I hope it’s appropriate to post this in the parenting section, as my main concern is figuring out what considerations should be made in picking an apartment with children in Taipei. (It was much easier choosing a place as a single guy.)
We are moving this summer to Taiwan from the U.S. Because we will be attending NTU as exchange students we figure living in Daan makes sense. However, we aren’t sure what area is a good place to live versus bad for children. I have been to Daan before but it’s been 12 years. I remember some areas being nicer then others. I’ve read a lot of post mentioning new apartments versus old apartments in Taipei. If you planned on attending NTU as a family where would you live and why? I only have about 40000 (TWD) per month for rent, not including utilities, as we are students. Is this enough? We will only be in Taiwan for a year spending most of our time studying. I thought that being close to Daan forest might be nice because of the cultural activities the family could attend. But I don’t know if the areas surrounding the park are decent or safe. I’m not sure what additional questions to ask. All I remember about Taipei is a lot of traffic and crazy scooters versus rural areas being very calm and nice, “Yuli.” I lived there as well.
Can some of you please help me brainstorm. What should be considered in choosing a place for my family, especially children, in Taipei? (I can live under a rock, but the kids can’t) Really, I’m clueless as to what considerations should be made in Taipei. We have it so convenient in the U.S. Also, I’m a little nervous about finding housing when we arrive. I think it would be better to get a place in advance so that we don’t spend too much money in short term hotel expenses when we arrive. However, this makes me nervous as I don’t want to pick a bad place. I should mention that I don’t think we will have a car as I recall metro and buses are very convenient. I figure we don’t need the extra liability, considering we are only there one year. Any advice regarding transportation? I should mention that we are a caucasian family. I know that we will be approached by a lot of curious people. I’ve heard about gated communities. Should this be a consideration?
I’m (and my WIFE) also concerned about my kids safety. (I read something about a taser. J/K) Any recommendations, thoughts regarding this?
How much money do you think a family of four “on the go” should have for food? (We tend to eat out a lot.) Any other budget suggestions/considerations are appreciated.