Perceptions on shared accommodation: a sample from China

Pacific Rim Real Estate Society
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of 26th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference, 2020, pp. 1 - 12 (12)
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With the rapid development of urbanisation in China, today more than half the population live in cities. Migrant workers move from rural areas to the cities for job opportunities. Most cannot afford to buy or rent their accommodation, due to the high cost of dwellings in cities, particularly in the first-tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. As a result, shared accommodation has become one of the ways of obtaining shelter. Private examples of shared accommodation, however, has received minimal attention in the research literature. This study aims to understand peoples’ perceptions of shared accommodation in terms of several criteria including the selection of accommodation, and economic and social experiences. Through surveys, 194 questionnaires were received in which 57.5% of respondents live in shared accommodation, either sharing a flat (72.2%) or a room in a flat (27.8%). Transportation, rental price and roommates are the top three factors that people consider in their experience of shared accommodation. Most people living in shared accommodation are positive about their current circumstances and social interactions with neighbours and roommates.
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