What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city?
Safety, security and convenience to amenities, such as supermarkets, are top concerns. In addition, many want to be close to a local expat community, work or school. There are a few residential areas in Tianjin where most expats live, which makes it easier to make new friends near your home. Check for ongoing construction in the area, as the work will likely take place around the clock and the noise can be disturbing in the morning and on weekends.
What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?
- TEDA: Tianjin Economic-technological Development Area (TEDA) is one of the first state-level coastal development areas opening to the outside world. Many multi-national companies like Motorola, Toyota and Samsung, are there. The area is popular with expats.
- NanJing Road: Tianjin NanJing Road is developing into the CBD of Tianjin. There are many office buildings and hotels in the area.
- Olympic Area: In the Olympic area of Tianjin, there are two main stadiums and some high-rise apartments. Many expats choose to live in this area.
Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?
The majority rent their homes, but there are a few who buy for long-term owner occupation or for investment.
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?
You will normally pay a deposit equal to one or two months' rent, depending on negotiations.
Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?
Normally, utilities are excluded. However, some serviced apartments include utilities in the rental.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
Tianjin is regarded as a safe city. You are unlikely to hear about or experience violent crime. However, to avoid communication problems, many expats avoid staying in local Chinese developments. Living among other expats also makes it easier to avoid standing out as a foreigner.
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. Appliances in China are relatively cheap and it may be more convenient to purchase regular items here after your actual relocation. Voltage transformers aren't easily sourced.
The official plug type is similar to 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
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