I’m planning to move to Taipei for about nine months in August to study Mandarin at the Mandarin Training Center in NTNU (Shi-Da). However, I am required to find my own housing while in Taiwan. Most of the folks I’ve talked to have made it seem that I’ll need to wait until I’m there to find permanent housing. However, I wanted to know if there are any reliable online English-language resources for finding housing in Taipei on a student’s budget? Or should I make a reservation at a hostel for a month until I can find something permanent?
Additionally, what should I do about money in Taiwan? Should I open a checking account, or am I fine to use my Visa/withdraw cash when needed?
Thanks so much,