The Beijing Center is located on the campus of the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE). Situated in the northeastern part of Beijing between the 3rd and 4th ring roads (Beijing’s expressways), you are close to the center of the city, while at the same time surrounded by a thriving residential neighborhood.
Living in the middle of a Chinese university in a local residential area allows you the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the language and culture of China. From the family who makes homemade dumplings in a nearby restaurant, to the man who fixes bicycles right outside your residential hall, a chance to gain a deep and intimate insight into China awaits.
UIBE, founded in 1951, is a multidisciplinary university, ranking among the highest in the country in the disciplines of economics and finance. UIBE has over 13,000 students enrolled from China and 3,100 international students from 129 countries. With hundreds of clubs, student organizations, and sports teams, you are sure to find your niche in the campus life. The campus, itself, is beautiful and full of life with ponds, gardens, and a sports stadium. It hosts many cafeterias, convenience stores, a printing shop, and even a souvenir store. Living on UIBE, you will not only get a taste of Chinese campus life, you will become a part of it.
UIBE’s International Student Residence Hall will be your home during your time in Beijing. Standard rooms are double occupancy equipped with in-room, Western-style bathrooms. For students doing a semester abroad, single rooms and apartment-style rooms are available at an additional cost.
Students who return to TBC for a second semester have an opportunity for further immersion through the option of a homestay. Our host families live on or nearby campus and most speak some English. Students who live with a host family gain valuable insights into the lives of Chinese people as well as further developing their language skills.
*Students are required by TBC and by Chinese law to live in the International Student Residence on UIBE’s campus unless they choose the home stay option during their second semester.
Meet a local who will welcome you to China and show you the ropes from day one. Chinese roommates are students from UIBE who give you the opportunity to join their school, their clubs, and their friend circles. They create an environment for cultural exchange, and will help you understand the language, customs, and culture. We encourage you to join our award-winning Chinese roommate program when selecting your housing. Read more reasons why a Chinese roommate is a great option here. *Not all students who request a Chinese Roommate are granted one; preference will be given to year-long students (i.e. full-year, two semesters) and on a first come, first served basis.
Food in Beijing is plentiful and delicious. Beijing is famed for having 100,000 restaurants where you can find food from all over the world. Student Life provides a meal card to sample campus dining where you can find a hot meal for less than 1 US dollar. Located on campus there are numerous cafeterias, restaurants, coffee shops and a convenience store where you can find fruit, beverages, and snacks. You can also eat at one of the nearly 60 restaurants within walking distance of campus. At most of these restaurants a dish typically costs about three or four US dollars. Students generally budget $1,000-$1,500 USD for meals for the duration of the semester.