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Moving to HK in July - working in Kowloon Tong

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    Thank you all for the responses - they have been so much help!

    I am staying in a hotel for the first couple of weeks so that gives me a chance to have a look around areas on the island - I think that I may have to extend what my commute may be to get the area that I want which I don’t mind doing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kirstyhill96:
    Thank you all for the responses - they have been so much help!

    I am staying in a hotel for the first couple of weeks so that gives me a chance to have a look around areas on the island - I think that I may have to extend what my commute may be to get the area that I want which I don’t mind doing.
    Just for reference, I live in Kowloon Tong and work in central. Takes about 40 minutes door to door.
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    I know a few single expat teachers working in Kowloon Tong living in dense Kowloon near the MTR Lines, living by their own or sharing places. Commuting to HK Island is super easy. You can take a cross harbor bus or minibus to Kowloon and change a taxi in mid night or get off at TST East, Hung Hom near the tunnel, Jordan, YMT and Mongkok Nathan Road. Not expensive compared to the UK or the US. A cheap option is Lamma Island but it will involve ferries from Central. Sai Kung/Clearwater Bay will be good if you like the enviorment there.

    Kowloon is mainly an Asian area, in addition to Chinese there are Japanese, Koreans, Thais and South Asians etc. With fewer western residents than HK Island except the tourists.

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    We stayed at the YWCA lodge in Kowloon Tong for a month when we first moved to HK. Might be worth looking into as temporary accommodation. Quite pleasant, cheap and in the area you are working.

    I know some teachers who work in Kowloon Tong. Some live in Sheung Wan/Central but they do share a 2 bed flat. About 1300 each.

    Some live in Mong Kok too which is cheaper.


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    1300?


    Did you mean $13000 each?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lighthse003:
    1300?


    Did you mean $13000 each?
    Yes. I still automatically translate everything into GBP!

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    May have assumed the OP is from the UK from the ideal area he or she is looking for. Seem Australia and NZ are also possible.
    Asians generally don't need to be close to bars, actually want to be far from them.

    Quote Originally Posted by kirstyhill96:
    have a bit of an expat community, close to bars and restaurants to socialise and meet people and that wouldn't be more than a half an hour commute? Thanks

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    Western restaurants/bars are, in my opinion, very expensive and overpriced. If that is an experience you want, with going out and all, then maybe aim for cheaper rent closer to your work so you have more money available for going out. Getting to area for going out won't be hard if you're living along the MTR.

    Basically, you won't be able to afford to live near all the "hip" places AND be able to afford to go to them often...

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    I would say anywhere from Tsim Sha Tsui to Prince Edward will get you more bang for your buck than somewhere on the island, closer to Kowloon Tong, and still get the "HK experience" that a 23 year old coming to HK for the first time would desire. It's also super easy to get to the island from there anytime of the day or night


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    At the end of the day, most people go to work at least 5 days a week and probably not as many will be out socializing five days or more a week especially with the typical HK long hours. Easier and cheaper to be close to work and then use the money to go out when you have the time.

    Alternatively, if you think you want to be out all the time then 100sq ft and a bed might be good enough. To each his/her own...


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