Living and Studying in Ras Al Khaimah: A Student’s Guide

Welcome to Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), a gem of the United Arab Emirates that offers a unique blend of cultural richness, modern amenities, and natural beauty. Whether you’re coming for a short-term study program or planning to complete your degree here, Ras Al Khaimah promises an enriching experience both academically and personally. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate life and studies in this vibrant emirate.

1. Why Choose Ras Al Khaimah?

Ras Al Khaimah is known for its welcoming atmosphere, making it an ideal place for international students. Here are a few reasons why you should consider studying in RAK:

  • Quality Education: Home to several reputable universities and colleges, RAK offers diverse academic programs tailored to meet global standards.
  • Affordable Living: Compared to other emirates like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the cost of living in RAK is relatively lower, making it a budget-friendly option for students.
  • Cultural Experience: With its rich history and cultural heritage, RAK provides a unique blend of traditional and modern experiences.

2. Accommodation

Finding the right place to live is crucial for a comfortable stay. Here are some accommodation options:

  • Off-Campus Housing: Our College offer on-campus housing with amenities like internet, laundry, and recreational facilities. For those who prefer more independence, off-campus housing options include apartments and shared accommodations. Areas like Al Nakheel and Al Hamra Village are popular among students.
  • Cost: Depending on your preference and lifestyle, monthly rent can range from AED 800 to AED 3,000.

3. Transportation

Getting around RAK is convenient with several transportation options:

  • Public Buses: The local bus service is affordable and connects major parts of the city.
  • Taxis: Taxis are readily available and offer a comfortable way to travel around the city.
  • Car Rentals: If you prefer driving, several car rental services offer competitive rates for students.

4. Daily Life and Activities

RAK offers a plethora of activities to keep you engaged outside the classroom:

  • Outdoor Activities: Enjoy the natural beauty of RAK with activities like hiking in the Hajar Mountains, desert safaris, and beach outings.
  • Cultural Sites: Visit historic sites like the Dhayah Fort, National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, and the Al Jazirah Al Hamra Ghost Town.
  • Shopping and Dining: RAK has numerous malls, local markets, and a variety of dining options ranging from traditional Emirati cuisine to international dishes.

5. Student Services and Support

PLC  RAK provide extensive support services to ensure a smooth transition and successful academic journey:

  • Academic Advising: Personalized advising to help you select courses and plan your academic path.
  • Career Services: Assistance with internships, job placements, and career counseling.
  • Wellness: On-campus recreation facility and counseling services to support your physical and mental well-being.

6. Tips for International Students

  • Stay Informed: Keep yourself updated on visa regulations, local laws, and university policies.
  • Engage in Campus Life: Join clubs, societies, and participate in events to make the most of your College experience.
  • Learn Basic Arabic: While English is widely spoken, learning a few basic Arabic phrases can enhance your experience and help you connect with locals.


Ras Al Khaimah is a fantastic destination for students seeking quality education in a vibrant and culturally rich environment. With its welcoming community, modern amenities, and breathtaking landscapes, RAK promises an unforgettable academic journey. Embrace the opportunities, explore the emirate, and make the most of your time studying in Ras Al Khaimah. Welcome to your new home away from home!