Living in Beijing
Living in Beijing
 SIR is located within the UIBE’s campus in North-Eastern side of Beijing, in the proximity of the city’s 4th Ring Road, 10 kilometers from Tiananmen Square (the center of the city), 9 kilometers from Beijing Railway Station, 25 kilometers from Beijing International Airport and 8 kilometers from the foreign embassy district.

Beijing is a bustling city with over 13 million people and an area of 16,800 kilometers, similar to the size of Belgium.  Nowadays Beijing is a city of contrasts, where the new intermingles with the traditional, malls and food stalls can be found meters apart and Chinese courtyards can be spotted not far from modern office buildings. Growing at a rapid pace, Beijing is regarded as a generally safe city, where theft and petty crimes rarely occur. With a flat and orderly design, Beijing is equally proportioned between North, South, East and West, circumnavigated by six concentric ring roads. All the four seasons are marked by changes in weather and temperature, with a surprising splash of colors noticeable in Beijing’s many parks and public gardens.

Hosting a sizeable expatriate population, ranging from members of the business community, diplomats and international students, Beijing has managed to accommodate the expat lifestyle successfully, with dozens of shops and restaurants catering to the needs of its expatriate community.  

With a multitude of sports and interest groups, imported groceries, flashy night scenes, endless cultural events and huge shopping malls, Beijing spoils and mesmerizes its visitors at the same time.

Living in Beijing, however, means experiencing a dramatically different culture and setting. Prepare to experience culture shock: the language, the weather, the markets, the traffic are all unique to China and Beijing. Being positive is a great step ahead that will help you make the difference between merely adapting to literally enjoying Beijing as your new home. Reading and talking to other expats living in Beijing can go a long way into diminishing your culture shock and providing you an accurate impression about what life in Beijing is really like. The following pages provide extensive information about what life in Beijing is like for many expats:

UIBE is conveniently located on many bus lines and within walking distance from the Shaoyaoju metro station. Many banks, shops, supermarkets and scores of restaurants are situated near our campus.

UIBE is close to two of the most visited areas in Beijing: the Asian Games Village and Sanlitun. Be it shopping, jogging or hanging out with friends, the location of our campus makes everything incredibly easy to reach. A post office is situated in the immediate vicinity of university’s West Gate. Upon your arrival, you will also be provided with a personal mailbox. An in-campus infirmary is available for treating minor ailments at a low expense. For inpatient care, the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital is situated within walking distance. Scholarship students receive free medical care along their stay in China, while self-supported students are strongly suggested to contract a health insurance. A Security Post is always on duty in our campus and can be contacts 24h/ day at 6449-2164. The following emergency numbers are in use throughout China: Police 110, Fire 119, and Ambulance 120.

Lastly, a dedicated international team of professors and administrative staff is always at your disposal. Feel free to write or talk to us about any questions or issues you may have while studying or planning to study in Beijing!