Affordable Cost & High Quality of Living
On-campus undergraduate dormitories are divided based on gender and are open to students all year round. Typically, four to six students share a room. Usually, pets are not allowed. University students usually wear something casual to class. Coin operated Laundromats can be found inside dormitory buildings. At on-campus dining halls meals cost NTD 40- 130 (≡USD 1-4). Food stalls, cafes and inexpensive restaurants are usually close to campus, typically within 15 minutes walking. Some campuses have on-campus health centers, which provide medical assistance for minor ailments. Some schools have a post office, a bookstore and a bank on campus. The expenses of on-campus accommodation are about NTD 6,000 to 10,000 (≡USD 190-310) per semester.
If dormitories are unavailable or you prefer a different living arrangement, off-campus apartments, including studios and flats, are available. Most Chinese learning centers provide information about local rentals on the internet. Depending on the accommodation’s type, quality and location, rent ranges from NTD 3,000 to 13,000 (≡USD 95-410) per month.
The Taiwan currency is the NTD. The 4 denominations of bills are NTD 2,000, NTD 1,000, NTD 500 and NTD 100 while the 6 denominations of coins are NTD 50, NTD 10, NTD 5, and NTD 1. Cash payment is common in Taiwan though many shops do accept credit cards. Checks are not normally used in Taiwan for payment of everyday expenses.
In addition to your tuition fees, your accommodation costs will be your biggest financial burden. It’s worth doing research before you arrive on your accommodation options, and better to research the cost of things such as utilities (electricity, gas, water, telephone), public transportation, food and so on. The cost of all things may vary depending on the area you’ll be living in.
International students, who have attended school in Taiwan for two semesters or a language program for one year, and who have an excellent academic record, can work in Taiwan when one of the following applies:
• Events of a serious nature have affected their financial ability to support themselves or continue their education, and the student can provide evidence of such circumstances
• An academic research institution at the student’s school requires a foreign student to provide assistance in its work
• The student needs to take part in an off-campus internship related to his or her field of study