Hi, my name is Darkronin and I am a long time lurker, first time poster.
First off, I have to say that this is a great site for individuals looking for information on “Life in Taiwan”. It has given me a solid idea of what to expect should I accept my current job offer in Taiwan. There are a few questions that I would like to ask the community about. These questions will help me decide if I should take the position as is or negotiate for a better offer. I like the position and the salary; there are no issues with those. The location is in downtown Taipei and if I accept the position I will be arriving in late November to early December. There are two options for this position either a one year or two year contract with an option to stay for additional time if I enjoy it. All relocation expenses are covered by the company.
Here is the break out for my situation:
I am single, in my mid twenties and have lived in various parts of Asia for over four years. My mandarin is non-existent (However, I am currently studying mandarin through Rosetta Stone Software). I am addicted to city living (New York, London, Seoul, Tokyo and a few others). I also thrive on nightlife, bars, clubs, live venues, night markets, etc.
Basically, I am looking for advice on a district of Taipei to apartment hunt in. How well the housing package that is being offered covers utilities and the type of apartments available in said district. There will be a few people that will be able to assist me in setting up an apartment and the like, but I do not expect them to have the broad knowledge base that this community has. The things I am looking for in a district; active nightlife options, high-speed internet (fiber if I can get it), MRT station nearby, and decent apartments with a good kitchen (I like to cook).
Here is the package I am being offered:
Housing: NT$70,000 per month.
Utilities: NT$18,000 per month.
Housing is just rent money, while utilities covers all other house hold/ travel expenses.
Thanks in advance for any help that this community can offer.