We are currently in China-small town in the NE-and we will be relocating to Beijing in late July/Early August. I have taken a teaching position in a school in the Haidian district and will need to find housing. Anyone have suggestions for best areas to live in this district. We are a family of four with two teenagers (that are homeschooled online). We are the only foreigners in our current town so we don't mind not being around other expats-just looking for a comfortable home that has a reasonable rent (6,000-8,000 RMB) for a 2 -3 bedroom apartment. The school does have a person who can assist but they really want to use a real estate agent but we are responsible for the fees. I have read a lot of blogs that report you can just go to apartment complexes and speak with the guards for a much smaller fee-does this really work?? Any assistance would be appreciated!!