Living in Malaysia

Aside from affordable tuition fees, another great reason to study in Malaysia is the relatively low cost of living. Kuala Lumpur has been ranked one of the least expensive cities in the world to live in. Whether you choose to live on, or off campus, you will find that it is quite possible to live very comfortably within a budget of USD5,000 per year.

To give you an indication, here’s a breakdown of living costs for students in Malaysia:

Personal Expenses:

This would very much depend on your personal lifestyle. Your cost for toiletries, grooming, clothes and other necessities can start from as low as USD35 per month. Add another USD 20 for the occasional movie or social outing, and you can lead a decent student lifestyle.


Where you live as a foreign student in Malaysia will depend on your accommodation budget: like everywhere else, the higher the budget, the better the lodging! Most universities and colleges will assist their students in finding adequate accommodation within a convenient distance.


You can have an immensely satisfying meal at a shop for just USD1.50, while three square meals can be enjoyed for under USD5 per day. So, if you’re prudent, your food bill for a month can be covered within USD150.

Public Transport:

Students who stay on or near campus may not incur any travel costs going to and from classes. However, other travel costs could come up to USD15 per month.

Mobile Phone Bills and Utilities:

Your costs in this area would depend on your usage charges and could be anything from USD10 onward


The cost of washing and ironing your clothes can be from as low as USD20 per month if you lead a normal student lifestyle.

By adding up all of the above, you have a figure of USD410 per month, or just short of USD5,000 per year in living expenses if you are prudent. Embark on an exciting student experience in Malaysia.