What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city?
Qingdao is by the sea, so it is possible to look for a place with views of the water. Some like to live in the city because it is convenient, others like to live by the beach.
What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?
Most expats live in the new Southern area of Qingdao. There are a couple of popular housing complexes close to the sea with villas, townhouse style or high rise apartments. The Southern area of the city also has a popular beach and is close to both international schools.
Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?
Expats usually rent. The property market is relatively young in Qingdao, so while there may be good profits to be made, many foreigners feel the risk of buying property in China is too high. Some foreigners even choose serviced apartments in the deluxe hotels on Qingdao - at a high price, of course.
Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common?
Normally, you pay a deposit of one month's rent. Some landlords will even give you a better deal if you pay rent for the entire year in advance.
Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?
Utilities are extra.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
Qingdao is very safe. Most housing complexes have security at the gate.
I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city?
The electric current in China is 220 volts. The electrical Hertz (Hz) is 50.
The "official" plug type is like Type A, but slightly shorter and without holes in blades. Type "A" and "I" outlets are common and Type "G" might also be found.
Below are examples of the types of plugs that are used in China:
Type A - flat blade attachment plug
Type I - Oblique flat blades with ground (inverted V)
Type G - Rectangular blade plug
Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?
Crown Qingdao keeps a database of likely places you might like to make your home and can take you around Qingdao when you arrive to show you these options.
Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.