[quote=“Icon”]Yes, it is doable, let’s say, in Xindian, Dingshi on (Yonghe) or even Panchiao (Banqiao), within reach of the MRT line. Once you cross the county line, rents go down dramatically, and so will your utilities expenses. As to transportation, 30 nts twice a day mounts to maybe 1200 nts a month, and you will still be saving a lot more in rent.
Sincerely, you can live anywhere around the city, most neighborhoods have all the conveniences you may need. You just need to match your lifestyle with the housing you want.
As to roach infested places, well, my experience is the closer to the city, the worst it gets.[/quote]
I live in Dingshi (Yonghe) on Zhu-lin road, and am just a few minutes away from the MRT line. Rent is reasonable - 7,500NT (plus A/C electric bill). I’m sure u can find rent that is 6,000NT if u don’t mind living a bit further down Zhu-lin road (15min. walk to the MRT). There are also 5 or 6 bus lines which all lead to Taipei City, so no worries here.
Btw, roaches are everywhere in Taipei, regardless of how far u r away from the city. They come to u!