7 Affordable Airbnb Homes in Seoul for Budget Travellers [UPDATED 2020]

Get your money’s worth at these Airbnbs in Seoul that are hand-picked for their high ratings and unique features.

An open platform where anyone can rent out their property or spare room to guests, Airbnb is fast-growing in popularity as a hotel alternative. It’s no wonder, when such Airbnb accommodations are often affordable and value-for-money, with a touch of homely uniqueness and the chance to connect with locals.

Seoul is one of the cities that has a large selection of Airbnb listings for travellers to choose from. Typically, an arduous search awaits anyone who’s looking for the perfect apartment – one that fits their preference relating to budget, location, amenities and so on. But to help you narrow down your choices, we’ve done our own search for you!

Here are some highly-rated Airbnb apartments in Seoul for budget travellers:

1. The Hongdae apartment overlooking the Han River

budget-friendly airbnb seoul

budget-friendly airbnb seoul

Listing name: SNUG HOUSE/Best /Hongdae/River view/마포역/Mapo/서울/홍대
Listing type: Entire apartment 
Max. number of guests: 3
No. of bedrooms: 1

When it comes to affordable accommodations, you can’t go wrong with this apartment in Hongik University Street or Hongdae. At this Airbnb in Seoul, you can wake up to panoramic views of the Han River. Even the interiors are very picturesque, featuring indoor plants and a dining area where you can prepare your own meals. Only a few minutes from Mapo Station, this apartment makes an excellent base for you to explore the hip and artsy neighbourhood frequented by Seoul’s youth. Learn more about this Airbnb here

2. The cosy house for two friends

Listing name: Roommate corner 02 - Itaewon station 8minutes
Listing type: Entire home 
Max. number of guests: 2
No. of bedrooms: 1

This little home near Itaewon Station is sized for two guests at most. It comes with air conditioning, washing machine, hairdryer, fridge, a vacuum cleaner – pretty much what you’d need from a home away from home. The host also kindly prepares snacks, drinks and clean towels for guests. As a bonus for Muslim travellers, it’s easy to find Halal food in the area. One thing to note is that the apartment is a tiring but manageable uphill walk from the subway station. Once you arrive, you can check-in conveniently since the door is locked with a passcode. Learn more about this Airbnb here.

3. The traditional hanok near Seoul Station

budget-friendly airbnb seoul

budget-friendly airbnb seoul

Listing name: ★Seoul Station★5Min KOREA TRADITIONAL HOUSE HANOK
Listing type: Entire house 
Max. number of guests: 7
No. of bedrooms: 3

If you’ve ever wished you could stay at a Korean traditional house, then this hanok might be just what you need. Like the well-preserved homes of the Bukchon Hanok Village, this Airbnb close to Seoul Station will transport you to the olden days of South Korea. 

Beautifully designed, the 70-year-old house with its wooden furniture, antique doorways, and a little garden will give you an authentic taste of Korean culture. Luckily, it won’t hurt your pockets, either. Learn more about this Airbnb here.

4. This sunny condo in Dongdaemun

budget-friendly airbnb seoul

budget-friendly airbnb seoul

Listing name: 3) 1 min to Subway. Near Korea University 제기동역1분
Listing type: Entire condominium 
Max. number of guests: 2
No. of bedrooms: 1

Famous for its vibrant shopping area and late-night eats, Dongdaemun shouldn’t be left out of your travel itinerary. For your adventures in this district of Seoul, we found a condominium in Dongdaemun that will make you feel right at home. 

Here, you get your own kitchen and workspace — and let’s not forget, an amazing view of Seoul at your window! This strategically-located Airbnb in Seoul also keeps close to popular attractions, such as the Dongdaemun Shopping District and Korea University. Learn more about this Airbnb here.

5. The relaxing nest in Gangnam

budget-friendly airbnb seoul

budget-friendly airbnb seoul

Listing name: Warm and relaxing house in Gangnam Sinsa
Listing type: Entire house 
Max. number of guests: 4
No. of bedrooms: 2

Imagine our surprise at finding this hidden gem in Gangnam! Despite its location in an upscale district of Seoul, this Airbnb is a calming and picturesque retreat that won’t break the bank. In fact, it offers quite a bargain. It comes with a fully stocked kitchen, comfy interiors, heating, toiletries, and WiFi access for guests. 

Moreover, it’s just a five-minute walk to Sinsa Station. Outside the house, you can find charming cafés, fashion boutiques, and ginkgo trees whose leaves turn gold in the fall. Learn more about this Airbnb here.

6. The bunker for a squad of four

budget-friendly airbnb seoul

Listing name: Entire room, Private bath, Next to St. Market #201
Listing type: Entire apartment 
Max. number of guests: 4
No. of bedrooms: 1

Similar to the previous listing, this studio apartment is not in the city centre. However, that has not stopped guests from raving about its location. It’s tucked in a quiet neighbourhood with markets, stores, cafés, and restaurants, and Amsa Station is just around the corner. The apartment comes ready with amenities like kettle, hairdryer, fridge, washing machine, and even safe units. The host, Sang, has previously gone out of his way to help guests with their transportation needs, from booking train tickets to purchasing the T-money card. Learn more about this Airbnb here. 

7. The Itaewon loft with K-drama vibes

Listing name: ❤️ Rooftop N-Tower View
Listing type: Entire condominium
Max. number of guests: 3
No. of bedrooms: 1

Relive the swoon-worthy moments from your favourite K-dramas by staying at this condominium! Featuring scenic lookouts of Seoul, this Airbnb in Itaewon features a rooftop terrace, a home theatre, a comfortable dining area, high-speed Wi-Fi, and even a glimpse of Namsan Tower

Wind down with your travel buddies at the rooftop, where you can eat Korean barbecue and laugh the night away with soju. Sure, you may not have Park Seo-joon to gaze at the night stars with you, but hey, it’s a pretty close call. Learn more about this Airbnb here

Also read: 10 Chic Airbnb Listings for Your Next Stay in Seoul

With that, we hope that you’re one step closer to finding your ideal Airbnb apartment in Seoul without crying about sky-high prices! We know that all the money you saved is better spent on Korean snacks or a shopping spree.


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