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  • Different contracts have different arrangements of accommodation. You may live in the accommodation provided by the school or get assistance finding your own accommodation.
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    i. Accommodation arrangements provided by the school:

    Dormitory
    Shared Apartment
    Single Apartment

    Housing Subsidy
    No Accommodation or Housing Subsidy

    ii. Renting your own accommodation:

    One-bedroom   Two- or Three-bedroom   Bills


    From the School:

    Dormitory

    If your school provides dormitory accommodation, you will be provided with a private room. Your room will usually be furnished with a bed, desk, chair, clothes closet (wardrobe) and air conditioning. Bathroom may or may not be shared. Some school dormitories will have a shared kitchen and living room. You will have to pay for the utilities (electricity, water, gas), telephone and maintenance.

    If you decide not to live in the dormitory, you will have to pay for your own accommodation. We will help you find an affordable apartment that is near the school.

    Shared Apartment

    If your school provides a shared apartment, you may have to share it with another teacher. You will be provided with a private room furnished with a bed, desk, chair, clothes closet (wardrobe) and air conditioner. Depending on the size of the apartment, the bathroom may or may not be shared. The kitchen and living room will be shared and you will have to pay for your share of the utilities (electricity, water, gas), telephone, and maintenance.

    Single Apartment

    If your school provides a single occupancy apartment, it will be a studio-apartment. It will be furnished with a bed, desk, chair, clothes closet (wardrobe), air conditioning, and a bathroom. There may or may not be a kitchen. Although the rent is free, you will have to pay for the utilities (electricity, water, gas), telephone, and maintenance.

    Housing Subsidy

    Instead of providing accommodation, a school may provide a housing subsidy. Upon settling in with the school, we will help you find an affordable apartment near the school. We are usually able to do this within 2 to 3 days. Some apartments are handled by agencies that charge a one-time service charge upon signing the lease. You will have to shoulder this expense.

    Some landlords do not rent apartments to foreigners unless a local Taiwanese co-signs the lease as a guarantor. If this is the case with your apartment, we can help you by co-signing your lease. Your housing subsidy will be given to you together with your monthly paycheck.

    No Accommodation or Housing Subsidy

    Schools in Taipei City, Taichung City, and other major cities usually do not provide accommodation or housing subsidy. Upon settling in with the school, we will help you find an affordable apartment near the school. We are usually able to do this within 2 to 3 days. Some apartments are handled by agencies that charge a one-time service charge upon signing the lease. You will have to shoulder this expense.

    Some landlords do not rent apartments to foreigners unless a local Taiwanese co-signs the lease as a guarantor. If this is the case with your apartment, we can help you by co-signing your lease. Renting Apartments.


    Renting Your Own Accommodation!

    Either the school or John Dewey will help you find your accommodation!

    There are few different kinds of apartments for you to choose, The standard for renting an apartment in Taiwan is one or two months deposit and one month advance. So, the moment you sign for an apartment, you will have to pay first month rent and two months deposit to your landlord.

    One-bedroom apartments

    One-bedroom apartments may or may not have a kitchen, and may or may not come furnished. Some come with two bathrooms. One bedroom apartments usually cost NT$ 6,000 to NT$ 15,000 per month. Once you decide to rent this kind of apartment, you will have to pay for first month rent and two months deposit to your landlord.

    Two and three-bedroom apartments

    Two and three-bedroom apartments usually have at least 2 bathrooms and a kitchen. They may or may not come furnished. Teachers usually pool their money together to rent such an apartment. Once you decide to rent this kind of apartment, you will have to pay for first month rent and two months deposit to your landlord.

    Bills

    Electric bills come every two months. Water and gas bills come every month. Utility bills can be paid in any bank, post office or convenience store. It is essential that utility bills be paid on time. Paying overdue bills will be very fiddly. You will have to go to the main office of the utility company to apply clear your account.

    Other Information
    Most apartments in Taiwan do not include Telephone, cable TV, Internet access and other special amenities.
    (refer to General Information)

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