Apartments (flats) are more economical for people who plan to stay in Gwangju for a longer period of time. Since there are basic service provisions for water and gas plus heating, as well as nearby convenience services it is comfortable to live in. Apartment prices vary depending on area.
※ For apartments to buy or rent, see the advertising paper "Sarangbang" 사랑방 www.sarangbang.comor contact a local real estate agent.
※ Area units in Korea are measured in square meters(㎡), as well as using the older “Pyeong(평)” system(1 pyeong=3.3㎡).
Two-floor detachments or semi-detached dwellings for families are called “ju-taek(주택)”, which are floors or rooms that are leased out by the building owner.
Villas are how Koreans refer to a certain kind of flat. They differ from apartments in that they are much smaller buildings, usually three to five floors, and they do not have the surrounding facilities of a regular apartment complex. Villa units are available in different sizes, ranging from one to several rooms, and in general, they are significantly cheaper than regular apartments.
Gosiwon which translates to “housing for examinees” are small studio apartments, sometimes with shared facilities. There are many people living in Gosiwon nowadays because of their low prices, even if the tenants that are not students.
· Rental Fees: Vary, but commonly 150,000~300,000 won per month
· Public shared facilities: A television, a shower stall and toilet, a refrigerator, a kitchen and a washing machine (The service charge is included in the rental fee. Some pricier rooms have their own bathrooms and refrigerators.)
One-room / Office-tel s (Studio Apartments)
These terms originally refer to offices having simple basic housing facilities but nowadays such offices are used as residential places. The rooms are not huge but their locations are usually convenient, and they come with basic furniture and arrangements for cooking and washing.
※ Tips for Renting
- 1. When renting, make sure of the room type and location.
- You should be clear of what dwelling type you want, whether that is a one-room (Studio), gosiwon or a villa.
- Never trust the saying:＂All house owners are good.“
- Do not choose a house that has been empty for a long time.
- Do not forget to check the gas bill and ask for a voltmeter.
- Check whether the room is well-lit or not.
- Try to knock on the wall, as some walls are constructed differently with thin bricks, plastic silicon and/or plaster.
- Do not consider renting a semi-basement.
- Try to turn on the water in the bathroom and sink.