Renting Serviced Apartments in Shanghai

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Serviced Apartments in Shanghai 

Serviced apartments in Shanghai are short term rental apartments located in a purpose built block or long term residential apartment block. They provide varying standards of services that are similar to hotels – housekeeping, facilities, concierge, serviced items etc. Shanghai has loads of different styles of serviced apartments from pretty down beat cheap ones to over the top luxurious where all you need is a suitcase and everything else is provided. Make sure before you sign and pay, that you know exactly what is and isn’t included in your serviced apartment in Shanghai. Often they have extras that are paid for so make sure you check on these.

Low budget service apartments in Shanghai

If you are staying in Shanghai on shoestring and need a short term serviced apartment you may want to consider some of the cheaper serviced apartments available. Here are a few characteristics of these types of apartments:

– Typically best suited for singles and couples
– Can do daily, weekly or monthly rentals
– Have low quality fit out and basic services (basically, you get what you pay for)
– Serviced items such as pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and bathroom essentials are not always included (ask at reception if they have extras package)
– Serviced items can be rather limited ie: no bottle/can openers, iron/ironing boards so make sure you check
– Housekeeping is usually available 2-3 times a week
– Linen should be changed daily and sheets changed once a week
– The front desk’s service level and English abilities can vary greatly depending on person

NOTE: Some of the lower end serviced apartments aren’t in convenient or such pleasant locations. Before confirming your choice, feel free to contact Adrienne Farrelly at for her free advice on best locations for your stay.

List of Low Budget Serviced Apartments in Shanghai

Here is a list of cheaper serviced apartments in Shanghai. Check these out if you are working with a tight budget but still looking for a comfortable and convenient place to live. There are multiple options in both the Puxi Districts as well as Pudong so you can find the one that best suits you!


Changning District

Huntington Terrace

Address: No. 728 Hongling Rd., Changing, Shanghai
Rooms Available:
Standard – 45 SQM. (12,106 RMB/Month)
Deluxe King – 50 SQM. (15,147 RMB/Month)
Deluxe Twin – 52 SQM. (15,147 RMB/Month)
2 Bedroom – 117 SQM. (27,010 RMB/Month)

Zhongshan Park Apartment
Address: 1310/13F, 99 HuiChuan Rd., (near Changning Rd.), Changning, Shanghai
Rooms Available:
Superior Queen – 42 SQM. (8,400 RMB/Month)
Superior Twin – 42 SQM. (8,700 RMB/Month)
Family Room – 50 SQM. (9,000 RMB/Month)

Huangpu District

Mayson Shanghai Bund
Address: 1210/12F, Wuchang Rd. 258, (near Shanghai Bund), Huangpu, Shanghai
Rooms Available:
1 Superior Bedroom – 30 SQM. (7,800 RMB/Month)
1 Riverview Superior Bedroom – 40 SQM. (8,100 RMB/Month)
1 Riverview Deluxe Bedroom – 45 SQM. (8,400 RMB/Month)
1 Family A Bedroom – 50 SQM. (9,000 RMB/Month)
1 Family B Bedroom – 60 SQM. (11,000 RMB/Month)

Tianci Serviced Apartments
Address: 429 Guangdong Rd., Huangpu, Shanghai
Rooms Available:
Standard – 38 SQM. (12,136 RMB/Month)
1 Bedroom – 65 SQM. (12,136 RMB/Month)
1 “Sight-Seeing” Bedroom – 88 SQM. (14,235 RMB/Month)
2 Bedrooms – 100-124 SQM. (18,463-23,512 RMB/Month)

Green Court

Address: 55 West Beijing Rd., Huangpu, Shanghai
Rooms Available:
Studio – 33 SQM. (14,660 RMB/Month)
1 Deluxe Bedroom – 61 SQM. (17,033 RMB/Month)
1 Executive Bedroom – 67 SQM. (18,250 RMB/Month)


Diamond Court
Address: No. 1166 Biyun Rd., Pudong District, Shanghai
Rooms Available:
1 Bedroom Deluxe – 98 SQM. (11,000 RMB/Month)
Twin Bedroom – 135 SQM. (12,000 RMB/Month)

Evershine Hotel
Address: No. 1436 Pudong South Rd., Pudong District, Shanghai
Rooms Available:
Special Promotion – 35 SQM. (9,946-12,927 RMB/Month)
Standard Deluxe – 75 SQM. (13,718-15,026 RMB/Month)
Superior Duplex (low) – 70 SQM. (15,026-16,364 RMB/Month)
Superior Duplex (high) – 70 SQM. (16,090-17,428 RMB/Month)
River View Duplex – 70 SQM. (17,155-18,463 RMB/Month)
2 Bedroom Duplex – 105 SQM. (30,386-31,694 RMB/Month)

Kinghouse Serviced Apartments
Address: Zhangyang Rd., Lane 1500 (near Taolin Rd.), Pudong, Shanghai
Rooms Available:
1 Bedroom – 77 SQM. (12,000-14,000 RMB/Month)
2 Bedrooms – 94 SQM. (14,000-17,000 RMB/Month)

Mayson Shanghai Pudong
Address: Building 3, No. 150 North Linyi Rd., Pudong- Lujiazui & Expo, Shanghai
Rooms Available:
1 Bedroom – 78 SQM. (12,000 RMB/Month)
2 Bedrooms – 125 SQM. (18,000 RMB/Month)
3 Bedrooms – 159 SQM. (21,000 RMB/Month)
4 Bedrooms – 205 SQM. (24,000 RMB/Month)

Ramada Plaza Pudong
Address: 18 Xin Jinqiao Rd., Pudong, Shanghai
Rooms Available:
Deluxe King Suite – 72 SQM. (9,521 RMB/Month)
1 Bedroom – 102 SQM. (12,927 RMB/Month)
2 Bedroom – 142 SQM. (14,170 RMB/Month)

Shanghai Acme Riverside
Address: No. 1, Lane 588, Changyi Rd., Pudong, Shanghai
Rooms Available:
Big Bed Room – 57 SQM. (13,984-15,103 RMB/Month
City River Room – 56 SQM. (18,086 RMB/Month)
Deluxe Executive River View – 57 SQM. (21,255 RMB/Month)
Deluxe River View Suite – 122 SQM. (24,239 RMB/Month)

PS. Before you consider renting, make sure you are aware of serviced apartment scams and how to recognize them and avoid them.

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adrienne farrellyAdrienne 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

Your Personal Rental Property Checklist

Looking through rental properties is exciting but can be an exhausting and overwhelming process. Whether you’re pressed for time or eager to make a decision, you could settle with a rental property that only partially meets your needs. No matter if you’re using an agent or searching yourself, it’s extremely important to make sure you’re paying market price when you decide on a property.

To help you navigate the rental minefield we’ve created a rental property checklist with some tips to help you filter your rental search and find the property of your dreams in Shanghai.

To start off, we suggest you make a detailed outline of your needs and create a MUST HAVE list and LIKE TO HAVE list so you can view each property with a clear idea of what your wants and needs are.

The Property

– Is the property developer or privately owned?
– Who handles the maintenance?
– Is it 24/7 English speaking?
– Does the property have central heating or wall mounted?
– When was it last updated?
– Does the property require updating in the kitchens, bathrooms or rooms?
– Has the property been altered in any way?
– Has the property been recently decorated?
– If you have pets then ask if it is pet friendly?
– Are the rooms big enough for your requirements?
– Are there enough bathrooms?
– Is there enough storage for all of your belongings?
– Does it have basic facilities you may need like a dishwasher, oven, or washing machine?
– Does it have a home office?
– Are there enough outlets in convenient locations?
– What is and isn’t included in the property lease?
– Are the windows double-glazed?
– Is there damp anywhere?
– Has the property been well maintained?
– Does it have a private or shared garden?
– Does the property get enough natural light?
– Why is the previous lessee moving out?
– What are the compounds facilities like?


– What are the closest methods of transportation?
– How far away is it from your work?
– How far is it away from international schools?
– What are the neighbors like?
– What is the community like?
– Are the surroundings noisy?
– Are there any restaurants or bars nearby?
– Where are the closest shops?
– Is it close to any major roads or flight paths overhead?
– Is there allocated parking if needed?
– Are there any plans for development near or around the property?
– What is the area’s crime level?
– Overall, could you see yourself living there?

Once you decide on the perfect property to rent, you’ll then need to prepare for the big move! Whether you’re moving into a house or an apartment, there are many things to consider at both the old and new locations. Here is a count-down moving checklist to help you manage the move.

6-8 Weeks Before Moving
– Book a moving company
– Pre-plan and schedule repairs to be done
– Redirect your emails

2-4 Weeks Before Moving
– Organize your contents insurance
– Disconnect current utilities
– Connect all utilities for the new property
– Change your address (banks, license, subscriptions)
– Discontinue any delivery services
– Transfer all your accounts (payTV etc)

Day Before Moving
– Complete packing
– Confirm details with the moving company
– Clean as much as you can

Moving Day
– Complete your condition report
– Change the locks of your new property (check with landlord beforehand)
– Final clean
– Check the old property to make sure nothing is left behind

If you have any other questions or personal concerns, feel free to contact me at and I’d be happy to assist. Happy hunting!

adrienne farrellyAdrienne 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

What Makes A Good Real Estate Agent

As the Real Estate game here in China is different from the one back home, not all agents strive for Western standards. Still, as a client one should not compromise on some very important points. How can you tell if your agent is working on your behalf or his/her own?

Below are some helpful tips to help you navigate through using a real estate agent in Shanghai. Also, keep an eye out for our “Shanghai Property Rental Guide” that we will be posting about very soon. We plan to include multiple posts with helpful information regarding the different types of property rentals in Shanghai, the difference between living in certain Shanghai districts, how to make sure you are getting your money’s worth, navigating both Chinese and Western real estate agencies, understanding your leasing terms and conditions, and more! We are passionate about helping expats finding the home of their dreams in Shanghai and this information will surely help you accomplish just that!

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A good property agent will show you properties that match closely the criteria that you give them at a price that is close to your budget in the areas of Shanghai that suits you best. They will let you know if your housing requirements and budget are reasonable for the area and advise you accordingly. If you have a good pro-active agent there is no need to see more than 10-15 properties.

Your real estate agent should be able to answer most of these questions:

  • property’s décor/style and furnishings
  • any renovations
  • past tenants
  • the landlord’s background
  • landlord’s location
  • compound’s management & facilities
  • estimated number of expats
  • distances to shops, bars, restaurants, subway and major roads.

If you have a good agent then stick with them and let them find you the right Apartment in Shanghai. Using too many agencies can ruin your chances of finding a good home quickly because good agents will feel less likely to work hard for someone who is using three or more different agencies. So, if you find a good agent then give them some time to do their search and a chance to find you your new home.

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The easiest way to overcome the problems of finding your rental home in Shanghai is to use the services of a trusted and recommended agent that is experienced in dealing with expatriates and their whole relocation process. They will understand your needs and can quickly source the best home for you at the right price.

adrienne farrellyAdrienne 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

New Year Resolutions 2015

The New Year is upon us once again, and with it, brings feelings of hope and renewal with a desire to make changes in our lives for the better. What are your New Year resolutions for 2015? What do you hope to accomplish or achieve this year?


Here are some tips to help you make it through the year with your New Year resolutions firmly by your side. First let’s start with the most common of New Year resolutions.

Here are the top 10:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less, save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and Healthy
  6. Learn something exciting
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Help others in their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family

How to achieve your goals

Goals are hard to achieve and even harder when abstract and immeasurable. Instead of wanting to “Enjoy life to the Fullest”, figure out what it exactly means to you. Is it visiting different countries, going out more or seeing your friends? If so, try to make the goal more specific such as “visit 2 countries this year”. How often do you hear “I really lived life to the fullest this year”? This was number four on the most set goals in 2014. Many successful practitioners use SMART goals for helping their clients achieve their goals.

Specific – who, what, when, where, why and how
Measurable – when will you known it is done
Attainable – is it realistic?
Relevant – How does it fit into your life now?
Time-based – When will you achieve your goal, what’s the time line?


For example, if your goal is to lose weight, be specific on how much you want to lose and how you will lose it. It must be measurable! Looking in the mirror every couple weeks and guessing your loss won’t help you stay on track.


Make sure the goal is realistic. If you weigh 600 pounds and are trying to lose 500 in a year to become a bikini model, seriously, it is not going to happen unless you amputate or choose liposuction. Ask yourself if losing weight is relevant to your life right now and is it something you are able to do? Are you really driven to lose weight?

Time based

Goals need to be time-based. You can set miniature goals every couple months, such as lose 10 pounds by March.


Make sure you tell people about your goals. Having people there to support you will increase your chances of succeeding. If your goal is to lose weight, find a workout partner. You will feel as if you are obliged to show up, otherwise you will be letting someone down. If your goal is to help others, commit the time to volunteer for organizations.


Always ensure your goals are positive. If your goal is to be a better student, don’t word your goal as “miss only 2 scheduled classes” word it as “attend all classes”. The wording of a goal plays an important part. If you have worded the goal negatively, there is a negative association with the goal. For example if you partied last night, and you wake up groggy, you will say to yourself “it is only one class”. This kind of thinking leads to a snowball effect. After you have missed 2 classes, you will have the mindset that you have already missed two another one won’t make a difference.

Ignore the goals focus on the process

Goals are always accomplished by hard work and diligence. Simply setting a goal won’t make it happen. You must develop a process to make that goal happen. Simply setting a goal like “to learn a foreign language” is just a thought. However, putting in motion your study plan is how you will learn that language. Putting aside scheduled time each week will get the job done. A kid’s goal may not be that he wants to learn math, but since an allotted time each week is set forth for he/she to do so, the child will eventually end up learning it. If you have a goal, you must come up with a process or system to achieve it.

Reward yourself

Make sure that you reward yourself for achieving your goals and mini goals. This will keep you on the track. Looking at kids, you can see how a little reward here and there can make the world of difference in the child’s participation. You can watch a small kid work 10 times harder for a teacher, if the teacher offers a sticker. This sticker will without a doubt be lost before the kid returns home. As adults, not much has changed. Our sticker is an hour of free time a trip to a massage parlor. Rewards for achieving miniature goals do not have to be big. Having someone else verify the completion of these goals will limit any cheating. After achieving your one-year resolution, have something big in mind or something that you will truly look forward to.

Choose 1 goal!

Make sure you limit the amount of goals you have set. Goals can be compared to football players. Tackling one football player is a hell of a lot easier than trying to tackle a whole team at once. The more goals that you have set the more confused you will be on where to begin. You will immediately be neglecting goals, from lack of time. Make sure you choose the goal you want to achieve and prioritize it. Trying to prioritize too many things at once is a recipe for destruction.


Did you know?
The University of Scranton has done some research on goal setting. People who explicitly set goals are 10 times more likely to achieve their goals than someone who has not explicitly set a goal. You can check out other fun new year resolution statistics here.

Another interesting post with fun facts about New Years Resolutions can be found here.

At Shanghai Properties, our 2014 New Years Resolution was to help many expats find their dream homes in Shanghai, and we succeeded! As 2014 has come to a close, we want to give a big THANK YOU to all our followers and loyal clients. We had a great year at Shanghai Properties and it wouldn’t of been the same without you!


In addition, we have decided to extend our Holiday “Goat” Sale until the Chinese New Year (which is the year of the goat coincidentally!), so make sure to spread the word. Choose to rent through us, and with Oxfam we can both help a family in need this holiday.

adrienne-black-top-smallAdrienne 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