So we live on campus in a 525-ish square feet one-bedroom apartment with glass-in patios. Space-wise, it’s a really great apartment for South Korea. Sometimes being in the boondocks is a plus!
Here are a few photos for our friends and family to visualize where we’re living and for any potential CEV teachers to understand what they’re getting into.
The entrance to our apartment building:
The first door into our apartment is like a little mud room/pantry. After stepping through the sliding door of our apartment you are immediately in our living areas. As you can see, we have a a two-burner gas stove and a microwave and fridge off to the right. There’s no oven. We have since purchased a little toaster oven and hope that will get us through the year.
Directly across from the kitchen is the door into the bathroom. The tub is smaller than an American tub (Koreans are shorter usually than Americans, so that makes sense). Koreans tend to have a problem with humidity in their homes because of the summer heat and the way the floor heating works in the winter, so you can see the drain placed in the middle of the bathroom floor.
To the left of the bathroom is our storage room. It’s where we store things (obviously). The sliding glass doors lead to our back glassed-in patio, which is where we keep odds and ends like boxes, detergent, and the washing machine.
Yes, we have a washing machine! I haven’t had steady, easy access to a washing machine since I was 18 and left for college, so I’m pretty darn excited for this.
Finally, the last room of the apartment is the bedroom. The bed takes up most of the space, but that’s okay because it’s so cold in winter and it’s so expensive to heat things that we live in bed with an electric radiator at our feet. This is not a good photo of the bedroom. But it’s the only one Jordan took. You can ignore the girl under the covers.
The only thing missing from these photos is the pink wallpapered ceiling (yes, you read that correctly). It’s quite the fashion statement, but it does have other positive qualities. Whenever I’m having a bad day I look up at the ceiling and laugh.
So there you have it! Our apartment at CEV. For anyone wanting more information about the apartment layout, here’s a video tour from past teachers.