Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, once “The Pearl of the Far East”, is the second largest city in Vietnam (the largest being Ha Noi). It is the most crowded city in the country with the official population of over 9 million people being resident in a total area of over 2,095 km2.
The city now comprises 19 districts and 5 suburban districts. District 1, along the Saigon River, where downtown Saigon is located, is the commercial centre and contains most of the city’s monuments and landmarks. 8 km away in District 5 resides the market of Cho Lon, where a large Chinese community lives. With favorable weather the whole year round and convenient access from other countries by air, by road and by sea, Ho Chi Minh city is a busy and dynamic metropolis.
After years of development, Ho Chi Minh has become one of the best cities to live and work in around the world. Studios, apartments, houses, and villas are available for you to rent. Most of these options are fully furnished. The quantity and modernity of the furniture factors into the rental cost. You can rent a whole studio or apartment for your privacy. Otherwise, renting a room in an apartment or a house, and sharing the living room, bathroom, or kitchen will save you some money.
The rental cost usually includes wifi, electricity, and water bills. However, some places don’t include these bills, so you should check with the house owner to make sure whether there are any extra costs. If you rent a serviced room, cleaning and laundry services are usually included in the rental cost. These services usually happen one to three times per week. You should budget for between one and three months’ rent for a deposit. Monthly rent ranges from 4,500,000 VND – 13,000,000 VND ($200-$550) for a one bedroom serviced apartment to 20,000,000 VND – 35,000,000 VND ($900-$1500) for a nice house which includes two or three bedrooms that you can share with your friends.
Due to the huge international integration, Ho Chi Minh welcomes a great number of foreigners every single year and as a result, the demand for learning English has increased. ILA has helped a lot of students be more confident in speaking and applying English to their daily lives.
The very first ILA Language Centre in Ho Chi Minh, established and officially commencing operations in 2000, was also the first ILA Centre in Vietnam. After 25 years of growing and developing, ILA now has 26 centres across the city districts. One of the biggest centres is ILA Nguyen Dinh Chieu on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 3 where ILA Head Office is located.
While the main focus of ILA is centre classes, ILA does have a public school program in which we cooperate with Vietnamese schools and send teachers to teach English for local students. This program is only operating in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City. ILA Go Vap in Go Vap District is the base for public school teachers in Ho Chi Minh City.