The Ultimate List of Room Renting Locations in Kuala Lumpur (17 Most Strategic Locations in 2021)

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

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Are you struggling to get the best location to rent in Kuala Lumpur? Then you probably haven't found the best resource to guide you through the way.

The truth is: there are certain types of lifestyles that "live" in each location in KL.

If you're just starting to work and live on your own, you'll definitely look for someplace affordable and well-connected to public transportations. Masjid Jamek, Pudu and Imbi are some of the good options for you to choose from.

However, if you are well off and want a nice place to call home for a long time, you can try renting in Cheras, Bangsar, PWTC, Mont Kiara and Bukit Jalil.

If you want to have a full-blown KL lifestyle experience; KLCC, Bukit Bintang and Pavilion are the best locations for you.

But these locations are not only categorized according to the types of lifestyles. There are a ton of other things considered such as safety and surroundings, connectivity and affordability.

In this article, we'll look at the score of each location in KL and see how it is rated.

Let me break it down for you on how the scoring is done:

- Connectivity

All the traffic congestion, proximity to trains or public transport and distance away from the city are considered. If the location is close to the city centre and public transport, the connectivity is high.

- Safety

When it comes to safety, we observe the mix of population in each location - the overall culture of the area and who is staying there.

- Price

The rating for pricing is not just rental prices - it also includes the lifestyle cost in that particular area. So, the more dollar signs you see, the higher (and more pricey) the location is.

- Lifestyle

Lifestyle is rated based on the accessibility to malls, groceries, entertainment, cafe, gym and others.

To start, here's the list of 17 best locations for room renting in Kuala Lumpur you must know:

17. Masjid Jamek

16. Cheras Region

15. Bukit Jalil

14. Bangsar South & Seputeh

13. Bangsar

12. Along Jalan Ampang

11. Old Klang Road

10. Setapak & Gombak

9. Wangsa Maju

8. Sentul & Titiwangsa

7. PWTC, Putra

6. KL Sentral

5. Mont Kiara

4. Pudu & Imbi

3. Bukit Ceylon, Bukit Bintang

2. Pavillion, Bukit Bintang

1. KLCC Twin Towers

17. Masjid Jamek

Masjid Jamek refers to the mosque situated right next to Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad and Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) in Kuala Lumpur.

This building is attractively famous for its unique, distinctive architecture. For that, it's one of KL's most known landmark, as it still stands to the ground today, after 112 years.

Masjid Jamek in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, oldest mosque in Malaysia, great architecture building, famous landmark in KL

The locality of Masjid Jamek has been one of the people's preference when it comes to sightseeing and experiencing the local culture.

There are many inexpensive local restaurants around Masjid Jamek such as Gerai Teh Mansion and Kafe Coliseum.

Petaling Street, Jalan Petaling Malaysia

lt is also a 10-minute drive from Menara Kuala Lumpur, KL Forest Eco Park and Masjid Negara.

If you want to go to markets, Masjid Jamek is only 3 minutes away from the Central Market and Petaling Street.

In terms of room renting, however, the options are quite limited.

There's The CapSquare Residence, a highly dense populated condominium in Jalan Dang Wangi. This 36-storey condominium is an expensive option as the monthly rental rate per unit is above RM 2500 on average.

It's an 8-minute drive from Masjid Jamek and it's also near to schools and universities like SMK Convent Bukit Nanas, SK Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UniRazak) and Kolej Putrajaya, which will take you less than a 10-minute drive.

Another cheaper option for room renting in the vicinity of Masjid Jamek is Maytower Serviced Residence. This residence is a hotel and serviced apartment located in Jalan Munshi Abdullah. It's a good location with great accessibility to shopping malls like Mydin Masjid India, Sogo and AEON Quill City Mall - just 7 minutes drive.

The rental rates for a studio in Maytower are as low as RM 1000 per month. It's fairly cheap for a studio in KL but the units do seem a little old. It's a cheaper option but Maytower is generally a run-down building.

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How's the lifestyle around Masjid Jamek? The area is known as a place of melting pots - you'll see a lot of foreign workers as well as street merchants and hawkers.

However, the area has a high density of offices, which is why getting a parking space may be tough. An alternative you can do is by checking out trains or any public transportations nearby.

Masjid Jamek is located near a few LRT stations (tram stops), including LRT Bandaraya and LRT Plaza Rakyat, which is approximately 10 minutes walking distance.

There are also many bus stops around Masjid Jamek that can get you to LRT stations. As you can see, it's quite easy to get around this area due to the easy access to public transports.


Surrounding & Safety: 5 / 10


Lifestyle: 7 / 10


Connectivity: 9 / 10

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Price: 7 / 10


Overall: 7 / 10

16. Cheras Region

Cheras is one of the developing locations that are gaining locals' attention. It's a suburb situated between Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

Just so you know, Cheras is a lively urban area and you can get pretty much of everything here.

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As people prefer Cheras as a place to settle down, this location definitely caught the eyes of property developers.

Thanks to that, there are many choices of condo and apartments you can explore. Some of them are V Residence 2@Sunway Velocity, Amaya Maluri, J. Dupion Residence, and Arte Cheras.

All of these properties have facilities that every modern residence should provide like a gym, swimming pool, playground, jacuzzi, game room, yoga deck, BBQ area and multipurpose hall.

See, not being in the city centre doesn't stop you from living the modern life you want. Plus, if you love shopping, you absolutely want to consider living in Cheras.

There's a lot of exciting retail outlets and shopping mall in Cheras. In 2021, there are more than 10 malls located within the Cheras area. Yup, you can definitely shop until you drop to the ground.

shopping malls in cheras

Sunway Velocity Mall, Cheras Sentral Mall, Eko Cheras Mall, AEON Mall (Cheras Selatan), Cheras Leisure Mall and MyTOWN Shopping Centre are some of the shopping centres in Cheras.

V Residence 2 is only 2 minutes away from Sunway Velocity Mall. Yes, 2 minutes away, literally!

If you're staying closer to those malls, you'll surely enjoy the lifestyle there.

Plus, there's Myballoon Adventure in Cheras! The only place in Kuala Lumpur where you can get a hot air balloon ride! How exciting is that?

There are also a lot of upcoming offices in this particular location. Education, medical centres, places of worship, everything is there.

Here's the list to make things easier for you:

- Education:

  1. SMS Selangor

  2. SM Sains Alam Shah

  3. SMK Cheras

  4. UCSI University

  5. UKM Medical Molecular Biology Institute

- Medical centres

  1. HUKM

  2. Pantai Hospital Cheras

  3. Hospital Rehabilitasi Cheras

- Worship places

  1. Masjid Taman Cheras Jaya

  2. Masjid Al-Mubarakah

  3. Church of St. Francis of Assisi

  4. Cheras Baptist Church

  5. Sri Gopala Krishnan Temple

  6. Cheras Kum Yum Tong

How about public transportation? Is it easily accessible in Cheras?

If you've been in KL for some time, you'd already know how bad the traffic can get.

Thanks to the newly developed MRT (it's now 5 years old - and that's still considered new!), you don't have to put up with the traffic jam anymore.

MRT Sungai Buloh - Kajang in Cheras