Foreign Teacher Accommodation in China: How does it look?
Some schools offer free accommodation, and some schools offer a certain amount of housing allowance. Either way, all the apartments in China are fully furnished. Foreign teacher apartments generally contain the following:
Table and chairs
Toasting oven or microwave
This should be everything you need to feel comfortable.
Renting an Apartment in China
– Where to start your search?
– Ways to find an apartment
– What not to do
where to start your search?
There are a number of ways that you can begin your searching for apartments in China. The first step is to decide yourself what’s the most important to you: location, price and apartment quality. Doing some research and get a general idea about what the price is, what are the best locations, this really helps with your apartment searching when you arrive the city. Bear in mind though, it is nearly impossible to find the perfect balance of all the three factors.
As with property anywhere in the world, location plays the biggest role in price and convenience when renting an apartment in China. City center are generally 1,000+ RMB more expensive than other areas within the city. If your school is located right in the city center, find an apartment that is within 30 minutes to 60 minutes of commuter time will save you a lot of money than living next to your school.
Renting in major cities are generally higher than smaller cities. A typical shared apartment in Shenzhen ranges from 2,800 – 4,000 RMB. With half of this money, you will be able to get a comfortable 2 bedrooms apartment in Chengdu. However, the salary in Shenzhen is going to be higher than in Chengdu.
Deposit in China
An upfront deposit needs to be paid along with your first month renting. The amount of deposit is usually a month of renting, but it varies depending on the agents. Some agents offer the option of three month renting, six month renting and a year renting as deposit, and the renting can be lower for a higher deposit fee.
Ways to find an apartment in China as an expat 2019
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