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Emilie McDonald says:
October 20, 2010 at 6:44 am
The housing list for Osan is currently a rather full one so my husband and I opted to live off base, so I can’t give a whole lot of information about on base housing. I can however tell you that if you are Army (like we are) living on an Air Force base, they unfortunately don’t treat you equally when it comes to housing. When we first arrived here in May of 2009, we were told that the Army only gets 10% of the available housing on base. So if there were 100 open apartments, we only got 10. Eventually the big wig of the Pacific forces finally stepped in and said, “No way, this isn’t fair. They serve your country just like you do so they should get a fair shot at housing too.” However, I haven’t seen a change.
As for off base housing, it’s really rather simple to deal with. You just find a realtor (out of the many outside the main gate), tell them what you’re looking for and what falls within your price range and then they drive you all over until you find one that you like. And if they can’t come up with anything, then you just try another one. All of your Korean bills (gas, water, electric, cable, phone, internet, even traffic tickets) are paid at your realtor’s office. It makes it kinda handy to have it all done in one place. Although I will admit to missing being able to pay all of that through online bill pay. Haha
But for on base housing, there are currently 3 apartment towers, 2 of which are newer and have a better upkeep. The 2 newer towers, which are right off the main road, also have a parking garage which is a nice feature. I’ve heard some horror stories of the power and water being shut off without warning from the people that do live on base. But when the water goes out they do provide the families with free bottled water until it gets turned back on.
The insides of the apartments are very nice in my opinion. The 2 newer towers have about 3-4 apartments in a hallway on a floor (there’s 3 hallways to a floor, they stick out like spokes in a bike wheel). The older tower is more of a hotel style where you just get off the elevators and it’s a long hallway of doors.
They’re also currently demolishing some really old housing that has been quarantined, or something like that. No clue on what they plan on doing with the space once it’s cleared out though.