Initially published by co-founder Tuni Nguyen on Metropolife.net
Since I been living and moved to Taipei twice in the past 2 years, I want to share my experiences. I both rented a room and an apartment in Taipei (around the red line) and been here as an exchange student and now I am living and working from Taipei (and Beijing).
Here are some tips on how to find a room/apartment in Taipei and Taiwan in general, what to consider and which prices are appropriate for which area 😊 You can download a PDF with the most important information on the bottom of this article.
Join Facebook groups
I guess that’s the first and most basic step. Join apartment groups related to finding apartments. The ones I used are listed were:
- Rooms For Rent – Taipei!
- Looking for Roommates or Apartments in Taipei and Taiwan.
- Rental Apartments in Taiwan
When I moved to Taipei for my exchange in 2017, I looked for my room in these groups. The first weeks I spent in a female only hostel with my own little room and a shared bathroom while looking for a place to stay and it took me 3 weeks until I found a place that fit both my preferences for location and price. I paid around 12.000 NTD for a room in Dongmen, with 3 roomies, two bathrooms and a small kitchen.
Check websites and apps
The Facebook Groups can be over-flooded sometimes, especially during the beginning of every semester. So yeah, I was living that hostel life. Some of my classmates had to camp out in a hostel longer than I had to or they had to pay pricy
When I moved back to Taipei last autumn, a platform was recommended to me by my friend. The website is called MyRoomAbroad and it is easy to navigate and its all in English. You can search for short-term and long-term places.
Just type in your moving in and moving out date, see the price for rent and request the room. The platform makes sure you are secured and generates a contract for you. After booking the room, the landlord usually gets back to you within 48 hours – and then you have a room. I mean, let’s be honest, stressing over finding a place, questioning the legitimacy and avoiding scams are not the top things you wanna do when you first move to Taiwan!
My Room Abroad was co-founded by a previous exchange student who came to Taiwan and struggled a bit to set up his new life chapter here. So now, the platform helps students not only with the housing issues but shares events and blogs with tips on how to live and travel around Taiwan.
As a fellow ex-exchange student, who now came back to Taipei to also pursue my own business ideas, I reached out and the founders were happy to give out a discount when you sign up for the website MyRoomAbroad and find a place to stay!
When booking a room you can use the code ” Metropolife2019 ” to receive 300 NTD discount 🙂 That’s like 5 bubble teas, 2 beef noodle soups or a cocktail in Taipei (depending on what conversion you prefer :D)
There are also some Taiwanese websites that got recommended to me but I found it a waste of time
What to consider before moving:
Before moving and signing a contract, especially for a room you found yourself when you are an exchange student, you should take some aspects into consideration
- If not stated, ask about extra costs (internet, water, electricity) and if they are included in the contract
- Also, if it is not clearly mentioned, make sure the room is furnished, so you don’t have to buy a new bed, mattress or table just for a semester
- Ask about the contract and how long you are bound to it. I signed my contract for my exchange semester which was for a 1-year lease, however, I was upfront and said I only stay for 6 months. So, I could get out of it because I found a tenant who took over my lease.
Some prices and areas in Taipei:
If you are here to study, you definitely want to live closer to campus. I heard quite nasty things about dorms though and lack of privacy, that’s why I decided not to move into the dormitories of my campus 2 years ago and rent my own room in the city (around Daan).
Prices for rooms (including internet, electricity, and water) should be around 11.000 to 16.000 NTD for “inner” Taipei, such as Daan, Shida, Taipei Arena, Gongguan, Songshan or Zhongshan. All these places usually are close to a MRT station. Xinyi area is usually a bit pricier.
If you are looking for a room further outside, such as New Taipei City, Yonghe or Shilin, the rooms should be under 12.000 NTD max. However, the transportation to downtown Taipei is not as convenient, since there are lesser MRT lines. If your university or work Is in that area, it shouldn’t be a problem though.
I hope this little insight and my personal experiences help you find a place in Taipei. Enjoy your time here, I definitely had a great exchange and that is the reason I decided to move back and hopefully, I can live here for a while 😊 Click here to download the PDF with the most important takeaway.
And Thank you