Updated: Sep 1, 2020
Post-pandemic (covid-19) situation in Malaysia is far from over. However, due to the plentiful of job opportunities resurfacing in central Kuala Lumpur, job seekers starting to flock the city centre of Kuala Lumpur. With the rise in employment coupled with the drop in spending power, Kuala Lumpur Room Rental sees a huge surge in demand. One of the most asked question, where should I rent a room in Kuala Lumpur?
If you search through the web, you can see lots of private owners & agencies putting up their rooms to rent. When it comes to room rental, not all accommodations are made equal. Below are some locations that you should know before deciding where to settle down and commit to renting a room.
In addition, not all agencies and room rental operators are made equal. In Kuala Lumpur, the most trusted operator is Utopia Co-Living. With over 1000 rooms and free switching services, it is the most preferred room rental company. You can read more about them here.
Below are our top 5 location to rent a room in Kuala Lumpur.
1. Rent a Room @ Bukit Bintang (Pavillion Shopping District)
Bukit Bintang (also know as Bintang Walk) is Kuala Lumpur’s most popular shopping and entertainment district. One of the best perks of renting a room here is that this area offers choices of restaurants & eateries, shopping malls such as the high end Pavilion Mall, Fahrenhite88 Mall, and Lot10. You can also get to anywhere easily via the public transportation - including those of MRT Bukit Bintang, Monorails Raja Chulan, taxis, buses and even just by foot!
Furthermore, Changkat Bukit Bintang is just a steps away. Changkat is famous with its nightlife and regarded as the must-go party venue in the city’s lively yet fluid clubbing scene. A busy street which lined with plenty of international two-storey resto-bars, snazzy nightclubs, posh cocktail lounges, and lively Irish pubs. If you are finding a place to have some leisure activities after works, you should rent a room within Bukit Bintang.
In short: Fun, young and exciting. Can be rowdy at certain times. Convenience is a big plus. Overall : 8/10 Safety : 6/10 Convenience : 10/10
2. Rent a Room @ Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC - Twin Towers)
Need no introduction. If you are able to find a reasonably priced room here, it means you are very lucky! With KLCC's strategic of location, this area opens up to countless of opportunities for those who are starting his or her journey in KL. Not only this, if you rent a room near KLCC, you just need to walk few steps to the capital’s landmark, Petronas Twin Towers. Besides, The Intermark KLCC offers a satisfying selection of shopping and dining options in Kuala Lumpur City Centre.
Although the prices seem to be higher within the district compared to the other places, the connectivity is seamless within this area as public transportation likes LRT and also GOKL free bus ride are readily available. Thankfully, Utopia's do have reasonably priced room (some room rental below RM1,000 monthly) for those who want to feel the beat of city, enjoy the sleepless city's vibe and don't mind the hustle and bustle. Check out Utopia rooms here.
In short: Lots of opportunities. Cost of living can be slightly higher, but compensated by ease of transportation. Must-stay for expats who are looking to soak in the vibe. Overall : 9.5/10 Safety : 9/10 Convenience : 10/10
3. Rent a Room in Pudu (and Imbi)
Pudu is a busy district around the traditional Pudu Wet Market, which is filled with vendors selling fruit, seafood, and spices. The area has numerous tiny eateries serving home-style rice dishes, and hawker stalls at the cozy Street Night Market specialise in Malaysian-Chinese fare like fried noodles and radish cakes. Furthermore, Pudu is best to stay rent a room if you need to access to public transportations because it takes only minutes walk to LRT Pudu Station. With a touch of Pudu's very own unique historical vibe, stroll through non-pretentious cafes and eateries that are also in-line with the modern 'hipster' trend. If you wish to stay near to Pudu, Utopia do have a location situated at Pudu Largest 3 Star Hotel. Rent a room with hotel service while paying regular long term room rental price. You can read more about it here.
In short: Food food food and lots of food. Cost of living here is reasonable. Proximity to LRT. Overall : 7.5/10 Safety : 7/10 Convenience : 8/10
4. Rent a room in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC)
Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) Kuala Lumpur is centrally located at the city of Kuala Lumpur and is one of the main exhibition centres in Kuala Lumpur that hosted many local and international events and exhibitions. It was built in 1981 and was completed in 1984 and was officiated by the Malaysia Prime Minister at that time, Tun Dr Mahathir Muhammad, and served to be the to-go conventional and event centre at that time.
PWTC is snugged between the sough after Bukit Tunku (the Beverly Hills of Kuala Lumpur) and Chowkit, situated at the north-western corner of downtown Kuala Lumpur. Also houses variety of hotels such as Sunway Putra Hotel, Dynasty Hotel Kuala Lumpur, and Sheraton Imperial Hotel Kuala Lumpur, as well as a lifestyle mall - Sunway Putra Mall.
What make renting a room at PWTC interesting? (1) the vibe, (2) the transportation. For those who want to find a room at Kuala Lumpur with better safety and relatively peaceful environment than those of Bukit Bintang and KLCC, PWTC is a must-consider location. Also, PWTC is arguably the second best transportation hub after KL Sentral, with 3 lines of train (i.e. KTM, Monorail and LRT) and a GO-KL free bus within walking distance, as well as the soon-to-complete MRT 2.
In short: Relatively peaceful district in the city centre. Matured neighbourhood. Public transportations are plentiful and within walking. Overall : 9/10 Safety : 9/10 Convenience : 9/10
5. Rent a room in Maluri, Cheras
Just slightly at the edge of the golden triangle but still within reach via public transport, Maluri situated at north of Cheras and proximity to Kuala Lumpur City Center. Renting a room here has lots of benefit: lower cost of living, higher safety and security, and many food and dining options. Also situated here is Malaysia largest Ikea Shopping Mall, as well as Sunway Velocity - a mixed development featuring a self sustained environment of hotels, hospitals, retail shops, malls, and residences. Utopia also has a co-living & co-working integrated space located at Maluri Cheras. In-line with the work-from-home trend and the rise of gig economy, it houses professional workers as well as freelancers who seek the convenience of both work and living. You can check out the co-living space at Maluri here.
In short: Convenience meets affordability. Growing and young district with lots of hip and fun entertainment and food options. Overall : 8/10 Safety : 9/10 Convenience : 7/10
Above are 5 strategic locations (not exhaustive) that you could consider before starting to renting a room in Kuala Lumpur. Either you are studying or working or freelancing in the city of Kuala Lumpur, staying in Kuala Lumpur City is always the best options largely due to the proximity to public transportation and unbeatable dining and entertainment options.
If you want to start your journey here in Kuala Lumpur or want a new fresh environment, Utopia Co-Living Room Rental has more than 1000s affordable options for you to choose from. You can check out the website or follow them at instagram or facebook.