I'm a gal in my mid-twenties from Scandinavia moving to HK for 12 months in September to do research for my PhD. My research is multisited and I expect to do research in Tuen Mun, Kowloon, on the Island, as well as popping across the border every third month or so. I'll also be stationed at HKU and CUHK both. As such, commuting is pretty inevitable, and so I thought it doesn't really matter where I end up living, as long as it's somewhere I'm happy to come home to at the end of long days out in the field. In other words, somewhere close(ish) to green areas, not too crowded and not too crammed. I don't need heaps and heaps of space, but if I can turn around in the kitchen/bathroom, that'd be great. Does most places come semi/fully furnished?
Being a research student I'm on a budget too. I figured I could spend somewhere between 8-12k a month on rent. I'd rather live a little further out and have more space. I spent two years at a college out in Wu Kai Sha back in the days, and quite liked that area, but I'm open for suggestions. I've noticed that two bedrooms seem to be the norm rather than one bedroom flats. I suppose I could sue one as a write up room, but it does seem a wee bit excessive. Leading me on to my next question; to share or not to share?
I've had some pretty good flatshares in the Uk over the years, but I've also had friends who've not been lucky. I really need home to be somewhere to re-energize and calm down, so I wonder if anyone here has any experiences to share? Is it OK to share in this city, or is there a majority of loonies on the sharing market? I'm in to keeping things tidy, clean and bug free, but I'm happy as long as I don't have to clean up other people's stuff.
Any other tips and suggestions are very welcome!