Renting outside of Taipei

How far would 10,000 NTD per month go outside of Taipei? I would be happy enough with a studio as long as it’s a decent size… although a small 1 bedroom would be ideal.

Is it common for certain utilities to be included within the rental price? Water/gas/electricity/tv/internet?

Outside of rent and utilities are there typically hidden costs like a maintence fee?

Cheers!

Certainly something just across the river near MRT stations 10k NTD probably will not get you a building you want to live in. I moved from Taipei to New Taipei City (but I was looking for 2-3 bedroom) and most places I saw did not include water, gas or electricity. A few places included TV/Internet. Usually they add on the management fee on top of the rent but you might be able to negotiate that. (i’m lucky that I had people that helped me talk to the landlord as most don’t speak english)

Buildings that are 30yrs+ in age normally don’t have any management fee and rent is much cheaper due to no elevator / no security / no trash service.

I would use Google Chrome or some browser with “translation” function to search rent.591.com.tw to get a better idea. You can use the “map search” function to go to your preferred neighborhood on the map and then adjust the price to NT5000-10000 to see what is available. Lots of pictures and although the translation to English is a mess you can get an idea of what is included. I would guess that for something relatively close to a MRT, 10k places will be very small, 30yrs+, probably a tiny fridge, and a hot plate.

(Back in 2003 rent for a large studio, with all appliances, in a security guard building with trash service in Tu-Cheng district was already about NT 8000-9000. This was way BEFORE the MRT opened up.)

Medium sized taofangs with utilities and Internet and cable included for 8k can still be found in Xindian. That leaves you 2k for transportation and other accroutements. And I mean a stone’s throw away from the MRT. 10k can still get you a house in the hills of Xindian…long commute though.

Most studios do include utilities. If not, insist on a separate meter. Otherwise, the charges will balloon up.

Maintenance fee is never hidden, and most of the time well worth it. Search “throwing out the garbage”. usually, if you pay a fee that means you get an elevator, some common area access, someone to pick up your mail and packahges, someone to take care of your garbage and recyclables.

Most definitely! Even if you are an “adventurer” on a budget such facilities are not for human consumption. A reasonable apartment in or around Taipei (this means good location, well insulated, without must, smell, noise and critters etc.) is going to cost multiples of the said budget. Why on earth would you do this to yourself? Go further south like Vietnam, Malaysia or Indonesia - at least there you won’t freeze your ass off during winter times.

Ah, I’m sorry guys… worded the the whole post poorly last night! I meant renting in cities like Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taoyuan, Tainan and even Hsinchu. Not, literally outside of Taipei. Just after general information about other cities.

I’m most interested in Kaohsiung. How would 10k do there?

But nonetheless, some great information! I’ll be checking out the that link tomorrow. I’m currently living in the oven that is Guangzhou, can’t remember the last time time I froze my ass off, might be a nice change :smiley:

I lived near the Hsinchu City/County border once. In a residential area where too many apartments were built in anticipation of science park expansion that didn’t happen. I had a 4bdr/2 floor apartment for 10,000. Heaps of similar deals around there. Apartments sell for 1 million and many stand empty.

Is that zhunan or zhubei? Zhunan has a lot of nice new buildings. I’m jealous.

[quote=“meldrew”]Ah, I’m sorry guys… worded the the whole post poorly last night! I meant renting in cities like Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taoyuan, Tainan and even Hsinchu. Not, literally outside of Taipei. Just after general information about other cities.

I’m most interested in Kaohsiung. How would 10k do there?

But nonetheless, some great information! I’ll be checking out the that link tomorrow. I’m currently living in the oven that is Guangzhou, can’t remember the last time time I froze my ass off, might be a nice change :smiley:[/quote]

I’m guessing Guangzhou weather is quite similar to much of Taiwan (central and south). The north is a lot rainier and greyer in winter.

the weather is probably identical here.

Keelung. More humid, some say more rain than Taipei (still waiting for the proof) and I rent a single house for 9k, initially 7k.
Water bill every 2 months around 150 NTD, Power every 2 months between 2.5k and 5k (really depends how much I use it).
Found also on 591.

how is it? kinda curious. i like visiting jilong, the night market is one of the best.