University of Nottingham Malaysia
International Student


The cost of living in Semenyih is low compared to most cities in Malaysia.

Whilst you are at the University, your spending patterns may vary from your usual spending patterns and it therefore can be difficult to work out how much you are likely to need to spend as a student.

Below is a brief estimate of some of the main expenses. You will, however, need to think about your own spending style in order to make an accurate budget estimate. 

Students and laptop

Cost of living 



On-campus accommodation

RM415 - RM850 per month. Rent varies depending on room type and facilities. Electricity, internet and water bills are included excluding air-conditioning.

Off-campus accommodation

RM250 - RM900 per month. Rent varies depending on the area and the distance from the University. This estimate may not include facilities, electricity and water bills.


RM500 - RM700 per month. The amount depends on how expensive your tastes are. 

Meal at a local cafe/ stall - RM5
Meal at a fast food joint - RM8-RM12
Meal at an upscale restaurant - RM20++
Bread - RM2.80 (small loaf) - RM4 (big loaf)
Mineral water - RM 1.50 (500ml) - RM 3 (1.5l)

There is a 24 hour convenience store on-campus and the nearest supermarket is Tesco, which also provides delivery services.


It costs RM4.50 each per use of the washing machine and dryer 


Travel cost

Free shuttle buses are provided to KLTC in the city centre, the Kajang KTM train station, Taman Tasik Semenyih (TTS), Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) and Tesco Semenyih. In the surrounding areas, students tend to either drive or hire taxis using apps like MyTeksi or Uber.

List of taxi providers near Semenyih

Taxi to KL city centre - RM70
Taxi to KLIA/KLIA2 airport - RM70 - RM90

Social life

How much you spend depends on your interests and how much socialising you do.

Common expenditures for students:

  • movies ─ approximately RM12 per person
  • phone bill ─ RM30-RM70 monthly
  • textbooks - RM1000-RM1500 annually
  • haircut ─ RM15 for a student haircut, RM45 for a junior stylist, RM80++ for a senior stylist
  • travel ─ Bus from KL - Singapore from RM50 one way. For budget flights try Airasia, Tiger, Jetstar or Malindo

Groupon Malaysia is a popular site for getting discounted food, drink and lifestyle activities.



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International Student Support

University of Nottingham
Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

telephone: +6 (03) 8924 8778
fax: +6 (03) 8924 8005

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