We at TravelBud know that leaving your life behind to teach English abroad can be a very daunting experience. Part of that is finding a place you can call home. There are so many factors involved in making one feel at home, in this article we going to be showcasing the different types of accommodation available to you while teaching English in Vietnam.
With our teach English in Vietnam program growing so fast, and the country itself being such a popular travel destination, we thought we’d share with you the type of accommodation you can expect to find in this gem of a country.
Finding accommodation in Hanoi is relatively easy, there are loads of apartments and houses to choose from. There’s equally quite a high demand for accommodation as it’s still a growing city.
This apartment we feature below, has all the modern finishes you would see in most Western cities – open-plan kitchen and lounge, a spacious bedroom and an awesome bathroom.
Most of our teachers either share their apartments with other teachers from their orientation or they find house sharing online, which we can help you with. Prices per person sharing can range from $160 – $300. With such a low cost of living, it allows teachers to be able to save and travel more.
Binh Duong, in the south of the country, is another city that’s booming with infrastructure and foreign businesses. This means there’s a huge surge of apartment blocks, so you will not find it hard to get accommodation here.
The apartment we have featured is home to two English teachers living in Binh Duong, as you can see it’s very spacious, has an open plan lounge and kitchen that can match most in the West.
Binh Duong is slightly less expensive than the bigger nearby Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. You can expect to pay as little as $150 per person sharing; obviously depending on the type of apartment you choose prices will vary.
Most teachers still choose to share flats or houses in this town as it means they can save quite a bit for their future travels.
Ho Chi Minh City
This is the cultural and economic hub of Vietnam. It is flooded with travel enthusiasts and locals which makes it such a vibrant city to be in. Vietnamese people are known to be super friendly, most of our teachers say they absolutely love how people will come up to you on the street to randomly engage in a conversation with you.
It’s a stunning city with so much history and it’s no surprise that so many people want to live here, it quite simply epitomizes Vietnam.
Another great option for expats is house sharing. This is usually with other internationals from completely different environments. The perks of house sharing is that you usually enter into a well run house, completely furnished which has everything you’ll need to make you feel right at home.
It’s great if you’re looking for a lively and outgoing vibe, but if you’re not too fond on the idea of living with 6+ people then this is probably not the right option for you.
Popular Locations in Ho Chi Minh City
There is a wide variety of housing throughout Ho Chi Minh. District 2 is where the most foreigners choose to live, but there is a variety of housing options located throughout the city. Districts 1 & 3 are also popular with foreigners, but can be pricier as they are centrally located.
You can find your accommodation through Facebook, listing sites, or housing agents. Find out where you’ll be placed while teaching in English Vietnam.
If you’re looking for your own space and want to live by yourself, there are plenty of options for great studio or bachelor apartments. Ho Chi Minh City is filled with so many awesome studio apartments, although it’s important to keep in mind that they can be quite expensive due to the high demand. Studio apartment prices in Ho Chi Minh City usually start at around $450.
As you can see with the apartment that we’ve featured, it has a very modern look with its clean spaces and open-plan set up. You literally just need to move your suitcase in and you’ll already feel at home.
It cancels out the stress of trying to make your home from scratch, which explains why they can be more costly than house-sharing for instance.
Vietnam House Hunting Tips
Foreigner have to register – All foreigners who are living in a property have to be registered with the local authorities. If your landlord says you don’t have to be registered, that’s a red flag. In the case of theft or robbery, authorities can only help residents registered to that particular house.
Make sure the contract you sign actually says how much you’re paying. This is very important to avoid any altercations with your landlord and to ensure no disputes about rent.
Do not pay a deposit unless you have signed the right contract. If you pay your deposit before signing a contract, there might be a chance that the contract gets changed.
Facebook groups for accommodation
Realize your travel dreams by teaching English here
It’s no secret that Vietnam is a fascinating country to explore and one of the best ways to see it is by teaching English in Vietnam. It’s the ideal location for those looking for a beautiful setting to live in while benefiting from high salaries as well as extremely low cost of living. Check out our video below on what it’s like to live and teach English in Vietnam:
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