Five Tips For Finding a Share House in Seoul Korea

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Learn useful tips for finding a share house in Seoul, Korea from our housing consulting experts at Shared Homies

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Most internationals moving abroad are hesitant to share a house full of strangers. We’ve all heard stories of roommates eating your midnight snack, not flushing the toilet, and letting the dishes stack up.. The list goes on.

However, there are benefits to sharing a house with others: meeting new people, saving money, and always having someone to talk to.

It’s not an easy decision and it’s always important to think about what you want in your ideal living situation before jumping into one blindly.

When making the decision to move into a shared house here are 5 important things to consider:

1. Location

2. Roommates

3. The House

4. Price

5. The Housing Manager

Seoul is a huge megacity – what’s the best location to live?

Location

One of the biggest factors in choosing a shared house is its location. Be sure to pick a place that’s close to campus, the city center or near a subway station, depending on your preferences. 

This will reduce your transportation costs and give you more time to get stuff done rather than spending it on traveling.

Here are some questions to ask when it comes to location:

  • How far is it to walk to the bus or subway station
  • Are there any markets nearby or convenience stores?
  • What is the neighborhood like?
  • Are there are any gyms or parks nearby?

Remember to map out wherever it is you are going to be headed on a daily basis – try to keep your commute as short as possible – in this article you can find a list of apps you should be using when in Korea to analyze commute, we recommend Naver Maps.

For more information on one of the best neighborhoods to live in in Seoul, check out our post on Noksapyeong – The Best Neighborhood to Live in Seoul?

Three girl roommates in share house Seoul Korea
Three of our tenants living in a Shared Homies share house!

Roommates

When you do find some shared houses that you are interested in, make a list and visit them in person if you can. Make sure that you are able to talk with in person or on a video call with the roommates that are staying in the house. 

When you are able to meet the roommates of the shared house be sure to get to know them briefly, see what their interests are and what the overall vibe is like at the house.

Here are some additional questions you can ask them as well..

A) Do you have house rules? Cleaning duties? 

B) Do you have friends come over to the house?

C) Does anyone in the house smoke cigarettes?

D) What are some good points and bad points of living in the house?

Evaluate their answers and take time to think about what you are really looking for.

One of our Share Homies houses in Itaewon, Korea
One of our Share Homies houses in Itaewon, Korea

House

The house is an essential part of the decision-making process and it should be fully furnished, well decorated and clean.

This is where Shared Homies strives in service amongst its competitors because we make sure videos are taken of the shared house to ensure transparency for interested tenants. Make sure you see the place in person but if you are abroad and cannot see the house in person then schedule a video meeting with the housing manager. 

Here are some questions to ask when it comes to the house:

A) Does the bed come with new linens and pillows?

B) Which floor is the house? (Avoid the basement – in the summer it gets humid)

C) Is there good sunlight?

D) Is there good ventilation in the bathroom?

These are essential questions that you need to know before moving in to avoid any issues.

Most of our tenants are young, international students

Price

Price will one of the most important factors when deciding on a place so be sure to know your budget when looking for a room and understand the prices that you will incur.

One of the benefits of living in a shared house is the low deposits – however, some managers are open to negations in the case of offering higher deposit to lower the monthly rent.

Here are some important questions to ask:

A) Is this price all-inclusive? (Utilities are included)

B) If utilities are not included in the price how are variable costs split?

C) Are there any discounts if I sign a long-term lease?

Stephen | Co-founder Shared Homies
Hi! I’m Stephen and I’ll be taking of your house search!

Housing Manager

Lastly, a manager that is transparent, approachable, professional and has good communication skills are going to factors to look for when evaluating a manager.

They should answer all of the questions that you have for them during the prospective and onboarding process so there are no blurred lines.

Things to look for in the contract:

Deposits

Make sure that the contract is fair and that everyone understands their responsibilities. Also consider what will happen in case one of you has to leave due to an emergency situation (e.g. illness, death).

Late fee

If you are in an international, you will want your manager know how you will be paying and if its through an international transfer – payments could show up late or short.

Check out procedures

In order to secure 100% of your deposit back, you will need to understand the checkout procedures in order to avoid any deductions from your deposit.

Damage

Damage to the property and house rules. What are the procedures in the event mold, bugs or a showerhead gets broke – who do I call and what do I do?

House Address

Does the manager have the necessary documents to give you to register your home address?

Know the answers to all these questions before moving in to avoid any mishaps or problems.

If you have any questions regarding your housing situation or are interested in moving into a shared house in Seoul – shoot us an email.

Email: hello@sharedhomies.com

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Let us know what you’re looking for – find a share house in Seoul today!

Andrew

Andrew

Co-founder and Growth Marketing Officer

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