Cost of Living in Suzhou

Summary about cost of living in Suzhou, China:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 ¥ 15.99-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 200.00 ¥ 100.00-500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 37.00 ¥ 30.00-50.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 15.00 ¥ 5.00-25.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 28.00 ¥ 12.00-45.00
Cappuccino (regular) 28.75 ¥ 15.00-40.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 6.79 ¥ 3.00-10.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.78 ¥ 2.00-10.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 51.37 ¥ 37.85-60.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 15.00 ¥ 6.35-31.75
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.95 ¥ 1.36-4.54
Eggs (regular) (12) 13.33 ¥ 7.20-18.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 38.19 ¥ 18.14-108.86
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 12.55 ¥ 8.16-15.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 48.53 ¥ 27.22-81.65
Apples (1 lb) 7.62 ¥ 4.54-9.07
Banana (1 lb) 4.88 ¥ 3.00-6.80
Oranges (1 lb) 6.17 ¥ 2.50-9.07
Tomato (1 lb) 4.31 ¥ 3.18-7.26
Potato (1 lb) 3.29 ¥ 1.81-6.80
Onion (1 lb) 3.18 ¥ 2.27-4.08
Lettuce (1 head) 4.75 ¥ 1.00-8.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 5.00 ¥ 3.00-8.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 60.00 ¥ 50.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.00 ¥ 2.69-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 10.50 ¥ 8.00-20.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 22.50 ¥ 15.00-25.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 ¥ 2.00-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 ¥ 50.00-100.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.50 ¥ 10.00-13.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.35 ¥ 3.22-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 ¥ 30.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 27.47 ¥ 23.13-30.28
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 150,000.00 ¥ 150,000.00-150,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 158,200.00 ¥ 120,000.00-160,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 359.79 ¥ 268.42-532.67
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.14 ¥ 0.01-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 82.14 ¥ 50.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 235.00 ¥ 125.00-300.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 112.50 ¥ 50.00-150.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 40.00 ¥ 35.00-50.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,916.67 ¥ 2,000.00-6,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 115,000.00 ¥ 50,000.00-360,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 347.00 ¥ 150.00-600.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 289.86 ¥ 150.00-500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 562.38 ¥ 380.00-800.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 600.00 ¥ 300.00-1,200.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,462.50 ¥ 2,000.00-6,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,075.00 ¥ 1,000.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 6,775.00 ¥ 4,200.00-10,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,142.86 ¥ 3,000.00-6,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,658.03 ¥ 2,787.07-5,574.14
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,189.84 ¥ 1,858.05-2,787.07
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 7,238.10 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.30 4.00-5.50

Prices in Suzhou

This city had 186 entries in the past 12 months by 18 different contributors.
Last update: February 2021
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6 Comments so far
Allen Chan on Dec 09, 2020:
Is 6000-7500rmb as monthly salarygood enough in Suzhou? Housing or rent will be paid by the employer -- It's low monthly salary in Suzhou. In China, the employer no pay staffs' condo/single room rent,if u working in a factory, the employer will provide a dormitory ( 2-4-6 persons living a sigle room).Not advice u come to Suzhou with 6000-7500rmb monthly salary.
Koko on Oct 21, 2020:
Is 6000-7500rmb as monthly salarygood enough in Suzhou? Housing or rent will be paid by the employer
Anonymous on Aug 06, 2019:
"Hi, is 22000 RMB as monthly salary with 3500 housing allowance good enough in Suzhou? Also can I have a good apartment with 3500 RMB?"

22000rmb salary is fine, but you probably will need to spend some of that on rent too. Maybe 5000-7500rmb for rent in SIP. Living expenses 10000rmb including entertainment which will leave you with 8000rmb per month to save in the bank.
Anonymous on May 05, 2019:
Hi, is 22000 RMB as monthly salary with 3500 housing allowance good enough in Suzhou? Also can I have a good apartment with 3500 RMB?
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.