Last year I wrote a post on how to find and rent an apartment in Taipei.
Recently Ricky commented and asked about short term rentals, “591 seems to be mostly for long term (1yr +) rental. Other than hotels, What are the options for 4-8 weeks stay ?”
This is a great question! If you are looking for short term immersion stays in Taipei, you have a few options. Even if your Chinese is fledgling, you will find Facebook groups and Couchsurfing to be helpful. Often these are shared apartments.
The following Facebook groups have postings:
- Looking For the Accommodations & tenants In Taiwan
- Looking for Roommates or Apartments in Taipei and Taiwan.
- Rental Apartments in Taiwan
Also, check out Couchsurfing groups.
This is how I found an apartment in Taipei, for my first eight week immersion experience. I had my own room in a shared apartment with a French guy, two Taiwanese women, and and Indonesian woman. My housemates helped me get oriented in Taipei, and it was great to have their support.
Join Couchsurfing groups like “Taiwan” and “Taipei” and post an inquiry. Introduce yourself, and let the group know what kind of accommodations you are looking for, when, and where. You’ll be sure to get responses.
If you’ve never used Couchsurfing before, I recommend you sign up now. It’s free and a great way to network, find out about cool events, and meet locals and travelers alike.
Good luck! Welcome to Taiwan!
And if you know of other resources, please post them in the comments!
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