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    I'm coming to HK!

    Hi
    First off thanks for your help in advance.
    I'm a 29y/o Aussie/Asian guy who will be moving to HK later in August. Looking to get some advice on best places for me to look for an apartment given my situation.

    My job is based in Kwai Hing, and on the weekends I will be primarily hanging around the areas of Causeway Bay/Wan Chai/Central/TST for the shopping and nightlife..

    Ideally the place I want to get is a happy medium between getting to work and getting to the busy shop/drink/eat areas. Currently in perth, my commute to work is about 15-20 mins by bus, so I wouldn't want to have a massive long 1hr commute to work every morning and afternoon.

    It has been suggested to me before to stay in either Tsuen Wan, Cheung Sha Wan or Lai King.
    I really don't mind staying out of the hustle and bustle as long as there's food/groceries/parks around. Yet I would love to be close to nightlife in case I have those big nights and need to stumble home.

    My budget isn't all that great since I have to pay for a mortgage back home, but I am thinking around 6000hkd for a sharehouse with another person.

    What are your thoughts?

    Dan


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    6k is tiny. sharing is rare (although not unheard of). But if you are sharing a 2-bed place for 12k, you are still looking at something very small and not on the Island. I would look close to work - between Tsuen Wan and Li Chi Kok more or less. Plenty of choice around there. Save the money for the taxi / minibus fare home after a night on the town.

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    well sharing flat is common for university student but not v common for adult ,, unless pretty good fds ... anyway you can try to post it in geoexpat ,,, I personally prefer Tsuen Wan to Lai chi Lok and Cheung sha Wan ,, Tsuen wan is somewhat like a hub ... pretty convenient ... btw how long are you going to stay in HK ? as this will affect your rental duration and the contact terms etc ... usu the agent will request you to sign a 1 + 1 (fixed + flexible) year of contract... so if you stay less than 1 year .. then the options would be fewer... or you have to negotiate with the owner ... hope it helps ... welcome to HK, buddy


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    Sharing really isn't that rare, lots of friends do it. You'll be able to find a nice room on the island for that money.


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    Quote Originally Posted by danielt:
    Hi
    First off thanks for your help in advance.
    I'm a 29y/o Aussie/Asian guy who will be moving to HK later in August. Looking to get some advice on best places for me to look for an apartment given my situation.

    My job is based in Kwai Hing, and on the weekends I will be primarily hanging around the areas of Causeway Bay/Wan Chai/Central/TST for the shopping and nightlife..

    Ideally the place I want to get is a happy medium between getting to work and getting to the busy shop/drink/eat areas. Currently in perth, my commute to work is about 15-20 mins by bus, so I wouldn't want to have a massive long 1hr commute to work every morning and afternoon.

    It has been suggested to me before to stay in either Tsuen Wan, Cheung Sha Wan or Lai King.
    I really don't mind staying out of the hustle and bustle as long as there's food/groceries/parks around. Yet I would love to be close to nightlife in case I have those big nights and need to stumble home.

    My budget isn't all that great since I have to pay for a mortgage back home, but I am thinking around 6000hkd for a sharehouse with another person.

    What are your thoughts?

    Dan
    Yes, $6000 will only get you a really small space, at least in the urban areas of Kowloon and HK. And the environment for 6K may not be that great either, if you are talking about places in Cheung Sha Wan, Tsuen Wan or Lai King, those areas are working class neighbourhoods with plenty of noise and pollution. So if you don't mind that, fine. But if you want a little peace and quiet with a touch of green space, I suggest you look elsewhere.

    Maybe in the New Territories you might be able to get a bit bigger space for 6K if you don't mind the longer commute. But with the prices now, even in NT you might be looking at pretty small flat.

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    6K for sharing isnt that bad, especially for places like Tsuen Wan, check here http://hongkong.geoexpat.com/classif...cat.php/cat/14

    or place a wanted ad in there as well.


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    One problem with sharing is that someone will be stuck with the tiny room.

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    For perspective, all the places I looked at in Central were one bedrooms or studios for anywhere between HK$15,000 and $20,000. A couple were hovels, one was acceptable but very small and one was gorgeous (and now mine).

    HK$6,000 doesn't strike me as going a long way unless you do find a share place, perhaps pushing further into the New Territories. My agent told me no one but students does share-housing in Hong Kong but he seems to be generalizing. Have you considered just renting a room? If you're going to be working and going out, you're barely at home anyway... http://www.easyroommate.com.hk/


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    That looks like an interesting website Pencil - thanks for sharing it, I had not seen it before.


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    OP, plenty of young professionnals share flats in HK (not as many as in NYC or London), but still plenty (all our younger staffs on short term (1 year) contract do).

    It's not hard to find and you should get something for 6K/month even on the Island (Sheung Wan/Kennedy Town/North Point etc etc).

    Check with your employer if they have simialr cases already, if not post/check ads here or on similar websites.


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