.. Alright so I am a student, and I am going to be moving to Hong Kong in August to start the semester September 1st, and have many question in preparation to my move.
- My first is about renting a flat in HK. I was originally planning on renting a serviced flat for the duration of my stay (About 10 months) at the HarbourHorizon Front (I think that is the name), I know there are 3 residence buildings offered by the company. I was also looking at the Bellagio, but do not know if they are serviced. So I was wondering if anybody has had any experience there, and how much per month have you paid? I am on a student budget, and I was hoping my monthly rent would not exceed HK12,000, actually I was hoping it would be under HK10,000 per month.
- Well my next question has to do with my first. I am not crazy about the idea of "Used" furniture, and was originally hoping to go to Hong Kong, find a flat, and furnish it myself. I am afraid that will be too expensive though and too time consuming. I will need to come to Hong Kong at least a week or two ahead of the start of the school semester, rent a hotel room, find a flat, sign a lease, move in, and furnish it. So how expensive is furniture in Hong Kong, and could I furnish a 600 sq. ft. flat for under HK20,000 or maybe even HK15,000? Would it even be worth my time as I will only be here about a year, or should I just move into a serviced flat? I might decide to make the move permanent in that case it would be worth it in the long run, but it is so much money and work... (I just really can't get used to using someone else's furniture for a year, and not be able to ruin it or change it out if I get sick of it)......
- This question has to do with the two above; Which inexpensive furniture stores, can deliver same day or next day at good prices, that have an English speaking staff (I currently don't speak any Cantonese, only some Mandarin)?
- My next question is how long does it take to process a lease, because a hotel in Hong Kong for too long is going to cut into my annual budget, meaning I would have to be extremely frugal? Can I find a flat (Either serviced or a normal lease), and move in within 2 days or so? If so, should I rent direct from the serviced residences, or find a realtor?
- Next, I was wondering where is the pollution the lowest in Hong Kong, as I have heard that is a major problem? I want to live in an area not too far from Hong Kong Island, but in an area where the air is cleaner and less dense. Are there any nice, modern, newly built serviced flats in areas where the air is clean?
- And my next question is about health insurance; I am thinking about a plan from HSBC, and was wondering if they offer good health plans?
- Next, where can I get renter's insurance?
- And finally, where is the highest concentration of foreigners in Hong Kong, or at least English speakers, where I can shop and dine with no language problem?
** Thank you so much to anybody who can help. I am so excited about my move to Hong Kong, that I can barely sleep some nights.. MDR**
**** One more thing to add, I have a very modern, contemporary style, which is what I am looking for in my apartment and furniture. For my flat, I am looking for something very new, the newer the better.. Merci beaucoup!****