Most international students from Western countries live in apartments rented from the private market and located off campus.
In the Asian business culture, it’s common to do business face-to-face and arranging accommodation in advance by email or phone may be difficult. This is nothing to worry about, though, because taking care of housing arrangements once you are at the destination is straightforward. This is also when the details of the rental agreement and the final price are agreed upon.
Universiti Putra Malaysia is located near Serdang’s KTM station and we recommend students to either live in Serdang area or in the southern parts of Kuala Lumpur, to avoid a longer commute to the university.
A good idea is to search for a condo near a KTM station that is on the KTM line “Rawang-Seremban”. Mid Valley is located on that line and the area has a lot of nice apartments. You can live e.g. at Tasam Desaminium Apartment that is located 15 minutes from the university campus. The rent is RM 500-650 a month. A bus drives to the campus every half an hour.
Many students prefer staying in the Seri Kembangan area a 10-15 minute Grab ride from the campus. BluConstellation is a residential area where a lot of expat families live. Most students live in 5-bedroom apartments. Dreamcity is located a 5-minute drive or 30-minute walk from BluConstellation and a walking distance from The Mines shopping mall. Accommodation options there include 1- 2- and 3-bedroom apartments. You can contact agents with properties in these residential areas in the student FB group. Also Conezion Residence and Clio Residences near IOI City Mall and a 15-minute drive from the campus have been recommended by previous students. The Academia Apartment is located at South City Plaza. These quality student apartments are located near a Serdang KTM station and have a direct bus connection to the campus. The surrounding housing areas include Balakong, Taman University Indah, Taman Sri Serdang, Bukit Serdang, Seri Kembangan, Serdang Jaya and Serdang Baru.
It’s recommended to stay at a hostel or a hotel for a few days after arriving in Malaysia and to compare different housing options. This also allows you to meet the fellow students and find roommates. A good alternative for the first days is The Explorers Guest House in Chinatown or Dream Home & Castle in the Sky Hostel, which has an infinity pool on the roof. Book your temporary accommodation on Agoda’s website easily and affordably.