Should we move to Shanghai?

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Hello to everyone,   I am American, my husband is Italian, we have two boys, the oldest is seven and the youngest is three.  I hold a Master's Degree, and there is a possible job for me in Shanghai, which will begin in July 2014.   The salary range for the position is 19,000-22,000 RMB per month.  My question for all of you is, considering the cost of living is it possible for use to re-locate and live in Shanghai on this salary?   We do not exaggerate in our living costs, my husband is a chef and ideally would work at night.  We do not like to live luxuriously, just comfortable.    My biggest concern is school for the boys.  I know International schools are crazy expensive and impossible with the above salary range.  My husband and I have begun doing research.  Would it be too difficult for our boys to attend a local school which teaches English as a foreign language?    Any opinions will be helpful! Thank you.


Jane-889704 1397064701

Hi Susana,

Living in Shanghai could be very expensive, and also could be very cheap. Depend on the main cost you spend on housing and education. Housing ranges are from 4,000rmb to 20,000rmb, with 5000rmb to 8000rmb could find a reasonable community to live in; for the school, yes, the real International school fee is really high, it is about or above 10,000 rmb per kid per month, in many multinational company, the kids education fee will be born by the company. Also, there are local school, in which there is international class(they called), and this will be much cheaper, will cost 5000rmb -8000 rmb per month per kids; here is the list of all schools who can provide English lessons, you can check it out:

Good luck!

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