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Q: Finding an apartment in Changchun for ESL teacher.

My girlfriend and I are looking for an apartment in Changchun now or soon.  She is already living in a place provided by her company, I will be joining her soon and we are looking for an apartment to share.  We would like a western style toilet, and a washing machine.  I am prepared to pay multiple months rent to find a decent place.  Any ideas on how to go about finding an apartment would be appreciated.  Being near the zoological gardens is definitely an option if something is nearby.

2 years 21 weeks ago in  Housing - Changchun

 
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you can try an agent around the place where you want to rent....I used 58.com last time I need a place. Found a nice private renter and worked out great.

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I second the agent idea, have done that myself and it worked out well, except for having to pay the agent fee I think, don't remember how it worked now.

 

The other thing I've done is figure out where you'd like to live and walk around the communities there looking for places to rent. A lot of people rent their properties privately and will put a for rent sign with the phone number in the windows.

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I would contact the training schools in the city that have had to please foreigners with housing over the years for recommendations. I recommend the area around the Mayflower hotel if it's convenient for your work. Lived in the area in the past.

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Thanks for the great replies. Definitely will look into the resources and provide some feedback in the near future.

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Thanks for the great replies. Definitely will look into the resources and provide some feedback in the near future.

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Thanks for the great replies. Definitely will look into the resources and provide some feedback in the near future.

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