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1. Cost of living: The school is located in central Taiwan which enjoys a relatively lower cost of living than northern Taiwan. Suggested monthly living expenses: NT$5,000 - $8,000. For those planning to rent a place off-campus, an additional NT$4,000 - $8,000 may be needed.
2. Weather: Average temperature in summer in Taiwan from June to September is 30˚C~35˚C. The high temperature coupled with humidity may lead to increased sweating; therefore, it's recommended to wear sweat-absorbing cotton clothes and use sun protection measures. The average temperature for winter from December to February is 10˚C~18˚C. It can get cold, rainy and wet, so it's recommended to have warm clothing and rain gears handy. Weather in the spring and autumn is unpredictable, with big temperature differences in the day and night. It's recommended to prepare some cold medicine and keep warm, because it's the height of the flu season.
3. Clothing: Clothes in Taiwan can be easily bought and are inexpensive. You don't need to carry too many change of clothes with you. The temperature begins to drop in November, so bring a couple of long-sleeve tops to keep warm.
4. Daily necessities: Since your time of arrival in Taiwan can be any time in the day, it's recommended to carry with you some simple toiletries. Once you are settled down, you can purchase the needed items in nearby supermarkets, including new bedding.
5. Appliances: Taiwan's electrical outlets are North American standard sockets with a voltage of 110V. Don't forget to bring adapters.
6. Mobile phone number and calls: Pre-paid cards can be purchased at the airport, and they can be topped-up at any major convenience stores. Once you have your ARC, you can subscribe to a local mobile service by bringing your passport and ARC to any local carriers.
7. Bank account: It's recommended to bring some cash (NTD) with you when arriving. Some stores accept credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Euro card, Diners club, American Express, etc.). If you need to open a bank account in Taiwan, make sure you have ready your student ID card, passport and ARC (if you don't have an ARC, you'll need other proof of identity, such as NHI card, passport, driver's license or student ID).
8. Taiwan Currency: The currency unit is NTD. Bank notes include $100, $500, $1,000, and $2,000 bills. Coins include $1, $5, $10, $20, and $50.
9. Others: You can bring your own household medicine and home snacks. You should also have 8 or more color passport photos handy (1.77 inches long x 1.38 inches wide, plain white background, close-up of the head and top of the shoulders, no hats).

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