Getting your own place in Malaysia: Is it a good idea?

Searching for a suitable home can be a daunting task

Especially if you are a student in a foreign country. At times you may find yourself at the mercy of people and circumstances beyond your control so it’s best to know what you’re getting yourself into.

I’ll preface this by saying that getting your own place off-campus is a big step towards “adulting”. Seriously. It’s basically jumping into the deep end of real life. You’ll learn a lot and meet a lot of new people.

You will, however, have to seriously consider the pros and cons of such a move.

Getting your own place off-campus is a big step towards adulting. Seriously. It’s basically jumping into the deep end of real life.

Here’s a few reasons why you should move:

• Privacy – Let’s face it, it’s nearly impossible to have any privacy in a college dorm. Apartments provide much more privacy.  Even if you choose a “shared” apartment arrangement, you will typically have a private bedroom and sometimes a bathroom. Pro-Tip: make sure you know at least one of your roommates well.

• Fewer Rules – In the dorm, you will have very strict codes of conduct and possibly even a curfew. When you live in an apartment, you can come and go as you please, often with fewer restrictions on what you can do within your own space.

Another advantage is less surprise inspections. Although your landlord may have access to your space at any time, he/she will typically notify you in advance. Dorm inspections can happen any time and occur frequently.

• More Space – In most cases, your apartment will have much more space than your dorm. You’ll have a full kitchen, a living area, a bedroom, and a private bathroom. In the dorm, you’ll be lucky to have enough space for your bed and a desk.

• Food is Cheaper – In many cases, shopping for groceries and making your own meals is cheaper than the campus meal plans or ordering fast food. On-campus, you have fewer options for meals and you are at the mercy of the cafeteria’s hours.

Living in an apartment gives you the option of more menu choices and you can eat whenever you feel hungry.

So how do you go about renting your first place in Malaysia?

Here’s a few tips to get you started:

1. Finding a place

The good news is that Malaysia offers a host of ways how you can find a place to stay. You can ask your friends if they know of anyone renting (usually a good idea to get a reference) and besides the traditional ways like engaging a real-estate agent, there are a lot of websites which allow landlords and tenants to connect.

Try Mudah, Caribilik for a start. Some universities and colleges have their own agreements with apartment owners.

You may be interested to know that some renters will specify the type of tenant that they are willing to accept and accommodate.

This can be anything from gender to nationality. There’s nothing you can do about it if you fall on the wrong side of the requirements. Best to move on to the next apartment.

2. Pick your roommates carefully.

Renting an entire house may be out of the reach of most students so you may opt to either rent with your friends or look for an existing availability. I’ll add a caveat about shitty roommates. Often the quality of life you get is directly related to the people you live with.

Seriously. Pick your roommates carefully

3. Discuss the bills and payment

How much? If you are getting a room in an apartment, you will find that they are usually listed by room size and utilities. Make sure this is clearly stated out in the beginning and written down so there is a record in case anything goes belly-up. Most places will ask you to pay a refundable deposit of 2 months’ rent plus one month for utilities. DO NOT PAY IN CASH. Make sure there is a paper trail showing who is receiving the money.

11 Comments
  1. Md Abu Sayed Sr. 1 year ago

    How can it possible?

  2. Mojahid Omer 1 year ago

    You forgot two important factors:

    1. Transportation.
    2. Further distance from facilities; especially for postgraduates that have to conduct research and stay at the library most of their times.

    Otherwise, it’s definitely much more better to stay off-campus.

  3. Mojahid Omer 1 year ago

    You forgot two important factors:

    1. Transportation.
    2. Further distance from facilities; especially for postgraduates that have to conduct research and stay at the library most of their times.

    Otherwise, it’s definitely much more better to stay off-campus.

  4. Mojahid Omer 1 year ago

    You forgot two important factors:

    1. Transportation.
    2. Further distance from facilities; especially for postgraduates that have to conduct research and stay at the library most of their times.

    Otherwise, it’s definitely much more better to stay off-campus.

  5. Eisa Alhajab 1 year ago

    In JB ?

  6. Hamna Nafees 1 year ago

    It’s location and rent?

  7. ugwu wisdom 6 months ago

    What are the cost of renting a huz

    • EMGS Officer 6 months ago

      @ugwu_2 Rentals vary according to different factors. We advise that you make use of search engines to find out more details on the rental costs.

  8. ugwu wisdom 6 months ago

    OK thanks

  9. abbas ibrahim yakubu 6 months ago

    What is the problem. Passport number A08540024

    • EMGS Officer 6 months ago

      @abbas Your application is currently on hold as we found discrepancies in the application documents. The date of birth listed on the academic transcript/certificate does not tally with your passport details page. Your institution is required to provide an attestation letter from the Nigerian embassy in Malaysia pertaining to the discrepancy.

      W also noted that the photo on the copy of the academic results submitted to us is not clear. We sent notifications to your institution requesting them to submit the required documents. Kindly liaise with your institution and request that they submit the required documents at their earliest convenience.

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