These are the three best ways to find a room in Taiwan!

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Hello everyone! I’m @olivertomolife, back from studying abroad in Kaohsiung!




Looking for a room abroad can be a stressful and anxiety-inducing experience, but did you know that there are also convenient property websites in Taiwan?




I’m back from my study abroad trip in Kaohsiung, and I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with you!



Recommended for the following people
  • Those who are planning to stay in Taiwan for a long time
  • Are you looking for an apartment in Taiwan?
  • Want to know how to find an apartment in Taiwan






Contents of this article
  • Is there a difference in the property search environment between Japan and Taiwan?
  • Chinese you should remember when looking for a place to live
  • What are the three ways to find an apartment?
  • What should I pay attention to on the day of the visit?







I have been on a working holiday in Kaohsiung for one year since February 2020. I am currently writing a blog based on that experience.




By reading this article, you’ll get to know about room hunting in Taiwan!



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Is the environment for finding a place to live different in Japan and Taiwan?

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In Japan, people often look for a room through real estate agencies, but in Taiwan, people often use apps to decide.




I think this is partly due to the fact that there are fewer real estate agencies in Taiwan than in Japan.




Also, in Japan, many rooms are not fully furnished, but in Taiwan, I have the impression that many rooms are fully furnished.




Contracts are also simpler in Taiwan than in Japan, which can be said to be a characteristic.



Chinese words to remember when looking for a place to live

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Type
  • 不限 = Not specified
  • 整層住家 = A typical apartment or house
  • 獨立套房 = One-room apartment
  • 分租套房 = Shared house, independent bathroom, shared entrance
  • 雅房 = Room sharing
  • 車位 = Garage
  • 基他 = Other







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  • 租金 = rent
  • 1 房 = 1 room
  • 房屋型態 = type of building
  • 公寓 = Apartment
  • 電梯大樓=apartment with elevator
  • 透天厝 = Terraced house
  • 別墅 = Villa
  • 樓層 = Number of floors
  • 不限 = none
  • 1層 = 1st floor
  • 2-6層 = 2=6 floors
  • 6~12層 = 6~12 floors
  • 12層 = 12 or more floors
  • 性別
  • 不限 = Not specified
  • 男女皆可 = Both men and women can move in
  • 男 = Male only
  • 女 = Female only






Facilities Provided
  • 有電視 = Television
  • 有冷氣 = Air conditioner
  • 有冰箱=fridge
  • 有熱水器 = Water heater
  • 有天然瓦斯 = Natural gas
  • 有第四台
  • 有網絡
  • 有洗衣機 = Washing machine
  • 床 = Bed
  • 衣櫃 = Wardrobe
  • 沙發 = Sofa






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  • O其他條件 = Other conditions
  • 有車位=Parking space available
  • 有電梯 = Elevator available
  • 有陽台 = There is a balcony.
  • 有開貨
  • 有寵物 = Pets are allowed.
  • 近捷運 = Property near station
  • 可短期不限= Short-term rental properties
  • 押金 = Security deposit, key money, security deposit
  • 管理費 = Management fee
  • 身份要求 = Identification requirements (students, working people, families, etc.)
  • 最短租期 = Minimum rental period
  • 可遷入日 = When you can move in






If you know the above Chinese, you should have no problem.



What are the three ways to find a room?

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Let’s take a look at the three ways to find a room, in order of recommendation.



1 Using an app to find a room

This is the most mainstream method and there are three famous websites.




Each of them is available only in Chinese.




Be sure to select “屋主” when searching!




If something goes wrong with the property, the response may be slow in other cases.



1 591房屋交易網

This is the most famous property app in Taiwan, and you can find a lot of rooms.




I was also able to find a property using this app.




It is also convenient to check the type of property on the map.



2 Rakya.net

This is another famous property site in Taiwan, where you can search for a variety of properties.




You can even find properties that are not available on other sites!




It’s also convenient that the site is easy to read.



3 好房子

The main feature of this site is that you can search for properties by train line.




You can also search on other sites, but I think this one is more accurate.




The design of the site is also easy to read, so it’s easy to use.



2 How to search using Facebook groups

Since many people in Taiwan use Facebook, you can also search for property information.




You can find many groups by searching for “台灣 找房子” in the app.




One thing to keep in mind is to join a group with a large number of people.




Groups with a small number of people do not have much information about properties, so you may not be able to find anything very good, so be careful.



3 Using a real estate agency to search

If you are looking for a place to live, especially in Taipei, there are some real estate agencies that cater to Japanese people, so it is a good idea to consult with them.




Typical companies include Able, TaiwanRent.com, and XinyiFangwu.




Each of these companies is easy to use, so it’s best to check out their websites.



What should I pay attention to on the day of the tour?

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1 On the day of the inspection, try to have more than one person with you.

The reason for this is that some owners are malicious.




They may tie you to an expensive contract, so be sure to invite a friend or someone as evidence.



2 Check if there is a garbage station

In many cases in Taiwan, you will need to take out the garbage yourself.




Some properties may have a garbage station, so make sure to check.



Conclusion

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  • It is recommended to look for a property one week before you plan to rent.
  • Visit with more than one person.
  • It is smooth to learn a minimum of Chinese.






This is a summary of the room search in Taiwan!




We will continue to provide information on Taiwan in the future, so please stay tuned.




Thank you for reading to the end!

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