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By Staff Writer

Updated July 28, 2021 Updated July 28, 2021

Bangkok for students

One of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities, Bangkok is the capital and largest city of Thailand, home to over 12 percent of the country’s population. 

Bangkok has long been a centre of learning in Thailand, with five universities ranked within the QS World University Rankings® 2022, two of which are in the world’s top 400.

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Best universities in Bangkok - QS Best Student Cities ranking: Joint 74th

World Ranking Institution
215th Chulalongkorn University
=255th Mahidol University
601-650 Thammasat University
801-1000 Kasetsart University
801-1000 King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
1001-1200 King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang

More about Bangkok

Bangkok is home to five top universities in the QS World University Rankings 2022, including the highest ranking school, Chulalongkorn University in the city, joint 247th. Bangkok earns its highest score in student view, where it ranks ninth.

Number of universities ranked by QS

5

Highest-ranked institution

Chulalongkorn University (joint 247th)

Population

10,539,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$5,100

Desirability rank

98th

Employer Activity rank

50th

Affordability rank

=42nd

Student View rank

67th


To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

Why study in Bangkok?

The culture 

In Thailand, there's a mix of traditional and modern cultures. Modern shopping malls contrast with traditional Buddhist temples. The famous local floating markets sell traditional Thai food and drink. 

It's affordable

Ranking joint 42nd in the affordability indicator, Bangkok has a low cost of living and relatively cheap tuition fees.

A vibrant city  

For those who crave the hustle and bustle of a large city, Bangkok is perfect for you. With more than 10 million people, the city buzzes with life and culture.

Good employment prospects 

Thailand ranks well in the employer activity indicator, placing in 50th. The city is Thailand's major business hub.

Cost of studying in Bangkok

Bangkok ranks joint 42nd for affordability this year, with a low cost of living and low tuition fees.

Numbeo estimates that a single person would need approximately £450 per month for living costs, plus an additional £420 for a one bedroom apartment in the city centre. Tuition fees for universities in Bangkok are around US$5,100 per year. 

Life and culture in Bangkok

Thailand's capital is an amazing city with a vibrant culture. It's unsurprising then, that it's one of the most visited cities in the world. 

Although Bangkok is a frenetic and packed city which can feel overwhelming and chaotic to newcomers, there is much more to the so-called City of Angels (a rough translation of Krung Thep). The sà·nùk- (fun-) loving locals are known for their playfulness and welcoming nature, and the language barrier is often surmounted with a smile.

If the noise of a city buzzing with millions of people gets too much to handle, foreigners in Bangkok have the option to take a break from the heat and the chaos, either among the peace and solitude of the various Buddhist temples or with some retail therapy in the city’s modern, air-conditioned mega malls.

Career in Bangkok

Bangkok earns an excellent score in the employer activity indicator, ranking joint 42nd globally. Bangkok is Thailand's business hub, and is sometimes described as the motor of Thailand's economy. The city has branches of large international companies, such as Sony and Unilever and it has a large finance sector, meaning it attracts graduates from all over the world. 

This article was originally published in November 2015 . It was last updated in July 2021

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