Apartments (flats) are more economical for people who plan to stay in Gwangju for a longer period of time, since they are equipped with basic service provisions such as water, gas, and heating. Most apartment are close to various amenities and public transportation is easily accessible. Apartment prices vary considerably depending on size, location and age.
※ For apartments to buy or rent, see the advertising paper www.sarangbang.comwww.sarangbang.comor contact a local real estate agent.
※ Area units in Korea are measured in square meters (m²), as well as using the older "pyeong (평)" system (1 pyeong=3.3m²).
Two-floor detached or semi-detached houses are called “ju-taek (주택)”. Individual rooms or whole floors within the ju-taek are often leased out by the building owner.
“Villa” does not mean an actual villa, but instead refers to a certain kind of flat. They differ from regular apartments in that they are much smaller buildings, usually only three to five floors high, and lack many of the surrounding facilities. Some newer or recently renovated villas may have elevators. Villa units come in different sizes, from a simple single room to several rooms, and in general, are significantly cheaper than regular apartments.
“Gosiwon”, which translates literally as “housing for examinees,” are small studio apartments, sometimes with shared facilities. Nowadays, tenants choose gosiwon for the low rent, even if they are not studying.
· Rental fees vary, but are typically 150,000-300,000 won per month.
· Shared communal facilities usually include a television, shower stall and toilet, refrigerator, kitchen and washing machine (Service charges are included in the rental fee. Some pricier rooms have their own individual bathrooms and refrigerators.)
“One-room”/“Office-tel” (Studio Apartments)
These terms originally refer to offices that had simple basic housing facilities but nowadays such offices are used as places of residence. The rooms are not big but are usually conveniently located, and come with basic furniture and arrangements for cooking and washing. Travellers from other cities, office workers or single people often choose to live in one-rooms and office-tels (office + hotel).
※ Tips for Renting
- When renting, first decide on location. The closer to public services, the pricier it will be./li>
- Be clear on what dwelling type is needed (apartment, villa, one-room).
- Try to check on the room with a Korean-speaking friend who can help assess the place.
- Avoid houses that have been empty for a long time.
- Do not forget to check the gas bill and ask for a voltameter.
- Check whether the room is well-lit or not.
- Check wall quality by knocking on them. Various walls are constructed differently, with thin bricks, plastic silicon and/or plaster.
- Avoid renting basement units, which are susceptible to fire or flooding.
- Turn on and check the water in the bathroom and sink.