Beijing Accommodation

What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city?

Proximity to amenities such as supermarkets - along with safety and security - are big concerns. In addition, many want to be close to a local expat community, work or school. Also, check the activities of construction, as the work will likely take place around the clock and the noise level can be disturbing in the morning and on weekends.
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What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?

Shunyi District - A survey showed that 70 per cent of expats living in the area have o families. This is due in large part to the fact that there are two major international schools located in this area. The housing is comprised mainly of stand-alone houses, detached and semi-detached houses and some apartments.

  • CBD/1st Diplomatic Area - This area is popular with expat singles and couples who like city living and wish to live close to the office and avoid daily traffic congestion.

  • 2nd Diplomatic Area - This area is popular with younger, mainly single expats who like to live close to the Sanlitun area (a popular expat hangout).

  • 3rd Diplomatic Area - This area is popular with expats who want to live halfway between the CBD and the airport. Currently, new embassies are being built in the vicinity.

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Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?

The majority rent, but there are a few who buy for long-term owner occupation or for investment.
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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'll normally pay a deposit equal to one or two months' rent, depending on negotiations.
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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.
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Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?

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.
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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

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Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?

Contact Crown Beijing to arrange a home search.
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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.