Studying in Thailand: Your Guide to the Cost of Studying and Living in Thailand

Studying in Thailand: Your Guide to the Cost of Studying and Living in Thailand


Posted at: 25 Dec 2020
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Thailand is a great destination for students who are looking for a country with affordability and a low cost of living to study abroad. While it is common for Cambodian students and parents to think that pursuing education abroad will cost a lot more compared to local education, it might not necessarily be the case. Since the financial cost might vary based on course and region, it is always a good idea to consult the education agent for more detailed expected expense.

Nevertheless, for students who are preparing to pursue your education in Thailand, it is surely helpful to have the general idea of the financial cost for international student studying there. 

Tuition Fee  

The cost of the tuition fee in Thailand varies based on institution, the level of study, and the type of major a student is pursuing. In general, you can expect the tuition fee to start from $3,800 per year for undergraduate and $4,500 for the graduate-level of education in Thailand for international students. Usually, you would expect the medicine, engineering, and other laboratories major to cost higher than the social science program. Depending on the university and course students are studying, students might also need to spend around $20 to $150 for the course books and study materials, administration costs, and also the school uniform (if any). Nevertheless, there are also scholarships or grants available for international students. 

Living Expense 

In addition to the tuition fee, students must take into consideration the living expense including the accommodation, food, transportation and other day-to-day expense. Varying based on the location and the personal lifestyle, the cost of living is usually expected to be higher in bigger cities. Generally speaking, student should expect the estimated living expense of around $450 to $750 per month in Bangkok, the most modernized city in Thailand. In other cities, the living expense is expected to be lower.

Accommodation costs 

The cost of accommodation varies depending on the type of housing a student chooses. Cambodian students who go to study overseas in Thailand usually either lives in the university dormitory or renting a flat outside the campus. 

Almost all universities in Thailand provide on-campus accommodation for students with costs ranging between $150 and $400 per month. Based on the amenities, the cost might varies. In general, the rate of a single-person room is between $130-$330. Renting an apartment outside the campus can be a good option for students whose parents and family would visit often. An apartment outside the campus with a space of 30-40 square meters in modern and well-maintained building costs approximately 200$ a month. With other utilities such as water and power supply, it may sum up to around $250 per month. Renting fees for the apartment in the center of the city is expected to cost slightly more.

Food, Telecommunication, Utilities, Transportation

The price of foods in Thailand varies from location and cuisine. For Cambodian students who are studying in Thailand, foods, in general, are relatively inexpensive ranging from $1 to $2 per meal. For the students who cook by themselves, students are expected to spend around $30 per month on food. The estimation of the utilities costs including the electricity and water is around $20 to $50 per month. In some cases, the utilities expense are included in the accommodation costs of the on-campus residence. Depending on the student’s personal usage, the phone bill can be around $15 per month. For transportation, the price per ride is around $0.2 - $1 for the bus, $1 -$3 for the taxi, and less than $1.5 for sky train and subway.

Other Essential Cost

  • Visa: International students are required to possess an Educational (student) visa (“ED”) or Non-immigrant Visa-ED to study in Thailand.
  • Insurance: Though this is required, it is helpful to have health insurance as protection during studying abroad.
  • Air Ticket

This essential package such as visa, health insurance, air ticket and more will no longer be a concern for students who choose the service with WEduAbroad offering full package service for student’s convenience. 

What Should You Get from the Article? 

Cambodian parents and students can now get a general idea about the expected and estimation of the financial costs for students to pursue overseas education in Thailand. The article includes the breakdown of the costs from tuition fee to accommodation, food, utilities, and other essential costs that are required to pay. Depending on the lifestyle, location, and the majors the students are pursuing, the costs will vary. Therefore, it is always a good idea to consult with an education agent.  

Cambodian students and parents who have further inquiry can always contact us WEduAbroad, the local consultancy for study abroad for free consultations about studying in Thailand at the 9th Floor, B-Ray Tower, Preah Norodom Blvd, Tonle Bassak Commune, Chamkamorn District, Phnom Penh (map here) or contact us via phone call (855) 17 548 354 or (855) 81 63 63 60. You can also visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/WEduAbroad/ to take a quick look at what we have been doing so far. We are always ready to help, and we wish you and your children all the best.  

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