Cost of living in Vietnam

Apart from our program fees that help you get settled in Vietnam, it is suggested that you always carry a certain amount of pocket money so as to survive here during the time of your program.

In most cases, how much you will spend depends mostly on what you want to purchase or the services you want to use; however, in general the cost of living in Vietnam is around 50% lower than in the US.

Do you believe with just $ 600 USD/month you will have basically everything you need for your new life abroad, from housing, food, transportation to leisure activities???  

The following tables reveal the reasons why you can make it happen in Vietnam:


By accommodation, we mean a safe and private room which usually consists of the following conditions and is a great shelter for your new life in Vietnam. It is not a place for you to just sleep, but truly your second home in the world. 

You can check out further details and pictures of the different types of rooms you can choose for your stay in Vietnam HERE.



Once you are in Vietnam, our program coordinator and local buddies will guide you to use some of the most popular means of transportation in the country with which you can easily commute to work and travel around by yourself. Fare for each of them is shown as below:




Even though it mostly depends on what you want to order and whether you want to go out or eat at home, a meal in Vietnam will usually cost you from $ 2 to $ 5 US dollars only. Below are some of the most famous things to eat and drink in Vietnam, you might want to take them as a reference then:



(Costs are calculated according to 2015’s current prices)  


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