Cost of Living in Philippines for Indian Students

Sristy Sharma
Updated on Feb 17, 2022 8:04 PM IST

Student Living Cost In the Philippines

The Philippines is one of the cheapest countries to pursue an MBBS degree. When we talk about the cost of study, we also include the living cost of studying in a country, as it is included in the study expenses of any international student.

As many international students desire to pursue an MBBS degree in the Philippines, we have compiled the cost of studying in the Philippines which includes the course fees, accommodation costs, internet costs and other miscellaneous costs that the international students may incur throughout the course. You can also check the city-wise expenses in the Philippines on this page.

The infographics given below show a quick glance at the students’ living costs while studying in the Philippines: 

Distribution of Estimated Cost of Living in the Philippines

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Cost of Studying MBBS in the Philippines

The average cost of studying in the Philippines includes tuition fees and monthly expenses. The average tuition fee of an MBBS course in the Philippines ranges anywhere between Rs 3 Lakhs to 8 Lakhs per year while the cost of living ranges between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 per month. The tuition fee of an MBBS course in the Philippines varies college wise. To know more about the tuition fees of an MBBS course at the popular universities in the Philippines, check out the table given below:

University / College Name

MBBS Course Fees

AMA School of Medicine

INR 17,50,000

Emilio Aguinaldo College

INR 20,72,000

Lyceum Northwestern University

INR 16,90,000

UV Gullas College of Medicine

INR 17,85,000

University of Perpetual Help

INR 23,25,000

University of Santo Tomas

INR 14,70,000

University of Northern Philippines

INR 10,78,000

Our Lady Of Fatima University

INR 26,32,000

Davao Medical School Foundation

INR 21,28,000

St. Paul University the Philippines

INR 18,19,000

AMEC Bicol Christian College of Medicine

INR 12,96,000

Accommodation Cost in the Philippines

Most medical colleges in the Philippines provide on-campus accommodation facilities to students. Both hostel and mess facilities are provided to the students opting for the facilities at an affordable cost, per year. In the following table, you can check out the on-campus accommodation costs at some of the popular medical colleges in the Philippines:

University / College Name

Accommodation Cost ((Hostel+Mess)

AMA School of Medicine

1st Year: Rs. 2,56,080

2nd to 4th year: Rs. 2,12,160

Total: Rs. 11,04,720

Emilio Aguinaldo College

PHP 12,000 (Rs.18,076.86) per month

Lyceum Northwestern University

1st Year: Rs. 2,70,000

2nd to 4th year: Rs. 1,80,000

Total: Rs. 9,90,000

UV Gullas College of Medicine

Rs.10,000 per month

University of Northern Philippines

Rs. 84,000 per year

Our Lady Of Fatima University

Rs. 72,404 per year

Davao Medical School Foundation

Rs. 18,82,50 per year

St. Paul University the Philippines

Rs. 77,000 per year

AMEC Bicol Christian College of Medicine

Rs. 50,000 per year

Students who wish to stay off-campus can check out the monthly rent of apartments in the Philippines, as defined in the table given below:

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre

Rs 25,000

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre

Rs 14,000

Transportation Costs in the Philippines

Both public and private means of transportation are easily available in the Philippines and at a reasonable cost. Check out the following table to get an idea of the costs of transportation in the Philippines:

Local Transportation: (One-way Ticket)

10 PHP (INR 15. 14)

Monthly Pass: Public Transport

530 PHP (INR 802.50)

Taxi: Normal Tariff

40 PHP (INR 60.54)

*The cost of Gasoline (1 litre) is 50.58 PHP (INR 76.56)

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Cost of Food In the Philippines

For students who opt for the on-campus accommodation facilities, the mess expenses are included in the hostel fees of the colleges that provide accommodation to students. However, students can also choose to stay in private hostels, apartments or paying guests. The cost of food items and products that are used on a daily basis are outlined in the table below:

Milk (1 Litre)

Rs 130

Loaf of Bread

Rs 90

Eggs (1 dozen)

Rs 135

Chicken Fillets (1kg)

Rs 300

Apple (1 kg)

Rs 200

Rice (1 kg)

Rs 76

Potato (1 kg)

Rs 138

Onion (1 kg)

Rs 140

The food expenditure one can expect in restaurants and hotels are as follows:

Inexpensive Restaurant (1-time meal)

Rs 225

Mid-range Restaurant (3 courses)

Rs 1,500

Domestic Beer (0.5 litres)

Rs 90

Cappuccino (regular)

Rs 170

Cellular Communication, Internet Costs in the Philippines

The communication and internet expenses in the Philippines are outlined in the following table:

1 minute of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local

Rs 11.69

Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

Rs 3,404.45

City-Wise Cost of Living in the Philippines

The city-wise living expenses in the Philippines that students can look out for is given in the following table:


Monthly Rent to Apartment 

Monthly Costs for a Single Person (excluding rent)


Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000

Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 42,000


Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 6,500

Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 30,000


Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 30,000

Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 54,000


Rs 15,000 to Rs. 30,000

Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 40,000


Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000

Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 40,000

Las Pinas

Rs. 9000 to Rs. 15,000

Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 30,000


Rs. 3,500 to Rs. 7,000

Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000


Rs 6,000 to Rs. 15,000

Rs .18,000 to Rs. 30,000

Miscellaneous Expenditure In Philippines

The additional expenses that students may incur while staying in the Philippines are included in the following table:

Fitness Club

Rs. 2,800 per month

Tennis Court Rent

Rs. 400 per month

Sports and Leisure

Rs. 3,600 per month

Clothing And Shoes

Rs. 3,000 to 5,000

Movie Ticket - Standard

Rs. 400

Overall Average Expenditure Of An International Student In Philippines

The overall average expenses for an international student staying in the Philippines for different purposes like accommodation, food, transportation, and other everyday expenses are given in the following table: 

Category of Expense


Accommodation/ Hostel Fee

Rs. 8 Lakhs to Rs. 15 Lakhs per year


Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 25,000 per month


Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 2,000 per month

Culture, Sports, Entertainment

Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 5,000 per month

Internet, Mobile Phone

Rs. 3,500 to Rs. 4,000 per month

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