University Accommodation

Usually the most convenient option, students can choose between on-campus and off-campus accommodations. On-campus facilities usually consist of halls of residence or student hostels, whilst off-campus accommodations mainly consist of school-owned private apartments or houses. When accepting the course offer from the university or college, do indicate if you require accommodation.

Some institutions offer fully-catered accommodation at a token daily cost of between USD 2.50 and USD 5.00, while others are usually self-catered. When choosing off-campus accommodation, among things to take note of are the walking distance to school, furnishing, and the range of amenities provided.

Type of AccommodationMonthly Rent in USD*
School Housing (Single Bedroom)$80 – $300
School Housing (Shared Apartment)$80 – $200

*Prices differ based on exchange rate, location and availability.

Private Accommodations

If you are looking for private housing, sites like, or iProperty provide housing options from the bare minimum to affording relative comforts like a full-fledged kitchen and gym facilities. In Malaysia, private accommodations are commonly divided into 3 types:

Landed Housing

Landed properties usually come as detached (bungalow), semi-detached, terrace houses. This type of housing usually do not have facilities such as swimming pool and gym, but are more spacious compared to high-rise properties.

Apartment / Flat

Apartments or flats are high-rise property units that have 3 or 4 bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bathrooms. Facilities at these are usually limited, which is a trade-off given its lower rentals.


Condominium are a type of high-rise property, are usually better designed and furnished. Ranging from 750sqf – 1400 sqf, they usually have 3-4 bedrooms, a living hall, kitchen and bathrooms. They usually come with amenities such as swimming pool, gym and round-the-clock security, so be prepared to fork out more for the added amenities.

You may want to choose a locale that has good public transport connectivity like MRT, LRT or even busses to make your daily commute convenient. Check out the public transport map to see if your choice of location has good transport links. Here are ballpark figures you can expect for the different types of accommodation.

Type of AccommodationMonthly Rent in USD*
Rented Apartment (Individual)$100 – $700
Rented Apartment (Shared)$50 – 250
Condominium (Individual)$150 – $2,000
Condominum (Shared)$100 – $800
Renting Landed Property$200 – $800

*Prices differ based on exchange rate, location and availability.

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Sarah has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance transactions involving equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, corporate restructuring, and corporate valuation, amongst others. She began her career in investment banking with Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad in 2001 after obtaining her professional qualifications from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Later in her career, she joined other investment banking institutions in Malaysia such as AmInvestment Bank Berhad, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and RHB Investment Bank Berhad.

Presently, Sarah sits as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Reneuco Berhad and Independent Director of Pharmaniaga Berhad. She is currently the Executive Director of 3p Capital Advisers Sdn. Bhd., a company licensed with the Securities Commission Malaysia to provide advisory services to the capital market players.

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Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed sits on the Board of Director for Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). He obtains his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Prior to sitting on the EMGS Board, he was also appointed to be the Board of Director to KEJORA from 2013 to 2018, and several companies such as Permodalan Darul Takzim Sdn Bhd, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd, PIJ Holding and Ranhil SAJ Sdn Bhd. Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed also co-founded Pertama.

He started his career by setting up a company and being the founder of JYBB Enterprise. His career came to prominence when he became the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Pertama Polyerethane Technology (M) Sdn Bhd and subsequently became the Special Officer to the Minister of Education in 2013.

Ismail Mohamed is acknowledged for his expertise in Agriculture and Agro-based industry, landing him being appointed as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee of the Johor State, the Chairman of Agro KEJORA and the Chairman of the Johor State Agriculture, Agro-based industry, Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperatives Committee.