Having the right accommodations is key if you want to succeed at your internship. At Gi2C, we offer our Optimum Internship Program Package interns a housing assistance. Those who opt for our Light Internship Program Package must find accommodations on their own without Gi2C assistance.
We at Gi2C can assist you with accommodation by providing contacts and links to help you find affordable housing. Often, interns will find accommodations with other interns and live as roommates, and we encourage you to do the same. Renting an apartment with other interns is great value for your money, not to mention fun! Check out some photos below of some accommodations in Beijing and Shanghai. Prices vary depending on location, quality, apartment amenities and number of rooms.
A PRIVATE APARTMENT
(Cost averages between 700USD ~ 2000USD per month)
A private apartment is for one occupant and is not a roommate situation like the description above. In Beijing or Shanghai, you can find a one-room apartment (a bachelor pad or studio) or a one-bedroom apartment with a separate living room. Keep in mind that studio or one-bedroom apartments in these three cities do not come cheap. Also available are serviced apartments that are run like hotels and come with cleaning services and other hotel-like amenities (see the serviced apartment description above).
(Average about $350 USD per month long term. Average $650USD per month short term)
Interns often share an apartment together or with other expats and/or locals. You have your own bedroom and share the kitchen, bathroom and living room. Many two or three-bedroom apartments come with their own bathroom. Expect to pay more for such a room. One popular website to search for such an accommodation is http://www.thebeijinger.com.
HOTEL (Costs about $30 USD ~ $180 USD per day)
Hotels in China, like elsewhere, range from the cheap to the lavish. If you’re on a tight budget, you can find hotels that are sparsely furnished but clean. Popular low-budget chain hotels include Hanting and ibis. For more extravagant accommodations, the usual international players are all here.
China’s got hostels where some are good value for your buck – clean, comfortable, tourist friendly; others – like in any other country - can be downright frightening. Still, hostels continue to be a great way to meet like-minded people and make new friends. You can pay for your own room or share with others in a dormitory-like set up.