A recent online post about a female college student asking for 4,500 yuan for monthly living expenses has ignited public debate on how much a student really needs for college life, and most believed that demand is too much.
According to the post, the new college student said her school is in a new top-tier city and complained her mother gave her too little, 2,000 yuan.
She explained the expenses included skin care products and new clothes, and that her roommates used good products too, but her mother refused to give her the 4,500 yuan.
"Is 2,000 yuan a month enough for a student's life in college?" soon became a hot topic on the list of top trending searches.
Some internet users shared their living expenses in colleges, and most ranged from 1,000 to 2,000 yuan a month. Some questioned whether the female student could even earn 4,500 yuan after graduation.
Some internet users have pointed out that a student's spending should depend on the family's financial situation, and they should learn about how to manage their money.
Data from Wacai, an app focusing on financial advice, showed that students in 15 cities spent over 1,500 yuan a month on average, topped by Beijing at 2,400 yuan, Shanghai at 2,300 yuan, and Hangzhou at 2,250 yuan.