Finding An Apartment
Finding An Apartment
Finding An Apartment
Though a vast majority of our students contact alumni, Taiwanese relatives or friends, or current students of the Language Center to arrange their living accommodation, the Language Center is willing to help all prospective students who arrive on their own.
The services we can provide prior to your arrival is to help you make an appointments with these apartments which we work with.
An alternative accommodation close to the University is the Beacon Hotel. It is located within 100 meters in front of the University next to McDonalds. The rooms and the service are decent. For singles, the Beacon Hotel offers NT$ 2,000 a night.
If you need any assistance booking a room at Beacon Hotel, please don't hesitate to contact the Language Center Office by e-mail or telephone in advance. We will need to know the date and time of arrival into Taipei so we can guestimate your arrival time to Taichung.
If you're looking for cheaper accommodations than Beacon Hotel, then hotels by the train station (20 minute bus ride away) are your best bet. Although it's a bit far, some students choose this cheaper alternative, and then spend the day in the area closer by the univeristy searching for suitable permanent housing.
There's no need to worry too much about finding housing off-campus. The Language Center staff is happy to help you find a suitable place and get settle in. Our first and foremost goal is to make sure you have a place to stay.
There is an abundance of housing options in the vicinity of Feng Chia. Most of the time all housing is partly or fully furnished, the minimum basic outfit for a room being a desk, a chair, a bed, a clothing cabinet and a bathtub or shower and washbasin. The two most suitable solutions seem to be the following:
The drawback may be that you don't know from the start how people will behave as house mates; the advantage on the other hand being that you pay as much as for a studio of your own, but that you get to use a kitchen and if you want to buy appliances such as a TV, a fridge or hook on cable you can split costs, while at the same time you still have the privacy of your own room. Three- to four-bedroom apartments in the area range from NT$ 13,000 to 18,000 a month plus utilities and janitorial services. Remember that some landlords want a deposit of three months, others demand that the rent be paid up front for one semester.
Keep in mind that whatever solution you choose, you will probably have to provide the following of your own: bedding, towels and a fan (in case there is no aircon and even with aircon it is advised to get a fan). Extras are a TV, a telephone and a fridge and in case of an apartment: pots and pans, kitchen utensils and a stove or hot plate.
The area around Feng Chia teems with appliance stores and the like, so picking up what you need should not pose too many problems and prices are often lower than downtown.
All utilities have to be paid for by the tenants, i.e. electricity, water, gas, cable and phone, with for newer buildings a nominal janitorial service fee for cleaning, maintenance and security. In some more recent buildings a flat rate will be charged for these services, except for the cable TV and gas, the latter often being in canisters.
Another advantage of arriving a few days ahead of registration in Taiwan is that you will have more time to find a studio or an apartment and also will have a wider choice.
Finding a room on your own should not be too much of a problem in the Feng Chia area and prices are definitely much, much lower than those in Taipei. There are quite a few public bulletin boards close to the main gate of the university, on which rental information can be found, usually written on red paper. Room rates off campus usually range from NT$ 5,000 to 8,000 per month; however, rooms are often rented out only on a 6-month term basis following the University semesters (September-January and February-June).
If you want to find your own housing accommodation, things depend on what kind of building you want to live in and what the contract with your landlord says, but whether you are living in a room, a studio or an apartment, you will have to take care of a number of things yourself.