Everyday Expenses and Cost


Studying in Malaysia is very affordable. Below are some examples of everyday expenses that an international student typically will have when studying in Malaysia:

Utilities Cost

  • Telephone (mobile) bills around RM50-RM100 a month
  • A typical Electricity bill ranges from RM50 – RM100
  • Water bill RM10
  • There is good internet connectivity in and around cities in Malaysia. Internet rates is usually around RM100 a month

 

Transportation Cost

  • Most of the colleges and universities are situated in and around the capital city of Kuala Lumpur or other neighboring cities. Therefore transportation is not a problem. Bus transport usually just cost one or two ringgit whereas taxis cost around RM8 – RM20 depending on the distance covered.

 

Food Costs

Groceries
  • Milk -1 litre – RM 4
  • Bread – 1 Pocket – RM 4
  • Egg – 12 Eggs – RM 4
  • Chicken – 1 kg – RM 7
  • Fish – 1 kg – RM 15
  • Rice – 5 kg – RM 25
  • Oil – 1 litre – RM 10
Fruits
  • Grapes – 1 kg – RM 10
  • Apple – 1 – RM 1
  • Orange – 2 – RM 1
Eating out
  • Nasi Kandar, Indian Restaurants – RM 10 per meal
  • Food shops – RM5 per meal
  • Big Restaurants – average about RM25 per meal
  • Dinner in air conditioned restaurant RM30-60
  • Dinner in hawker stall (food court) RM8 – 12
  • Dinner in five star hotel RM60-RM100

A service charge of 10% and government tax of 5% is added to bills in tourist-class hotels and restaurants. Tipping is not usually the custom in Malaysia.

Western Food
  • Pizza – RM20-RM30
  • McDonald Burger – RM 10
  • KFC chicken Meal – RM 10

 

Entertainment

  • Satelite TV (Astro) – RM100 to RM150
  • Movie tickets – RM10
  • Theme Park – a day pass – around RM 50

 

Electrical Appliances

  • 32 Inch LCD TV – RM2000 – RM3000
  • Refridgerator – RM1000 – RM2000
  • Washing Machine – RM1000 – RM1500
  • Living Hall Sofa – RM2000 – RM5000
  • Mattresses – RM1000 – RM4000

 

Healthcare Costs

  • Visit to a clinic for minor problems average cost – RM25 – RM50
  • Visit to a Hospital – RM100 – RM200
  • Health Insurance per person (For hospitalization expenses) – RM 150 – 200

The prices above indicate that compared to studying directly in the UK or Australia, studying in Malaysia is a very viable cost saving option.