Cost of Living in Thailand

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Food Price in ฿
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 THA
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 THA
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 THA
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 THA
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 THA
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 THA
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 THA
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 THA
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 THA
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 THA
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 THA
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 THA
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 THA
1.5 kg Sugar 10 THA
2 liter cooking oil 20 THA
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 THA
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 THA
1 liter milk 8.50 THA
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 THA
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 THA
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 THA
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 THA
House Cleaning fee per day 105 THA
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 THA
Original branded Electric Fans 200 THA
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 THA
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 THA
Single bed Blankets 120 THA
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 THA
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 THA
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 THA
Men's haircut 40 THA
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 THA
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 THA
1 month of gym subscription. 105 THA
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 THA
Unisex Loris perfume 30 THA
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 THA
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 THA
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 THA
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 THA
Go carting 30mins 120 THA
Movie House 3d cinema 30 THA
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 THA
Photo shoot 120 THA
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 THA
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 THA
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 THA
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 THA
Spalding Basketball 200 THA
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 THA
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 THA
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 THA
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 THA
1 day rent a car cost 140 THA
Driver’s license 2300 THA
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 THA
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 THA
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 THA
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 THA
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 THA
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 THA

The cost of living in Thailand depends on your status, as a student, you will see that the cost of living in Thailand is generally friendly. Similarly, as it is in any other country, individual costs vary greatly and depend on personal spending habits and lifestyle choices.

Below is a general overview of the expected costs for various facets of your student life in Thailand, just to give you an idea of what you can expect. The currency used in Thailand is the Thai Baht (฿) but the following expenses are already converted to US Dollars ($).


Grocery shopping for food in Thailand means that students would visit the big stores such as Big C or 7/11 to shop for all their food and supplies. For a total of $100 to $150, students can conveniently shop for food, drinks, and fruits for a month.

Eating out in Thailand is also significantly inexpensive as meals typically go for $1 to $4 per meal with other drinks such as coffee and soda costing less than $1, students can comfortably eat and drink their way through the whole country and still have some change to spare.


Two of the main public transportation providers are MRT which is the metro service and the other is BTS which is the sky-train service, which is frequented by many students mostly because it is well connected and has several routes across many parts of the cities in Thailand.

Many transport services like metros and trains are subsidized for students but typically one trip costs around $1.50. Public transportation is not only cheaper but more effective than taxis in Thailand as you get around in 15 minutes or less.

Also, there are motorbike taxis that are fast and cheap as well, a 10-minute ride costs around $3 and for a few times a month, it costs around $12.

RocApply Tips:

  • To save money and time we recommend that you get a BTS rabbit student card and recharge it every month. For 50 trips a month which should be adequate enough, you pay less than $30 as a student.
  • Please invest in owning your own helmet if you choose to travel using motorbikes in Thailand, taking necessary precautions to protect yourself would be a smart move.


Housing in Thailand is very diverse as there are many different neighborhoods and you will have to find the one that most fits your needs. Generally, homes in the city center or within the city cost a bit more than others on the outskirts.

The average cost to rent a one-bedroom apartment in the city ranges from $300 to $400, and the cost for two-bedroom flat costs $500 to $650. To save money on housing, we recommend moving further away from the city center or sharing with other occupants, preferably other students.


For home internet and a phone contract with unlimited data and 650 minutes of calls with AIS which is one of the biggest network providers in the country, it will cost about $36 per month.

Other Expenses

  • Movie theatre tickets - $13
  • Private health insurance - $26 to $36 for basic coverage
  • Hair cut/ Hairdressing - $9 (300 baht)
  • Gym and fitness - $27 a month