Life in Kuala Lumpur

The ISKL campus is located in Ampang Hilir, a mature leafy neighborhood in the heart of Kuala Lumpur (KL). With a blend of landed homes, condominiums and high rise apartment buildings finding accommodation close to school is fairly seamless. There are numerous restaurants, grocery stores and activities located within KL’s Golden Triangle, as well as easy access to the Petronas Twin Towers.
For those looking to live outside the city center, other popular expat neighborhoods are: like Mont Kiara, Bangsar, Damansara or Sri Hartamas. ISKL provides bus service to these areas so transportation for students is not an issue.
 
Malaysia is a true melting pot. With its myriad cultural celebrations, the juxtaposition of modern high-rises, traditional Malay homes and colonial buildings, and an amazing variety of cuisines all make Malaysia stand out among the crowd within South East Asia.
 
 

 

24 Hours in Ampang

For an overview of Ampang, check out this video from Danial Marzuki, ISKL Class of 2017.

 
Time

Malaysia is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 16 hours ahead of United States Pacific Standard Time (PST).

 
Language

Bahasa Malaysia is the national language but English is also widely spoken, and people frequently mix both Bahasa Malaysia and English into their speech. Chinese and Tamil are also commonly spoken in Malaysia.

Electricity

Electricity supply is on a 240-volt, 50-cycle system and the power sockets that are used are of type G.

Health

Health care in Malaysia is excellent. There are first-class hospitals and medical facilities that are comparable to the best in the world. Medical care is also still relatively inexpensive.

Currency

The national currency is the Ringgit Malaysia (RM). Foreign currencies can be changed at banks or authorized money-changers throughout the country. Traveler’s check can be cashed at banks and money-changers as well as used at larger department stores and shopping complexes.

Transportation

Buses, taxis and trains are available in Malaysia. The train system in KL is modern and efficient. Buses are an inexpensive way to travel around Kuala Lumpur and bus routes are everywhere. Taxi services as well as GrabCar services are readily available. Flights into and out of Malaysia are plentiful and Kuala Lumpur is home to several regional and global carriers.

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