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Apartment in Shanghai Jing'an

Art Deco&Bright2Br+Private terrace/Ni...

Jiangxi Middle Road No.221 (Shanghai / Jing'an)
15000 RMB

It's prefectly located at East NanJing rd station, about 8-10mins walking , 2Br with private terrace, very birght with lot wondows, nice views...

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130 m2
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2
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Apartment in Shanghai Jing'an

Beautiful lane house Morden/New2Br+ b...

Wuding West Road 1302 Haolin (Shanghai / Jing'an)
17000 RMB

Its beautiful lane house , located on West WuDing rd, about 10-15mins walking to JiangSu rd station of LN2/11 Brand New& Modern 2brs with balcoy/ fully furnitured with wall heating...

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100 m2
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Apartment in Shanghai Xuhui

2BR+1Bth/South-facing/Metro line 9&12...

Hengshan Rd,NO321. (Shanghai / Xuhui)
15000 RMB

This one is on Hengshan Rd,NO321,4th floor with elevator.Around 3mins walk to metro line 1 Hengshan Rd station. ...

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98 m2
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Apartment in Shanghai Xuhui

Quality & Design / Fully Equipped 3Br...

JT UNIVEIRTY LINE10/11 (Shanghai / Xuhui)
26800 RMB

Descriptions: -3BR/2LR/2BT -150sqm -Facing South Side, Good lighting & Quiet Environment! Location: - Located at Hunan Rd, 8 mins by walk to Line10/11(Jiaotong University ) - Fully Equip, ...

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150 m2
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Shared Apartment in Shanghai Yangpu

Amazing Room YangPu TongJi/Fudan/Sisu...

Dalian Rd. Between Metro Siping Rd and AnShan Xincun. (M 8/10) (Shanghai / Yangpu)
3400 RMB

<<< This Room its available for reservation and for Moving-In on Feb-March 2019. The contract start date will be on the day your arrival and not before >>> Ref Code BHOA5 Rent: 3400 Rmb (Chinese ...

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150 m2
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5
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Apartment in Shanghai Xuhui

1BR+1Bth/Metroline1&7/Newly Renovated

Wuyuan Rd,NO191 (Shanghai / Xuhui)
8000 RMB

This one is on WuyuanRd,NO199.around 10mins walk to Metro line1&7Changshu Rd station. Bar,shoppingmall are avaliable!...

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40 m2
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1
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Apartment in Shanghai Xuhui

Cozy lane house in Xujiahui

L2/11 Jiaotong uni st (Shanghai / Xuhui)
12900 RMB

- 1/2/1 simple decorated apt - close to L2/11 Jiaotong uni st - one of best location to feel the old shanghai atmosphere - convient to access anywhere in shanghai Feel free to contact me for vi...

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50 m2
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1
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1
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Apartment in Shanghai Huangpu

Spacious 4BR+2Bth/Metro line 9&13/New...

Luban Rd,NO166 (Shanghai / Huangpu)
31000 RMB

This one is on LuBan Rd,NO166. Around 5mins walk to Metro line 9&13Madang Rd,station. ...

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200 m2
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4
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2
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Office Space in Shanghai Xuhui

Great office near Xujiahui line1/9/11

Xujiahui Metro (Shanghai / Xuhui)
9000 RMB

The interactive coworking space is located at a central location in Jing’an. This serviced office includes many facilities, like administrative support, IT support, free Wi-Fi, pantry service, funding...

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Office Space in Shanghai Jing'an

Furnished offices & Terrace on Nanjin...

Datian Road, West Nanjing Road, Shanghai Natural History Museum, People's Square (Shanghai / Jing'an)
5500 RMB

Fully-equipped and new furnished, 500 sqm terrace, pantry, reception, meeting room, table and chair, floor heating office. Average RMB1500 /Workstation/Mth Office for 2 persons with RMB3000/Mth O...

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Shared Apartment in Shanghai Changning

Lovely room with a great view on L2/1...

858 Wanhangdu Road (Shanghai / Changning)
3900 RMB

Available from January 20th! This room is special because it's located in super green compound on 31st floor! You will enjoy an amazing view every day ;) It has double bed, bedside table, big window...

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138 m2
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Apartment in Shanghai Xuhui

Bright 2Br 2Bath HEATING @Iapm

Nanchang Road No.344 (Shanghai / Xuhui)
15000 RMB

It's on South Maoming/Nanchang Rd. Fully furnished. Oven. Heaing. ...

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100 m2
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Real Estate in Shanghai

Rent Apartment in Shanghai

Beautiful Shanghai Skyline

The real estate market in Shanghai is one of the fastest growing in the world, apartments and houses have a fast turn over. This is based on a mentality: In China, it is considered chic to own a property, which is why houses change owners more often than elsewhere. In the 1990s, many Chinese were able to buy their state-assigned apartments for little money, which many did. This is one of the reasons why housing in Shanghai is limited and vacant apartments are quickly rented. So if you are looking for an apartment in Shanghai, there are a few things to consider before you begin searching.

The city and its history

The history of the city dates back to 4,000 years B.C. when it was an important trading center at the Yangtze River and flourished in the Qing Dynasty from the 17th century onwards. Due to international trade relations, Shanghai developed into a cosmopolitan city at the end of the 19th century. Shanghai is still a particularly important business location in China. For this reason, a large number of people live here - long-term or temporarily. The construction boom remains unbroken. In 2017 the population numbered 24 million people. Of these, 15 million live in the city center and another eight million in the neighboring urban areas. The city's area (6,300 m²) is equally large and it is important to get an overall impression before looking for a new apartment. The best thing to do is to decide on a district and its neighbouring zones and search in a targeted way.

Shanghai - A city with many faces

Selected Districts and their characteristics

District Characteristics
  • Changing
  • Huangpu
  • Jing’a
  • Xuhui
Commercial center of Shanghai. Amazing nightlife with many bars, restaurants and clubs. It is the most popular district among expats.
  • Luwan
  • Xuhui
The historic and old quarter of Shanghai, streets are lined with trees and lovely coffee shops as well as fancy bars. The Former French Concession is located in the northeast of Xujiahui.
  • Hongkou
  • Yangpu
Quiet area, located in the northern part of Shanghai. Popular for it’s famous universities and student bars.
  • Pudong
Financial Center, high skyscrapers, modern architecture and wider living space. Pudong is located on the East side of Shanghai.

Each District in Shanghai has its own character and unique composition of people. The city of Shanghai (Puxi) consists of 15 districts and a county. The actual city center consists of eight official districts:

  • City Center Districts of Shanghai:
    • Changning
    • Hongkou
    • Huangpu
    • Jing’an
    • Luwan (Former District belongs now to Xuhui District)
    • Pudong
    • Putuo
    • Xuhui
    • Yangpu
  • Outer circle Districts of Shanghai:
    • Baoshan
    • Jiading
    • Minhang
  • Suburb Districts of Shanghai:
    • Chongming
    • Fengxian
    • Jinshan
    • Qingpu
    • Songjiang

Which part of town?

Group Preferred District Characteristics
Singles French Concession, Jing‘an Night Live, Traditional Shanghai, Tourists, young people
Families Pudong, Xuhui, Changning Villas, Large Gardens, Many international schools and child-friendly offers
Students Jing‘an, Huangpu, Yangpu Good prices, Night Live

Shanghai housing can be tough, if you don´t know where to start looking. The inner city center of Shanghai is very busy, densely populated and often overcrowded. Nevertheless, here you are right in the middle of the nightlife, restaurants and bars, cultural venues and more. Especially if you come to Shanghai on your own and live in a shared apartment, this can make it easier to settle in. Especially when you are working, your workplace will be more likely to be in the center, so the distance is not too long. Living in the center is perfect for interns or young people who are just starting their careers or come to Shanghai as students. Here you can enjoy everything Shanghai has to offer: Short distances, beautiful streets and a sociable atmosphere. Xuhui is particularly popular with young professionals and artists.

The two appealing neighbourhoods Tianzifang and Xintiandi in Huangpu belong to the so-called French Concession. They are full of bars and restaurants and you will get a very good impression of traditional Shanghai. Here, you' ll always find young people, tourists and locals who are young at heart. The old town of Shanghai is also one of the oldest parts. Here you will find unique shops where you can breathe the true spirit of Shanghai.

An insider tip which is particularly popular among artists is Suzhou Creek on Wusong River. Here it is even quieter, but at the banks of the river the scenery is idyllic and the apartments are still quite affordable.

Another district for those looking for a little more peace and tranquillity is Pudong. It was joined later to Shanghai, compared with the other districts. This is the financial district of Shanghai and here you will find many skyscrapers, but also industrial areas. On the other hand, there are also spacious villas with large gardens and backyards for BBQ. For families with children, Pudong is a great choice. Minhang and Changning (Gubei) are another options for families. Here there are many international schools and child-friendly offers. The distance to the center is still not too long.

The suburbs of Shanghai are quieter, with clean air, but also more isolated. Shanghai apartments in districts such as Jiading, Hongqiao and Yangpu have a significant cost advantage, but you should also bear in mind that the distance to the city can be very long. Although the subway system is well developed, the stations in the suburbs are quite far apart. That could mean a long walk for you.

Shanghai Districts Housing Map

Rent in Shanghai

In terms of housing prices, as in all major cities, it is clear that rents in the central areas of Puxi are by far the most expensive when renting in Shanghai. Especially Xuhui, Jing'an, Luwan and everything near Nanjing Lu, Huaihai Lu up to Yongkang Lu is quite pricey. Also, it is the most densely populated area in Shanghai. Once you move away from these core areas, prices drop drastically. Rent rates around Changping Lu or West Yuyuan Lu are already 20% to 30% cheaper than apartments in the parts mentioned above. Other, quite central but still affordable residential areas are the districts bordering the city center. These include, for example, Jiangning Lu / Jiashan Lu in the north or Dupuqiao in the south. Sometimes even a street can make a difference between two rental levels when renting in Shanghai. Further afield, you can already get a spacious two- or three-room apartment for the same price as a small room in the city center.

Shanghai housing - How do you want to live?

The housing market in Shanghai is huge, with individual apartments being vacant or completed on an ongoing basis. But as quickly as Shanghai apartments or Shanghai rooms are on the market, as quickly they can be taken again. If you want to find what you are looking for, you need to be decisive and not hesitate too long in making a decision. Otherwise, the desired apartment in this tight Shanghai housing market is already rented out to someone else.

Not only the location of an apartment in Shanghai determines its price. The type of apartment also has a great influence. There are different types of housing in Shanghai. The classic apartment of your own depends very much on your budget and the location. In the inner districts of the city, it is almost impossible to have one's own apartment as a student or a normal employee. But you are close to the city, to the nightlife and to many sights, such as the old town. In Shanghai renting market, in addition to the option of renting your own, vacant apartment, there are other options - renting a serviced apartment or renting a shared apartment.

Different types of apartments

Serviced Apartment

Serviced apartments are often found in newer high-rise buildings. These apartments are fully furnished, all kitchen and household equipment are included in the rent and the rental period is often very flexible. But there are other special features of serviced apartments in Shanghai: There is a complimentary cleaning service, restaurants in the building, a shopping service, a concierge and so on. The prices are therefore quite high, yet there is nothing missing. For someone who arrives in Shanghai and first has to look for a long-term place to stay, a serviced apartment is the ideal solution. The apartments can be rented by the week or even by the day.

Shared Apartment

Shared apartments, on the other hand, are cheaper and more sociable. Such a shared apartment in Shanghai often is a mixture of Chinese people, exchange students, international interns or trainees. They are cheaper than an own apartment and you can afford to stay in a central location, even if being in Shanghai as student. Of course, you can also get this as a luxury shared apartment in serviced houses. If you are looking for an authentic Chinese living environment, you can also rent a single room in larger apartments from Chinese residents. In general, subtenants are not sought and selected by the main tenant himself, but by the landlord of the entire apartment. If you come to Shanghai as student, this choice might be the best one for you.

Long-term Rental

In Shanghai, rooms or apartments, it is common to sign a lease for one year for the time being, sometimes for 6 months only. Long-term rental agreements of two to three years can rarely be found. This reflects the character of Shanghai's booming real estate market: Many houses or apartments are investment properties that should be available for short-term sale if required. Therefore, it is difficult to get a long-term lease. On signing the contract, usually, a deposit of one to three months' rent is due. The price of the rent can sometimes be negotiated successfully.

How do I find a cheap apartment in Shanghai?

The first point of contact for the search for an apartment in Shanghai or Shanghai rooms should be the Internet. Especially on expat-oriented websites, you will find good offers in English. Chinese real estate sites seem to be a good alternative, but most of them are only in the Chinese language. You can also try your luck at one of the numerous real estate agencies throughout the city. The brokers always have a large selection of apartments and Shanghai rooms. The advantage here is that the offices are almost always in the same area as the apartments. Thus you can decide for a district and then go to brokerage offices directly.