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Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Malaysia

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Malaysia.

Accommodation costs in Malaysia vary depending on where you want to live and the standard of accommodation you choose. As it is the capital, it is generally more expensive to live in Kuala Lumpur than elsewhere.

There are two main types of accommodation while studying:

• University accommodation – such as halls of residence, which are normally on campus
• Private accommodation – house and flat rental

Living costs/rent: Malaysia has a relatively cheap cost of living compared to other countries in Asia. While your actual cost of living will depend on where you choose to live and the lifestyle you want, in general Malaysia is a cheap country.

Kuala Lumpur is likely to be one of the more expensive cities to live in in Malaysia, but even this city is ranked as one of the least expensive cities in the world.

Average rental costs per month across the whole country:

1 bedroom apartment (city centre) – 1,564 MYR ($390)
1 bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – 860 MYR ($214)
3 bedroom apartment (city centre) – 2,820MYR ($702)
3 bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – 1,557 MYR ($387)


(Rates are intended as a guide only)