This question comes from a guy looking at taking a position at one of the many international schools in the Shunyi area of Beijing.
I am looking at a position at “a popular international school” (name removed), but I don’t know the area at all, and have only travelled through Beijing. I see rentals going up to ridiculous prices in the tens of thousands of RMB/month, and am concerned about the cost of living vs. my expected income. Do you have an idea of what I could expect to pay for a modest 1-2 bedroom near the school? It really wouldn’t need to be fancy – I’m looking for a comfortable, secure, apt with access to the school & basic shopping. I would be paying/living in this apt alone.
Your school is located out in the Shunyi area, which is a suburban-y neighborhood north-east of Beijing proper. It’s known for having a lot of gated communities and foreigners. There are fewer apartment
complexes, but you can find a few places in the area. You may want to plan on getting a bike (or electric bike) because everything is a bit more spread out in Shunyi. The other thing about the Shunyi area is there isn’t a ton in terms of nightlife or other singles so you may be traveling into the city fairly often, which may mean you want to be near one of the Subway Line 15 stops.
In terms of price, the market is a bit different outside the city. From what I’ve heard you can probably find something pretty nice in the ¥5000-7000 range near the school. The best plan is probably to try
to find someplace temporary to stay before you get to Beijing and get a place once you’re on the ground. It seems that most of the online apartment search options are focused on high-end expensive apartments.
I hope that helps. If anyone other readers have additional advice, leave it in the comments below.