Apartment and Scooter Information (home)
The following are the statistics from five teachers we placed here summer 2001 (July and Aug.). We continually update our statistics so that they accurately reflect the cost of living and the quality of our service (for today's exchange rate click here.)
|Teacher #1||Teacher #2||Teacher #3||Teacher #4||Teacher #5||Average|
|Number of interviews before they signed with a school:||4||4||4||3||3||3.6|
|Number of apartments viewed before they took one:||0*||6||6***||4||4||4|
|Number of roommates:||2||1||0||1||1||1|
|Refundable damage deposit**:||5000 nt.||12000 nt.||8,000 nt.||15,000 nt.||15,000 nt.||11,000 nt ($318USD, $508CAD)|
|Rental agent's fee^||0||0||0||0 nt.||0||0 nt|
|Monthly rent:||5000 nt.||6,500 nt.||8,000 nt.||7,500 nt.||7,500 nt.||6,900nt ($199USD, $319CAD)|
|Cost of the scooter^^||9,000 nt.||17,000 nt.||9,000 nt.||14,000nt.||8,000 nt.||11,400nt ($330USD, $527CAD)|
|Cost of apartment damage deposit, first months rent and scooter.||19,000nt.||35,500nt.||25,000nt.||36,500nt.||30,5000nt.||29,300 nt ($848USD, $1355CAD)|
|How long did it take you to cover your moving costs?||1 month||3 months||2 months||2.5months||2 months||2.1 months|
In our experience teachers who choose to live with roommates save more money. The average rent paid by folks without roommates is around twice as much as those who have roommates, also roommates split the cost of the damage deposit, utilities and the cost of furniture and/or appliances. The cost for a large, furnished three bedroom apartment is usually around 20,000 nt or around $330 Cnd. / $220 USD per person.
More and more teachers are using rental agents to find apartments. This is mostly because Taiwan Teachers has found agents that are cheap (0 - 2000 nt.) and have many apartments, some of which can be viewed on-line. We still show our teachers apartments which come available from teachers who are finishing their contracts, and through our other contacts, but you will probably also see a few with our agents. In the end the choice is yours.
No matter what arrangements we make for you, there are start-up costs when moving to another country. These costs can be made easier to manage by getting an advance from the school you pick (we guarantee you can get an advance, and sometimes act as your guarantor). Usually our teachers arrange to pay the money back over a couple of months. Taiwan-Teachers is about getting you set up quickly so that you can cover your moving costs and get at least ten months of bankable income out of your year here. As you can see in the teachers income section, once you have covered your costs you can begin to save substantial money.