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Is 20,000HKD/month enough for an expat in HK?
Posted December 5th, 2012 - 11:44 pm by from Copenhagen, Denmark (Permalink)
I'm hoping to move to Hong Kong and have been offered 20,000HKD a month for a graduate programme. Is this enough for an expat to cover rent, transportation, food, etc?

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Posted December 6th, 2012 - 3:50 pm by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
The short answer is yes. The long answer is, of course, it depends on your spending habits. However, you can definitely find a nice shared apartment for under $10,000 per month. Transportation and food aren't really that bad here. Besides fancy restaurants and overpriced Western food, the regular Chinese restaurants, small South/Southeast Asian places, and supermarkets are pretty reasonably priced. Depending how many trips you take a day your expense for the MTR may not be more than $600 or so for a month. You can get a phone and prepaid sim card for cheap as well. It's mainly the housing that is expensive here and going out to bars/clubs and probably buying designer clothes though I do not have any first-hand experience in that department.

Posted December 10th, 2012 - 9:10 pm from Hong Kong Island, China
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Posted January 19th, 2013 - 2:00 am by from Hong Kong Island, China (Permalink)
$20,000 is pretty good for a fresh expat. I would advise looking for a flatshare as well. We found a nice one in Sheung Wan for only $5500 a month. If you find something around that price, you've got money to spare and then some for savings.