The research had as its objectives the study of conditions and problems faced by students residing in dormitories of Chulalongkorn University and privately owned เท the nearby vicinity to provide students with recommendations for when they select their residence. To conduct this study, relevant documents were examined and students were questioned using a questionnaire. The study sample included 356 Chulalongkorn University students. 214 of these were residing in university dormitories, or residence halls while the remaining 142 were residing in privately owned residence halls in the nearby vicinity of the university. These groups were selected through a cluster sampling. Results of this study found that virtually all the students residing in university dorms (93.9%) are from the provinces as are the students living in private dorms (74.6%). When monthly expenditures were examined, excluding dorm rent, it was found students living on campus spent less than those living off campus in the nearby vicinity. The largest on campus group (34.6%) had monthly expenditures of 2000-3000 baht while the largest off-campus group (41.6%) spent between 3001-4000 baht per month. The study also found that the problems of university students who resided in university dorms were different than those of students who lived in privately owned dorms in the nearby vicinity. First, university dorm students stated they had insufficient facilities such as public telephones. Students residing in nearby private dorms stated their major problem was safety. The students' reasons for living on or off campus also differed. Most living on campus chose to live here because it was most convenient for attending
classes wile those living off campus made their selection because they felt it was convenient and afforded them greater freedom. The findings also showed that female students were more concerned about safety than male students. When question about what they could afford in the future for dorm rent, both groups answered approximately 1000-2000 baht per month. To correct problems on campus, the university should erect additional residence halls to satisfy the demand of concerned students. The university must also set requirements of acceptance for students wishing to live in university dorms such as the necessity for domicile and the amount of financial assistance they receive from their parents, or guardians. Therefore, to provide additional housing for students, the university has three courses of action, 1) the construction of additional resident halls, 2) the renovation of buildings located at Suan Laung, which the university is currently examining to determine whether they can be made Into dormitories and 3) find private resident halls in the nearby vicinity to rent and provide to students. There are two avenues to find the necessary funds for the first two suggestions. These are first the university invests on its own, which could be difficult under the current economic conditions, and the second, which might be better, the university invites outside investors to invest in the project. The advantages of the third suggestion is the university would find the acceptable private dorms and would assign students who applied for housing. If the students were not accepted in a university dorm, they cold then be placed in a nearby privately own resident hall. The university would then have to set conditions and requirements as to the resident hall's conditions, quality, safety and acceptable rental fee.