghai is more than bars and clubs, there are so many nice places to visit, things to do, cultural events to join and so on, all of it for very cheap). There are also those people who absolutely want a car in Shanghai (which is very expensive compared to back home), who need a car in Shanghai? Why do you want a car? To show that you got money? Because honestly walking is almost as fast considering how busy and slow is the traffic here, taxis are incredibly cheap and know the shortcuts to avoid traffic jams, as for the subway network it is fast, cheap, clean and can take you anywhere.

But I guess some people always end up broke by the end of the month, no matter where they live and how much they earn.
#david liu on Feb 11, 2014 :
Hi, I have a new apartment for rental now. It's located in Minghang district Shanghai, near Metro line 8, Pujiang Town station. It is 130m2, 3 bedrooms, 1 living room, 1 dining room, 2 restrooms, fine decoration, furniture and appliance. There is a club in the housing estate, swimming pool and gym will be open soon. This is in a brand new community, Italian style, environmen is very beautiful and quiet, you will love it.