These questions are essential for finding a great roommate or flatmate in China. From language to behavior, make sure to touch on these.

When considering a specific shared apartment in Shanghai, Beijing, or another Chinese city, the most important thing to focus on is your fellow roommates. Youll be living with these people for a while, and youve got to make sure that you can at least tolerate each other, and have somewhat similar ways of thinking. Deciding to live in a shared apartment isnt without risk, but it also can be extremely rewarding. I lived over 2 years in shared apartments, with a total of 7 different people. Luckily, I had two, 1 year periods living with the same people and got to know them extremely well and become very good friends. Below are some things to consider, and you should definitely touch on these when visiting an apartment. These questions work for those visiting places, and also for those finding a tenant to rent a room in their current apartment. Language skills. Language is the primary way we communicate, so if you cant understand what your potential roommates are saying, it might not be a good fit. My roommate and I were interviewing potential tenants, and we had a pretty nice French guy come and visit, but after chatting a bit, it was clear that he wasnt understanding our jokes, and not really even following our conversations. Im sure he was a great guy, but probably wouldnt have been a...

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