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Guangzhou September

Started by Kimberlee Rud. Last reply by Steven Russel Lee Ng Sep 11. 2 Replies

Hi Everyone!  I'll be coming to Guangzhou in September to teach adults.  Looking forward to meeting many of you.  I'm coming from the states and would love to hear from those who are already their…Continue

Using PayPal.

Started by Paul Lawrence Taylor III. Last reply by Chris Cash Aug 12. 5 Replies

Hello everyone.  My name is Paul and I'll be arriving in October.  A question to the veterans, are banks in China PayPal friendly?Continue

Any EF GZ teachers moving out in July?

Started by McKayla Fuller Jun 30. 0 Replies

Hey all,My friend Danielle and I will be arriving next week and are looking for a two bedroom apartment. Are there any outgoing teachers who would like to pass off their apartment to us? We would…Continue

New to Guangzhou!

Started by Audrey Bridgers. Last reply by David Klarer Feb 11. 5 Replies

Hey Guangzhou EF members!I'm Audrey and I'm set to arrive in Guangzhou in February and begin teaching kids and teens in March!  Anyone else also arriving in February/March??  I will be in the market…Continue

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Comment by Steven Russel Lee Ng on September 11, 2015 at 12:32pm

@ all incoming teachers.  Hello! I am sure you are very excited for the move that is coming up soon.  Just to give you a bit of personal experience on the housing situation.  EF will provide access to two realtors that will take you around the city on your days off.  Depending on how many are in your onboarding group it can be easy or annoying.  I was shown multiple flats with a group of four, which wasn't too bad.  But have in mind the area you'd like to live in; distance from school, next to bus/metro stops, in city center/outside. Also how much you are willing to spend.

There are a few spots around that I know to have many teachers living in. I live in Liede (metro line 5). Its very upscale and more expensive than most (3400 yuan) Zhujiang new town (also line 5) is very similar. South on line 3 near canton tower, i know people living there for slightly cheaper than me.  Also north near railway station east, there are moderately priced places closer to 2500/ person.  If you are planning on living by yourself expect to pay more.  Single bedroom flats range from low 2000 for older places to 3500 for modern styles.  Some will have western style toilets, others squat toilets.

Also, be ready to pay a large down payment upon move in.  I paid a full 3 months of rent for a deposit.  Then you have other expenses such as internet, water jug service, and furnishings to think about.  Utilities and internet are usually paid every 3 months or so but are fairly inexpensive.  

I was planing on spending roughly 2500 to 3500 on rent when arriving.  I was thinking about living alone, but quickly made contact with 2 who needed a roommate.  I did not have to buy any pots/pans, bedding; internet was already set up, we have water service, and a real estate agent who if we need anything fixed, she can speak very good english (also a fee for an agent).  I spent about 13000 just to move in.... luckily EF does provide a 10,000 interest free loan which you can use.  They will take out of your paycheck over a few months.

My advice is talk with others if you want a roommate, have an idea of how far (walking/bus/metro) you want to live from work, or area you want, and bring extra money.  I have an international VISA credit card which my apartment would not accept. So bring it in cash. I brought around 3000 yuan/kwai/RMB (same thing).  It's not hard to get started but can be a bit stressful to find what you are looking for.  Also, it has been said that the realtors will show you bad locations first, so beware.  And you can always try to bargain for lower rent or things included like missing furniture or appliances. The flats are usually fully furnished.  

If ya'll got anything else you want to know, just holler.  Happy travels!

Comment by Brandii on September 11, 2015 at 12:36am

I am so very excited for this journey. If there is any tips/advice/guidance that can be given, I am open.

I look forward to meeting you all!


Comment by leah wambui on August 11, 2015 at 3:21pm

Hi, is any one arriving to Gz on 19th?

Comment by Ariana Lombardi on August 10, 2015 at 4:08am

Hey there Guangzhou teachers, 

I'll be arriving in October, teaching adults. I'm wondering who else will be in that arrival group. Also, wanted to say hey! I'm really looking forward to being in the city and getting to know you all.

Does anyone have info or advice on the housing situation? I am wondering about neighborhoods, the vibe of different neighbordhoods, what each have to offer, prices of housing, etc. Please don't hesitate to say hey. Best, Ari

Comment by Catherine on August 1, 2015 at 11:48am

WeChat: CatherineHinton

Comment by Catherine on August 1, 2015 at 11:48am
Hello everyone...I recently installed my new SIM Card and all of my WeChat contacts erased so if you added me before please add me again.
Comment by Catherine on July 14, 2015 at 12:17pm

Is anyone bringing a camera with them?  

Comment by Steven Russel Lee Ng on July 4, 2015 at 12:29am

Howdy ya'll.  I'm heading to GZ July 20.  If anyone is looking for a roommate, please don't hesitate to talk to me.  Was thinking about going solo, but sharing rent would be nice too.  Peace in the East!

Comment by Candace Ricks on June 25, 2015 at 5:37pm

Hi Everyone! I'm Candace from the Washington DC Area and I will be arriving in Guangzhou in October. If there is anyone else who is arriving around that time, let me know. 

Comment by Leanne Wong on June 10, 2015 at 6:22pm
Hellloooo everyone! I'll be starting in mid August working with Kids & Teens! Can't wait to meet you all!

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