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Moving to HK, working at ICC, looking for a 1Br at Jordan or TST

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    For the information of the OP, your housing budget alone is significantly higher than what most new grads in HK earn. Starting salaries can be as low as 9k a month; 12-15k is considered reasonably good. We start our new grads on a little more than that, because we import them from overseas - but still under 20k. You're very lucky - you don't appear to realise that. But if you want to socialise with young people from HK, you may be out of luck. Still, plenty of youngish expats in HK - try meetup.com when you arrive for meeting folks other than those in your office.


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    Wow, well assuming that your not paying rent, 20k in the pocket is not too bad. 9k seems like a stretch though, mom and dad would have to pay for food and utilities as well.

    I know I'm on a very generous deal and I couldnt ask for more. I'll look to find people in a similar situation as myself when I get there.

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    Congrats! Have a positive attitude and enjoy the best of Hong Kong. There will be some culture shock and annoying politics, throw those away. Attitude is king!

    Btw, how are you a recent graduate without experience being sent an expat package?! WoW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sekwai
    I am considering that, but I will be working a lot and want to walk to work. What is the olympic area like? I would preferably like to live in an area with lots of other young professionals.
    Sadly you can't walk to ICC... the whole of the West Kowloon reclamation is a planning disaster, with only highways at ground level. Presumably it was deliberately designed that way, so that residents are obliged to use the developer-owned retail outlets in the podium where they live, and not give their business to any mom-and-pop shops or restaurants on the street.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bookblogger
    Sadly you can't walk to ICC... the whole of the West Kowloon reclamation is a planning disaster, with only highways at ground level. Presumably it was deliberately designed that way, so that residents are obliged to use the developer-owned retail outlets in the podium where they live, and not give their business to any mom-and-pop shops or restaurants on the street.
    you can walk to icc, from austin station/jordan side

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    Yes, you can walk there via footbridges and underpasses, and jumping over railings if you don't like detours.


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    There are a few developments near icc, near civic square but it might be slightly out of your budget. Maybe you can top up your subsidies with your salary?


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    Quote Originally Posted by bookblogger
    Yes, you can walk there via footbridges and underpasses, and jumping over railings if you don't like detours.
    No need to jump over railings. The footbridges are more pleasant than walking at street level as you get a little breeze and avoid some of the heat from vehicles. Good for those with young children too, a bit safer than mixing it up with the traffic.

    Plenty of mom and pop shops near the wet market, at most ten minutes walk away

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK_Katherine
    For the information of the OP, your housing budget alone is significantly higher than what most new grads in HK earn. Starting salaries can be as low as 9k a month; 12-15k is considered reasonably good. We start our new grads on a little more than that, because we import them from overseas - but still under 20k. You're very lucky - you don't appear to realise that. But if you want to socialise with young people from HK, you may be out of luck. Still, plenty of youngish expats in HK - try meetup.com when you arrive for meeting folks other than those in your office.
    Yes, but most new grads in HK does not start in a IB job where you are supposed to work 8am to midnight. My friends working in similar jobs in Goldman Sachs and the like the earn significantly more than the usual 12-15k per month, large part of that is bonus though..
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    Seriously, don't aim to walk 15 minutes to work in HK, unless your job is sweat analysis

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