Shanghai's Housing Options
"Where should I live?" This is one of the major questions expats face when coming to Shanghai. Luckily, Shanghai provides a range of options for incoming expats, whether you're looking for a chic studio apartment or a traditional old Shanghainese home:
Independent VillasUsually called houses in the West these may take the form of standalone (independent units) or semi-detached.
Villas in Local CompoundsExpats who choose to live in local compounds usually select high-end local enclaves, usually in the western suburbs. These are also standalone or semi-detached houses with gardens, but facilities are not usually provided and English may not be spoken.
Historic HousingYou may be tempted to live downtown in traditional lane houses or older independent villas (usually from the 1920’s or later). These are commonly called ‘Lao Yang Fang’ (‘Old Houses’ in local expat parlance)
Your Choice: House or Apartment?You might think you know the pros and cons of living in a house or an apartment, but in Shanghai these reasons will probably be very different from those of your home country:
FriendsOf course you may not know them yet, but even if you don’t know anyone here, find out where your future work colleagues live. If you already have friends here you may wish to live close to them - but perhaps not right next door...
Generally, families tend to live closer to international schools, while singles and couples live downtown or close to subway stations.
Parks and Green SpaceMany compounds offer their own gardens and surrounding environment for tenants looking to get away from the crowded streets. Alternatively, Shanghai has plenty of large parks where you can go for a walk, watch the locals do Tai Chi or just relax.
Hospitals and ClinicsWestern clinics may offer advanced services and quality assurance, but some local hospitals also offer high quality medical services, especially in certain disciplines where some of Shanghai’s training hospitals are world leaders. If you are unlucky enough to require an emergency service then you will need to know the time it takes to get there and if they are easily accessible 24/7. If a family member has a medical condition you should live close to a clinic with a 24/7 emergency service available.
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