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DachZanz

Where did you find your housing?

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DachZanz

I'm looking for a new place, but really am not sure where to look.  Do you work with an agency?  SmartShanghai is really overpriced it seems for most entries.  Craigslist is down, even with a VPN.  I don't want a situation (which is what I just did) living with 4 roommates, sharing one bathroom between too many people, etc...

 

 

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Lu

You could try asking around among your friends and acquaintances, checking the local expat mags and its online forums, checking message boards for students, in expat supermarkets, in foreigners' bars... I found my place through a real estate broker, but that was for an entire apartment.

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Mouseneb

My preferred method is to inquire with security guards and management offices of buildings I like, but my current beloved apartment was found through an agent.

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DachZanz

Thanks to those who posted here.

 

I ended up going through an agency and found a really great place without overpaying, by 娄山关路。  Cheers to the Shanghai life!

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Frederik451

so how did you find it? did you know a good agency? im in a situation where i need to find an apartment for me and my gf and we dont wanna share with other foreigners either. :)

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DachZanz

@Frederik

 

I can put you touch with the agency I used if you like, but to be honest, I don't think they're any different from any other of the hundreds of agencies around Shanghai.  If you're looking for an apartment around 中山公园 or 娄山关路, my guy would be a good choice.  I found them through Chinese co-worker who has helped other foreigners find housing in Shanghai before.  

 

I let them know my price (undershooting the truth a bit, of course) and requirements (clean, one bedroom with kitchen and bathroom).  Got laughed at for a while, told it was impossible, persisted until he decided maybe we could go out and see something that was perfect for me.

 

Good luck!  Hope this helps.

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Frederik451

hey DachZanz

 

中山公园 is actually quite close to where we wanna be. If you could let me know the name of the agency or the address, then i might go talk to them at some point :)

 

 

thank you 

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CB6

You might consider to use the Chinese version of Craigslist finding housing e.g. ganji.com or 58.com while you have use Chinese to communicate on those websites. 

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roddy

You're welcome to name the agency in public if you want.

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