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Life at VGU

University Orientation

Vietnamese German University

Life at VGU

Housing

VGU and its establishments are located in Binh Duong New City. As its name, this is a newly developed complex with well-planned infrastructure, sparse population and high security.

The best thing about the life at VGU is low living cost compared to that of the neighbor city - Ho Chi Minh. The University also provides the students with some subsidy/ free services to create the best environment for both study and extra-curricular activities. However, it may be a bit inconvenient to go around if you do not have your own motorbike.

UniTown dorm

You will share the room with 3-5 other students.

Facilities Services (fees included in the accommodation fee paid by the scholarship)

·         Water, Wifi, Security.

·         Available furniture for each student: 1 chair, a part of 1 wardrobe, a bed (bunk bed), lights.

·         A bathroom inside and balcony.

Electricity cost is not included in the accommodation fee. You will share the total electricity cost with your roommates at the end of the Course.

The dormitory's management board contacts:

·         Mr. Vu Tien Nhat - Deputy Head of the Dorm Management Unit

·         Email: nhat.vt@vgu.edu.vn

·         Office: at dorm

·          Mr. Pham Thanh Toan - Student Affairs Officer at Dorm

·         Email: toan.pt@vgu.edu.vn

·         Office: at dorm, Room M71.12

·         Ms. Le Thi Hong Thu - Nurse

·         Office: Room A.009, at campus

·         Email: thu.lth@vgu.edu.vn

Free bus service

VGU provides free bus service to pick up the students from the dorm to the campus (around 4 kilometers) and back to the dorm from the campus after the classes. No registration is required.

Here is the bus schedule:

ROUTE

From block M1 (dorm) – VGU campus

BUS

From VGU campus – Block M1 (dorm)

BUS

TIME

7:55 AM

A 45-seater

12:05 PM

Two 45 seaters

8:20 AM

Two 45-seater

3:00 PM

A 45 seater

8:45 AM

Two 45-seater

4:10 PM

A 45 seater

12:15 PM

A 45-seater

4: 30 PM

A 45 seater

12:40 PM

A 45-seater

4: 45 PM

A 45 seater

Notes:

·         Estimated time delay from 5 – 10 minutes

·         Students must be present at the bus stops before 5 minutes at least

·         Student should try to take the earliest rounds to school in the morning. Otherwise, please walk or use public buses if no more seats are available in the last rounds.

·         Contact for more information: thu.nht@vgu.edu.vn

Sports

Gym:

Location: Block M5, Unitown Dorm

Fee: 150,000VND/ month

Sports Center:

Location: Truong Sa Street, Hoa Phu Ward, Thu Dau Mot, Binh Duong – 3.5 kilometers from the form (map here)

The Sports Center is composed of different sports areas built at the international standards on a total area of 3.8 ha. The center includes:

·         4 badminton courts

·         8 tennis courts (free for 3 days/ week for the members of VGU tennis club)

·         2 mini-football pitches

·         2 swimming pools (free for member or 15,000VND/ ticket for non-member)

·         Basketball courts

Shopping

Outdoor Markets

There are two outdoor markets near the dorm where you can find any necessities from food, groceries, to housing facilities with reasonable prices.

·         Phu Chanh market: Pham Van Dong Street, Binh Duong New City (1.1 kilometer from the dorm – map)

·         Hoa Loi market: Hoa Loi, Ben Cat, Binh Duong (2.0 kilometers from the dorm – map)

Convenient Stores

Family Mart: 3 stores at:

·         Hikari Food Court: Block A11-12-16, Ly Thai To Street, Binh Duong New City (open till 11:00pm)

·         Le Duan Street, Binh Duong New City (open till 11:00pm)

·         Sora Garden: Hung Vuong Boulevard, Binh Duong New City (open 24/24)

Imart: No.7-8, Block J4A, Tran Quoc Toan Street, Binh Duong New City (open till 9:30pm)

AEON MALL Binh Duong

Location: No. 1 Binh Duong Boulevard, Binh Giao Quarter, Thuan Giao Ward, Thuan An, Binh Duong

This shopping mall is quite far from the dorm (around 20 kilometers). The students sometimes will go there on weekends for shopping, food and entertainment.

You can join with your Vietnamese classmates and friends because most of them have motorbikes and can give you a lift. 

 

Food

Food is one of the reasons to make your study in Vietnam memorable with diverse, tasty cuisines and the best coffee in the world. The restaurants/ canteen nearby the campus do not provide the best food but quite okay with reasonable prices for students’ budget.

 

Eastern International University’s canteen

Location: Get out of VGU campus, pass through Eastern International University (EIU). The canteen is located at the block next to EIU.

There are a variety of food here including rice, noodle, deserts and soft drinks. Vegetarian food is also available there.

Price range: 20,000 – 30,000VND/ dish

Opening hours: 8:00am – 15:00pm; Mon - Sat

Hikari Food Court & Mall

Location: Ly Thai To Street, Binh Duong New City (2.3 kilometer from the dorm)

This commercial area is a good place for someone who love Japanese food with food court, café, restaurants, and convenient stores (Family Mart). However, the prices are quite high.

Average price: 50,000 – 100,000VND/ person

Opening hours: 08:00 – 22:00; Mon – Sun

Aroma Café

Location: Le Lai, Hoa Phu, Binh Duong New City

This restaurant serves both drinks and food. For food, it includes breakfast dishes such as bread with beef, beef noodles and fried rice. Drinks range from coffee to soft drinks and smoothies. You can also have ice cream and fruits there. The space is quite comfortable with good wifi.

Price range: 20,000 – 50,000VND

Opening hours: 07:00 – 21:00; Mon – Sun

Eit’s - Le Coffee & Pastry

Location: Ground floor, Becamex Hotel, B2 Hung Vuong Street, Hoa Phu, Binh Duong New City

The restaurant serves a wide range of drinks (including cocktails and mocktails) and pastries. It has both indoor and outdoor areas with elegant decoration and quiet atmosphere, appropriate for romantic dates or self-study.

Price range: 15,000 – 100,000VND

Opening hours: 07:00 – 21:00

Other restaurants and café with walking distance from the dorm:

·         Seven the ways

·         Restaurant 789

·         BK Coffee & Milk Tea

Transportation

Bus

This is the cheapest way to get around within Bing Duong or to other cities/ provinces. However, you may need to change different buses to arrive your desired venues. Especially for interprovincial bus routes, the bus frequency is quite low, so it may take you a long time to go to another province (for example Ho Chi Minh City) if you miss one of the buses.

Becamex Tokyu Bus Routes

The routes for transportation within Binh Duong New City:

Route Codes

Routes

66

EIU -> Hikari -> EIU

67

Hikari -> Phu Chanh Market-> Hikari

68

Hikari <–> Hoa Loi Market <-> Hoa Loi Social Housing <–> VSIP 2 Industrial Park

The routes between Thu Dau Mot City and Binh Duong New City:

Route Codes

Routes

Lines

51, 52, 53

Becamex Tower <–> Eastern International University

30/4 Street - Provincial Bus Station - CMT8 – Huynh Van Cu – Pham Ngoc Thach- Hung Vuong – Dong Khoi – Ly Thai To – Hikari – Le Lai

55

Becamex Tower <–> Eastern International University

Binh Duong Boulevard - Pham Ngoc Thach- Hung Vuong – Ly Thai To – Le Lai

39

Becamex Tower- VSIP 2 Industrial Park

30/4 Street - CMT8- Le Hong Phong – Phu Loi – Le Thi Trung – Huynh Van – Ly Thai To - Hikari – Le Hoan – Thong Nhat.

 

 

 

Intercity Bus Routes (common ones):

Route Codes

Routes

Lines

4

Thu Dau Mot – Eastern Bus Station (21.7km)

From 05:30 to19:30

Provincial Bus Station – DT 745 – People’s Committee of Thuan An Town – Ong Bo Bridge - Binh Duong Boulevard – Eastern Bus Station

9

Di An – Eastern Bus Station (17.5km)

From 05:30 to19:30

Di An Market – Tran Hung Dao – Nguyen An Ninh- Dong Hoa Ward - Linh Trung Processing Park – Song Than Industrial Park – 13 National Highway - Eastern Bus Station

611

Di An – Thu Duc (22.5km)

From 05:30 to19:00

DT 743 – 1KNational Highway - Kha Vạn Can – Vo Van Ngan – Le Van Viet – Nguyen Van Tang - Nguyen Xien – Long Binh Water Station

21

Binh My – Provincial Bus Station (6.4km)

From 05:30 to 19:30

Binh My (Cu Chi) – Phu Cuong Bridge – Huynh Van Cu -– Lo Chen 3 Way Crossroad – Provincial Bus Station

Bus Routes to Tourist Parks:

Route Codes

Routes

Lines

7

Thu Dau Mot -Suoi Tien Tourist Park (31.7km)

From 05:30 to 20:20

Provincial Bus Station -CMT8 –Yersin 6-way Crossroad – DT743 – Song Than Overpass- Suoi Tien Tourist Park

16

Tan Phuoc Khanh – National University (35km)

From 05:30 to 18:30

People’s Committee of Tan Vinh Hiep Ward – Binh Duong Boulevard – Tan Dong Hiep Provincial Bus Station - Nguyen An Ninh Street - Ba Giang Street – 1K National Highway – Ha Noi Highway – Suoi Tien Tourist Park - National University

61- 5

Large Market Provincial Bus Station – Dai Nam Tourist Park

Large Market B Station -190 A6 Ly Thuong Kiet- 270 Ly Thuong Kiet- 605 Hoang Van Thu - 59 Hoang Van Thu – 780 Nguyen Kiem – C1 Lam Son Housing - 1333/1B National Highway 1A –Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park – Binh Duong University –Provincial General Hospital – Dai Nam Tourist Park

61- 6

Ben Thanh – Dai Nam Tourist Park

Ben Thanh –Thao Cam Vien –Eastern Bus Station- HCM City Law University (opposite side) – 13 National Highway – Nhon Hoa Scale–Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park – Binh Duong University –Provincial General Hospital – Dai Nam Tourist Park

616

Ben Thanh– Dai Nam Tourist Park

From 05:00 to 17:20

Ben Thanh – Ham Nghi –Ton Duc Thang – Dinh Tien Hoang – Nguyen Thi Minh Khai – Xo Viet Nghe Tinh – National Highway 13 – Binh Duong Boulevard – HCMC Open University (Campus 3) – Le Thi Trung – Huynh Van Luy – Binh Duong Boulevard – Dai Nam Tourist Park

Some bus stops you should pay attention to:

·         Hikari Bus Terminal: in front of Hikari Food Court & Mall, this is the nearest place from VGU dorm where you can take the buses to travel around Binh Duong New City. You can also get on one of the buses 51, 52 and 53 to go to Binh Duong’s Provincial Bus Station – focal point of all Binh Duong buses

·         Binh Duong’s Provincial Bus Station: 30/4 Street, Chanh Nghia Ward, Thu Dau Mot City, Binh Duong.

·         Eastern Bus Station: Dinh Bo Linh Street, Ward 26, Binh Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City. From this station, you can take another bus or taxi/ motorbike taxi “Xe om” to go to your desired destinations in Ho Chi Minh City.

·         Ben Thanh Bus Terminal: Ham Nghi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. This station is very convenient for you to discover the city center with a lot of restaurants, coffee shops and attraction sites such as Nguyen Hue Walking Street, Central Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, Municipal Theater (Saigon Opera House), Ben Thanh Market.

Useful links for bus transportation in Binh Duong

Motorbike

Motorbike is the most common and convenient means of transportation in Vietnam. If you are confident, you can ride one. However, it is better to take a ride with the local friends. Vietnamese classmates usually ride back to Ho Chi Minh City with their families. So, be friendly, socialize and make friends. You can get the free transportation and stay when hanging out in Ho Chi Minh during weekend.

Activities

Mentoring with Supplier mentor

You will be matched with one mentor from your sponsoring supplier for career orientation during your studies and internship. You should get regular updates with your mentors via email or direct meetings and small project at the supplier factory.

Sponsors activities:

The sponsors will organize some events and activities and encourage your participation to enhance your engagement with the sponsors and the scholars and alumni association. In addition, those opportunities also help you expand your professional networks which would benefit your future career development.

Some examples of Sponsors activities include:

·         Hinrich Foundation’s Scholars & Partners Gathering Dinner

·         Hinrich Foundation’s Scholar Welcome Event

·         Sponsoring Supplier’s Gathering Events

On-campus clubs and activities:

VGU clubs

As an international university, VGU creates a dynamic environment with many clubs to indulge a variety of students’ interests and hobbies. The students with same interests can also initiate their own clubs and ask for the sponsorship from the University and external sources.

Here are the clubs at VGU:

· Football club

· Swimming club

· Basketball club

· Badminton club

· Frisbee club

· Aikido club

· Music club

· Photographic club

· Dancing club

· VGU PR & Event Team – Presto

VGU market

Have some good stuff to sell or exchange with other students? Look for something unique or surprisingly cheap? This facebook group for you https://www.facebook.com/groups/vgu.market/. It is created as a mini market exclusively for VGU students.

For more activities, visit http://www.vgu.edu.vn/web/cms/activities


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