Where Will I Live?
At Fudan University, you may either live in a university-arranged dormitory or off campus with approval from the Study Center. Many UCEAP students live in the Tonghe Apartments, across the street from the Foreign Students Apartments (FSA). If you arrive earlier than the mandatory UCEAP arrival date, you must make your own hotel reservations. Information will be provided in the UCEAP Predeparture Checklist online or by e-mail.
ECNU and Fudan dorm rent must be paid in RMB. The dormitories will not accept U.S. dollars, travelers checks, or personal checks for payment. Fudan University accepts credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard for dorm payments, but ECNU does not. Unless otherwise instructed, all students (even those receiving financial aid) must make their own housing payments on time and in full. Financial aid will not make housing payments. Financial Aid Offices report financial aid commitments to UCEAP. These funds are applied to the UCEAP student account. If there is a credit balance, UCEAP will request a disbursement based on the financial aid disbursement schedule.
If you arrange private housing, be sure to register with local authorities, especially if your housing situation changes during the program. Housing for foreigners must be officially registered with the Chinese government at all times. Unfortunately, not all apartments are properly registered. In the past, some students have been evicted for living in illegal housing. If you do not follow the proper registration process, you may experience difficulties with local authorities and may be fined. UCEAP will not be able to assist in such a situation.
Q: Where Will I live?
A: You can choose where you will live. Many students live in the on-campus Foreign Students Apartments or in a privately owned off-campus facility for students.
The Foreign Students Apartments Main Building is 23 stories and has over 700 rooms, both singles and doubles. The new Foreign Students Apartments Affiliated Building is seven stories and has 125 suites, each with four single rooms, one sitting area, and two bathrooms.
Chinese citizens cannot live in the Foreign Students Apartments. Many students who do not live in the Foreign Students Apartments choose to live in the Tonghe Apartments across the street, which are also furnished and have a similar layout. Many students prefer Tonghe because the rules and regulations regarding visitors are not as restrictive as at the Foreign Students Apartments. The Study Center will provide additional information prior to departure.
Q: Can I live in a Chinese student dormitory?
A: No. Fudan University does not permit this. In addition, UC students have found the quality of these rooms well below UC standards. The Chinese student dorms are noisy and crowded, often with six students to a room.
Q: How do I pay rent?
A: You are responsible for paying a deposit and the total cost of the housing to Fudan in cash (RMB) or by credit card during registration. Estimated costs are online in the UCEAP Student Budget.
Q: How are roommates assigned?
A: At the time of application, you select either a single or double room. You will be assigned to a dormitory room (and roommate for double room) by Fudan University based on availability at the time of application.
Q: What is provided in the Fudan dorm?
A: On the first floor there is a reception desk that operates 24 hours per day.
You will be required to present your identification card to enter the building and to receive visitors. There is also a laundry service, mail room, mini market, and small lounge. You can park your bicycle in the basement. Rooms are accessed by one of four elevators in the building. Each floor has two small communal kitchens (at either end of the floor) and residents share the gas ovens, refrigerators, and card-activated washing machines. There are also water heating systems (samovars
) to boil water before drinking. On the tenth floor there are card-activated clothes dryers. The dorm’s mini market sells all the prepaid cards necessary to use services in the dorm.
Q: What is provided in the individual dorm rooms?
A: Each furnished room is equipped with a private bathroom, balcony, air-conditioner, card-operated (201 card) telephone, broadband Internet access, and cable television connection. You are responsible for paying all costs associated with Internet and cable usage. Television sets are not provided in the rooms, but you can rent them from the dorm.
Q: Are linens and towels provided?
A: No, linens and towels are not provided in the individual dorm rooms. You must buy your own bedding, towels, pillows, etc. You can easily buy what you need at the dorm after arrival or, if you want a wider selection, in nearby stores for reasonable prices. It is not recommended that you bring linens from the U.S. to China, unless you have specific needs.
Q: Is there Internet access in the dorm rooms?
A: Yes. A broadband Internet connection can be installed in the rooms after arrival; estimated cost for use is 1–2 yuan per hour. Fudan recommends that you take your own laptop or purchase one after arrival. There are many convenient wireless hot spots around campus in addition to the campus computer center and library computer access.
Q: What do I need to know about the kitchens?
A: The cooking rooms are voluntarily cleaned by students using them, as are the dorm rooms. Keep all your kitchen utensils and personal belongings in your room, as theft may occur from the common rooms.
Under most circumstances, the fuwuyuan (service people, including desk clerks at dorm entrances, guards, janitors, and other dorm personnel) do not enter the dorm rooms except to clean. However, theft results when people neglect to lock their doors. Break-ins are rare, but do happen. Some desks have locking drawers in which to keep valuables. The rooms do not usually have private safes, so find an alternate means of securing valuables. Remember to lock your valuables, including your passport and residence permit. When traveling, take copies of your important documents and leave the originals locked up safely. Never carry your passport with you unless you are going to the bank to change money or to an official government office.
A limited but comfortable wardrobe is most practical in China. Laundry detergent has improved in China, and Tide with bleach is available. Without bleach, white clothing looks gray after a few washes. Delicate items can often be ruined in washing machines or dryers, so you may want to hand-wash special items. Dry cleaning is not up to international standards, although it is acceptable. Each host university has rooms with coin- or card-operated laundry machines.
At ECNU, there are shared washing machines in the dormitories on each floor. There are no dryers so clothes must be line dried. Since the air in the rooms usually is dry during the winter, clothes hung in the room can dry overnight (summer is humid and drying takes longer).