Overview

Live in a shared apartment with other international and local Chinese students during your Chinese course at LTL Shanghai. You will enjoy your own bedroom with WiFI and bills included. You can choose between a large room or a small room. The large room comes with your own private en suite bathroom while in the small room you will be sharing your bathroom with your other flat mates.

Apartments are approximately 30 to 40 minutes travel time from our downtown language school and come with all bills, including WIFI and air con already included.

  • Complete freedom
  • Fun, easy and affordable
  • Comfortable apartments
  • Well located for public transport
  • Make friends with your flat mates
  • Practice your Mandarin daily
  • Great Apartments

    Furnished: all apartments are fully furnished and ready to go
    Affordable: the small room is the cheapest accommodation option
    Super safe: all apartments are checked and inspected by us

  • Community

    Flat mates: quickly become friends with your flat mates

    Make friends: enjoy the company of the local community

    Good locations: only 20-30 minutes travel time to LTL

  • All Inclusive

    Sheets: bed sheets and towels ready for you upon arrival
    Support: ask the LTL team if you need help with anything
    Bills included: WIFI, water, electricity etc. already included

  • LTL Mandarin School

    The survival kit: we bring you right to your apartment from the airport
    Police registration: full LTL support for getting registered quickly
    Flexible: book any duration you need during your course

A shared apartment offers you complete freedom, while keeping costs down and while you might have local Chinese or international flat mates, you will most likely be living together with other LTL students. As rents in Shanghai in general are very high, our main aim is to offer a low cost accommodation option that can still be booked for flexible times. That means while apartments are fully furnished, come with air-con, WIFI. They are local student apartments which means they are not a 5 star hotel and the living quality is quite basic. If you are looking to live in a higher quality apartment, have a look at our Teach English Homestay or Homestay options.

Have a look at some pictures of our shared apartments in our gallery.

Prices

Prices are listed for a sample selection of apartment durations. It is of course also possible to book rooms for shorter or longer durations. All prices below are in CNY.

Duration Small room shared bathroom Large room en suite
2 weeks 2,643 4,324
3 weeks 2,970 4,851
4 weeks 3,696 5,544
8 weeks 7,392 11,088
12 weeks 11,088 16,632
13-52 wks 924 / wk 1,386 / wk

Notes

  • Due to the high rental cost in Shanghai at the moment, there is currently a 150 CNY / week surcharge for all shared apartments in Shanghai. The large room comes with your own private bathroom, whereas for the small room the bathroom is shared.
  • Bed linen is provided.
  • The shared apartments come with full access to a weekly cleaning service.
  • Standard arrival time is on a Sunday and departure on Saturday. If you want to come a bit earlier or leave later though, it is also possible to book additional nights.
  • Travel time to the school is approximately 20 minutes. The subway ticket to the school costs 3 CNY (approx. 40 US cents) each way.
  • All our prices are quoted in CNY. However it is possible to pay for your course in USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CHF, SGD, JY or CND.
  • As the rooms are offered at a special rate and flexibility for LTL students, you can only book a room if you are an LTL Chinese language student

What Our Students Say

Maria Vedrugo Testimony for LTL
Maria Vedrugo
Madrid, Spain

When I arrived my room was waiting for me. The room was supposed to be small but it turned out to be quite big, it was really nice. It had all the amenities needed, such as air conditioner, desk and a comfortable bed.

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Maria Vedrugo Testimony for LTL
Maria Vedrugo
Madrid, Spain

I arrived in Shanghai in the summer, I went directly to the apartment where my room was waiting for me. The room was supposed to be small but it turned out to be quite big, it was really nice. It had all the amenities needed, such as air conditioner, desk and a comfortable bed.  I studied Group classes, where we were just two students in class. I really liked the teachers, I learned a lot and the fact that I could talk about other stuff aside from the learning material was really nice. I remember my time at LTL as a happy time, I really enjoyed the social life and the overall atmosphere was really cool.

Mathieu Dhuicque Testimony for LTL
Mathieu Dhuicque
Nantes, France

I was surprised by the location, as I didn’t think the apartment would be so close to the school, and be so centrally located. Not only that, it was located the highest floor so we had access to the rooftop as well.

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Mathieu Dhuicque Testimony for LTL
Mathieu Dhuicque
Nantes, France

Yunnan dinner attended my Mathieu

I spent some time in Beijing last year and this year I wanted to come to Shanghai, the LTL website contained a lot of information which was reassuring.

I arrived very late on a Sunday, got the airport pick up, and went to my shared apartment. I was surprised by the location, as I didn’t think the apartment would be so close to the school, and be so centrally located. Not only that, it was located the highest floor so we had access to the rooftop as well. I shared the apartment with four others, including Chinese people. Despite all of us having different schedules we managed to hang out toghether and make full use of the rooftop!

The small room, was enough for me. A small, clean

Mathieu with his teacher

room with a bed, desk, and air condition. A few issues came up here and there, but the landlord was responsive and it all got solved.

The small group classes at LTL were nice. The teachers were good, and focused on different aspects of learning Chinese. I enjoyed having different teachers, and different approaches to teaching.

When you are new to a place it can be difficult to meet people and try new things, like food. It was fun to attend the weekly dinners, and the weekend events organized by the school.

Lena Nedvyga Testimony for LTL
Lena Nedvyga
Crimea, Ukraine

The room contained all I needed despite me booking a small room. We all got along very well in the apartment. The location we great, close to the school, and close to everything that Shanghai has to offer.

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Lena Nedvyga Testimony for LTL
Lena Nedvyga
Crimea, Ukraine

When I got to Shanghai, LTL drove me directly to my new room. It was a nice place with three-four other tenants. The room contained all I needed despite me booking a small room. We all got along very well in the apartment. The location we great, close to the school, and close to everything that Shanghai has to offer.

At LTL I did Small Group & Individual classes. Both were really nice. The teachers explain really well and everything is clear immediately.

You feel like you studied a lot. The teacher who taught us characters also helped us practice our speaking, which I really liked.

The other teacher also made us speak as much as possible. It is good because sometimes you are forced to speak in Chinese and that makes you really improve. It was a good experience. The events that I joined were also very fun.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I wash my clothes?

Shared apartments come with a washing machine, which you can use free of charge.

What do I need to bring anything?

Nothing special really. Bed linen are included and it is easy to buy necessities in one of the shops nearby.

Where are the apartments located?

The apartments are located in different locations in the city. However as they are never more than 30 minutes travel time from our downtown school in the old French Concessions, they are always central and close to a subway stop.

Are there shops or restaurants nearby?

Yes, loads of them. All shared apartments are located in lively communities, with plenty of shops, restaurants, 24/7 convenience stores, banks etc. close by.

Will I be immersed into Chinese culture?

This will depend on you, but in the shared apartments most likely not as much. While it is usually very easy to meet your foreign flat mates, differently to people in many other countries, Chinese living in shared apartments are often quite reserved and more see it as a rent sharing arrangement and not as an opportunity to meet friends. As a result, most students living in shared apartments in China end up not meeting many local Chinese friends through their accommodation. So while a shared apartment is fun, easy and affordable, for cultural and linguistic immersion into China it is not necessarily the best option. At LTL we are very serious about helping our students to learn Mandarin quickly and truly immerse themselves into Chinese culture, not just living in an expat bubble and so are our students. The choice is of course up to you, but that means that most of our students choose to live in a homestay instead. If you are looking for immersion, have a look at the teach English or standard homestay options for a more immersive living environment. If you are looking for a complete immersion course in China, you might want to have a look at our Chinese immersion program as well.

Other Options

  • Homestays in Shanghai

    Housing

    Living with a Chinese family in Shanghai is an excellent way to improve your speaking and listening skills outside of the classroom. LTL believes that learning Mandarin Chinese shouldn’t be all about textbooks and grammar exercises.

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    Homestays in Shanghai |
  • Teach English Homestay

    Housing

    Learn Chinese and teach English while staying with a Chinese family. You will teach one of your family members English for six hours a week and get a 50% discount on the homestay fee.

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    Teach English Homestay |