Hello! I am moving to Busan in November and the news for my family came rather unexpectantly. My spouse was offered a job opportunity he could not refuse so we have ten weeks to put it all together. I was hoping to get some help with some general questions about housing. He spent about 6 months in the area five years ago but its my first time to Korea. We have lived in Japan for his job and Beijing for mine and are very excited to see what Busan has to offer. Here are my questions. Please feel free to answer some of them or all of them. I will take whatever help I can get.
1. What is the typical rent and key deposit for a foreigner in Busan? We have a baby on the way so are really shooting for a two bedroom if possible. We are in the late 20s early 30s age group and enjoy a more quiet life.
2. How trustworthy are the leasing agencies? In Japan we were very happy with our agency and really felt they represented us. In China (and the US) I have felt scammed and pressured to rush into housing that was maybe a bit more than I wanted to pay or fancier than I needed.
3. I don't need to live near the beach or all the other foreigners but I would like to live near a park and obviously by the subway so I can get out and get some exercise until this baby comes and I can go back to work. Husband will work in Gimhae. All the blogs and websites seem to indicate that foreigners typically live in Haeundae which appears to be almost an hour away. I'd prefer to live somewhere closer but are the nicer areas heading anywhere in that direction typically out of most folks' price range? A friend recommended the Seomyon area but did not indicate why. Any other recommendations?
4. When in Asia, I do teach English by profession. All ages but I have found I prefer the college age or adult professionals. Is there a particular part of town where side gigs would be easier to snag without having to travel so far?
Thank you so much all for reading this and taking the time to help. I am so looking forward to getting there and discovering so much! Appreciate it!