One-room or Officetel
Especially for individuals who stay and work far away from their hometowns and are unable to afford a “one-room” apartment or an office-tel. This economical residence provides a place for an individual to study, work and sleep, which is relatively safe, as there is an owner who oversees the security of the building. Men and women are allocated different floors in the building. The office-tel is a suitable living option for one or two people. The one-room is a more economical option; the office-tel is more suited for both residential and commercial purposes. The office-tel is more expensive with a bigger living space and more facilities in the room.
- Jeonse (deposit) or deposit + monthly rent
- Room size: Either one or two rooms
- Facilities: Kitchen, air conditioner, refrigerator, bathroom, Internet access
The option of renting an unfurnished apartment is more economically friendly for individuals living in Gwangju for an extended stay. Apartments have few facilities and amenities and usually must be purchased separately.
Originally, gosi.won referred to a house in which people studied to pass their examinations. Nowadays, gosi.won have become a highly popular residence option.
Price range: 150,000 won – 300,000 won per month (Includes security and building management expenses)
Room facilities: Bed, desk, chair, Internet access
Communal facilities: TV, lavatory, shower room, refrigerator, kitchen, washing machine (This is dependent on the cost of the gosi.won; a more costly room would come with a bathroom and a refrigerator for one’s personal use.)
- Wolse: Deposit (Bojeunggeum) + Monthly rent rate
- Jeonse: Whole deposit w/o monthly rent (usually for two years)
- Purchase: Those options can be varied when you are negotiating with the house owner.