| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

My Tiny Seoul Apartment (officetel) Tour | $500/month 200sqft


Hi everyone it’s Nancy And welcome to my new Seoul apartment tour so this is my bed it’s from Ikea and my dad actually helped me build it so it makes it extra special and I chose it because first of all it was available in white and second of all it’s really cool because it can be made into a double sized bed and it also has a lot of storage underneath there’s two drawers one I keep for my electronics and papers and books and things and the other one is for sheets, extra pillows blankets, things for my bed it also serves as extra seating for when my friends come over we can just chill on the bed cuz it kind of looks like a sofa so I think it’s a really great solution for a tiny space like this this is my vanity area it’s where I do my makeup and my skin care every day and this vanity is also from Ikea and it’s also in white as you can tell I’m going for like a white minimalistic look here what I love about this vanity is that you can fold the mirror down so you can have more desk space to do things like your nails and it also has storage inside I put my face things like primers and foundations in this part and then here we have my eyeshadows, eyeliners, mascaras and also the skincare items I’m using at the moment and then here we have all of my lip things which get their own little box because I have way too many we also have a drawer over here that I keep for miscellaneous things like my nail stuff and my false lashes and because I am trying to downsize my makeup collection but I still have too many things I have several pouches up here so you know, I’ll let you guys know when I get there when this table area is absolutely clean and I can fit everything inside this vanity that is the goal for my life right now and behind me you can see my cute curtains which I got from 10×10.com it’s a Korean website with like a lot of cute stuff and the curtains that came with the apartment were these ugly green long ones from Ikea and they didn’t really fit the window well because they were like drooping to the floor so I decided to get like half length ones which fit almost perfectly and I really love how these curtains are white but they’re not like see-through so I can still get my privacy but what kind of sucks is that when I open the windows, I see this fabulous view of this wall probably one of the reasons why the rent is so cheap I don’t really get a lot of natural lighting so I have to use my like lights all the time but I can live with it you know it’s not all that bad welcome to my closet here is the notorious blue skull scarf I don’t know why I don’t wear it as often but I just like having it it just really makes me happy this bright blue color but sorry things are a little bit messy here it’s because I think I have way too much stuff and not enough hangers or places to put them down here I have two suitcases which are full of my out of seasons things and other stuff that I don’t need right now also have random things like a yoga mat and a travel pillow and up here I just keep all of my shirts and jackets that need to be hung plus some pants and I folded some sweaters and cardigans here over here we have my dresses and other long things that need to be hung up and down here I keep my skirts, shorts, jeans and other bottoms in the drawers we have my t-shirts, my work out clothes and my undergarments and I’m so glad that this place came with a wardrobe because if you guys remember the last apartment I stayed at it didn’t come with anything except a rusty clothing rack and I hate how when people came over they could just like see everything out in the open I like to keep things away and tidy so yeah I am so glad I have a wardrobe so this is the kitchen I think it’s a pretty good size my washer is also here underneath the stove and I like electric stoves better than gas stoves just cuz it feels safer and cleaner to me it’s not like whoa fire you know but it does take longer to cook things and heat things up but it’s not like I do a lot of cooking anyways my fridge is here hidden behind this nice white…door and in there I think all I have right now is like coconut water and like two boxes of yogurt really sad I know but I barely do any cooking anymore I think that cutting board I’ve used like one time I still have my Brita water filter and the reason why I filter the water is because you never know if the pipes are old or new in Korea it’s better to be safe than sorry and even though it is safe to drink you know, I just prefer the taste of filtered water and I also have like my laundry detergent other cleaning supplies down here and trash bags because you always need to buy your own trash bags here in Korea and up here in these cabinets I have more storage it’s where I keep my pots, pans, bowls and plates and I have like only two plates and both of them I got for free and I have like three bowls oh and I almost forgot to mention that I finally got a microwave I don’t use it as much as I thought I would but last year I lived a whole year without a microwave and it’s just nice to have one cuz sometimes you just need to reheat things but there’s no way to do it like with the stove and I got this really cute green vintage looking microwave and on this rack I also have my water heater omg I shouldn’t say water heater anymore my kettle or my water boiler whatever you want to call it it’s from Delonghi I think that’s how you pronounce it yeah it was expensive but I was like I’m only going to fill this apartment with things I like from now on and I practically use that kettle, like every single day now the bathroom in this apartment is definitely a lot nicer than my old one I just love how everything is like sparkly white and clean the shower is still connected to the sink so of course I still get water every where but I have less of a mold problem and it’s just designed better the sink is like a smaller sink and the toilet is in a better place so I can actually like stretch out my knees the cabinets actually open for storage space and if you’re wondering what this is it’s just like a mop I use to mop up the floor once I get it all wet it helps the bathroom dry much faster and lastly we have my work area this is where I edit my videos think of ideas and also study for Korean it also doubles as a dining table and this desk is from Ikea again of course but the reason I didn’t go for a white one was because I didn’t really like how big some of them were and the designs weren’t really what I was looking for but this one I just fell in love with this design and this color I actually put this desk together by myself and I’m really proud of that it hasn’t fallen apart yet so I think I did a pretty ok job I’m constantly moving this around because I can’t decide if I want it here or against the wall but now this is like a new set up ever since the nuclear fire noodle challenge and I kind of like how I can see out the window when I’m working even though the view is like just brick wall it even comes with a drawer I just use to put like stationery and pencils that I need and on it I don’t really have much just some candles this sticky note to do list thing that Steph Choi gave me in our Christmas swap and the dragon that Emily who’s a subscriber gave me and Mr. Buckwheat and I want to talk about the stool I’m sitting on I actually brought it over from Jeonju I think it was only like 10,000 won so it was like about like 9 bucks but I was like oh god it’s this ugly pink color like why did I buy this ugly pink stool? well I know why because I needed something to sit on when I filmed videos so I was like should I get rid of it? should I buy another one? and then in the end I just bought this faux fur rug from Ikea and put it over it and I’m like “I am such a genius” like where did I even think of this because it looks so fancy now and that’s why I am called Fancy Nancy TV no I’m just kidding that was really cheesy and on the wall behind me are some decorations my thermostat and the intercom which I really love because it’s a lot safer here you can see who’s like ringing your doorbell calling you from downstairs cuz they have cameras like every where so I really like that for those of you who are wondering how much this place is I pay 550,000 won per month and there’s also a maintenance fee of I think like 60,000 and I do pay all of my utilities including internet so that’s water, gas electricity and internet and the deposit is 5,000,000 Korean won and how I found this place was actually just going from real estate agent to real estate agent so budongsan to budongsan and I was lucky enough to find this last place I told them I wanted to see an officetel and at first they were showing me like these murder scene, one room apartments and I was like “No! this is not what I’m looking for” and finally the last place I think second to last place that we saw was here and it was a long day of going to I think like 5 different real estate agents but I finally met this one and I think it was destiny and I’m really happy here I think the rent is great and it’s pretty new so I love everything about it let me know if you have anymore questions about finding housing in Korea or apartments in Korea and I will see you guys next time oh yeah don’t forget to subscribe please subscribe

100 Comments

Alyssa H

Jun 6, 2019, 7:08 pm Reply

I have that vanity and my friend has the bed ?

Gianella Portillo

Jun 6, 2019, 11:24 pm Reply

Everyone thinks $500 is a lot but that’s a great deal for me I live in Texas and most apartments cost $1000 a month

Thready Kruller

Jun 6, 2019, 3:41 am Reply

You have pretty feet.

Shahleena

Jun 6, 2019, 8:18 pm Reply

That would cost about £900pm in London so you're not doing too bad! ?

Angelia di Angelo

Jun 6, 2019, 11:46 pm Reply

for someone just moving to Korea what are some good places to check out to find a cheap one bedroom apartment? I'm currently looking into moving to Korea from the United States and I'm trying to find a good area to check into so I know how much I have to save up before I move there.

legendary ass kicker

Jun 6, 2019, 11:00 am Reply

what kind of work i can get as a foreigner in Korea?lol im obsessed

Abduba Hassan

Jun 6, 2019, 1:46 pm Reply

In Kenya's capital you can get a 2 bedroom for that amount

Адалина Николаевна

Jun 6, 2019, 4:15 pm Reply

I have that exakt bed in my bedroom.

Jessica Lopez

Jun 6, 2019, 7:19 pm Reply

My parents rent out 2 houses both 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms with basements & parking area for 550 a month in buttfuck Iowa (-:

Lisl P

Jun 6, 2019, 3:12 am Reply

I love the microwave!!!!

Damon Salvatore

Jun 6, 2019, 7:42 am Reply

I want find place to live for 6 to 8 month can you help me with that any suggestions????

J C

Jun 6, 2019, 10:29 pm Reply

Where in the world do tenants not purchase their own trash bags

Robs Morgenstern

Jun 6, 2019, 10:32 pm Reply

I’m Italian and you pronunce DeLonghi good enough ✨
Obv the Italian “gh” is pretty difficult

Alexandra Ariel

Jun 6, 2019, 10:56 pm Reply

My walk in closet is as big as this place.
So sad.

Angelina Colandrea

Jun 6, 2019, 6:00 am Reply

Your security deposit is $4200 USD

JESUS.

alex gooch

Jun 6, 2019, 4:57 pm Reply

I have the same desk!

Sujata Maity

Jun 6, 2019, 5:32 pm Reply

Looks pretty good

Sujata Maity

Jun 6, 2019, 5:32 pm Reply

Looks pretty good

Monique

Jun 6, 2019, 8:40 pm Reply

Your apartment is so cute ??

Stephen Rochester

Jun 6, 2019, 7:19 pm Reply

Whoa…. ultimate bae… forgive me for my honesty…

RaE Sophia

Jun 6, 2019, 12:13 pm Reply

3:28 =The brick wall is there maybe thats why the "RENT IS CHEAP"
are u serious the rent is CHEAP!?!?

오예준

Jun 6, 2019, 11:59 pm Reply

I wish i could find such affordable place in America

Dawa Penjor

Jun 6, 2019, 4:21 pm Reply

Came for the thumbnail. Stayed for the content.

Infinite _jjang

Jun 6, 2019, 3:08 pm Reply

I want that sunny side up carpet.?????

Prerna Prakash

Jun 6, 2019, 4:03 pm Reply

U look beautiful ?❤️

Timmy Jones

Jun 6, 2019, 1:18 am Reply

I had a mini apt room like this one , I was in St.Paul Minnesota it was 25.00 dollars a month with community kitchen and private small fridge I had a great view of the Minnesota History Museum and Catholic Cathedral it's just so dam cold in Minnesota in the winter .

Lester Wong

Jun 6, 2019, 3:29 am Reply

Nancy how can you be soooo Organized??? Fantastic how amazingly beautiful and clean…keep up the good work!!!…LOL

Park soyeon

Jun 6, 2019, 9:36 am Reply

Really cute apartment ??? #ikeaisbest

D Λ N I

Jun 6, 2019, 3:01 am Reply

that apartment is literally all i need. i love it, it looks so cozy. i'd theme it gray and black to make it 'warmer' ? white makes me cold

Corrin Bash

Jun 6, 2019, 4:13 am Reply

My son has the same bed LOL

HEEWON JUNG

Jun 6, 2019, 2:34 pm Reply

Wow, if you were living in Dublin or London, it would cost easily 1200-1400 euros a month.

dorcas irizarry

Jun 6, 2019, 2:16 am Reply

Hi! Just found u because I have always been fascinated with Asian culture, in particular South Korea. I’m a middle-aged modern American female and my grown daughter and I are interested in maybe working in Korea for a period of time in the next year or so. I have started to learn some Korean…to be honest from listening to BTS songs ?. I have always loved k-pop since the beginning many years ago so I guess my daughter was destined! We would just like to experience a different culture…one we have been strongly influenced by. My daughter knew how to use chopsticks from the time she could hold a fork. We always looked odd to ppl eating much of our food with chopsticks. We have many Asian friends who have further influenced us as well. I am ready to take the plunge so my questions to u are: how do u handle the money when securing the deposit and rent initially? The 5,000,000 deposit sounds like a lot. What does the deposit go to?
Are white blond Americans accepted there? I know the beauty standard is extremely high so I’m sure someone would be kind enough to tell me my faults lol! I would love to teach English but I think one must have a bachelors degree correct?
If u have any kind of info to help us, I’d be thrilled! I like watching your videos…you’re very real…rare these days!
This is long so thanks for reading if u got through!

❤️

D

Mia

Jun 6, 2019, 3:42 am Reply

Here, in Paris, with 500$ you can MAYBE BY CHANCE (and a spell) have a 8-9m² under the roof. Without elevator.

My quadriceps are in an incredible health right now.

Rhonda Rose

Jun 6, 2019, 9:22 am Reply

You need a pretty bed cover

EJ D

Jun 6, 2019, 9:47 am Reply

Are build in refrigerators common in Korea? In the States they are quite a high end detail.

ah

Jun 6, 2019, 12:27 am Reply

I love the shelf that ur microwave is on.

yo wussap

Jun 6, 2019, 8:45 am Reply

arrogant girl. unpleasant to watch

S CT

Jun 6, 2019, 11:04 pm Reply

Stop saying like, please.

ant billionz

Jun 6, 2019, 7:09 pm Reply

i went to visit family in Mississippi and for 350 you could get a 3 bedroom , 2 bathroom house with front , both sides and backyard .

Jennifer Rosbach

Jul 7, 2019, 5:51 pm Reply

My Sister have the exact same bed lol

Lexi!!!

Jul 7, 2019, 3:07 pm Reply

Where does one get the slippers? 0:35

hwardokwan1

Jul 7, 2019, 8:59 pm Reply

It’s like I Swedish prison cell

Vhyung

Jul 7, 2019, 2:33 am Reply

Lol I have the same wine lip tint as you!

leehana

Jul 7, 2019, 7:07 pm Reply

i like how you go what's work for you instead of going for what the world always put out there that cost more your whole life?but you know what i mean.

BangPink’s ArmBlink

Jul 7, 2019, 10:31 am Reply

This apartment is perfect for me..I love this place..I would love to live here..where is this apartment in Seoul..Gangnam..Myeondong or any other..??

Marya Espinilla

Jul 7, 2019, 5:32 am Reply

$500 is a whole house here in the Phil

Yuuri Lee

Jul 7, 2019, 1:12 pm Reply

Do u need to pay key money?

Violet Channel

Jul 7, 2019, 11:05 pm Reply

you and your house are so cute?

Sovannroth Pon

Jul 7, 2019, 6:35 am Reply

Love your bed ?♥️

Judith Crisp

Jul 7, 2019, 11:22 am Reply

Need someone to show you how to organise and space save, honestly you’d have three times the storage space that you currently have!!❤️

Claire MY Lee

Jul 7, 2019, 4:58 pm Reply

Love your work area!!

Glamp63

Jul 7, 2019, 9:45 pm Reply

Too cute! Very clean & organized.

Sharmeen Khan

Jul 7, 2019, 1:03 am Reply

Yeah you can rent a whole house in india with electricity bill included

Stephanie Jo Rountree

Jul 7, 2019, 6:40 am Reply

That's a hefty deposit!

Prisca

Jul 7, 2019, 1:51 pm Reply

In Kenya with $500 a month you have a nice a self-contained house with probably 5 bedrooms and it's own gate and security guard… An apartment like yours goes for Max of $50 a month

pearly

Jul 7, 2019, 5:50 pm Reply

Does anyone have a link for goshiwon?

許修華

Jul 7, 2019, 1:08 am Reply

英文說的非常好,長的很端莊,也不會濃妝豔抹

s i s h a

Jul 7, 2019, 1:50 pm Reply

Here in the Philippines. You can rent a house for $200/month. I'm serious..

Jona Balo

Jul 7, 2019, 2:21 pm Reply

$500 for that tiny room is very expensive, well infact we can rent a decent whole house here in our country

Vannah

Jul 7, 2019, 4:10 am Reply

As long as I have my neccessary items I would survive

Arika Giselle

Jul 7, 2019, 12:18 am Reply

it's a really nice apartment! it looks like the apartment complex where 'something in the rain,' was shot at. But, I could be wrong lol

wajeeha alam

Jul 7, 2019, 10:49 am Reply

White, its too diff to clean it all? it looks so beautiful but need to burn more calories to clean it up all?

Valeria vasquez

Jul 7, 2019, 4:40 pm Reply

Hello, I will have to move to Seoul, and I really like your apartment. Can you tell me where did you get it l and how can I find a place like that?

Purple Haze

Jul 7, 2019, 10:38 am Reply

Sana all

Banana milk UwU

Jul 7, 2019, 8:47 pm Reply

How is living is Seoul I’m imagining it as heaven to live in Korea because Korea looks so simple and modern and I’m thinking of going to Seoul and getting an apartment just like this one but there will be some bts a little bit everywhere.and I wonder how much money it takes to go to South Korea and how long it takes and if it’s worth it so tell me please. And I’m pretty sure it costs a lot of money to get to South Korea and is it safe there cause I’m hearing it is but I’m not sure that’s why I wanna know from
Someone that actually lives in South Korea so tell meh please. Also also the kitchen is so small and cute it looks like a cooking show kitchen and you make tons of food.

The man to scared to get a tattoo

Jul 7, 2019, 1:40 am Reply

Serious question I hope im not stereotyping.. Is it like a Chinese thing to have a lot of shoes? Because it was the first thing I noticed and my Chinese friend here in Canada its also the same thing, first thing noticed when you enter his apartment, Hes got more shoes then anyone else I know. Is there like a big chinese foot wear culture or is this entirely coincidence?

adlina farzana

Jul 7, 2019, 1:09 pm Reply

500$ is almost 2000myr in malaysia and here you can find a quite nice house with 2/3 bedroom to rent per month. And sometime it was even fully furnished for that price to rent per month ?

MONSTA X REVOLUTION HAS ALREADY BEGUN

Jul 7, 2019, 6:50 pm Reply

It's a nice small place for 1 person Imo… In Italy 500€ isn't considered cheap for a rent but ofc it depends on where you live…

helenkkjeon

Jul 7, 2019, 8:55 pm Reply

I had the same bed as you there’s like 2 years ago but I broked it because I always jumped on it but I was 13 years old ?

Myra Vang

Jul 7, 2019, 11:00 pm Reply

I wish there were places like this near my university. It costs like $500 + to rent a place with other people

Similarly

Jul 7, 2019, 5:24 am Reply

That Apartment is smaller than my bedroom? Good for you and minimalism!

Sarah Shaikh

Jul 7, 2019, 6:08 am Reply

With $500 you can rent luxury home for a month

Emma

Jul 7, 2019, 9:02 pm Reply

with 500$ in paris, you dont even have 1/3 of this ??

Saron Betru

Jul 7, 2019, 3:27 am Reply

I don’t know why but the idea of showering in there is scaring me.

Mildred Lake

Jul 7, 2019, 3:57 am Reply

Wait are there places where u don't have to buy ur own trash bags??

Brenda McAnulty

Jul 7, 2019, 4:11 am Reply

So when you take a shower, the whole bathroom is your shower room?

Tiffany Johnston

Jul 7, 2019, 5:08 am Reply

to be honest I would love to live in a small apartment like this its so cute

mara *

Jul 7, 2019, 9:00 am Reply

bro people in the comments talking bout how they wish they had this in america? pls, we do. New York and California do not make up America. where I live in the US, rent for nice apartments would be this price, two bedrooms even, could be a little more expensive. but we definitely have nice studio apartments at this rate. y’all just want $1500 a month studio apartments to live that NY life when it’s not worth it to be struggling babe xx

safa shariath banu

Jul 7, 2019, 12:37 pm Reply

$500 way too much

JoJo

Jul 7, 2019, 6:05 pm Reply

with that price in Bangkok you could get a place twice that size lol

Jam Jam

Jul 7, 2019, 8:06 pm Reply

anyone wanna be roommate english teachers in seoul? we’ll be the baddest bitches in korea?

Jam Jam

Jul 7, 2019, 8:07 pm Reply

you look like Krystal Jung, whatta beaut

Rayan Said

Jul 7, 2019, 10:12 pm Reply

Who has watched something in the rain this is jin-a’s room. Go check it out ???

Addie Marquez

Jul 7, 2019, 3:18 am Reply

5 million won for deposit?

sonia jayanthi

Jul 7, 2019, 9:14 am Reply

Isn't that's just a small room? I stayed in a room the same size as yours. It cost $500/year. Empty room + indoor bathroom. You gotta fill the room up yourself. Electricity and water bill is paid $9 every month. Fixed price.

Amanda Raghu

Jul 7, 2019, 2:11 pm Reply

Woah for 500$ you can get a big duplex for rent in bhutan…
I guess korea isn't that cheap..☺☺

coolkidalli

Jul 7, 2019, 3:37 pm Reply

this is so cute 🙁

wolfhime21

Jul 7, 2019, 5:34 am Reply

Cute little place

Mitchell Azucena

Jul 7, 2019, 9:24 am Reply

I love your place and it is cheap like I can live with no view when you open the curtain as long as it is cheap. But I dunno if I read it right, for the deposit is it really $5,000 USD (when you convert it in USD)?? And is it possible for you to provide the name of the place or the address for someone like me who wants to check the place if they have an available apt room?? Thank you! This video is helpful!

Isabell Hayes

Jul 7, 2019, 2:14 am Reply

Lol can someone tell me if this is a nice deal for living in Seoul??

Kook kookie

Jul 7, 2019, 4:25 am Reply

I want an apartment likeee this 🙁

Dawee – Crochet Connoisseur N

Jul 7, 2019, 11:38 am Reply

Dang that’s cheap rent ?? that’s normal rent for one week here in Australia in a nice house ??

Autumn Spears

Jul 7, 2019, 7:44 pm Reply

It's really cute, and neat. I don't know that I could give up our 2 bed 1 bath house though, $350 a month. I feel like I'd be claustrophobic after living in a full on house.

xi0o OnYoutube

Aug 8, 2019, 7:45 pm Reply

I dont live in Pakistan but im pakistani and with 500 – 1000 dollars in Pakistan you can own a villa which has 4-5 or 5-6 bedrooms with 3 of them being master and the others being medium size or 4 master 1 medium 1 small as well as up to 3 – 4 bathrooms and a big backyard which has a pool and the house uses modern electric appliances like electric fire, cooking supplies, electric stove.

I .DS

Aug 8, 2019, 7:49 pm Reply

$500 a month so cheap! I pay that for a little room in London zone 3… LOL don’t complain ?? for a studio is around 1000…

Potato Girl

Aug 8, 2019, 11:20 pm Reply

Everyone's talking about how they live in America and I'm here sipping tea in Britain

Annakoh Balate

Aug 8, 2019, 4:31 pm Reply

Can you imagine that a family of 5 could live into a space of 14sq.ft? and a 500$ could be a good budget for almost 4 months. Ohh it really depends where you live.???

Adrienne Cameron

Aug 8, 2019, 11:05 pm Reply

The only downside really is the window, the place is really compact and organized. That's what I like about Asian apartment buildings, they are amazingly organized and tidy even though they are so small. They have have such advanced and simple lifestyles

Courtney Pilant

Aug 8, 2019, 8:14 am Reply

I’ve seen some good size loft apartments or one bedrooms for around that price or even cheaper in Seoul. Can I ask why you picked such a tiny place for $500?

Life & Travel-Anh 2 Cần Thơ

Aug 8, 2019, 10:26 pm Reply

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