That was on the second floor. But sometimes you will see these on the 5th or 6th floor which can seem puzzling. They are rather ugly, but I think the main reason that they do this is to keep out thieves. Although, don't be afraid as I don't think there is very much crime in Taiwan, or in the rest of Eastern Asia.
That was a fairly new studio apartment. Taiwan's cost of living is pretty cheap. I paid $6000NT (around $200) for that. It had a bathroom and a shower, but no kitchen. A studio without a kitchen is pretty common in Taiwan. I rented a room in another apartment for a few months before moving into this one. That was during my first contract in Taiwan.
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