Housing supply in Guangzhou is as great as the demand. Hence, you should not have trouble in finding what you need.
Guangzhou, located in Guangdong Province, is China's third most densely populated city. Its population, to date, amounts to some 13 million people, including a large number of foreigners. Yet, it continues to attract expatriates worldwide due of the various opportunities it offers. If you wish to settle in Guangzhou, finding accommodation will be one of your priorities. You are likely to find a wide range of accommodation options there.
Make sure, however, to choose the best neighborhood and housing unit according to your needs and budget.
Guangzhou is divided into several districts including Yuexiu, Liwan, Panyu, Haizhu, Tianhe, Huangpu, Baiyun, among others. Some of these are known to be business districts and industrial areas while others are deemed to be residential neighborhoods. Tianhe, for instance, is a business and commercial area hosting shopping malls, office buildings and skyscrapers.
In the city center, 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 suburbs, neighborhoods such as Huangpu, Nansha, Luogang Zengchen and are also quite popular with expatriates.
Types of accommodation
You are likely to find different types of accommodation options in Guangzhou, namely apartments, villas, studios and houses. Your choice 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. But 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.
Good to know:
Most of the new houses you will find in Guangzhou are unfurnished. As regards apartments and studios, these are quite old and the furniture is often in poor condition.
To rent a studio in Guangzhou, you will need an average of 1,800 yuan per month. For a two-bedroom apartment, you will need some 4,500 yuan per month and around 6,000 yuan per month for a three-bedroom apartment. As regards villas, rent price starts at 10,000 yuan a month.
Note that maintenance and care-taking fees, as well as electricity and water bills are your responsibility.
You can easily find available accommodation in Guangzhou by surfing the Internet or by viewing classified ads in local newspapers. You can also register with a real estate agency if you wish.