Should You EVER Take on Shared Housing as an English Teacher Abroad?

Living in a different country, and being exposed to a different culture can be fascinating and exhilarating. However, there are times when all of us need to escape it and retreat into an environment that we find comfortable. If we live alone, we can create our little piece of home in which we can relax and be productive. If we are living with a stranger we cannot do this.

We are all a little strange in one way or another, but we are all comfortable with our own strangeness and can rarely tolerate the strangeness of others. Ben has mentioned this particular point in a few of his videos, but it cannot be overstated how important this is. You will want to walk away from a high salary if your living conditions are bad, and you will tolerate a lower salary (within reason) if the living conditions are great.

Just moved into a place (only for like 6 months) with 3 other 20 something year olds, one of which is a couple of years older than me. 2 of them haven’t been here for the last month, so I’ve only had to deal with that elder one – and yet, I’m the one always taking out the trash, there’s piss on the toilet seat, dishes left unwashed on the counter, stomping on the hardwood at all hours. I’m so lucky that those other two, as responsible as they may be, aren’t around to compound the issue. Everyone has their own standards of living, but once you’ve lived as a responsible adult I think it’s impossible to go back.

Housing allowance vs Provided accommodations in China

We are going to look the difference between housing allowance and provided housing. We will go through the pros and cons of both and at the end come to a final conclusion to which one better!

Housing allowance in China

Housing allowance is the amount spent on rental of an apartment that may be deducted.

Provided accommodations in China

What about provided accommodations in China? This options unlike housing allowance, you will not be able to view your apartment before making a decision and being assigned to an apartment by your employer.

This means you have to consider a few things when you’re selecting this option.

The pros are you may be assigned a roommate which can enhance (or diminish) your experience in China. The place provided will be close to your workplace so it will be convenient to travel between work and home.

They do all of the heavy lifting for you so there isn’t a need to search and think if this a good place to live in. Being new to the environment it can be hard to understand which areas are better to live. Getting placed close to your workplace is a very safe and convenient choice.

Michael Montana:
Con – Living in a different country, and being exposed to a different culture can be fascinating and exhilarating. However, there are times when all of us need to escape it and retreat into an environment that we find comfortable. If we live alone, we can create our little piece of home in which we can relax and be productive. If we are living with a stranger we cannot do this. We are all a little strange in one way or another, but we are all comfortable with our own strangeness and can rarely tolerate the strangeness of others. Ben has mentioned this particular point in a few of his videos, but it cannot be overstated how important this is. You will want to walk away from a high salary if your living conditions are bad, and you will tolerate a lower salary (within reason) if the living conditions are great.

Recommendation

Michael Montana:
Under no circumstances, you should take shared housing in China because the apartment will most likely be not very good. You can also get incompatible roommates as well.

Renting in China is not expensive so getting your place is the best choice. Now if you lived in China for a while and find someone you want to live with that is different. This opinion is based on not understanding the environment in the city you are going to live and the school provides housing. Remember this is an opinion based on personal experience and the advice received from other English teachers.

Best Regards,

Dan Montana

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