- There are many online housing agents, and you can often reach out to them through LINE to enquire about various properties that you see online.
- When you arrive at SP Mansion, you will be given a furnished apartment which includes bed(s), sofa, closets, dining table and chairs, TV, fridge, hot shower and air condition units. This apartment building includes internet connections and provides a shuttle bus to and from school.
- For SP apartments you don’t have to commit to a one year contract. This works to your advantage, by allowing you to take your time to find your new home….or stay where you are.
- Should you wish to move to a different apartment or house you will discover that for most contracts you will have to commit to at least 12 months or will not get a refund of your deposit.
- There are many factors that influence the quality of life in Bangkok. One major aspect is the time spent traveling to and from work every day. Some teachers prefer to live in other areas of Bangkok (i.e. Sukhumvit / Thonglor) and are happy to have a longer commute, and some prefer to live close to school so that they do not have to deal with Bangkok’s traffic every day.
- KIS offers daily transportation to and from the Thai Cultural Center or the Huay Kwang subway stations. These stations are only 3/4 stops away from the Sukhumvit (downtown) area. At Sukhumvit subway station you can transfer to the BTS (Sky Train).
- These agents have been used recently by new KIS teachers:
Ms. Diane (this is the most recommended!)
+66 82 655 4666
By far the best I’ve dealt with. Has listened to what I want and has been searching hard for me. Part of Thai property guide. Definitely on the more upscale side of things.
Highly recommended for the downtown (Sukhumvit) area.
Line id: kunlachan2529
On the more local side. He has found cheaper places but not in the main areas. Not as professional looking, but has listened to what I would like and has been searching
Ms. Muay 098-394-1553
There are many online housing agents, and you can often reach out to them through LINE to enquire about various properties that you see online.
It’s a common practice to work with multiple agents. Each property agent has access to different properties so it’s in your best interest to tour properties using a variety of agents.
Words of Wisdom: You’ll probably experience viewer’s fatigue. Take videos of each property so you can go back to review it when making your final decision.
Housing Options and Rent
- There are plenty of options and in a wide variety of price ranges and quality. It is best to take your time and shop around and talk to various staff members about where they live and options that they may know about. Above all don’t rush into any decisions, as it can be hard (and sometimes impossible) to get your deposit back if you decide you don’t like your choice.
- You will have to pay a one or two months deposit plus your first month’s rent when moving in and you’ll have to make arrangements to have those funds available. The HR staff are available to answer any questions you may have.
- KIS surveyed faculty over the past few years to get detailed information on where they were living. Please use the link below to access that information.
- Useful link: Currency converter www.xe.com
- A big difference to western style homes is often the kitchen, or lack thereof. Thai apartments and even houses may not have a “proper kitchen” but a pantry with a work bench, sink and an electric hot plate or one or two gas rings. The gas is usually provided in a large bottle that needs to get changed when it’s empty. However, rest assured, you won’t have to get water from the well, there’ll be running water! It might only be cold though.
- Thai food is cheap and many Thais (and foreigners living in Thailand) simply buy their meals at local restaurants or at street stalls. Traditional Thai dishes don’t require a western style stove or oven, hence there is no need for a “proper kitchen” in Thai society.
- Apartments or houses with western style kitchens can be found but they tend to be more upscale, which translates to more expensive.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Here are some FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Apartments vs condo? Apartments are investment properties managed by a property manager. Condos are owned by individuals.
- Is there negotiation which occurs on rental? COVID has been tough on the economy, so yes, you can negotiate
- What are the main areas we should be looking to rent in? (what are the cheaper / more expensive areas) Sukhumvit is the main expat, cosmopolitan area, but it is very expensive. The farther you move away from Sukhumvit, the more affordable it becomes.
- Are website searches legit regarding asking price, availability, quality? Yes they are legitimate.
- How to pay for rent and deposit if we have no bank account (or salary as of Sept 1). You can email HoS to ask for an interest-free rent to use for the deposit.
- Is there a standard rental contract that we should be using? You can get a contract from the apartment or condo building. Your housing agent will help with this.
- Can landlords ask for rent in USD? Rent can only be paid in THB