Apartments in China – three useful tips

Three apartment leasing tips.

Did you just arrive to Beijing? looking for a new apartment? note the below tips.

  • Tip#1You can get yourself an agency that will help you look for an apartment, they are usually pretty good.
    But, it’s less common hence less common practice – look for a lease by yourself, cut the middle man (not common in China too much).
    It might be a little harder, but ask friends to help, check the Beijinger, and search online for expats that are leaving, it can save you some money.
    **Tip#1 agency is considering the rent is above 7 or 8K, if it’s below – maybe you will need to pay 1 month rent fee, and then you’ll need to consider if to use the agency
  • Tip#2make sure you do a research about the area you look at – make sure its:
    a. A nice area to live in, for example if you have a family you’ll prefer a quiet area close to a park, and if you are young and single maybe you’ll prefer an area with a lot of bars / clubs – I know that this is obvious, but what’s not obvious is – if you didn’t live here before you don’t know how critical a few KM can be – which takes us to the next point.
    b. Make sure it’s not too far from where you are working – commuting in Beijing can be difficult sometimes – don’t underestimate a few miles.
  • Tip#3make sure the agent is bargaining or if you don’t have one – you should bargain yourself.
    Every price you get from the landlord is usually higher than what the apartment is actually worth, so make sure your agent is doing bargaining for you.
    For example, if he wants X amount of RMB – maybe he will not go down with the price, but he will agree to buy all new furniture, bed, TV etc, fill your kitchen with utensils etc.

Good luck!

Adam Disatnik

I have been living in China since early 2013 in the great Beijing. I try to travel as much as I can and try to understand the culture and the habits as much as possible. It's amazing how much can be learned about China, and about life, while living abroad in a totally different country than the one you grew up in. I love it! Catch up on my blog to try and understand along with me:) Adam.

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