Dushu Lake Science and Higher Education Innovation District provides all students with accommodation. For international, China’s HK, Macao, and Taiwan students, Parfait Hotel and Apartments, and Scholar’s Apartments are available.

Currently, the accommodation facilities in which our students stay are located within the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) where the university is situated, and are managed privately by the Suzhou Industrial Park Education Development and Investment Limited Company. They are not owned or managed directly by the university, but we communicate with them on your behalf.

You will receive information about your accommodation options once you have received your unconditional offer. We will assist in booking accommodation once you have paid your deposit to secure your place at XJTLU. Where possible, we will try to allocate you to your preferred choice of accommodation. However, if your first choice is unavailable, we will try to match you to a second choice that is as similar as possible.


There are 3 main types of accommodation usually available in Suzhou. For all of the options, you must pay for utilities separately, namely electricity, water, and gas. You also need to arrange for an internet connection with your own contract, but this is easily and quickly done at one of any number of local suppliers.

The accommodation providers are a separate company and are not the university. We can help you book accommodation, but we do not manage it. They offer two types of contracts. The first is for fewer than 90 days’ stay and is slightly more expensive. The cheaper option is to commit to a contract of more than 90 days, and up to a year, but you can decide its length and renew at any time if rooms are available. The minimum length of the deposit is 30 days. If you leave the accommodation before the contract ends, you may lose all or a part of your deposit.

You can also arrange to rent a private apartment near the university, either alone or with friends. The easiest way to do this is to employ a local accommodation agent, and there are many of these. The standard agent fee for finding you an apartment is 2 weeks’ rent per year, but this usually includes managing your rental agreement, helping with paying bills and setting up services such as television and internet, and helping with any problems that might arise.

In any accommodation, you can set up an international television service with video on demand (both films and television), playback channels, and live television from around the world. Prices vary, but this generally costs 1,000 to 1,200RMB for a year’s contract and requires a good internet connection.

All photos here are examples of rooms, and individual rooms may vary.



Location: No.8 Xuetang Street, Dushu Lake higher education town, SIP Suzhou.

Telephone: +86 (0)512 65930558 / +86 18020285607

This is the cheapest option. Students have a single bedroom in a shared apartment. Their bedroom contains a private bathroom with a toilet, shower, and sink. The bed incorporates a wardrobe and study table and has a short ladder up to the mattress. Each bedroom also has a small, enclosed balcony. The shared area of the apartment includes a fully working kitchen, a fridge, and a television area with sofas and armchairs. Each apartment building has laundry facilities. The apartments have gas central heating for the winter and air conditioning for the summer.

The Wencui Parfait International Apartments are located next to Wencui Plaza, which is a local shopping area with supermarkets, restaurants, coffee shops, mobile phone outlets, and so on. The apartments are a 5 to 10-minute walk from both the south and north campuses of the university.

Prices: 30 to 90 day contract: 66RMB per day; 91 to 1-year contract: 55RMB per day

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Location: WencuiPlaza, No. 8 Xuetang Street, Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District, Suzhou Industrial Park 苏州工业园区独墅湖科教创新区雪堂街8号(文萃广场锦江之星东)

Telephone: +86 (0)512 62867288

In the Wencui Parfait International Hotel, you have a completely separate room and do not share with any other students (although students with partners are allowed to share these rooms). It is essentially a hotel room with a double bed, fridge, microwave, study desk, television, wardrobe, bathroom, and balcony. You are not allowed to cook in these rooms for safety reasons. The rooms have gas central heating and air conditioning and the hotel has laundry facilities for students to use. There are two types of rooms available. One is a smaller and cheaper south-facing room and the other is a larger north-facing room.

The Parfait International hotel is situated in Wencui Plaza (see above) and is also a 5 to 10-minute walk to both South and North campuses.

Prices: Smaller room: 30 to 90-day contract: 88RMB per day; 91 to 1-year contract: 70RMB per day

Larger room: 30 to 90-day contract: 102RMB per day; 91 to 1-year contract: 87RMB per day

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Location: No. 621 Linquan Street, Wenxing Plaza, Dushu Lake higher education town, SIP Suzhou. 江苏省苏州市苏州工业园区工业园区独墅湖高等教育区林泉街621号(文星广场)

Telephone: +86 (0)512 62656588

Rooms in the MBA are single, hotel-style rooms with double beds, air conditioning for heat and cooling, bathrooms, armchairs, study desk, fridge, and microwave oven. MBA has laundry facilities for students to use.

The MBA Apartments are located next to Wenzhing Plaza, a local shopping area with supermarkets, restaurants, coffee shops, mobile phone outlets, KFC, a bakery, and so on. The apartments are a 5-minute walk from the north campus and a 10 to 15-minute walk from the South campus.

Prices: 30 to 90 day contract: 100RMB per day; 91 to 1-year contract: 80RMB per day

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Location: No. 608 Linquan Street, Dushu Lake Science, and Education Innovation District, Suzhou Industrial Park 苏州工业园区独墅湖科教创新区林泉街608号

Telephone: +86 (0)512 69562866

These are self-contained studio apartments and are not shared with other students (although students with partners are able to share these apartments.) These are the most expensive option. Each apartment has a double bed, a fully working kitchen, a bathroom, a wardrobe, a television, and a study desk. These rooms do not have balconies. They have air conditioning for both heating and cooling. South-facing rooms are a little warmer and so cost a little more.

Scholar’s Garden is located near Hanlin Plaza, which is a shopping area with supermarkets, a small international goods store, several local restaurants, a pizza restaurant, a McDonald’s, mobile phone outlets, coffee shops, a branch of the Bank of Communications, and so on. The apartments are a 5 to 10-minute walk from both the south and north campuses of the university.

Prices: North-facing room: 30 to 90-day contract: 102RMB per day; 91 to 1-year contract: 85RMB per day

South-facing room: 30 to 90-day contract: 105RMB per day; 91 to 1-year contract: 90RMB per day

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Location: No.111 Qingcao Xiang, Taicang Dadao, Taicang Suzhou, Jiangsu

Telephone: +86 (0)512 53995190

Accommodation at XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) is offered in one area next to the campus and is a 5 to 10-minute walk from the classrooms. There is only one type of room available, but you can choose to share it or rent it alone. The latter option costs double. The rooms have single beds, wardrobes, a bathroom, a small balcony, and a study desk.

Accommodation contracts in Taicang are currently for the whole year and you pay in one payment for the year in advance, though the university is hoping to change this to shorter options very soon.

The accommodation in Taicang is in a small square with a basement mall of several shops, including mobile phone outlets, coffee shops, supermarkets, a McDonald’s, and restaurants. It is a few minutes by taxi from the metro into central Shanghai and there is a free shuttle bus service between Taicang and Suzhou SIP campuses, several times per day.

Prices: Stared room: 6,000RMB per year; Single room: 12,000RMB per year

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Student accommodation is provided by a state owned company administered by the Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District. You can find more information on the university website here:https://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/admissions/global/accommodation

If you wish to book a room in one of the accommodation options, you should indicate it on the online form which you will find after you join the WeChat group for arriving student.

When you are travelling to Suzhou, we automatically book you a place in the Parfait International Apartments. But when you arrive in Suzhou, you can check whether there are vacancies in any of the other options and you can reserve one if these instead if you prefer.

All accommodation booking depends upon availability.


For check-in, students need:

  • Original passport
  • Refundable deposit in cash (4,000RMB)
  • Utility fees (water/electricity) in cash (approximately 500RMB)
  • Three months’ rent to be paid in cash or with a bankcard

The checking-in process involves signing a rental contract (in English).

Please note that your deposit may not be refunded to you if you terminate the tenancy contract early. Please refer to the contract for details when you sign at the reception. This is why it is very important to decided on a contract length that is right for you.

Before signing any contract, students are strongly recommended to:

  • Read the contract carefully
  • Check whether all items listed on the contract inventory have been provided in the accommodation
  • Check the condition of the provided items and compare to their description in the inventory
  • Request the property management officer make a note on the inventory if something in the accommodation is missing, broken or not as described

Please note that:

  • Residents are required to pay rent every three months. Long delays or failure to pay the rent may lead to termination of the tenancy
  • The deposit receipt must be returned to reception when checking out for it to be refunded
  • Utility fee receipts should be kept as you need them to check with reception if you ever need to question the usage of electricity or water
  • Confirm with your bank whether your bank card can be used on the Chinese mainland to pay for your accommodation or any other bills

Please note that the university cannot offer accommodation-related support to students living in private accommodation.

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