etm001 Posted June 19, 2012 at 03:01 AM Report Share Posted June 19, 2012 at 03:01 AM Hello, I'll be attending MTC in the fall of 2012, and thus far the most challenging aspect of moving to Taipei is trying finding a place to live (mostly because I have basic Mandarin language skills). I'm interested to hear from those of you who have already made this move. I'm open to any thoughts you might have, or, answers to questions like, "If I could do it all over again, here's what I'd do differenty..." or "Here's what I wish I knew before moving to Taipei..." etc. If that's too broad, then here are some specific questions if it helps: How many days before MTC registration would you suggest I arrive in order to start looking for a place to live? What's the best way to find someone locally who could help me find an apartment and/or negotiate a lease? (I'd be willing to compensate them for their time and assitance. I'm assuming it would be very difficult to do this on my own without someone to help me). In what neighborhood(s) would you suggest that I look for an apartment? The MTC Living in Taipei page describes the difference between tao-fang (furnished bedroom, private bathroom) and ya-fang (furnished bedroom, shared bathroom). I'm trying to align these descriptions with what shared apartment living is like in the US. Is ya-fang like having a bedroom in a multi-bedroom apartment, with a shared bath located within the apartment? Here is some additional information about apartments in Taiwan that I have gleaned: Many buildings might not look that great from the outside, but are OK on the inside. Lower price apartments (see below) do not usually have kitchens. Not really a problem, because there are plenty of low cost food options everywhere outside your door. Dishwashing machines are not common, ovens are very rare. Bathrooms are usually Asian style, i.e., the entire bathroom is tiled and serves as the shower. You probably have to pay $10,000NT or more per month to have an in-unit washing machine; dryers are rare. Almost no apartments in Taiwan have built-in heat. Buy a space heater for the "cold" months. (For me, even the cold months will be warm compared to what I'm used to). Air conditioning is mandatory for any apartment at any price range. Ideally, water and electricity is included in the rent. Even better if Internet is included. (If the apartment doesn't include water/electricity, I don't think one can sign-up for these services without an ARC, no?) Here are some price ranges and descriptions of typical amenities for one bedrooms that I've found: Low:$4,000NT to $10,000NT. Single room, 1 bathroom, dorm/studio style. No kitchen or fridge. Medium: $10,000 to $15,000. Single room in a 2-3 bedroom apartment with kitchen, living room, and western style bathroom. High: $15,000 to $18,000. Fully furnished studio apartment suite with kitchen and bathroom. Ultra: $18,000 and above. Fully furnished, one or more bedroom apartment suite in modern building with kitchen and bathroom. And finally: Read the Before You Sign a Lease guide offered by the MTC. Check out these resources to find an apartment:www.forumosa.com www.tealit.com ettoday.591.com.tv (in Chinese) taipei.kijiji.com.tw (in Chinese) Office 612 in MTC 7th floor bulletin board at the MTC Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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