Renting an Apartment in China

Josh Wilson
Josh Wilson

Don’t be 60 years old and say… "I could have done that!" Do it now!

 / Jun 25, 2017

One of the first questions that people ask when they are cosnidering teaching English in China, is related to apartments in China. And it's understandable that people want to get an idea of where they will live. They also want to know about the costs associated with renting an apartment in China, and the process for getting a Chinese apartment. So we've broken down the basics here for you, and we've partnered with one of our Career China vloggers to even give you a tour of a typical Chinese apartment. Let's get to it!


The Cost of Renting an Apartment in China


Overall, the cost of renting an apartment in China is much less than what most expats would pay in their home countries. The price of an apartment in China will definitely depend on the size and amenities, the city where it's located, and the district of town. In large cities like Beijing, having an apartment in the center of the city near the popular expat areas could cost at least 5,000 - 6,000 RMB per month ($750 - $870) - and this might be for only a studio apartment or small one bedroom. Of course, you could get more for your money if you choose to live in a differnt area of town.


In second tier cities, prices for the same kind of apartment in an apartment will drop a couple thousand RMB per month. And if you chose a more rural town or suburban area of a city, then you could easily get a great 1 or even a 2 bedroom apartment for just 2000 - 2500 RMB monthly ($290 - $360). 


Since the cost of living in China relatively low, and the salary for English teachers in China is quite decent, most teachers can afford to have a pretty great apartment. And if teachers are willing to live outside the city center or have a roommate, they may even be able to afford a great apartment and still save good money while they are living in China.


How to Rent an Apartment in China


The process for renting an apartment in China isn't a whole lot different from your home country. There are rental agencies all over China, in fact, if you walk around commercial areas in China you will often see rental agencies and you may even see posted flyers with apartments available. Since there may be a language barrier, our Career China team can help provide you with guidance and connect you with someone in your area who can personally assist you with finding an apartment and translating. 


Since great apartments can go fast, you will want to jump on a good one if you really like it. Luckily the application process is simple; however, you will need cash (in local RMB) up front to pay for the apartment. Just as in your home country, you will be typically required to pay a few months up front (up to 3 or 6 months in some cities) and may have to pay a deposit and the agency service fee. For this reason, we advise that new teachers moving to China bring enough money with them so that they can cover these fees and get into their new apartment in China.


As always, our team is here to help you if you have any questions or concerns about this.


Check Out What an Apartment in China Looks Like!


We wanted to give you a glimpse into what a real Chinese apartment looks like. So we partnered with our friend, Collin, who is a teacher at one of the schools we work with in Hefei, China. An experience vlogger with some great information on China, he offered to take us on a tour of an apartment in his city so he could show you what it really looks like.


Enjoy!






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Josh Wilson

Don’t be 60 years old and say… "I could have done that!" Do it now!