For expats moving to South Korea with a job contract already in place, often an apartment is already provided and paid for.Expats only need to worry about their utility bills.If an expat does not live in an urban area, they may need to make a long trip to see a doctor at one of the official university hospitals.Because these hospitals are also centrally located, waiting times for treatment can be inconvenient but not outrageous.In addition, apartments are almost exclusively built in bulk, with little to no architectural variation.Despite this, rentals, especially in Seoul, will cost a lot for a space much smaller than expats may be used to.In Seoul especially, there are many expat meet-ups and parties with the aim of bringing foreigners together.In smaller cities, the groups may meet up regularly and are generally very welcoming of newcomers.
Private education is extremely popular and rigorous as well, and they often include afterschool academies, called .
Expect unplanned meetings, projects and cancellations as well as obligatory social gatherings after work, which are only announced shortly before the day's end.
Groceries, utilities, public transport and even alcohol are all reasonably priced compared to the prices in most Western countries.
In addition, deposits are typically much steeper than in other countries.
Many apartments and homes have done away with traditional lock and keys, moving towards an electronic lock that requires either a magnetic door key and/or a keypad combo.