Cost of Living in Shanghai

Summary about cost of living in Shanghai, China:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 40.00 ¥ 25.00-60.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 300.00 ¥ 200.00-500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 40.00 ¥ 35.00-50.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.00 ¥ 5.00-35.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 30.00 ¥ 15.00-50.00
Cappuccino (regular) 29.04 ¥ 18.00-38.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.77 ¥ 3.00-8.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.39 ¥ 2.00-5.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 74.17 ¥ 37.85-94.64
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 16.64 ¥ 9.07-30.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.77 ¥ 2.27-6.80
Eggs (regular) (12) 16.03 ¥ 8.35-26.40
Local Cheese (1 lb) 56.46 ¥ 20.41-136.08
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 15.30 ¥ 9.07-24.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 40.33 ¥ 27.22-54.43
Apples (1 lb) 7.02 ¥ 3.63-15.00
Banana (1 lb) 5.24 ¥ 2.72-9.53
Oranges (1 lb) 7.13 ¥ 3.63-15.88
Tomato (1 lb) 4.91 ¥ 1.81-9.07
Potato (1 lb) 2.68 ¥ 1.36-4.54
Onion (1 lb) 3.31 ¥ 1.36-5.44
Lettuce (1 head) 6.03 ¥ 2.00-12.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 4.64 ¥ 3.00-8.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 92.50 ¥ 50.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 6.43 ¥ 3.08-9.09
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 14.33 ¥ 9.00-25.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 25.00 ¥ 20.00-40.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 ¥ 2.00-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 200.00 ¥ 100.00-300.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 15.50 ¥ 14.00-16.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 ¥ 4.02-6.44
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 ¥ 37.50-70.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 31.67 ¥ 26.50-35.96
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 130,000.00 ¥ 120,000.00-160,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 148,846.15 ¥ 130,000.00-180,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 451.31 ¥ 250.00-800.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.18 ¥ 0.10-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 119.00 ¥ 80.00-200.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 440.82 ¥ 200.00-1,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 114.41 ¥ 50.00-150.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 60.00 ¥ 45.00-80.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 9,315.00 ¥ 5,000.00-16,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 184,909.09 ¥ 120,000.00-260,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 499.48 ¥ 200.00-899.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 250.23 ¥ 149.00-350.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 650.90 ¥ 350.00-900.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 866.67 ¥ 300.00-1,500.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,913.33 ¥ 5,600.00-12,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,413.95 ¥ 3,000.00-8,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 20,901.41 ¥ 13,600.00-30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 11,015.15 ¥ 7,000.00-19,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 11,451.26 ¥ 9,290.23-17,651.43
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,948.51 ¥ 4,645.11-7,999.93
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 9,594.85 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.04 4.50-5.70

Prices in Shanghai

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Last update: August 2022
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27 Comments so far
Anonymous on Aug 09, 2022:
I visited Shanghai for 10 days July 2018.The most unorganized city I've ever visited.
Anonymous on Jul 09, 2022:
China has destroyed its economy by putting real-estate as its main economic driver which is currently setting at 70% negatively.Many ghost cities have been built nobody living in them and uncompleted only the outer shell for astethics,but nothing else inside of those buildings not even walls I've seen them before over the years.

So many unpaid loans and many defaults on loans never making one payment.Like Russia China bluffs continously bragging but there's nothing to brag about. But instead failure poor planning and a huge ageing ageing population meaning certain failure.The China one policy has bitten to the bone there's no getting around it.
Anonymous on Jul 01, 2022:
Not done with Afghanistan yet but the killing spree continues. However the u s military isn't limited because they multitask.Never forget the u s military is the most highly skilled in the world eliminating people.

China Russia and other countries countries bluff alot,but when the u s military visits any country there's only one reason and the world knows what that reason is.
Anonymous on May 16, 2022:
quote: "waiting for the u s military to kill them all"
oh really? so they are done with Afghanistan, aren't they?
Anonymous on Apr 21, 2022:
28 million people locked down for quite awhile in Shanghai alone. Primitive little brainless dwarfs living in the dark ages where they belong. Afraid of their shadow cowering like beaten down dogs scratching for scraps of food living without water heat electricity. Covid is knocking on your door. Where is the almighty Chinese now. Hiding in the corner waiting for the u s military to kill them all.
Anonymous on Mar 29, 2022:
As a ordinary people worked in Shanghai for 6 years, I could tell you more about the cost of living in Shanghai.

First of all, there is a big cost difference between the area of city center and the area outside of center. It is easy to notice the difference by comparing the house price and rent price between the two areas. Furthermore,the rent also cost the biggest part ( almost 40%-60%) in the monthly expenses. So, a simple way to judge if your salary could let you live well in Shanghai is that if your salary double the rent cost of your working or living place. For example, if your salary is 15,000 RMB and you live in city center, you could have a happy time working in Shanghai.

Secondly, if you cannot get enough salary, there is still many ways to live well. China's e-commerce is so popular and developed that you can easily get low-price products, such as clothing and shoes, almost all articles for daily use, much lower than the price showed on this website.

Finally, there is at least 3 reasons to recommend you to cook by yourself. Cooking at home cost less than half the price of having a lunch in an inexpensive restaurant. Food safety is a serious public concern among China society of which the current situation has been better and well managed in recent years. However, it's still not recommended to often eat outside. And, Chinese cuisine is rich and varied which has developed over thousand years. Why not have a try on cooking your own Chinese food which is a typical traditional culture of China treasured by almost every Chinese people.

Hope my advice could help and welcome to Shanghai.

P.S. Forget my poor English.
Anonymous on Feb 19, 2022:
Xi along with the cccp has not only buried china's economy they've also made enemies worldwide. Remember how badly Vietnam beat up Chinese soldiers and how inexperienced Chinese military is. Nobody wants to trade with China anymore for obvious reasons many negative reasons. But no worries the u s military will hand China their asses in more ways than one. Chinas products are garbage always has been everyone knows that
Anonymous on Sep 01, 2021:
the prices can be various in such a large range.
let's take an example: foreigners go to cityshop high-end supermarket to buy eggs, each may cost from CNY 1.5 ~ 3.5. then local resident go to fresh market, egg cost from CNY 3.5 ~ 5.6 per kg, which usually is only 20% ~ 25% price comparing to the price in fancy places.

most of the data here are input from foreigners or migrants, they don't really live in the city, just come for making big money & then go back to hometown. So it does not fully reflect the reality for local residents' life.
Anonymous on Jul 28, 2021:
Hi, there, as you can see, there're some arrogrant and devil voice here.
I wish those people never step in China, even when their country is in chaos, war or the allign country betray them and start to invade their country, gov is a sh*t, please don't ask Chinese gov's help or accept Chinses recouces.
and don't use the products made in China, dont's use app, high tech from China, please insist to be blind, poor and arrogant, open the telly and know th world from your media, lol.
Achmed on Jul 24, 2021:
Hi, I come to china for a chinese wife and a job paying 20k at least. Tanks.
Massimiliano Catani on May 13, 2021:
I lived 6 years in Shanghai and the cost of an apartment rent for three bedrooms starts from CNY 30.000 and not CNY 18.000
王刘 on May 12, 2021:
Its little expensive shanghai compare other city so bring extra cash for 1 person 15000¥ is ok for 1 month foreigners very welcome here except if you american you not welcome and will be send back in airport and big fine
Anonymous on Jan 21, 2021:
Shanghai like the rest of China is feeling not only the heat from sanctions from many countries but it's very existence is on the line.All countries are now looking at China under an economic microscope and they should.China spares no country when it comes to stolen patents and also debt traps.
Although I don't have any hatred for any Chinese citizens many do and they shouldn't. Remember Chinese citizens are feeling the brunt of the CCP daily.China is on the road to decimation and after the pandemic has cost so many lives globally and needlessly that forced people around the world to view China much differently for good reasons.Loved ones gone forever never being able to share laughter and life with them is a big price to pay for the CCP heartless greed and zero respect for all of mankind.
Anonymous on Jan 10, 2021:
I believe MARKET is extinct for Shanghai or anywhere in China. A returning MARKET throughout China may not return for many years if ever.I believe there'll be massive defectors from China however it's doubtful any countries would accept the Chinese because their word isn't good.I lived in Shanghai as an expat 8 years up until August 2020 and I can honestly say things are bleak economy wise to say the least. I'm not labeling all Chinese citizens but most everyone around the world has trust issues which is understood especially with all the secrecy surrounding the pandemic.When I left China August 2020 there was mass histeria which is understandable especially with everything shutdown.
Questions on Dec 17, 2020:

What does "Market" mean in the section of "Distribution of expenses using our statistical model"?
Luci on Jun 21, 2020:
hi, my name is isabella, i'm 22 years old i'm from brazil, but my real dream is to live in china, shanghai or beijing, i'm a nursing technician, but i work as a caregiver for the elderly and wanted to at some point after being well established go to nursing school, i'm taking english class through an application, i don't know how to speak anything in chinese, i really wanted to learn, i would live alone, i don't need much, would it be too expensive? could i live? would there be work for me?
-J on Feb 14, 2020:
@Noor my husband works at SJTU Minhang campus. We live near Xinzhuang and cost of two bedroom apartment around 100m2 is around 5000rmb-9000rmb, depending on how close to Xinzhuang you live. Closer to campus is a lot cheaper, around 4000 two bedroom apartment. Cost of living depends on your lifestyle, if you order groceries to be delivered and occasionally order food from western style and Chinese restaurants, you can expect to spend around 6-9k per month. Less if you shop at local grocery stores or vegetable stalls in wet markets. We use to go to public hospitals, was very cheap (MRI costs around <500 rmb?). Now we pay for international health insurance and costs are high-- we pay around 85000 per year for two and maternity coverage. Eventually costs of international schools will also be extremely high if you have kids, around 100,000rmb per year and up.

This month with the coronavirus, we aren't eating out and only getting our groceries locally-- I estimate we'll only spend around 5k per month on food. And lots of cooking at home.
Anonymous on Dec 15, 2019:
@Noor avg cost of renting apartment near jiaotong minhang campus for one room with living room and bathroom and kitchen would be 2200 to 3200. The close you get to uni the higher the cost..2 bed and living etc would be 3200 to 4000 rmb. Your package is sufficient for two with some saving.
Noor on Aug 25, 2019:
can anyone please help me with the average cost of renting an apartment close to Jiao Tong University in Minhang Shanghai? also what is the cost of living for a family of two in the area?
Anonymous on Apr 22, 2019:
@Paulo Your package is really good... 50k only manager in giants like alibaba can achieve
Shilpa on Mar 05, 2019:
Hey everyone. I have a job offer of 17000 RMB per month in Shanghai. Will this afford a decent standard of living for 2 people? Will I also be able to save on this wage?
How much will a studio apartment cost in a city centre?
Paulo on Feb 23, 2019:
Hello, doing some research on internet and I´m still in doubt.
- Salary 54k RMB (after tax) monthly
- International School paid by the company
- Health Insurance paid by the company
- Rent apartment paid by the company up to 10kRMB
For 2 adults and 1 kid, is it a good package - good life and save some money?
Julian Huang on Jan 08, 2019:
Problem with this analysis is that Shanghai/Beijing/Shenzhen are just such large cities compare to those of other countries. It needs to be split up into smaller regions because outskirts are much cheaper than city centers. Also, how about medical costs?
A. strong on Oct 21, 2018:
Hi,I applied to do Nursing at Anhui University still waiting on a respond. Does anyone knows of any other institution offering Nursing or Midwifery in the Shanghai area, and can give me an idea of what's cost of living like. Thanks in advance.
Steve walker on Sep 18, 2018:
Your prices on Numbeo are complete rubbish. Been in Shanghai now for 2 days and cheapest local beer has been 2.50GBP in food mall. Cheapest beer in a restaurant £4.00 GBP. Meals are around £8-£10 GBP in an inexpensive restaurant!
Anonymous on Sep 07, 2018:
Hey everyone. I have a job offer of 17000 RMB per month and my accommodation is paid, medical also paid. Will this afford a decent standard of living? Will I also be able to save on this wage? I will be travelling alone.
Anonymous on Sep 03, 2018:
I got a postdoc offer with a fellowship of 11000 RMB per month at Fudan University, Shanghai.

Is it a good fellowship amount? How does it compare with the standard fellowship amount?

How much can be saved after tax deduction?