Facilities on Campus

faclities
At PSU, one can enjoy excellent teaching and learning facilities, outstanding sports provisions, and the opportunity to join one of the multicultural student clubs and societies. Opportunities to attend plays, concernts, films, recitals, and other cultural gatherings are frequently available.

 

Banking Facilities

bank

The Siam Commercial Bank (SCB, tel:0 7428 2970), next to the President’s Office Building, offers a full range of services, and is open from 08:30 to 15:30 on weekdays.
There is also a minor branch of the Bangkok Bank at the Songklanagarind Hospital.
ATMs are available at quite a few places on campus.

Cafeterias and Food Courts in Hat Yai Campus

rong chaang cafeteria

Several food centers are present in the campus. The two larger ones are the Hospital Cafeteria, located in the basement of the Songklanagarind Hospital, and the Rong Chang (Elephant Canteen). The Hospital Cafeteria is open from early morning until late afternoon, and the Elephant Canteen is open from early morning to about nine in the evening. Besides, most faculties have their own food centers. Sritrang Food Center is situated off campus near the University Gate 109, on the south side of the campus. A variety of Thai, Chinese, and Muslim food is normally available in all these centers.

The Good View Restaurant (Staff Club), opposite the university reservoir, is the only place on campus where alcoholic beverages are served. It is a relaxing and pleasant place with a beautiful view. It is open from 11:00 a.m. to 22:00 p.m. daily.  
A Green Market is also available in the evenings of Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It is located near the Gate 109. One can buy fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and seafood, and a vast diversity of ready-to-eat food.

Childcare Services

childcare

The Early Childhood Development Center, operated by the Faculty of Nursing, accepts infants and toddlers ranging from two months to three or four years of age. Both short-term and long-term cares are available.
Tel: 074 286590-3


Sri Trang Nursery: 074 451847
This nursery, under the Faculty of Medicine, accepts children from 3 month to 2 years old.

Computer Center

computercenter

PSU Computer Center offers services for all and is open daily from 08:30 to 22:30. Assistance can be sought from the Help Desk from 08:30 to 16:30 on weekdays. During vacation and examination periods, the opening hours are usually adjusted. A PSU Passport (Username and Password) is required to access the university Management Information System (MIS). To obtain a PSU Passport, one should contact the Computer Center or their employees at their respective faculties (for those working in the President’s Office, the Personnel Division). PSU Passport is also needed to apply for a university e-mail account. A computer repair service is also available at the Computer Center.
Campus-wide Wi-Fi Internet and LAN are readily available.

Estimated Living Costs

Estimated living expenses for one year of study at Prince of Songkla University:

  • Accommodation (plus utilities and amenities): 60,000 Thai Baht / per year (5,000 THB/month)
  • Books and Supplies: 5,000 Thai Baht / per year
  • Meals: 60,000 Thai Baht / per year (5,000 THB /month)
  • Health Insurance Coverage2: 2,000 - 5,000 Thai Baht / per year

Notes:

  • All costs are approximated and should be used as a guideline only. The cost of living may differ depending on your lifestyle and general economy.
  • Health insurance charges are set by the health care provider and are subject to change at their discretion.

Food in Thailand

foodthai

Food is an integral part of all cultures, but in Thailand this seems to be even more apparent. Thai cuisine has quickly become internationally famous for its fascinating combination of ingredients and its tasty and unique flavors. Food in Thailand is delicious, inexpensive, and available almost everywhere. Like the diets of most Asian people, the Thai diet is centered on rice. Rice is available in many different varieties and is commonly consumed at every meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

New to some will be the spiciness of the Thai food. While it is wonderfully tasty, it is often very hot. Chili peppers are used abundantly and may not always be apparent until a burning sensation overcomes you. Eating some plain rice will help to douse the fire more quickly than drinking water. When ordering, feel free to ask whether the food is spicy hot (phet mai?), or ask for it to be made not spicy (mai phet). Just remember that the Thai perception of spicy may be quite different from yours. In addition to a liberal use of chillies, southern Thai cuisine also uses turmeric, a yellow ginger-like root, for making curries. Additionally, there is a strong Muslim influence on local cooking, like for example roti and chicken with saffron rice.

 

International Affairs Office

inter-aff

PSU International Affairs Office (IAO) has an active globalization strategy, which has led to establishment of more than 175 academic partnerships with universities and institutions in almost 30 countries. These partnerships facilitate student and staff exchange programs, double-degree study programs, joint researches and conferences, etc. PSU also offers scholarships and encourages international students to study at our university. Do browse through our website to learn more about IAO, its activities, and partners, at www.interaffairs.psu.ac.th .


Contact

  • Tel: 074 446824
  • Fax: 66 74 446825
  • Email: psu-international@psu.ac.th
  • Facebook: Interaffairs Psu
  • Twitter: @PSUinter

International Students Association

One Stop Services Center

The International Students Association of PSU provides a wealth of opportunities for networking, socializing and making friends through social and cultural activities, sightseeing around Thailand, etc. At times, the international students may have chances to join cultural activities and sightseeing trips organized for groups of exchanged students visiting PSU.

More information concerning the activities of the association, as well as contact information, can be found at www.isc.psu.ac.th and www.interaffairs.psu.ac.th .

Library


As the source of information and knowledge for all, PSU is managing six main libraries: two on Hat Yai Campus, and one on each of the other four campuses. Each library provides a full range of services to staff, personnel and students of the University, as well as to the general public. Moreover, most faculties also have their own specialized libraries. However, specific permission is usually required to access these.

Khunying Long Athakravisunthorn Learning Resources Center

The university’s central library on Hat Yai campus. A large collection of English language reading materials is available. It operates an online system for material searching (e-databases), and offers a large variety of e-books and e-journals. For more information please visit https://clib.psu.ac.th/

Opening Hours

Exam Period
21/11/2016 - 18/12/2016
Mon. - Fri. : 08.30 am. - 11.30 pm.
Sat. - Sun. : 09.00 am. - 04.30 pm.
Official holidays : Closed

Vacation
19/12/2016 - 08/01/2017
Mon. - Fri. : 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Sat. - Sun. : Library Closed
Official holidays : Closed

Semester
09/01/2017 - 24/02/2017
Mon. - Fri. : 08.30 am. - 10.00 pm.
Sat. - Sun. : 09.00 am. - 07.30 pm.
Official holidays : Closed

Summer
05/06/2017 - 28/07/2017
Mon. - Fri. : 08.30 am. - 07.00 pm.
Sat. : 09.00 am. - 04.30 pm.
Sun.& Official holidays : Closed

Medical Facilities

medicine

PSU is the only university in southern Thailand that has four medical facilities on campus!

PSU Hat Yai Campus has the biggest and most specialized general hospital in the region, namely Songklanagarind Hospital, a Dental Hospital, a Traditional Thai Medicine Hospital, and a Veterinary Hospital. Moreover, there is also a Pharmacy on campus, which is run by the PSU Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Therefore, our students and staff are provided with outstanding medical and dental services.

Even though international students are required to have health and accident insurance from their own countries before coming to PSU, one will obtain a minimum coverage university health and accident insurance for 300 Baht a year during registration (included in the tuition fee). This insurance will be effective only for the period of time that one is registered. The health insurance coverage includes free treatment (not exceeding 10,000 Baht per year) at Songklanagarind (PSU) Hospital. Accident insurance coverage includes free treatment at any public hospital, but is limited to a maximum of 12,000 Baht for each accident. At the Songklanagarind Hospital, students are not required to pay in advance, but in any other hospital they must pay the fees and submit claims to the PSU Student Affairs Division to obtain reimbursement. PSU foreign students can also opt for an extra insurance provided by Siam City Insurance Company. See more details at http://interaffairs.psu.ac.th/index.php/health-and-accident-insurance-for-psu-students

 

Songklanagarind Hospital is a tertiary hospital, which dispenses outstanding health services especially for people in South Thailand. It is also a place for learning and practice for medical students/ residents/ fellowships and students of other health science disciplines. It is also a prime source of research for personnel of various health science professions. The hospital has won many awards, including the Thailand 5 S Silver Award, Popular Award, Thailand Quality Class, and Thailand Kaizen Award 2010.

Medical clinics at Songklanagarind Hospital are open from 08:00 to 16:00 on weekdays, and 09:00 to 12:00 on weekends. An information desk is located near the main entrance. However, it is recommended that you call for an appointment before. Tel: 074 45 5000

An after-hour clinic operates from 17:00 to 20:00 on weekdays. Treatments are available for a reasonable extra fee.

Hospital’s telephone: 074 45 5000; Emergency Room: Ext. 1700-1701

 

The PSU Dental Hospital has been established as the center of dental services for Southern Thailand and a training place for dental students. It has become also the base for dental clinical research and dental technology development of the PSU Faculty of Dentistry.

The Dental Clinic is open on weekdays from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. In addition, there is an after-hour clinic operating from 17:00 to 20:00 hrs. during weekdays; from 09:00 to 20:00 hrs. on Saturday; and from 09:00 to 17:00 hrs. on Sunday.
PSU Dental Hospital telephone: 074 287620, 074 42 9884, 074 28 7625

 

The Traditional Thai Medicine Hospital serves as an academic place of practice for students, who gain both professional practice and experience in the field, and provides quality services to all coming patients in: Thai medicine: clinical examination and diagnosis; Thai pharmacy: preparation of Thai traditional drugs, drug prescription, and medical advices on drug usage; Thai massage: therapeutic massage for both basic and complex diseases e.g. paralysis; Thai midwifery: Thai midwife services e.g. after-delivery course; Thai spa and other health programs using traditional Thai medicine, such as herbal sauna, Tard-chao-ruan (body elements) analysis and hermit’s exercise.
The hospital is open from 8.30 to 16.30 hrs. on weekdays and from 8.30 to 17:00 hrs. on Saturday.
Telephone: 074 28 2710

 

The PSU Pharmacy is a public drugstore that dispenses services to the community. It is situated next to the Petrol Service Station, close to the university’s main entrance. It is open from 08:30 to 18:00 hrs. on weekdays; and from 10:30 to 17:00 hrs. on weekend.

 

Some Basic Health Advices
* Tap water is usually not fit for consumption, except after boiling. Bottled water is widely available and can be delivered to where you stay. Ask a Thai friend to help you make the arrangements. In addition, you can find drinking water dispensers and vending machines on campus, too.

* Malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases, except Dengue fever, are not prevalent in southern Thailand, so there is no need to take malaria pills. Furthermore, malaria in this part of the world tends to be resistant to current anti-malarial drugs, and many of these drugs have negative side effects. Thai doctors are well-equipped to treat malaria, and Thailand has one of the best records for containing this disease. Mosquito repellant coils, electrical repellant devices, and standard mosquito netting can all be purchased if the mosquitoes really bother you. Another sensible mitigation is to be kind to the small lizards that share your apartment. They are effective and environmentally friendly insect repellants.

Post Office

post

The university’s Post Office, at the basement of the President’s Office Building, is open from 08:30 to 16:30 on weekdays and from 09:00 to 12:00 on Saturday.

 

Postal Services:
Collecting and delivering mail is provided for students. A student’s name, surname and dormitory number should be specified on the mail. Normal mail will be delivered to a student’s room in the dorm. Notes will be sent to students if they have registered mail. Students need to present their ID and the notification regarding registered mail in order to collect it at the Office of Student Dormitories.

Contact
Office of Welfares and Services at the building of Office of Student Dormitories.
Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8.30 a.m. - 9.00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Tel. 0-7428-2212 on campus 2212

Prayer Rooms for Muslims

bank

There are designated rooms within the university that Muslim students can use for prayer. Friday prayer will be held in the Gymnasium. Information about prayer times is available at www.islamicfinder.org  .

PSU International Convention Center

International-Convention-Cente

The 60th Anniversary of His Majesty the King’s Accession to the Throne International Convention Center

The state-of-the-art PSU International Convention Center (PSUICC) is Thailand's newest international convention center and the largest in the country's southern region. The Center features splendid contemporary southern-style architecture, can accommodate up to 4,000 people and can be adapted to host everything from seminar and conferences to national and international trade fairs.
PSUICC is situated within Hat Yai campus, on Punnakan Road, at just ten kilometers from Hat Yai International Airport. Moreover, PSUICC is equipped with functionally state-of-the-art multi-media technology, which serves all types of activities. More information can be found at http://www.icchatyai.com/ .

Security

Prince of Songkla University has been doing its utmost in protecting its students, staff and facilities. In all five campuses, teams of security staff are at every gate, as well as throughout the campus to provide assistance, to monitor activities and in general to assure the well-being of everyone on campus.
Security Office in Hat Yai campus: 074 558863, 074 282190-1

Sporting Facilities

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At PSU, one can enjoy outstanding sports provisions: sport courts (tennis, basketball, badminton, volleyball, takraw, petanque), multi-purpose playing fields, swimming pool (Hat Yai and Pattani only), fully-equipped gymnasiums, fitness center, areas for aerobics and Tai Chi classes.
Yoga classes and other types of sporting are available in several buildings around campus.

Detailed information about most of the recreational facilities and costs can be obtained from an officer at the gymnasium between 08:30 to 16:30.

The University provides sports facilities as follows:

  • Swimming pool
  • Gymnasium Building
  • Football Fields 1 and 2
  • Five tennis courts
  • Outdoor volleyball court
  • Indoor volleyball court
  • Softball court
  • Petanque field
  • Fitness Center
  • Sepak Takraw Field
  • Shooting range
  • Badminton courts

PSU Students have to present the student ID every time they use sports facilities.

Services

Rate

Date/Time

Swimming pool

15 bht

Tuesday-Sunday    2 periods
Morning session 6.30 a.m.-10.00 p.m
Afternoon session 3.30 p.m.-9.00 p.m.
The pool is closed on Mondays and other times as announced by the university.

Tennis Court

15 bht

Everyday
Morning session 8.30 -9.30  a.m.
Afternoon session 4.00-9.00 p.m.
The university will announce when the court will be shut.

Badminton Court

15 bht

Everyday
Time: 4.00- 9.00 p.m.

Fitness Center

5 bht

Everyday
Morning session: 6.30 a.m.-10.00 a.m.
Afternoon session 3.30 p.m.-9.00 p.m.
The university will announce when the court will be shut.

Contact: Sports and Recreation Building
Tel. 0-7428-2218, on campus: 2207, 2217, 2218

Staff Housing


Accommodation

On-Campus Accommodation
PSU offers different types of on-campus housing to new members of staff. There are two different types of accommodations: single and family units. If you are a visiting academic, PSU may provide temporary accommodation at the Guest House. Please contact your relevant PSU faculty in advance if you want to get on-campus accommodation.


Alternative Accommodation
Some foreigners may opt to lease housing in town. Most apartments in Hat Yai and the surrounding areas are similar to studio apartments - a single room with a restroom and balcony. Houses may also be rented, if you let your PSU contact know well in advance.


Contact

  • Housing: 074 28 2174, 074 28 2179, internal calls: 2174, 2179
  • PSU Electricity Office: 074 28 2179, 074 28 2187, internal calls: 2179, 2187
  • PSU Waterworks Office: 074 28 2179, 074 28 2199, internal calls: 2179, 2199
  • Security Office: 074 55 8863, 074 28 2190-1, internal calls: 2190-1

Stores and Bookshops

There are several convenience stores on campus, including six 7-Eleven stores (opened at all hours): one near Rong Chang cafeteria, one at the basement of Songklanagarind hospital, one at the medical village, one by the LRC (Learning Resources Center) building, and two at student dormitories no. 9 and no. 11, respectively.

There are also two bookstores on campus: one at the LRC building and another near the Green Market not far from the Gate 109. Both carry more Thai than English language publications, but one can order the latter from both bookstores.

Student Accommodation

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Student Dormitories
          One of the purposes of having dormitories in the campus is to improve learning environment, to let students have better opportunities to exchange their attitudes and view points, to foster good relationship and friendship, to develop students’ characters on many aspects such as how to live together in orderly manner as well as to learn to be responsible to ourselves and to the public in general.

 

International Dormitories
          International students will be accommodated on the 15th Floor of the dormitories: number 10 (Female) and number 11 (Male), having a total of total 64 rooms.
Dormitory Reservation


• 1st year students must contact their faculty to book a room for them
• 2nd-4th year students can book the room online at: www.interaffairs.psu.ac.th/interdorm
• all students under the THE-AC scholarship can also book a room online: www.interaffairs.psu.ac.th/interdorm

For more information, please contact the PSU International Students and Staff Office, located at the Ground Floor, President’s Office Building, PSU Hat Yai Campus; Tel. 074-282968; Email: psu-international@psu.ac.th.

 

Alternative Accommodation

One may opt to lease housing in town:
• most apartments in Hat Yai and the surrounding areas are similar to studio apartments: a single room with a restroom and balcony.
• houses may also be rented, if you let your PSU contact know well in advance.
How to book off-campus housing?
• please contact the International Affairs officer/ adviser at your faculty in order for them to help you book an off-campus accommodation.


Eligibility and Priority for the Residency of Student Dormitories:
          Every student who resides in the university dormitory must transfer their house registration to their current place of resident in the dormitory, except those student whose house registration is in Songkla Province. They may change their house registration after graduation or after they are no longer a resident in the university dormitories. The rules and regulations employed in selecting students who are eligible to stay in the university dormitories are as follows:
    1. The university will offer a place of residence in university dormitories for every first year student and for every 2nd- 4th year students of the Faculty of Nursing.
    2. The university will allot a place in university dormitories for each student who has health problem and/or chronic or congenital conditions which has been certified by doctors that daily travel from home to study at the university will adversely affect the health of the students. There are quotas for dormitory student committees, administrative members of the student council, members of the student administrative board, presidents, treasuries and secretaries of associations and clubs affiliated with the student organizations, not more than 25 members of the committee of student association of each faculty; and outstanding athletes and performers who bring recognition to the university as well as other students deem proper by the university. The available vacancies will be given to other students who request residency in the dormitories, by balloting.
    3. The 3rd – 4th years nursing students will be able to stay in the dormitory of the Faculty of Nursing.
    4. The 2nd – 6th years medical students will be able to stay in the dormitory of the Faculty of Medicine.


Alternative Accommodation
Some foreigners may opt to lease housing in town. Most apartments in Hat Yai and the surrounding areas are similar to studio apartments - a single room with a restroom and balcony. Houses may also be rented, if you let your PSU contact know well in advance.

 

Website:
http:// student.psu.ac.th/news


Contact
Office of Student Dormitories, located at the entrance of Student Dormitory.
Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8.30 a.m. - 9.00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

  • Male Dormitory Unit (Dorm1, 2 and 6) Tel. 0-74-28-2681
  • Female Dormitory Unit (Dorm 3,4, 5, 7 and 15) Tel. 0-7428-2212
  • Dorm 8-9 Tel. 0-7427-6000
  • Dorm 10-11 Tel. 0-7427-6777
  • Head of Housing Affairs Tel. 0-7428-2111, 0-7444-67
  • Website: http://student.psu.ac.th/information/dorm/

Teaching and Learning Facilities

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Being a research university, Prince of Songkla University has prepared full infrastructure for research works: a high-performance information technology network, an on-line library and an audio-visual system for learning, a modern center for scientific equipment servicing around the clock, specialized laboratories in numerous fields. Moreover, every faculty has its own specialized laboratories modern equipped and open to all staff and students.

The Scientific Equipment Center is the center for modern scientific equipment for testing, use and maintenance of laboratory equipment in compliance to the university and industrial sector’s needs. Outstanding services include a calibration laboratory for micropipettes and an Internet-controlled hi-tech oven. The Center also provides analyzing and testing services concerning Halal food standards and testing of bio-diesel quality.

The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Natural History Museum’s prime role is to conduct researches, to educate and promote interest in knowledge about the development of the universe, earth, flora and fauna, together with their biology and ecology. Researches on biodiversity of Peninsular Thailand are actively carried out in collaboration with researchers from all over the world. The Museum houses collections of hundreds of thousands specimens and is considered to be among the largest museum of this kind in Thailand that curates almost everything from mammals to pollens, plus rocks and minerals. Certain sub-collections are unique, like the butterfly and aquatic fauna collections. Also, the Bat specimen collection is considered to be the largest in the country and the PSU Herbarium is one of the three herbariums in Thailand registered internationally.

Transportation

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For most foreign staff or official guests hosted by the university, transportation is of no major concern. Depending upon the length of your stay, you may be given access to a vehicle with a driver or a motorcycle/bicycle owned by the faculty with which you are associated. Nonetheless, walking is also a pleasant proposition, since the campus is beautifully landscaped, and most locations can be reached on foot in about 20 minutes. Cycling is also a convenient mode of travel.

If you do have the opportunity to drive a motor vehicle, you should keep in mind that in Thailand one drive on the left side of the road. Also, you should be aware that driving behaviors of Thai motorists are somewhat less restrained than what you may be accustomed to, so remain alert at all times. A pedestrian’s right of way is not always acknowledged in Thailand, so caution is strongly advised when crossing a road.


Tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis, alternative forms of Thai transportation, can be found near the Rong Chang (Elephant Canteen), by the PSU Hospital entrance, or outside the main campus entrance.


A free campus bus service operates daily from 07:30-09:30, 12:30-13:30 and 15:30-17:30 (see map for routes below). A new more frequent, electrically-operated, campus bus service has been launched in July 2010. Taxis, vans and buses are available for transportation to destinations outside Hat Yai. More detailed information could be obtained from the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT), Hat Yai, at 0-7423-1055 or 0-7423-8518 

bus route map

bus route map

bus route map

Bus map images courtesy of the PSU Graduate School website.

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