Shanghai Properties for Families

December and January are when families start to arrive on our shores so I thought I’d start a series of family friendly areas and recommend some rental properties in Shanghai. The first area I want to introduce is the one I started my work in residential properties back in 1993, the oldest burbs in Shanghai, Hong Qiao!


Hong Qiao 

Hong Qiao (Qiao is pronounced Chow) is in the western part of Shanghai called Puxi (Pu “river” and Xi “west”). It lies inside Changning and is sandwiched between Gubei and Zhong Shan Park. Hong Qiao is a former industrial and farming area and was the first area to have expat rental properties. Even now it still has some of the best expat housing in Shanghai.Many expat families send their kids to the well established Shanghai Community International School and Yeuw Cheung School. Transport is great in the area (except for peak hour when traffic inches along) and lines 2, 3, 4 and 10 can get you just about anywhere you want to go. For grocery shopping there’s the big Gubei Carrefour supermarket with an international section, City Market, Pines, the Hongqiao Friendship Store or Parkson supermarket. A popular place to enjoy a coffee and quick bite is Hong Mei Rd and for nocturnal habits Foreigner Street’s bars and restaurants is where the action happens. For kids on weekends there’s the Zoo and Zhongshan Park to visit. If you don’t have kids but are trying then the United Hospital has the best medical facilities for newborn bubs.

 Houses for rent in Hong Qiao

Well, let’s start at the top then. If you are lucky enough to have 90,000rmb to splash on rental every month Le Chateau have beautiful luxury homes for rent. A little cheaper house to rent is the Award Winning well run Windsor Place and it’s sister next door, the older and cozier Windsor Park. These villas will only set you back around 80,000rmb a month. If you are looking for an American style house, these prefabricated villas are scattered around the grounds of the beautiful Hong Qiao Guest House. The historic Xi Jiao Guest House has there villas nestled next door. Finding a dream home can be quite challenging and tiring. We want a smile in the faces of your near and dear ones. Rest your worries with us and give us a chance to find a perfect home for your family in Shanghai. Drop in a line here and let us know your requirement, our experts will find the most suitable option for you! offers the best deals matching your needs.


Other rental homes in Hong Qiao that are worth checking out are Caesar Park ShanghaiJasmine GardenGreen Valley VillasRidgewoodCedar,VernalWestwood and Elegant Garden.

More local houses for rent that attract fewer expatriates but are better priced can be found at these compounds. Regents Park, Hong Qiao GolfHong Mei VillasParkson, Si Fang Xi Jia, Sunny GardenSunlandSunridge, Xi Jiao Bao Chen, Mandarin VillasDynasty and China Garden.

If rental apartments are your thing then there’s the family friendly Yanlord Riviera Garden or the well managed serviced apartments of Windsor CourtOther good apartments for rent in the Hong Qiao area areOasis RivieraFairlake, SassoonHuntington Terrace and Shanghai American Home.


Well, I hope this introduction to places to live for families is useful. Keep an eye out for more advice on Shanghai properties for families. We are more, than happy to help you in finding your family home in Shanghai. Just call us 131 2281 0421, or you can contact us at

Here you can find a list of International Schools in Changning as well as info on Experimental Schools in Shanghai.

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International Schools in Shanghai (Puxi)

Expatriates moving to Shanghai must search through the limited information online and decipher which is the best school for their children. Most expats decide to look for schools that mirror their own country’s educational system. International schools in Shanghai offer expatriate families the choice of educating their child using various curriculums from different countries such as Britain, America, Germany, France, Holland, Korea, Japan and Singapore. Since Shanghai has such a large and vibrant international community, the city boasts a good number of international schools to choose from. Knowing about the schools is essential before you start searching for your Shanghai Apartment. To save you time and efforts Shanghai properties collected information about best International Schools in Shanghai. Here are some helpful insights.

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American-based Curriculum

Shanghai American School (SAS). Puxi campus.

The Shanghai American School is the largest international school in China. With over 3,200 students spread across two campuses, one of them is in Puxi.  SAS is quite diverse with over 40 different nationalities represented in the student body. SAS offers an educational experience in line with American standards. Students at SAS are exposed to a rich academic environment and generally score well above average on standardized tests. More than 98% of SAS graduates go on to universities in the US and around the world.


  1. SAS emphasize fostering well-rounded students by encouraging student involvement in enriching extracurricular activities. The facilities at SAS are known for being state of the art. The campuses include multiple black box theatres and performance centers that are known to house professional musical and theatre groups from China and around the world.
  2. Chinese language programs are integrated into the curriculum ensuring that students have a working-knowledge of the local language.


1, Getting a spot at SAS is rather difficult and usually there is a wait list to get in at the Puxi campus.


Tuition fees: $19,983-$31,798 USD/year

Curriculum: Advanced Placement courses (AP), American high school diploma, and IB Program.

Shanghai Community International School. Puxi campus.

The Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) has two campuses in Puxi area and enrolls around 600 students per campus, which as indicated by the school’s name really makes each campus a tight community!  With over 60 nationalities represented in the student body, SCIS follows an American-based curriculum, while at the same time promoting a very strong international environment by exposing students to educational features from other countries. SCIS has a reputation for having one of the top athletic programs in Shanghai; SCIS’ basketball, volleyball, and football team have long winning streaks! SCIS also provides a large range of after school activities for students ranging from Model UN to choir groups. SCIS was voted by Shanghai Cityweekend as one of the top schools that build character in their students!


  1. SCIS is recognized for having excellent Early Childhood Education Programs
  2. SCIS strives to be a responsible institution by implementing efforts to foster a “green” campus and by actively engaging in community service projects.


Tuition costs for upper-year students are among the most expensive in Shanghai.


Tuition fees: $13,888-$33,497

Curriculum: Advanced Placement courses (AP), American high school diploma, and IB program.

Livingston American School

Livingston American School was established in 2001 as part of a former U.S. congressman’s mission to establish schools with American traditions in five cities around the world. As one of the newer international schools in Shanghai, Livingston American School’s enrollment is expanding every year. Livingston American School also offers a unique bilingual Korean and Japanese preschool option.


  1. Offers a comprehensive ESL program for non-native speakers
  2. As a new school, students benefit from small-class sizes and receive more individual attention from instructors.


While Livingston’s student body comes from all over the world, the majority of students attending are from a Korean background, making Livingston not as diverse as other international schools in Shanghai.


Tuition fees: $11,823-$26,255 USD/year

Curriculum: Advanced Placement courses (AP).

British Curriculum

British International School Shanghai (BISS). Puxi campus.

The British International School Shanghai is one of the most prestigious international schools in the city. BISS aims to keep ratios within 25% for any nationality, giving the school a very international feel.  The sports, arts, and technology facilities are all first-rate, which allow students to participate in a wide-array of extracurricular programs. Graduates from BISS often matriculate to top universities in the western world.


  1. BISS is considered to be one of the most accommodating schools for children with special needs.
  2. BISS has a unique Dutch program where students can take one hour of  Dutch per day!


BISS’s campus in Pudong is quite far and could be a hassle to reach for parents with children at other campuses.


Tuition fees: $9,307-$17,513 USD/year

Curriculum: National curriculum of England, A-levels and IB program.

Shanghai Rego International School

The Shanghai Rego International School is located in Puxi and follows a British curriculum but also offers SAT testing for students. With the majority of students being non-native English speakers, Shanghai Rego International School provides extensive language programs in tangent with the school’s English-language structure. Students are given the option of participating in sports, arts, drama, and language activities outside of the classroom.


  1. Only British-curriculum based school in Shanghai that offers SAT testing to students.
  2. Offers a specialized language program that promotes the usage of students’ mother tongue, in tangent with taking classes in English. Languages included are: Dutch, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese.


In 2012, there was a scandal with Shanghai Rego International school’s teachers having illegal or no visas, which almost caused the school to shut down.


Tuition fees:  $18,258-$29,832 USD/year

Curriculum: National Curriculum of England up to A-levels, IB Program, and IGCSE.

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Non-English International Schools

Deutsche Schule (Eurocampus)

The Eurocampus is located in Qingpu district and is composed of both the German and French school of Shanghai. Both schools have students from varying nationalities; however students must be proficient in either French or German in order to attend the schools. Both schools have extensive extracurricular programs and impressive arts and sports facilities. Both schools also offer students the opportunities to take academic and language courses in English and Chinese.


Tuition fees: $10,449-$19,294 USD/year

Curriculum: Based on the Ringen curriculum.

Lycee Francais de Shanghai


Tuition fees: $7,515-$19,546 USD/year

Curriculum: French Baccalaureate

Shanghai Japanese School. Puxi campus.

The Shanghai Japanese School provides a Japanese-based education, with the language of instruction being Japanese. The School predominantly caters to Japanese expats, with a few students from other Asian countries that are proficient in the Japanese language.


Tuition fees: 80,000 yen/month

Curriculum: Based on Japan’s national education system.

Shanghai Korean School

The Shanghai Korean School caters to the children of Korean expats in Shanghai and teaches based on the Korean education system. Students must be proficient in the Korean language, in order to attend this school.


Tuition: Inquire at School

Curriculum: Korean National Curriculum

For a complete directory of schools you can read here.

Information regarding the different types of curriculum offered, and the difference between Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate is described in-depth here.

For a list of some of the concerns with International schools in Shanghai and problems that students face can be found here

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Experimental Schools in Shanghai

One of the most important decisions families need to make after relocating to an apartment in Shanghai is which school to send their kids to. Luckily Shanghai has quite a few high quality international schools to choose from however their price tags are quite hefty and if your expat package doesn’t include tuition you need to look for cheaper alternatives. Local schools are a cheap option but the student’s Chinese level needs to be high enough. A great medium between these is the lesser-known option of Bilingual Experimental Schools.

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Surprisingly, there are quite a few to choose from. The schools all promote themselves as a good alternative to international schools with high teaching qualifications and achievements that prepare their students for future development. Several of Shanghai’s experimental schools have even won educational awards. Below is a summary of the schools and some of their unique aspects. I hope you find it helpful.

Shanghai Experimental School makes up a ten-year program from elementary to secondary education with flexible grade categories and a focus on reform. The plan is that students graduate from this research-oriented institution at age 15-16.

Located in Xuhui District and in Lujiazui area, Pudong District.

Shanghai Shangde Experimental School is a boarding school with a mission to provide a challenging and secure learning environment. Like most of these schools, Shangde includes comprehensive modern facilities while also creating a “unique cultural atmosphere.”

Located in former Nanhui District in Pudong.

SMIC Private School was first established for families of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Company (SMIC), and is now a highly academic international division with US standards in a Chinese school. Students are prepared for AP exams and partake in a “unique Chinese language program.”

Located in Zhangjiang area, Pudong District.

Pinghe Bilingual School intends to develop elite global citizens through a focus on internationalism and a combined Chinese and western education. Higher level students complete an IB program.

Located in Jinqiao area, Pudong District.

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Some of the more local experimental schools with expert qualifications are:

Shanghai Jianping Experimental School combines elementary and middle school into a nine-year program. This school focuses on Confucianist values outlined as “love, filial, credit, faith, and polite.”

Located in Jinqiao area, Pudong District. (Note: website only in Chinese)

Qixiu Experimental Middle School, states that they implement a people-oriented school of thought that facilitates moral education and social ethics. The institution focuses on spoken English.

Located in Xuhui District. (Note: website only in Chinese)

Baoshan Shanghai Experimental School has themes of rationality, harmony, and initiative, with general principles ranging from research philosophy, active development, creative teaching, to encouraging everyone to make the initiative to learn.

Located in Baoshan District. (Note: website only in Chinese)

Jianqing Shanghai Experimental School complies with a code of conduct that demands a strict teacher training system. Jianqing also cooperates with various other institutions including their Australian sister school.

Located in Changning District. (Note: website only in Chinese)

Still determined that an international school is the best choice for your children?

Here are complete lists of International schools in Shanghai:

If considering going local, echinacities lists foreign-friendly local schools in this article.

ShanghaiExpat has also published an article advising on the public school option.

Some other useful articles include Shanghai Family’s guide to Understanding International Education and their School Directory. Star Magazine has published a comprehensive post on the common issues with choosing an international school.

Looking for a home that is close to your child’s school in Xuhui District or Lujiazui in Pudong District? You can check out our website to find your perfect home close to these great schools in Shanghai. You can also find information about some Children’s Activities in Shanghai!Feel free to contact Adrienne Farrelly, our real estate specialist, at 131 2281 0421 for free housing advice.

For a list of concerns with international schools and problems faced by students visit here

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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 Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties

Tips on Lowering Rentals

Many expatriates out there have asked me about bargaining when it comes to their Shanghai rental accommodation, so I have out together some advice.

Whilst there is oversupply of local housing, there is a supply of good quality properties and huge reduction from asking prices aren’t possible. Discounts range between 10 to 15% of original asking price but the final rental depends on other factors. Most landlords provide a furnished property for expatriates. A second hand property should be freshly painted and any damages repaired. Electrical lines, appliances and plumbing should be serviced with evidence of this given to tenant. Property agents will usually charge a landlord/tenant or both for renewing a lease so ensure that your period is lengthy enough. You can sign a 3 year lease with an option to renew in the second and third year at the same rental amount or market price. Rentals prices are “asking prices”. Final rentals are influenced by a number of criteria. Below is some advice on negotiations:


The landlord may not want to lower the rental due to the following reasons:

  • The property is of good quality
  • Landlord has better offers in hand
  • Landlord not in hurry to rent out property
  • Landlord may believe property is of certain value
  • Landlord may not want to pay full commission
  • The agent’s lack of experience in negotiations
  • The agents need of a high commission


A prospective tenant can get lower rentals if they follow some of the advice below:

  • Pay rent on quarterly basis
  • Don’t request for extra items
  • Don’t ask to remove items
  • Pay rent in USD
  • Sign a longer lease term than requested
  • Take the property unfurnished (if not furnished)
  • Commence the contract as soon as possible
  • Don’t get and offical tax reciept (Fapiao) unless necessary

More housing advice can be found here!

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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 Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties