LIVING IN MALAYSIA

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Being away from home as a student in a foreign country can be an overwhelming experience. We at Bristol, hope that the following information may help make your stay in Malaysia a comfortable one.

Accommodation
We provide all types of accommodation depending on your preference. Rent varies depending on the type and location of the accommodation. Students are required to pay a deposit of two and half months + one month rental in advance. Utilities like electricity and water bills are charged based on usage. For more information about room availability and prices please contact our friendly counsellors.

Health Insurance
Medical insurance is organized for full-time international students through EMGS. Group Hospitalization and Surgical Policy is through AIA Insurance.
Your insurance is only accepted at panel hospitals and clinics. For more information about coverage and list of panel hospitals and clinics closest to you, visit: http://educationmalaysia.gov.my/index.php/get-started/medical-and-health-insurance.html

Finance and Banking
Malaysia has an internationally linked banking and financial services sector, this includes the Islamic banking services. The ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) allow you to withdraw money using your credit cards, or ATM cards that are PLUS and Cirrus affiliated. All major shopping malls and large restaurants in Malaysia accept credit cards like VISA, MasterCard, and American Express.

If you are a full time student with a valid student visa, you can choose to open an account in Malaysia. Contact your counsellor regarding this matter for assistance.

Shopping
Malaysia offers a wide range of shopping choices, from Western style malls and boutique shops carrying the latest electronics goods, household items, and fashion labels to local neighborhood night markets or as the locals call it pasar malam, with a wide variety of goods, including fresh food, clothing, toys, tools and furnishings. Prices are usually considerably lower in the night markets when compared with the malls and shops.

Dining
You can find cuisine from many parts of the world in Malaysia, be it Malay, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Middle-Eastern or Western. Whether you are in an urban or rural area, you will be able to walk out and get food at any time of the day or night.

International fast-food outlets such as KFC, McDonalds, Carls Jr., Dominos Pizza etc., are also found in all major cities and most towns, even small towns. Amongst the locals, open-air hawker stalls and food courts are most favorable. You can find food courts in every mall in the country.

Entertainment
Your spending depends on your interests and how much you like to socialize. Below is a guide on estimated costs for some of the fun and social activities you may indulge in during your stay in Malaysia.

  • Cinema: MYR 10 – 20 / USD 3 – 5
  • Bowling: MYR 20 – 25 / USD 5 – 6
  • Karaoke: MYR 21 – 40 / USD 6 – 10
  • Ice-skating: MYR 25 – 50 / USD 5 – 13
  • Yoga lessons: MYR 35 – 50 / USD 9 – 13
  • Gym membership: MRY 50 – 220 / USD 13 – 55
Living Cost
  • Restaurant Prices
    Meal at an inexpensive Restaurant: MYR 12 – 20 / USD 3 – 5
  • Transportation Costs
    Monthly Pass (for all types of public transport): MYR 100 / USD 25
    One-way Pass: MYR 2 – 4 / USD 0.3 – 1
    Taxi Services 1-hour usage (Normal Tariff): MYR 40 / USD 10
  • Utilities (Monthly)
    Basic (Electricity, Water) for Apartment: MYR 100 – 200 / USD 25 – 50
    Internet (30 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL): MYR 160 / USD 40

    Telecommunication
    You can choose from the following telecom services:

    Mobile Phone
    If you are an international student, a mobile phone from your country may have international roaming facilities which can be used in Malaysia. Nevertheless it will cost more. You might want to consider buying a prepaid SIM card on arrival.
    There are several key mobile operators in Malaysia:

    Prepaid Calling Cards
    You can save more on IDD calls by using iTalk. iTalk is a prepaid calling card that enables you to make national (STD) and international (IDD) calls from mobile and fixed line phones plus internet access features. The iTalk card is available in denominations of RM10, RM20, RM30 and RM50.

    Useful Mobile Applications
    You can install the following mobile application for your convenience:

    • OpenSnap
      See restaurants near you on the most comprehensive food app (in other words, never go hungry)
    • GrabCar
      Book a car or cab and track the whereabouts of your assigned driver.
    • Transit MY
      This app will provide you easy journey planning with zoomable interactive maps of the RapidKL, KTM Komuter and KLIA Ekspres/Transit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    • Waze
      Join drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info to save time, gas money, and improve daily commuting for all.
    • XE Currency
      This currency conversion app is simple, but stands out because it uses live currency rates, which keeps you up-to-date on the fluctuations of currency exchange rate.
    • Food Panda
      This app allows you to order delivery online from a wide variety of restaurants located in your area.
    Public Transportation

    Getting around is convenient and easy.
    The city offers various modes of transport that includes:

    Light Rail Transport (LRT)
    KL city and its immediate suburbs are accessible by LRT. Two (2) main lines service the city and its immediate suburbs. They are the STAR and PUTRA lines. There are feeder buses to and from the LRT stations.
    Monorail
    A monorail runs through the city connecting KL Sentral to Titiwangsa and passing through the main shopping centres of Imbi and Bukit Bintang.
    KTM Commuter
    The KTM Commuter is a very popular choice among the public to commute to and from work. The commuter train?network covers 40 stations. It is fast, efficient and frequent? the perfect way for suburban travel without having to battle with the city’s notorious traffic jams.
    Express Rail Line (ERL)
    The ERL runs from the KL Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The fare is RM35 for a one way ride.
    Taxis
    Taxi stands are often found beside bus stops. The fare flags off at RM3 on boarding. It is easy to get a taxi in the city. Most of the city public taxis are red and white, yellow or green in color. If you take a taxi between midnight and 6 am, there is a 50% surcharge on the fare. There is a special limousine service to and from KLIA that has a definite fare structure depending on your destination. The charges are double after midnight.
    Public Buses
    The main bus service companies in the city are Intrakota, Rapid KL and Cityliner. Most of the buses are air?conditioned. Their routes cover the Klang Valley, encompassing the city centre and its surrounding areas. It is easy to get buses in the city as they stop at all bus stops along their routes