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Living Cost in Bangladesh

Monthly Living Costs of an international student in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

The minimum monthly expenses (except your tuition fees) may cost you around BDT. 11,000. 

If you spend extra (excluding tuition fees) on restaurants, uber bills and stay in a shared rented flat in Bashundhara or Notunbazar or Baridhara Block J (nearest to United International University campus), you may need to spend maximum BDT. 29,000 monthly in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The team of Center for International Affairs and Cooperation (CIAC), United International University (UIU) will advise you so that you can survive in Dhaka city at minimum cost. 

The details of the expenses are shown below.

SL No. List of Expenses Description of the expenses Approximate Cost (in Bangladeshi Taka/BDT
Minimum Cost Maximum Cost
1. Accommodation at UIU’s Hostel/ Super hostel
+ Food
+ Laundry

If you stay at UIU’s Hostel/ Super Hostel, you will get 3 major meals of the day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). You will not need to pay utility fees/ service charges. Each day laundry for 1 set clothes will be provided for free. 7,000
Accommodation Outside Campus/ Renting Private entire flat 
Monthly rental fee 10,000.Utility – 2,000.Service Charge 1000. 18,000
Monthly 5,000
2.  Transportation Travelling by bus or rickshaw: 2,000 2,000 5,000
Travelling by Uber/ CNG: 5,000
3 Medical Cost General Health Check up at UIU’s Medical Center per visit 50 50
4 Health Care (Gym) UIU has its own gym. It charges semester wise 1500. 375 375
5 Recreation/ Entertainment If you watch one movie per month at Jamuna Future Park (nearest Cinema and Shopping mall from UIU Campus) 400 500
6 Personal Expenses

For mobile and internet, you will need to spend at least 1,000 per month. If you need to do shopping for dress, shoes, toiletries products, you will need to pay extra. 1000 5000
Total approximate Monthly living cost in Bangladesh (Minimum – Maximum) Minimum:
BDT. 10,825TK
Maximum: BDT. 28,925TK


  1. If you eat at restaurants on a regular basis, it may incur additional costs.
  2. If you need to do shopping frequently, it may incur additional costs.
  3. Yearly 1 time Visa fee is required for international students for Extension of their visas.