How to find a roommate on Bangkok?
Decided to embark on the adventure Bangkokoise to study, your internship or to work? You want to find a roommate, to save money, not to be alone or to meet more easily, but you ask yourself a lot of questions? This is good, because today it is on the roommate that we will focus, giving you some tips and precautions to take to find your Grail.
If colocation is a common way of life in Europe, it is not the same in the Kingdom of Siam. So how do you go about it? Where to start? What are the things to know? Here are some things to consider before starting your research.
If you compare the price of housing in Bangkok to that of other capitals, you will quickly see that it is not very high. But then why choose to live in a roommate? We give you 5 (very) good reasons!
- Discover fresh faces and integrate quickly (goodbye long Sundays to turn in circles in your room!)
- Live in a more spacious and comfortable apartment
- Split loads (electricity, internet, water)
- Share the costs
- Improve your language level (if you opt for an international roommate)
How to find remote?
If you want to have accommodation when you arrive in Bangkok, then you will probably have to start the search before you leave. Not easy, but not impossible!
Register on Facebook pages! You can find some self-help Facebook groups that will be supportive and packed with good housing deals. Post a message about the group explaining what you are looking for and describing your personality, your lifestyle (party animal, hardworking, calm) … in short do not hesitate to polish your profile!
Here are some Facebook groups:
Makes word of mouth 2.0. Go to Facebook or LinkedIn, and ask your contacts if someone lives in Bangkok, or if someone knows someone, who knows someone … who is looking for a roommate?
Pass through a French-speaking real estate agency to facilitate your search for housing (namely that in Thailand you pay zero-euro agency fees, rather cool no?).
What type of accommodation?
In Bangkok, most expats and foreigners live in condominiums: they are residences that are equipped with swimming pools, gyms, security 24h / 24h, reception service, sauna etc. You will understand, it is not too unpleasant to live in a condo. You can find all types of condos: modern, old, studio, 1, 2, 3, 4 bedrooms. How to find a roommate on Bangkok?
About the budget?
About the budget, it takes an average between 8.000 – 15.000 Baths (200 – 390 euros) for room with roommates in a condo.
Prices vary depending on:
- Location: the closer the apartment is to a metro line (BTS or MRT), the higher the price will be
- Luxury: the services offered by the condo, whether the residence is new or old
- If you have a private bathroom, or a bathroom to share with the rest of the roommate
Which neighbourhood to choose?
If you are new in Bangkok, find out about the city and neighbourhoods. To help you get a little clearer, here is a short presentation of Bangkok and its neighbourhoods: Sukhumvit, Sathorn, Silom and Ratchadapisek. Then do not hesitate to communicate with those who already live there! If you do not know anyone on the spot, join groups on Facebook (ex: The French of Bangkok or Bangkok Expat). Internet users will be happy to advise you! In addition, if you already know the location of your university or workplace, use Google Maps or Bangkok Transit to calculate your travel time and immerse yourself in your future space. (Attention to distances, Bangkok is a huge city).
Criteria to consider:
- Travel time to work / university: Bangkok is 12 million people and 1,568.7 km 2. Crossing the capital can take a long time!
- The proximity of the means of transport: BTS, subway (MRT), bus, on foot?
- Your housing budgets?
- The proximity of your leisure activities: gym, shopping malls, bars, parks …
And the list can be long!
Lease and precautions?
In Bangkok, and as everywhere else in the world, it is essential to READ and UNDERSTAND the lease BEFORE signing it (to avoid unpleasant surprises). Get information from the owner (and not your future roommate) on the amount of rent, charges (even approximate) etc.
Among the essential elements of the lease, you will find:
- The duration of the lease
- The start date of the lease
- The amount of rent
- The amount of the deposit
- Services included in the rental
- Copy of the tenant’s passport
You will be asked to pay:
- A deposit equivalent to 2 rents
- The first rent payable in advance
→ Do I have to pay agency fees?
No, the services of a real estate agency are free for the tenant. The owner pays the real estate agent!
→ What does the rent amount include?
Generally, the amount of rent covers the rent of the apartment, the furniture, the expenses of co-ownership. Attention, electricity, water, Internet are not included!
Things you need to know:
- Leases are generally for 6 months, 1 year or 2 years
- The lease is unique and signed by all roommates
- Pets are rarely accepted in apartments
- Most rented apartments are already furnished