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Cost of Living in Malaysia

Living costs to study in Malaysia is relatively cheap compared to other countries. This is a major advantage for international students when choosing to study in Malaysia. The expenditure here is very affordable but again it all depends on the students’ lifestyle which may determine his or her actual cost of living either on campus or off campus.

On campus living can be just accommodation without any facility or it may come with facilities for students to prepare their own meals and to do their own laundry. Typically on campus accommodation includes a shared or private bedroom with bathroom facilities in student residences. The cost of on campus accommodation can be anywhere from RM 350.00 to RM 650.00 a month.

Off campus living in Malaysia is very common among the local and international students, as most of the housing areas are located within a short distance of the college or university. The housing areas are normally consisting of houses (single/double storey), apartments and condominiums which may have 3 or 4 bedrooms together with a living hall, kitchen and bathrooms.

The landlord may require the students for a minimum one year contract (lease) agreement with a deposit of 2 or 3 months rental. The rentals are to be paid monthly and other utilities such as water, electricity; gas and cable TV are to be paid by the students themselves according to the monthly usage. The cost of off campus accommodation per student can be anywhere from RM 150.00 to RM 900.00 a month depending the area of living, type, furniture, facilities and number of students sharing.

Student meals expense is estimated to be around RM500 to RM800 a month the estimated cost is for three decent meals. For those who love to cook and share among the housemates the cooking expenses can be lower as the cost can be shared among your housemates.

Students who stay on campus or near campus may not incur any cost of travelling to and from the campus as most of the universities and colleges in Malaysia provide free transportation (bus services), but students who wish to use this service must follow their strict timetable otherwise you need to use a public transport or you must have your own vehicle to commute.

For staying in touch with others and to surf the internet the students can allocate around RM 50.00 to RM 150.00. International students are advised to use prepaid international calling card which is cheaper to be in touch with your family and friends back home. As for the personal expenses, it all depends on the individuals’ lifestyle. The cost can be estimated to be between RM150.00 and RM300.00 per month which includes your socializing needs, toiletries, haircut, clothes, movies and other recreational activities.


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