This is a complete guide to rent an apartment, or just a room in a shared flat, in Shanghai.
How to rent an apartment in Shanghai – Index
- Looking for an apartment on the internet
- Another option for getting a room in a shared apartment
- Looking for an apartment through an agency
- What are the expenses beside the monthly rent
- Why you need a regular contract
- How should the contract looks like?
- The most common scams while renting an apartment in China
- Where to live in Shanghai if you care about your social life
- Frequently asked questions
for your first days in Shanghai
Looking for an apartment on the internet
If you are just landed to China and you don’t know anybody, the fastest way to find an apartment is probably to check the websites in English language. I recommend Flat in China, Smart Shanghai, Craigs List and Inter Shanghai.
The pros are that you won’t have to hunt for an agency on the street and most luckily you will deal with a landlord (or an agent) that can speak decent English.
Also, if you are in a tight budget (less than 3,000 RMB per month, that is about 500 USD) and you don’t want to live too far away from downtown, getting a room in a shared flat will be your only choice. [Read more…]