This page is a resource made by The Office of Student Life to assist our students with the process of finding off-campus accommodations. While there are many housing options on the market, it is important to understand your own priorities and needs when selecting a place to live.  

Fulbright University Vietnam is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with any of the rental agencies, posting sites listed below. Fulbright makes no representations or warranties of any kind, with respect to the information, content, products or services included in these resources. We simply provide them so that our students can have the most complete information. 

Type of accommodation 

  • Entire house

    The entire house usually has a main ground floor and 1-2 stories. In the house, there are separate areas of kitchen, dining space, living room. The price is varied around 9-20 millions/month.  

  • Apartment

    An apartment in a large residential building, usually accompanied by a high living standard. Each apartment consists of 1 to 3 bedrooms, with separate common areas of kitchen and living room. Living in the apartment, besides the common area of your apartment, you can use the service of the building (pool, gym, common room, etc.). The price varies depending on the quality and the location.  

  • Shared apartment

     There are two main types: separate room and use the shared common areas (kitchen, bathroom, living room); and shared room (2 person/room), and around 4-6 person/apartment. 

  • Studio

    A single-room apartment, where kitchen/bedroom/working space share the same common area and is suitable to live alone. The price (at district 7) is around 4-8 millions/month. 

  • Room

    A single room with an attached bathroom. You can have separate working/studying space in your roomThe price is varied, ranging around from 2 to 6 millions/month.  

  • Dorm

    A building primarily providing sleeping and residential quartersBedrooms are equipped with bunk beds and air conditionerCommon areas and facilities including kitchen, washing machines are shared. The price is around 1-2 million/ month. 


Disclaimer: Fulbright University Vietnam is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with any of the rental agencies, posting sites listed below. Fulbright makes no representations or warranties of any kind, with respect to the information, content, products or services included in these resources. We simply provide them so that our students can have the most complete information. 

  • Agency

    Below are some suggested housing counselling agencies that can help you find a suitable place to live in HCMC.

    • Công ty TNHH Đầu tư Bất động sản FTT (FTT Land)
    • Green House Real Estate and Management
    • Colliers International Vietnam
  • Website

    Below are the most popular rental listing sites. You can use the filter to search for an accommodation that suits your preferences and budget.

    Vietnamese only:

    Vietnamese and English:

  • Facebook group

    You can easily find a lot of Facebook groups that post ads about apartment for rent house for rent, room for rent and room sharing in every district in HCMC.

    For example:

    Vietnamese only:

    Vietnamese and English:


  • Fulbright Residence and Off-campus Accommodation comparison

    When living in Fulbright Residence, other fees such as meal allowance, parking fee, sundries, electricity, water and internet (except compulsory basic health insurance) are all covered in the Housing cost, which is the main difference from those of Private Accommodation. 

    More detailed comparison can be found here

  • Miscellaneous expenses

    Comparison of expenses among different types of accommodation can be found here.

Preferred Areas

Things to keep in mind

  • Services and regulations: furniture, equipment, gym, maintenance, laundry, curfew, pet, guests, etc.  
  • Convenience/needs 
  • Process/viewing 
  • Scam  
  • Questions to ask yourself before renting

    First, get to know yourself. Take time to think through some basic questions about where and how you want to live will help narrow down potential rental locations. 

    • Do you want to live by yourself or with roommates? Are you comfortable living with stranger(s)? 
    • How do you choose a roommate? 
    • How much can you afford to spend? (consider rent, utilities, transportation cost, grocery cost, Internet/cable) 
    • What type of accommodation do you prefer (house, apartment, shared apartment, studio, room, dorm)? 
    • Do you need a short-term lease or a long-term lease?  
    • Do you have your own vehicle, or do you use public transportation? 
    • What is the proximity to the nearest supermarket or market? What about the nearest coffee shop or restaurant? Think about what you’d like to be nearby and then map out if the places are located within the area to see if the location is suitable for you. 
  • Questions to ask landlords and realty agencies

    Now you have an idea of where you want to live. The next step is to meet with your landlord, property manager or realty agency. They are the ones who work alongside you for the term of your lease. The list below provides you with questions you need to ask when considering a rental: 

    Rent-related questions 

    • What’s included in the rent?  
    • Are any utilities included within the rent?  
    • What’s the average monthly cost of each of the utilities if they’re not included in the rent (Water, electricity, internet, parking, gas, etc.)
    • Is there any potential additional fee that we have not talked about? (administration/paperwork processing fee, signing lease at a later date fee, etc.) 
    • How will temporary residence registration be done? Will the landlord cover it? 

    Amenities-related questions 

    • Does the house/apartment/room have air conditioning?  
    • Does the house/apartment/room come with any furniture?  
    • What is the laundry situation? Is there any washing machine located in the building? 
    • Is parking available? If yes, is there an additional cost? If no, is there any parking lot nearby? 
    • Is there any on-site recreational facility (swimming pool, gym, yard, etc.)? If yes, is there an additional cost or is there any policy to use them?  
    • Is there a secure area for mail and inbound packages? 
    • What types of customization can you make to a property (paint, nails for hanging pictures, etc.)? Which ones are prohibited? 
    • Is there any on-site maintenance? What will maintenance cover? 
    • What is the procedure of reporting maintenance or concerns? What is the turn-around time for getting a maintenance issue fixed?  
    • Will the property be deep cleaned before tenants move in? What does deep cleaning entail? 

    Security-related questions 

    • When are quiet hours? Is there any curfew? 
    • What are guest policies? Are there any guest restrictions? 
    • Is there on-site security and/or property manager? 
    • Will facilities staff or the landlord enter your apartment to conduct inspections, and how much notice do they need to give prior to entry? 

    Pet-related questions 

    • Are pets allowed? What kind of pets will be allowed? (dog, cat, small pets like hamster or goldfish, etc.) 
    • Is there any additional fee to have a pet? 
  • Tips for Viewing Process/Walkthrough

    You should always conduct a formal walkthrough with your landlord or realty agency before signing a lease. When you visit the property, make sure that: 

    • Double check the addresses to make sure you are visiting the correct unit. Some agencies are in charge of many rental properties, and it is possible they have made a mistake. 
    • Make sure the amenities match what is advertised in the listing and ask questions regarding missing or damaged items. 
    • Test out light switches, locks, doors, windows, and other facilities to identify current or potential problems. You can use the list below for reference: 

    Lighting: Is there a good amount of natural light?  

    Locks: Do they work properly? Would you feel safe being alone at night? 

    Faucets: Are they leaky or rusty? 

    Toilets and water pressure in the shower: Are they working properly? 

    Walls: Are the walls well taken care of? Any marks, holes, patches?  

    Closet size: Is the closet size right for you? 

    Cupboard size: Does it provide you with enough storage space? 

    Carpeting/Floors: Is the flooring clean? 

    Appliances: Are they up to date? (Old appliances can skyrocket your electricity bill!) 

    Outlets: Check the location and number of outlets and see if they work. 

    Air Conditioning: Do ACs work properly? 

    • Take some time to walk around and see the neighbors (if possible). Do your neighbors seem friendland easy to get along with? 
    • Note your first impression about your landlord (if you’re renting directly through a landlord). Does he or she seem trustworthy? 
  • Reviewing the lease

    You may feel a rush to sign, but make sure you read thoroughly over the details. If there is anything unclear, ask for clarification. Lease agreement is usually detailed to protect both parties.  

    When considering a contract, you need to be aware of the terms relating to the rental as follows: 

    • Tenancy period (by year or by month) 
    • The contract should detail the room rate and other costs 
    • Start date and end date of the tenancy 
    • Whether the Landlord intends to continue renting the house at the end of the contract 
    • Whether there is a “testimonium clause” that allows the parties to terminate the contract after a certain period of time due to incidents. 
    • What is the deposit and what is the condition to get back the deposit after liquidating the contract. 
  • Avoiding scam

    Scammers can be very persuasive and often they seem legitimate. If you are looking for rentals on websites that anyone can access, you’ll be more susceptible to encountering a scam. Be aware of red flags, such as: 

    • Rental amount is unusually low in comparison to the average rates for the area 
    • Landlords refuse to meet you in person, stating that they are out of HCMC/out of country 
    • Landlords ask for deposit money before property viewing or lease signing 
    • There is an unusual sense of urgency 
    • Property listings include robotic language, obscure phone numbers 

    How to avoid rental scam 

    • Visit the property with the landlord/agency 
    • Never pay money in advance of seeing the rental 
    • Always meet the landlord or realtor in person before signing rental documents or sending money.