Life in MU Salaya

Life in MU Salaya

University Transportation
Health Insurance & Medical Treatment
Safety & Security
Money & Banking
Culture & Entertainment

Life in MU Salaya

University Transportation
Health Insurance & Medical Treatment
Safety & Security
Money & Banking
Culture & Entertainment

University Transportation

Shuttle Bus Service

Mahidol University provides a shuttle bus service for staff and students between its Salaya, Phayathai and Bangkok Noi Campuses. The service is free of charge.

Salaya Campus Tram Service

Salaya Campus is serviced by three tram routes (Route 1-Green, Route 2-Blue, and Route 3-Red). These allow staff, students and visitors to commute across the campus. Trams are offered free of charge and are available from 6.30 A.M. – 8.00 P.M. on weekdays. A reduced service is provided on the weekend and public holidays.

Salaya Link

This bus service departs links Mahidol University at the College of Music to the Bang Wa skytrain (BTS) station. A one-way trip is 30 Thai baht (just about US$1).
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Getting Around Bangkok

Transportation around Bangkok includes taxis, the BTS (Skytrain), the MRT (Subway), buses, river ferries, trains and vans. Although road traffic can be heavy at peak times, transportation is always easy to find and relatively inexpensive.

Health Insurance & Medical Treatment & Mental health service

Health Insurance

It is highly recommended that international students purchase international medical insurance and submit proof of this by email before their arrival in Thailand. If not, you are required to contact the following insurance companies to purchase one-off payment travel and health insurance policies such as :

  • Allianz C.P. General Insurance Public Company Limited
  • Bupa Health Insurance (Thailand) Public Company Limited

Medical Treatment

  1. To receive medical and dental treatment, you should contact the Health Care Unit nearest your Faculty. The doctor may treat you immediately, or transfer you to a specialty doctor at one of the university hospitals.
  2. For treatment at the university hospital, the university will take responsibility for medical treatment at the hospital rate, except for the cost of the room and food.
  3. For medical emergencies outside of normal working hours, you can be treated at university hospital. Please take your university identification card. If you are not close to a university hospital, it is possible to be treated in another public hospitals.

Mental health service

  1. The Faculty of Graduate Studies provides free mental health service for graduate students
  2. You can register here for an appointment

Safety & Security

The Salaya Campus Security Office is responsible for overseeing the safety of students and their property. Major responsibilities include taking emergency calls, lost and found, providing information, security enforcement, and locating taxis. The office is located on the east side of the Multi-Purpose Complex (opposite the College of Sports Science and Technology). It consists of two units:

  • The Call Center Unit is responsible for 24-hours crime/incident reporting, either in person or by phone. Reporting can be done by dialing 02 441-4400 (10 lines), or via the emergency phones located at various locations of the Salaya campus as well at over 20 base stations.
  • Service Unit is responsible for enforcing security and ensuring the safety of students and property on the Salaya campus. The services also include fire prevention and traffic safety and mobility.

The Security Office installed over 40 closed-circuit cameras around the Salaya campus. Hotspots include roads, sidewalks, cafeterias and gates. The goal is to ensure security and encourage traffic mobility. The cameras will also provide evidence in any security investigations.

Culture & Entertainment

Student life at Mahidol University also offers plenty of opportunities for our students to socialize. For instance, at the Student Union Complex on the Salaya Campus, you can join a wide-range of student clubs in numerous athletic, cultural, religious, and artistic areas of interest. There are also a diverse range of social and cultural activities and events sponsored by Mahidol University or by its individual Faculties, Institutes and Colleges. These include seminars, exhibitions on various academic and cultural themes, arts exhibitions and student sport competitions. For example, the College of Music at the Salaya Campus holds regular concerts, including those by world-renowned musicians.

Various Faculties, Institutes and Colleges are also home to numerous student clubs catering to diverse academic and cultural interests; these also arrange year-round activities. In addition, many of Bangkok’s popular attractions including entertainment venues and shopping districts are easily accessible by public transportation from all of Mahidol University’ three Bangkok-area campuses.

Money & Banking

Thai currency

The official currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht (pronounced – baaht). One baht is divided into 100 satangs. Coins come in denominations of: 1, 2, 5 and 10 baht, as well as (relatively rare) 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 satang. (You may get some 25 or 50 satang coins in change at a supermarket).

Banknotes come in denominations of: 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 Thai baht (THB). Paper currency is issued in the following denominations: 20 THB (green), 50 THB (blue), 100 THB (red), 500 THB (purple) and 1000 THB (beige). In the 1990s, the 10 THB bills were phased out in favor of the 10 THB coin but occasionally you might encounter a paper version.

All currency in Thailand, (notes and coins), bears a portrait of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej or one of his ancestors. Please show respect accordingly.

Banking hours

Banking hours are from 8.30 am – 15.30 pm, Monday to Friday. Banks located in department stores or malls are open every day from 11.00 am – 19.30 pm.

Location of Banks and ATMs on Campus

Salaya Campus: Banks on campus include Siam Commercial Bank, Krungthai Bank and Bangkok Bank

Opening a bank account

It is recommended that you open a bank account in order to facilitate the processing of everyday transactions/payments and keep your money safe. To open an account, a copy of the information page of your passport is required. Be sure to get a bank book for keeping a record of your transactions, and a bank card so that you can use ATMs.

Our Activities

Wai kru
Hollaween day
Songkran festival
In-house seminar
Love U club