Well I’ve lived in Hsinchu for 5 years which must be a record or something. My distaste for this city is fairly well known so perhaps I should tell you what is good and right about the city. Its an easier list to write than all the negatives.
If consider nightlife to be drinking beer than you will always be satisfied. There are a few bars that foreigners hang out and about a million other dives on just about every street. There are even a couple movie theatres. Nothing else though.
Plenty of restaurants for you to try here. Some are pretty good and sense most will be out of business in 6 months or so you always have this fresh rotation to chose from.
I have a huge house in the downtown, within walking distance of all the bars, restaurants, and empty shopping malls. In fact the back entrance to a bar is almost in front of my house - so convenient. Its huge and cheap. Maybe you can be as lucky. Unfortunately I love hot showers and the water pressure in our neighbourhood seems to be rather fussy.
There are plenty of new shopping malls with nothing of quality for men to buy in them so you are going to save a lot of money.
Tsing Hua University is a wonderful place to walk.
Rent is far cheaper than Taipei.
There is a train station and many bus stations many of which will take you to Taipei, Kaoshiung, or Taichung. You’re close to the airport.
Of course like elsewhere in Taiwan, the locals who get to know you will be the greatest friends you have ever known. The people, when not driving a motor vehicle, are quite relaxed and friendly.