Updated 11 months ago

Guangzhou is a populous city and the housing supply is as great as the demand. Its population is over 13 million people including a large number of expat. Finding accommodation in Guangzhou should not be a problem, and there are a wide range of options to choose from. Before looking for a place, though, take some time to learn about Guangzhou’s neighbourhoods.


Guangzhou is divided into several districts including Yuexiu, Liwan, Panyu, Haizhu, Tianhe, Huangpu and Baiyun, among others. Some of these are known to be business districts and industrial areas while others are deemed to be residential neighbourhoods. Tianhe, for instance, is a business and commercial area hosting shopping malls, office buildings and skyscrapers.

In the city centre, Yuexiu and Liwan mainly include places of worship, wholesale markets, shopping streets as well as places of attraction. In Panyu, you will be delighted to discover the remnants of ancient China through traditional streets. In the suburbs, neighbourhoods such as Huangpu, Nansha, Luogang Zengchen are quite popular with expatriates looking for a more laid-back way of life.

Types of accommodation

You are likely to find different types of accommodation options in Guangzhou, namely apartments, villas, studios and houses. While the city has no shortage of newly-built modern high-rise residential complexes, there is a also a great number of old traditional buildings, which some expatriates prefer for their interesting cultural background.

Your choice of a place will mainly depend on your budget and the length of your stay in the region. If you intend to make a short trip, you can opt for a hotel or an "apart hotel", or even a vacation home. If you plan to stay longer, you can rent a studio, an apartment or a villa according to your financial means and your family situation. Sharing an apartment is also popular among expats — follow local forums to find apart-mates or those renting out a room.

  Good to know:

Some buildings and apartments in Guangzhou are quite old — and though they are rented out at cheaper prices, they will require a fix-up or refurbishment.

Rent prices

To rent a studio in Guangzhou, you will need at least 2,000 yuan and at least 3,500-4,000 yuan to rent a one-bedroom place in the city centre. Bigger places in residential areas would start from 6,000 yuan a month — naturally, the prices go up the closer you move to the city centre. Note that maintenance and care-taking fees, as well as electricity and water bills are paid separately. The pricing heavily depends on the district and apartment condition. Tianhe and Yuexiu are generally more expensive than other districts in the city.

Finding accommodation

You can easily find available accommodation in Guangzhou by surfing the Internet or by viewing classified ads in local newspapers. You can also contact a real estate agency for professional help but keep in mind that you will need to pay a finder’s fee. Looking to rent a room? Scan local expat forums or start by renting a place by yourself and then start your search for a suitable apartment mate.

 Useful links:

Guangzhou Classifieds
Air BnB
Gabino Home

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