Cost of Living in Suzhou

Summary about cost of living in Suzhou:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.50 ¥ 15.00-35.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 130.00 ¥ 90.00-200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 30.00 ¥ 28.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.50 ¥ 5.60-10.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 13.50 ¥ 10.00-15.00
Cappuccino (regular) 29.89 ¥ 25.00-35.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.46 ¥ 2.50-6.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.19 ¥ 2.00-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 49.21 ¥ 30.28-75.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 8.89 ¥ 5.44-13.61
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.59 ¥ 2.27-3.86
Eggs (regular) (12) 13.26 ¥ 5.40-20.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 39.01 ¥
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 8.16 ¥ 3.63-13.61
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 34.02 ¥ 29.48-36.29
Apples (1 lb) 4.54 ¥ 3.18-5.44
Banana (1 lb) 2.36 ¥ 1.81-2.72
Oranges (1 lb) 3.48 ¥ 2.72-4.54
Tomato (1 lb) 2.27 ¥ 1.36-5.44
Potato (1 lb) 2.72 ¥ 1.81-4.54
Onion (1 lb) 2.49 ¥ 1.81-6.80
Lettuce (1 head) 2.00 ¥
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 3.75 ¥ 3.00-5.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 42.50 ¥ 40.00-45.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.00 ¥ 3.00-6.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 10.00 ¥ 8.00-12.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 18.00 ¥ 10.00-24.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 ¥ 2.00-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 ¥ 50.00-150.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00 ¥ 10.00-13.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.90 ¥ 2.90-4.18
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 32.00 ¥ 24.00-65.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 24.53 ¥ 22.71-26.50
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 140,000.00 ¥ 130,000.00-150,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 125,000.00 ¥
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 513.43 ¥ 318.75-1,062.50
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.13 ¥ 0.10-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 100.00 ¥ 60.00-140.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 251.67 ¥ 150.00-500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 50.00 ¥ 50.00-50.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 40.00 ¥ 30.00-50.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 6,500.00 ¥ 2,500.00-12,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 178,500.00 ¥ 144,000.00-210,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 204.00 ¥ 60.00-500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 199.67 ¥ 150.00-350.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 469.80 ¥ 350.00-600.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 449.50 ¥ 200.00-700.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,257.14 ¥ 2,000.00-5,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,900.00 ¥ 1,000.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 6,583.33 ¥ 4,500.00-9,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,914.29 ¥ 2,500.00-6,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,065.77 ¥ 1,858.05-3,530.29
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,467.86 ¥ 1,114.83-1,858.05
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 7,250.00 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.85 4.15-5.50

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Last update: June 2018
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8 Comments so far

#Manuel Jesus on Aug 06, 2017 :
I just been in Suzhou in May-june and fund cheaper than shanghai, I was reading a blog of a woman who lived on 1000 yuan a month in shanghai and I believed her, but that was 10 years ego. In my opinion china is very inexpensive country, depend in which lifestyle people like to live, but there is price to everyone and I can survive 200 dollars a month to 800 dollars,
#Manuel on Aug 06, 2017 :
The report is accurate but there is even cheap rent in suzhou, near yinzhong lu station there is flat room from 300 yuan share bathroom, 1000 yuan cost the rent of an apartment with one bedroom and washroom.
#Charlie on Oct 21, 2015 :
Hi, I have a job offer in Suzhou that is offering me a salary of 11000 RMB per month with a housing allowance of 1500 RMB. Does anyone in here if this salary is enough for an American to live a decent life and/or if the housing allowance is enough also to get a good place to live. How would my taxes work out being an American working in China, do I have to pay taxes in China and also in America, if so, how much is the tax in China.
Please if anybody can provide advise on these topics and any other topic I might need to be aware of while working in Sozhou would be really appreciated. I could also be contacted directly at my email my name is Charlie. Thank you in advance for your help with this...
#darren on Dec 11, 2014 :
hi Craig,are you alrady in Suzhou? most of the time i live in Suzhou, you can send message to me anytime you need help in Suzhou, BTY, what's your company name? and where is it in Suzhou?
#Craig on Oct 15, 2014 :
I am about to travel to Suzhou for work for about two years. Does anyone here knows if I will have to pay taxes in China and U.S.? My company just open up an office there and I will be the first U.S. employee that start working there. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
#Shawn on Jul 19, 2014 :
Just a note on cost of living in China. I have been in China for over 3 years and you can live very inexpensively or the opposite. If you expect the same standards as you would in North America- expect the later.

In America, you need a home, car, vacations and all the latest gadgets- with all the related expensive, but as an expat, you likely just rent and use the transportation system- which is amazing. You can live a normal regular life and you will find your money is likely far higher than it would be in America. I happen to earn a lot of money in Chinese standards and I have, at times lived on both ends of the spectrum- I have found that living more local is easier and obviously far less expensive and who knows- one day I may be able to afford that purchase of an apartment or car- but not likely the other things I was so accustomed to- but who knows?
#Dave on Jul 04, 2014 :
Altho' I well understand the inclination to generosity you need to appraise your hopes for the romantic at your advancing age and, also, why you should be sacrificing your life goals for someone who may be less interested in you than you are in her. By no means a criticism, just think about it a while mate. Also, no intended slur on her. Having read through what I've written please don't disabuse yourself of romantic aspirations. that was not my intent.

#Lisa on Jun 13, 2014 :
You could easily get by on $1,000 a month, which is about 6,000 rmb in China. It depends on how extravagant you live. If you go out drinking a lot, want expensive foreign food, entertainment, take taxis everywhere and buy a lot of clothing, you may want more. For housing costs, I'm not sure what you're interested in so you'd have to recalculate based on what style of house you want to live in. Many foreigners just live in studios and are comfortable. But if you want something bigger, you'd have to pay. Ask your friend for cost of living information. If you had $2,000 you'd be in really good shape in China.