We here at TN work hand and hand with designated realtors and agents to help provide the best services assisting you with your living hunt. In addition, your school or colleagues may have preferred agents based on experience with foreigners and expectations. The turnaround period is very quick, so you’ll be able to find a place within a week, just be prepared to look at a lot of places. Also, consider this is China and not your home country, so things will be a little different. Make sure you request a western toilet, unless you want to make this the most immersion experience all around. Most foreigners share apartments with each other, strangers and friends. It’s a very common practice.