Stu­dents over­seas like to share hous­ing

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHAO XINYING zhaoxiny­ing@ chi­

Bei­jing and Shang­hai are among the top sources of Chi­nese stu­dents study­ing over­seas, and the stu­dents pre­fer two-bed­room, two-bath­room apart­ments over other ac­com­mo­da­tions, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased onMon­day.

In the United States, such apart­ments are the top choice of Chi­nese stu­dents be­tween 18 and 26 years of age, as they tend to share with their fel­low stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to the 2016 Over­seas Stu­dent Ac­com­mo­da­tion Re­port.

The re­port was re­leased by stu­, a global plat­form for stu­dents seek­ing hous­ing over­seas. It cov­ers stu­dent hous­ing prices in the UK, theUS and Aus­tralia, and was based on the av­er­age listed price for prop­er­ties on the stu­ web­site.

The UK-based com­pany pro­cessed hous­ing book­ings worth $110 mil­lion last year Ten most ex­pen­sive cities for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. by stu­dents from more than 100 coun­tries. Half of the book­ings came from Chi­nese stu­dents over­seas, ac­cord­ing to Luke Nolan, founder and CEO of the com­pany.

Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Nan­jing, Jiangsu prov­ince, are the top three sources of Chi­nese stu­dents over­seas.

“There’s no sur­prise when Top 10 ori­gin cities of Chi­nese study­ing over­seas: 1. 2. 3. 4.

5. 6. 7.

8. 9. 10. you see these top cities,” Nolan said. “But stu­dents are­com­ing from all over the coun­try. It’s great to see not only how sig­nif­i­cant the num­bers are but also the di­verse des­ti­na­tions the stu­dents are go­ing to. Al­most ev­ery city in China has stu­dents go­ing to ahugerange of des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing the UK, US, Aus­tralia, Canada, France andGer­many.”

In 2015, more than 520,000 Chi­nese stu­dents went over­seas to study, an in­crease of 14 per­cent from 2014. More than 300,000 of the stu­dents headed to the US. The UK is­sued 71,000 visas to Chi­nese stu­dents last year and is the sec­ond-most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion over­seas.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, safety is one of the most im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions for Chi­nese stu­dents over­seas when seek­ing hous­ing. Lo­ca­tion and price are also among their top con­cerns.

Other fac­tors, such as how much sun­light their room re­ceives, which floor their apart­ment is on and po­ten­tial room­mates are also par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant.

It also found thatNewYork City, with av­er­age weekly rental of $526, is the costli­est des­ti­na­tion for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from all over the world. Lon­don ranked sixth on the list, while Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, was 10th.

New York City, US San Fran­cisco, US Berke­ley, US La Jolla, US Bos­ton, US Lon­don, UK Ed­in­burgh, UK Cam­bridge, UK Ox­ford, UK Syd­ney, Aus­tralia Bei­jing Shang­hai Nan­jing, Jiangsu prov­ince Guangzhou, Guang­dong prov­ince Chengdu, Sichuan prov­ince Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince Shen­zhen, Guang­dong prov­ince Shenyang, Liaon­ing prov­ince Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince Xi'an, Shaanxi prov­ince

Bei­jing Cus­toms ran across key clues by chance. Le­gal Daily quoted Li Kun­peng, a Bei­jing Cus­toms of­fi­cial, as say­ing they no­ticed three boxes sent from Ja­pan to Lang­fang, He­bei prov­ince, on July 22. How­ever, the de­liv­ery fee was much greater than war­ranted for the items said to be in­side, which was un­usual.

An X-ray ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed that the items in­side were carved ivory prod­ucts. Later, another 12 boxes of ivory prod­ucts were sent from the same ad­dress in Ja­pan to the same ad­dress in Lang­fang.

Shi­ji­azhuang Cus­toms sent out a team after it was in­formed by Bei­jing Cus­toms. The two sus­pects were ar­rested when they tried to pick up the parcels on July 27.


A cus­toms of­fi­cer shows one of the ivory prod­ucts seized in Bei­jing in July.

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