As Tommy said, spend the first days in a cheap hostel. Make a list of your priorities: do yuou want to live alone? Share an apartment? Do you want a cheap house no matter what or you’d rather live right next to the MTC no matter what you have to pay? These and otehr questions only you can answer, and it is better to have that clear before you start anything else.
That said, best of luck. One you have a few more data, teh questions won’t be quite general and then we can help more.[/quote]
- thanks for the help everyone
- my budget is only around 17000 NT/month being a student and all, and I would like to find a 1br apartment living by myself, preferably modern type design, which doesnt have to be in the heart of the city
- will i be able to find a decent place within my budget??
(im still doing my research)[/quote]
Well, an apartment -not a room with your own bathroom- will be all 17 thousand or more if on the Shida area.
However, along Hoping East Road, closer to Xiamen Street, Kuling Street, etc… -check Google Maps- you will find some nicer, maybe 2 bedroom, for that budget. Not teh nicest neighborhood, but close to school, food, MRT transportation and recreation.
Other option is closer to NTU, but not on the technology Buiilding Station area -too expensive- but moving closer to Xinyi.
And of course, if you head to the burbs, it will be a lot cheaper. For example, a 2 bedroom would be 10 to 13 thousand in our lovely lake area of Bitan. Another area also prefered for its amenities and vicinity to Shida is Dinxi Station area. Check MRT maps for reference.
Now, as to decent place, it depends on the apartment itself more than the neighborhood.
One more thing: what people call here taofan or studio is usually a room with its own bathroom, maybe a small kitchenette, but rarely anything else. These go for 15 around Shida to 8 and even 6 thousand in the 'burbs. Most share laundry facilities, and are usually stacked 8 per floor or single door. These are quite popular with students.
Of course, more Westerdized and hence spacious studios are also to be found.