Busan, South Korea, has a wide range of accommodations. Take the time to choose the most appropriate neighborhood.
Busan, located at some 450 km from Seoul, is the second largest South Korean city. It is a very popular destination with a population of more than 3.7 million inhabitants in 2013, including a large number of expatriates. You will probably need to find accommodation if you wish to settle there. However, this could be quite difficult although the region has a variety of accommodation choices. Choose the one which best suits your preferences and your budget.
Busan city is divided into 16 districts, including residential, commercial and industrial areas. You will find Buk-gu in the north of the city, Busanjin-gu, near the city center, Suyeong-gu which is the United Nations central district, Yeongdo-gu, located in the south-east, etc. Haeundae-gu hosts thousands of tourists every year due to its beaches and numerous tourist attractions.
The Haeundae district, located in the eastern part of the city, hosts a higher concentration of expatriates, being more accessible. There, you will find attractions, shopping centers and other facilities, as well as modern types of accommodations.
Types of accommodation
Busan has a wide range of apartments for all tastes. You will especially find large multi-storey residential complexes and small studios and apartments which you can rent. Multi-storey apartments are called "Apateu" while smaller ones are called "jutaek yeollip". Note that most apartments have a piped gas for heating and cooking.
You will find individual houses, known as “jutaek dandok", villas and “officetels” which are office complexes and apartments grouped in a single building.
In Busan, housing prices are quite affordable compared to the capital city. If you want to rent a one bedroom apartment in a residential neighborhood, not too far from the city center, you will need some 400,000 won per month. However, you will have to provide a deposit of around 10 million won. To rent a house or a villa, you will need between 600,000 and 900,000 won per month.
Obviously, rent prices will vary according to the comfort level and the residential area. You can have more information on the prices by browsing through classified ads in local newspapers and on real estate websites.