Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 1 year. However, some landlords may require a 2 year-lease if the property is brand new or in high demand.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical documents required to sign a lease are a valid passport and proof of employment.

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 2-3 months rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned within 30 days of the lease termination and once all repair costs are applied.

Rental Commission

Should you utilize the services of a real estate agent to help you in your search, agencies usually collect rental commission equal to 1 months’ rent.

Payment of Rental Commission

Rental commission is typically paid by the landlord.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer and check are acceptable methods of payment.


School Registration

School Fees

Schools typically require a campus development fee to be paid annually. The payments tend to be around THB 40,000 – 55,000.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer and check are acceptable methods of payment.

Additional Notes

International schools often have a wait list for entry so it is important to apply for a spot as soon as possible.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


Typical documentation required to obtain a driver’s license include:

• Valid passport with non-immigrant visa
• Work permit
• Residence certificate
• Medical certificate issued within the last 30 days from a Thai hospital
• Origin country driver’s license (must be translated if not in English and certified by the respective embassy)

Additional Notes

The initial license is issued for 2 years and then, when it is renewed, a 5 year license is issued. On both occasions, they must be applied for in person. There can be a language barrier at the Department of Land Transport and a some forms are in Thai, so it is recommended to be accompanied by a Thai speaker.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• Valid Passport
• Work Permit
• Local mobile number

Time Required

Typically, opening a bank account can be completed same day,

Additional Notes

A minimum deposit of 500-1000 THB is required to open the account, plus a fee of 300-800 THB per ATM card. These charges may vary depending on the bank.