- Travelling by Bus
Busses are the most common form of public transport in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur. Depending on the distance, travelling by bus could cost you between 80sen to RM3. Note that the busses can get quite packed during peak hours, which is usually in the mornings and evenings.
You will find that bus stops are very common and that there are many different bus routes. As such, you might have to take more than one bus to get to your destination of choice. It is advisable for you to enquire with the bus drivers on the exact route of the bus, or inform them of your preferred destination to ensure that you are boarding the right bus.
Taxis in Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur are aplenty. While there are certain spots with taxi stands, most will stop at bus stops as well as by the side of the road, if safe to do so. Most taxis in Malaysia run on metres and the initial charge is RM3.00 upon boarding. There are separate charges if three or more passengers go on board, and also for storing luggage or items in the boot. You are also able to call for taxis although additional charges will apply. Note that there are also different charges after midnight.
Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur are well-connected via several rail lines such as the Monorail, Light-Rail Transit (LRT) and Commuter trains. Each of these lines operates separately but at certain interchange locations, the stops are next to each other.
To get around Kuala Lumpur city, your best option would be to rely on the Monorail. This line will bring you past several shopping destinations as well as to the central business district of the city. You will need to note that there are two different LRT lines – the Putra LRT and Star LRT. Both operate to different locations (other than the interchange stations) so make sure of your destination before hopping on. At some stations, there are feeder busses that rotate around the area of the station, although separate charges apply.
There is also the KTM Commuter which is a commuter train that moves within Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya cities as well a further out to the other parts of the Klang Valley.
Things To Pack
- Important personal items to pack:
- Clothes and footwear (casual, formal)
- Personal Items
- Bed Sheet (2 pieces)
- Towel (2 pieces)
- Mobile phone
- Basic Stationeries
- Important documents to bring along:
- Identification Card
- Flight Ticket (where applicable)
- Driver’s License
- Acceptance Letter from Taylor’s (where applicable)
- Original Academic Qualification transcript
- Receipts/proofs of payment for all fees
- It would be a good idea to make a copy of your Taylor’s documents (for example, Acceptance Letter, Original Academic Qualification transcripts, receipts).
- If you are currently suffering from an illness, it is advisable to bring any necessary medication, and all documentation and written medical advice relating to the condition.
Living Expenses in Kuala Lumpur
Apart from the tuition fees which need to be paid upon arrival, you should set aside some money to cover your living expenses. The cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is not much higher than at your hometown if you spend wisely. On average, a student’s monthly expenditure would consist of:
Rental: RM450 to RM750 (depends on the location, type and facilities)
Food: RM500 to RM750
Other living expenses: RM500 to RM650
Total: RM1,600 to RM2,000 per month depending on your lifestyle.
You may need to open a bank account during your stay at Taylor's. You may also choose to use your existing account. Banking Hours Most banks operate from Monday to Friday, from 9.15am to 4.00pm. The opening times may differ from one bank to another. It is best to check with the respective banks on their operating hours.
Automated Teller Machines (ATM)
Most banks also issue cards to be used by automated-teller machines, or ATMs. You may use these cards to withdraw money from your account instantly from conveniently-located machines available 24 hours a day. Note that there may be a small fee for using ATM's that are not owned by your bank. To use your card, you must know the personal identification number (PIN) issued by your bank. Never share this code with anyone, and take care not to lose your card. If you do, notify the bank immediately.
It is most advisable for all out of state students to be covered by some form of medical insurance which has a Medical Card, before proceeding to study in KL. This is because in case of an emergency, you can be admitted to hospital without much hassle and be given immediate medical care. Should you not be covered by such an insurance, you may enquire on the availability of such coverage from Enrolment Services at Taylor’s.