Are you in need of a short term apartment in Shanghai but a little financially challenged? I’ve done a little poking around and found some options that won’t burn a hole in your wallet.
As we know, some foreigners when arriving in Shanghai for the first time need to stay in short-term accommodation whilst waiting for long term accommodation or for short stays. Short-term housing can be a blessing as it allows expats to take their time to settle into the city, work out the lie of the land and get their affairs sorted before finding a new place. While Shanghai is full of quite expensive, modern and luxurious serviced apartments, some people need lower budget serviced apartments for a short term stay.
Some clever entrepreneurs have found ways to provide short term low budget accommodation however BEWARE, scams are not an uncommon phenomena in China, and there sure are some carefully crafted serviced apartment scams floating around out there. I’ve written an article about service apartment scams in China, which you can check out here: http://adriennefarrelly.tumblr.com/post/34219550301/serviced-apartment-scam.
Before signing anything, make sure you’ve done your research on the apartment you are looking to move into. Additionally, check out expat forums such as Shanghai Expat, Asia Expat, China Expat, Shanghai Mamas etc. to see what other expats have to share on the topic, good or bad—knowledge is powerJ
While there are scammers out there, we’ve found a couple of lower-budget options that seem above board and worth checking out:
Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at +86 13122 810 421 or email@example.com. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties