Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The following frequently asked questions are common among those contemplating University of Malaya (UM). This page provides answers to these questions and provides links to useful UM websites that provide additional answers.


How far is University of Malaya (UM) from the centre of Kuala Lumpur?

UM is approximately 12 km from the centre of Kuala Lumpur.

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How do I get to UM?

  • From Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)
  • From the airport, the UM campus can be reached by KLIA Express Rail Link (28 minutes and RM35) or by taxi (about 1 hour and about RM65).

  • KLIA Express Rail Link (ERL)
  • The KLIA Express Rail Link (or ERL) station is located on the ground floor of the airport. It will take 28 minutes to reach the KL Sentral Station (the nearest station to UM), where taxis are available for the journey (about 10 minutes) to the UM campus.

  • Taxi
  • Students with a lot of luggage are advised to take a taxi directly from the airport to the campus. The journey will take about one hour to UM campus. Payment for taxis will be made by purchasing taxi coupons available from a counter just before you enter the arrivals hall, or at another counter in the arrivals hall. From Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and other areas.

  • Road
  • The UM campus is a short drive from the centre of Kuala Lumpur and is easily accessible via the Federal Highway and Jalan Universiti or via Jalan Pantai Baru.

  • Putra Light Rail Transit (LRT)
  • Students and visitors travelling by the Putra Light Rail Transit (LRT) should disembark at the Universiti station. The Rapid KL Buses are available from the station to UM campus (the journey is about 3 minutes).

How much does it cost to survive in KL?

The daily living expenses depend on the needs and lifestyle of the individual. To ensure that students have enough financial provision before applying for admission, we estimate the cost of accommodation, food, local travel, living and other personal expenses for self-supporting single student to be a minimum of RM1,000 (USD 266).

Should I get health insurance?

You can get treatment for minor ailments at very little cost at the Students’ Health Clinic on campus. However, you are strongly advised to take out your own medical insurance to cover yourself against unforeseen eventualities including a possible stay in a local hospital. You can obtain health insurance cover from local insurance companies.