If you are thinking about moving to Korea to become an ESL teacher, your apartment in Korea will most likely be included.
If you go to South Korea to teach ESL, you will probably get a studio-like apartment. Actually, many apartments in South Korea are studio apartments
A Layout of My Apartment in South Korea:
You walk in from the outside and of course, there was a shoe closet. After taking off your shoes, there was the couch to the left and the TV (it’s a good thing I brought my Apple adapter 😉).
If you didn’t know, you have to take off your shoes before entering the house.
Straight ahead from the door is where the fridge was, with all of my pictures on it 😊
Then there’s the mini kitchen and bathroom and to the left was my bedroom. To the left of the TV was the washer and drying rack.
Although most apartments in Korea (that I saw anyway) were small, they were also practical for one person. I couldn’t picture two people living in that tiny apartment but hey, that’s just me.
Perks of Having an Apartment in Korea
My apartment in Korea came with a washer, a rack that comes down from the ceiling for drying clothes, a stovetop, and a fridge. You can adjust the drying rack which is nice because I’m short.
My apartment also came with a TV so that was cool. I’m not really sure how other apartments are but from what I’ve seen it is pretty much the same setup as mine.
There’s a lot of storage in my apartment. So much that I don’t even know how to fill it all up.
It is also super useful that they use keypads instead of keys. You just type in my digits and turn the knob.
I really enjoyed my apartment in Korea. Not only do the apartments have keypads, but they also have HEATED FLOORS. It took me a few weeks to understand how mine works but I got it figured out.
The only downside of apartments in South Korea is that you can either have heated floors or hot water. Buttt, even if don’t click that little button to the left of the On/Off switch, the water still gets pretty hot.
For my apartment in Korea, It took about 2 hours and 30-40 minutes for the heated floors to go back on after heating the water. Yes, I timed it 😂
Since my apartment in Korea was previously used by other teachers, it also came with a microwave and a mini toaster oven.
Dishes, including plates, silverware, and bowls, were also provided. I was also lucky enough to have a little couch, a bed, a kettle, a little table, and some cookware.
I also just gotta say Korea is wicked cool for their recycling/trash waste program.
The orange bags are for soft food waste, the white bags are for hard food/regular trash (bones, packaging, eggshells, etc.) and recyclables can go into a plain plastic bag.
They have set times that you are allowed to put your trash on the side of the road and they don’t pick it up on the weekends.
You have to leave your trash outside after 8 pm but not after 4 am. I was told that some apartments have a sorter which makes it easier. My apartment did not have this feature.
Both decorating and receiving this wonderful gift really made my cute little apartment in Korea feel like home.