Monday, August 19, 2013
Apartment hunt in Changchun, Jilin province, China - a real pain in the ass
Recently i wanted to move to a new apartment because my contract with the old landlord was due to expire so i started searching for something around downtown in the Guilin lu area to be close to the night life which is non-existent anyway in Changchun.
I started looking online to find an apartment and god it was difficult because no one spoke English and even the websites i used (www.58.com and www.ganji.com) were all in Chinese so i was always asking a friend to call the owners and discuss with them and eventually i gave up because all the apartments i found in this area were old and expensive.
That's when i decided to resort to agencies to find me a place with my own specifications which were simple:
a clean, modern and small apartment that's not so expensive.
Again this approach wasn't successful.
I decided to try moving away from downtown searching for the perfect place...and finally with the help of a patient Chinese friend i found it....it had all the specifications i asked for and more. The best thing is that it wasn't through an agency so i didn't have to pay the 50% rent fee for the agency.
I'm so grateful i finally found it and my advice to you if you are looking for an apartment in Changchun is to just find a friend and look somewhere where they have newer buildings like the area near Nanhu square or Jilin dalu area.....forget about downtown and know that you can get there with a taxi that will only cost you 8 RMB considering the fact that Taxis are so cheap here in Changchun