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Apartment or large room wanted end of April (Beijing)

Hi all,

As most of the previous posters... I'm also moving to Beijing soon. Mid30s, f, from W-Europe. Will be arriving 2nd half April. Looking for a place from end of April/early May.

I'm interested in either a 1br apartment or a large room in a shared apartment in e.g. Sanlitun, Chaoyang Park, Dongzhimen at walking distance from subway. I prefer some green nearby, quiet location but not too far from supermarket/shops, restuarants etc.

I've heard to try & avoid agents if you can as many people appear to have pretty bad experiences using them, but....I can't find any (English) website with housing ads mainly by landlords.

I'm also wondering if anyone knows of a place that can be rented for less than 12 months? I'm not on a large budget, just normal, though my new job starts off with a 6 month trial period so I'm a bit cautious about signing a long lease. If all goes well, I'll stay in Beijing for a while. Nice share apt with spacious room is ok as well of course.

Let me know..! Thanks