Living Expenses


Living Expenses

Transportation from CKS International Airport

Currency Exchange and Credit Cards

Banks

Post Offices

Working Hours

Related links:

In addition to tuition fees, the living expenses will depend on the individual as well as the chosen location. Living downtown is obviously more expensive than the suburbs, or Taipei’s outer-lying districts. Generally speaking, a one bedroom studio in the center or fashionable East District (DongQu) will cost NT$15,000+ per month (US$500), whilst the same apartment will cost half in other districts, such as YongHe ,中和 or NeiHu. Those who study Mandarin Chinese in My Language School are permitted to work, full-time or otherwise, and most businesses will provide you with the right paperwork.


Transportation from CKS International Airport

Students are planning to arrive at Chiang-Kai-Shek International Airport should know it is located forty kilometers southwest of Taipei, in TaoYuan County. There are buses from around six in the morning to midnight, running every fifteen minutes to Taipei Main Train Station and Song Shan Domestic Airport, north of the downtown. The bus fare is approximately NT$110. Taking the bus to the train station allows for the following options to My Language School.

1. Take public bus No.222 at Taipei Main Station (QingDao E. Road), get off at XinSheng South Rd. Sec.1.

2. Take public bus No. 37 at Taipei Main Station (QingDao E. Road), get off at RenAi & XinSheng Intersection.

3. Take public bus No. 0-South at Taipei Main Station (ZhongXiao East Road Sec.1), get off at RenAi & XinSheng Intersection.

The bus fare is NT$15.

Taking a taxi from either the Main Train Station or Song Shan Airport will cost NT$100 at most and is a lot more convenient than taking the bus.

For further information about CKS International Airport click here


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Currency Exchange and Credit Cards

Taiwan’s official currency is the New Taiwan dollar. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, travel agencies or money exchangers approved by the government. When leaving the country, unused Taiwan currency can be exchanged at the airport provided a previous exchange receipt (for receiving New Taiwan dollars) is shown at the time of transaction. Traveler’s checks can be cashed at most banks and some hotels. Certain travel agencies will provide this service as well. International houses, most hotels, souvenir shops and department stores accept all the major credit cards, which include American Express, MasterCard, Diner’s Club, Visa and JCB.


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Banks

Students above twenty years of age are welcome to go to any of the major banks and open a bank account with an ATM card. (Foreign students must bring their passports to the Taipei City or County Police Headquarters and apply for an ID number) All that is needed is a valid passport and ID. Most banks accept international wire transactions, exchange of U.S. dollars, and traveler checks in Taipei. Most foreign banks, such as HSBC, Bank of America, and Lloyd’s Bank, are located along Dun Hua North Road and Min Sheng East Road. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


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Post Offices

Post Offices also offer savings accounts which are best for making automatic payments and drawing money from the ATM. Students need only be 18 years of age with a valid passport ID number (Foreign students must bring their passports to the Taipei City or County Police Headquarters and apply for an ID number). They can take care of all postal services as well as the renting of mailboxes and the use of the fax machine for sending and receiving faxes. Post offices open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For further information aboutPost offices click here

Public Buses and Taipei Rapid Transit System (TRTS)

Public buses run from six in the morning to twelve midnight. Convenience stores and subway stations sell EASY CARDs. The card is NT$500 including a refundable deposit of NT$100 and a useable value of NT$400 (once used, more value can be added). It is very convenient for public transportation in Taipei City. The card is swiped on the bus to deduct the fare. Cash is always an acceptable alternative of payment. One single journey within the same zone costs NT$15. For example, From My Language School to Taipei Train Station counts as one zone, and a stop any further downtown is two. It takes NT$15 from My Language School to downtown Taipei by bus.

Even more convenient is the MRT (Taipei Rapid Transit System), which can be reached on foot within 10 minutes from the school. The nearest station is ZhongXiao XinSheng station where you can transfer to Taipei Train Station. When you use EASYCARD on the MRT you are entitled to a reduced rate when transferring to buses within 2 hours.

For further information about the MRT, please visit http://english.trtc.com.tw/ click here

For directions to My Language School: http://www.myschool.com.tw/ click here


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Working Hours


The government has shortened the working week to five days. Government employees work Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lunch breaks are between 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Department store hours are from 10:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.


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Related links:

1. Tourism Bureau Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C.

http://taiwan.net.tw/ click here

2. Taipei Map

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl click here

3. Government Information Office R.O.C.

http://www.gio.gov.tw/taiwan-website/index.html click here

4. Department of Transportation in Taipei

http://english.taipei.gov.tw/ click here

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