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日期: 2017-07-20
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Questions about finding an apartment, how to pay for it, and what else might be your responsibility regarding your housing while living here. 


Apartment


How do I go about finding an apartment? 

Your Foreign Teacher Management Specialist will be there to help you find an apartment.


What is housing allowance and how is it different from salary?

Salary and housing allowance is paid together via direct deposit. With a fapiao provided, housing allowance will be tax-free.


What is a "fapiao"?

Fapiao is an "invoice" provided by your landlord or landlady showing how much you pay in rent each month. This will be used to get your housing allowance tax-free. Your housing allowance will still be tax-free even if you rent cost is below or above your monthly housing allowance. 


What is the average monthly rent of an apartment?

The monthly rent per room will vary from 2,000-4,000 RMB depending on size and location.


Is there a deposit on renting an apartment?

Most landlords in China require a 2 month deposit for rent. There will also be an agency fee of typically ½-1 month’s rent.


How much are monthly utilities? 

This will vary, but expect to pay 200-400 RMB per month for utilities.


How are the living standards in China compared to Western standards?

The living standard in Shenzhen is very good. Shenzhen is a very modern city with new building and apartments. However, don't expect everything to be the same as your home!


Will internet be pre-installed?

Unlikely, please refer to the Money Management part of the FAQs to see the upfront costs of moving in.

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