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  • May 28, 2018

The best and most affordable communities for students in Dubai.


Every year, thousands of students flock to Dubai to study in its world-class universities and colleges. Although most well-reputed educational institutions offer on-campus or off-campus student accommodation, some students may still prefer to go their own way for various reasons, such as cost and freedom of space. There are several inexpensive (read affordable) communities in the city where you would be able to find anything from a room to share to a studio apartment.

One of the first things you should look in a community is its proximity to your university, or at least access to Public transport. So while several areas may be considered just as economical as the ones recommended below, they are lacking in other areas for students.

International City

A highly diverse and multicultural neighbourhood that is minutes away from Dubai Academic City, International City is teeming with things to do and is a hotspot for students on a budget. Stock up on groceries and get inexpensive homeware and clothing at the massive Dragon Mart, or enjoy a weekend movie at the local Novo Cinemas with your friends. But perhaps the biggest draw is the extremely modest rental prices. You can get a room for about AED 1,600 a month, or have an entire studio apartment to yourself for around AED 25,000 annually. Compared to the other residential communities in Dubai, this is an absolute steal.

Dubai Silicon Oasis

You can’t get any closer to Academic City than this. Good public transport access will ensure you’ll always be on time for your class. The quiet community is also a new one, which means all the facilities and amenities are usually in good order. A plethora of restaurants and eateries offer cuisines from every corner of the globe. The rentals are also quite affordable that should fit right in with a student’s budget. You can find a comfortable room here for anywhere between AED 1000-3000 a month, while studios start at approximately AED 32,000 per year.

Al Barsha/TECOM

Al Barsha is a great choice for students studying in Knowledge Village or at the American University of Dubai. Not only does it offer access to the Dubai Metro system, it also boasts several restaurants, groceries and pharmacies. And if Dubai’s heat ever gets to you, you and your buddies can even go skiing in Mall of the Emirates. A room here will cost you between AED 3,000-4,000 a month, while a studio can cost approximately AED 52,000 a year.

Jumeirah Village Circle/Triangle

Both communities are just down Hessa street, and very close to Dubai Knowledge Village (about a 20 minute bus ride). Stylish living can be found on a budget here, as most of the buildings are brand new and quirky in their own way. Several eateries can be found here, from low-cost cafeterias that deliver top-notch shawarmas for peanuts to cute bakeries where you can hang out while working on projects. You can rent a studio here for between AED 40,000-45,000 annually or find a room for about AED 3,000-4,500 a month.

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