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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:


13. Bangsar




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.

price of studio rooms in KL

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.



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Surrounding & Safety: 5 / 10


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Lifestyle: 7 / 10


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Connectivity: 9 / 10


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Price: 7 / 10


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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

Cheras could be a distance away from KL City. It's 20 minutes by car and that duration can be longer during the traffic. But, if you stay near any MRT stations, it shouldn't be a problem.


Also, there are a lot of bus stops around Cheras and the location is accessible via LRT Cheras too.


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Plus, another great thing about this location is the abundance of co-working spaces.



Working spaces can definitely be a game-changer for you, especially if you're working from home.






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Surrounding & Safety: 7 / 10


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Lifestyle: 8 / 10


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Connectivity: 6 / 10


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Price: 7 / 10


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Overall: 7 / 10




15. Bukit Jalil


Bukit Jalil is also a good location for those who want to settle down in a peaceful, calm metropolis.



It takes more than 25 minutes to drive to the KL city, and that doesn't include the traffic congestion.


So, an alternative option would be public transport.


LRT in Bukit Jalil

With only 1 connecting train line available (LRT Sri Petaling line), it takes quite a long time to get into the city centre.



People usually get to Bukit Jalil via the first LRT stop - LRT Bukit Jalil.



Depending on your final destination, you can get to the areas within Bukit Jalil via the 5 LRT stops.



There's a lot of dining options in Sri Petaling, and a better lifestyle to wind down there (if you don't mind the travelling time).


In Malaysia, Bukit Jalil is ultimately famous for its stadium and lots of sporting events. Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN) or the National Sports Complex, Axiata Arena and the National Stadium are all centred at Bukit Jalil.


All these are the places where prestigious athletics, sporting events and competitions, sports training and even concerts are held.


If you're in good shape and you do sports, trust me, you'll enjoy living in Bukit Jalil.


There are also tons of schools here, including:

  • Sekolah Sukan Bukit Jalil (sports school)

  • Baby Atelier (pre-school)

  • AJK (C) Lai Meng (national primary school)

  • YesKids Education (Montessori school)


As you can see, there's quite a life in the Bukit Jalil area. The only downside of this location is the distance to KL city.


Still, if you want to experience urban living that's enveloped in nature, Bukit Jalil is probably your best bet.



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Surrounding & Safety: 6 / 10


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Lifestyle: 6 / 10


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Connectivity: 6 / 10


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Price: 7 / 10


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Overall: 7 / 10




14. Bangsar South & Seputeh


Bangsar South, just to let you know, is the rebranded version of Kampung Kerinchi. Yup, many of us know this location by the name Kerinchi and not Bangsar South.


From low-cost flats and middle-cost apartments, the location now has many new offices, high-rise residences, condo, hotels and a vast array of retail outlets.

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After that drastic overhaul, Bangsar South is currently one of Klang Valley's most sought-after locations.


In a similar case, Seputeh used to be an area where people don't really care about. Everything changes the moment Mid Valley Megamall was developed right across this location. Due to that, Seputeh is today, seen as one of the property hotspots in Kuala Lumpur.


Since these locations have become popular, the purchase and rental prices are expensive.


The lifestyle around these locations is great. Seputeh and Bangsar South are near to Bangsar, Mid Valley City, Brickfields, Bandar Sri Permaisuri, and Bukit Gasing.


It takes you only 10 minutes driving from Bangsar South to get to Bukit Gasing and 11 minutes drive from Seputeh.


bangsar, seputeh bukit gasing distance on map

Some of the nearby malls are, as mentioned, Mid Valley Megamall, The Sphere and KL Gateway Mall.


Since these two locations have been widely acknowledged, demands have skyrocketed. Thanks to that, the lifestyle here could be a bit expensive.


In terms of connectivity, these locations are quite centred around public transport, mainly LRTs.


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Infographic map by bangsarsouth.com

So, if you're from the main city, you can just hop on the LRT or KTM at KL Sentral and get off at either Kerinchi or Universiti LRT station.


There are also other train stations around like Bangsar LRT station, Abdullah Hukum LRT station, Angkasapuri KTM station as well as Pantai Dalam KTM station.


So don't worry if you don't have a personal vehicle - you can easily find these locations via public transportations.



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Surrounding & Safety: 8 / 10


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Lifestyle: 7 / 10


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Connectivity: 7 / 10


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Price: 5 / 10


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Overall: 7 / 10




13. Bangsar


Bangsar is one of the locations that provide you with the luxurious, high-end vibes of contemporary Kuala Lumpur.


If you're looking for a place to chill, lay back, and enjoy a good nightlife scene, try checking out Bangsar.


There's a well-known cocktail bar here in Bangsar called Bar Atas.


baratas cocktail bar in bangsar

It's one of the night-time hangout spots people go to to unwind and let their hairs down.


The Malaysian-inspired menu options offered in this bar really portrays the variety of our local cuisines and cultures.


Some food you can get there are fettuccine chilli pan mee, spaghetti wantan noodles, fish and chips with assam sauce and stuffed eggs with ikan bilis sambal.


All these you can get for below RM20.




Apart from that, we know that Bangsar is the kind of place that emanates urban lifestyle. It's an upmarket area but that doesn't mean street food doesn't exist in Bangsar.



There are still plenty of affordable dining options such as:


Plus, Bangsar is also both a haven and a happy place for coffee lovers and cafe hoppers.


There's a bunch of cool, Instagram-worthy cafes for you. It's unquestionably a good area to get you out of your home, either to chill or take a break from your work-from-home workload.

aesthetic, instagram cafe in bangsar, lisette's cafe & bakery

And to make your life easier, here's a list of some of the best-rated cafes in Bangsar you can check out (you're welcome!):


  1. Lisette's Café & Bakery @ Bangsar - 974 Google reviews

  2. Transparent Coffee - 171 Google reviews

  3. RAGE Bangsar - 170 Google reviews

  4. Breakfast Thieves - 1,074 Google reviews

  5. Huck's Cafe - 150 Google reviews

  6. Work@holic Menara UOA Bangsar - 16 Google reviews

  7. VCR Bangsar - 937 Google reviews

  8. Meet Joe - 352 Google reviews

  9. PULP - 1,198 Google reviews

  10. Antipodean Cafe - 2,551 Google reviews


Since the lifestyle in Bangsar is quite expensive (which can extend to being very expensive), renting or purchasing a unit of condo or apartment won't be cheap too.


An alternative you can opt for is by looking for rooms in landed property. But still, rooms in Bangsar are not among the cheapest in KL, considering its conditions as property prices in this particular location is more to the high-end side.


So, unless you're someone with a chunk of money and savings, living in Bangsar is certainly a luxury that won't ease your financial burden.



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Surrounding & Safety: 8 / 10


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Lifestyle: 9 / 10


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Connectivity: 5 / 10


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Price: 4 / 10


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Overall: 7 / 10




12. Along Jalan Ampang


Jalan Ampang or Ampang Road is another hotspot in Kuala Lumpur.


There are lots of new condominiums in Jalan Ampang. Sometimes, if you ask around, the locals may say this particular area has a lot of ongoing construction.


So, due to the oversupply of properties here in Jalan Ampang, you can most likely get a cheap room here.


One flip side of this area is there is no public transportation nearby. No LRT, no KTM.


It's best for you to have your own personal vehicle when living in this area.


Jalan Ampang is also a very busy area with heavy traffic jam along the road. It takes you 14 to 16 minutes to drive to the main city (yup, it's close!)

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However, due to the endless traffic jam, you might take a long time to get to the city centre.



But still, the quality and conditions of those new condos are enough to compensate for the horrendous traffic.



Embassy Row is a good option, but the rental prices can be very high.



Also, Jalan Ampang is a great location if you love to get soaked (both in water and in sweat!)




Take your family out and have fun doing recreational activities in Kemensah Valley, Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir, Taman Rimba Ampang, Bukit Kembara and Bukit Saga.

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Take your family and friends for a hike in Bukit Kembara, which is only 15 minutes from Jalan Ampang.


If you want to experience what it feels like to eat in the water, you can give Kemensah Valley a try. It's a great spot for camping, sleeping in your hammock, barbeque, family picnic and retreats.


The fees charged in Kemensah Valley are reasonable:


Entrance fee = RM 5 per person

Parking fee = RM 5

Storage space to put your belongings = RM 20


It's the best place spot for you to unwind and chill in Jalan Ampang, especially if you want to run away from the hustle and bustle of the city.



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Surrounding & Safety: 7 / 10


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Lifestyle: 7 / 10


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Connectivity: 5 / 10


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Price: 7 / 10


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Overall: 7 / 10




11. Old Klang Road


Old Klang Road or Jalan Klang Lama is one of the classic locations in Kuala Lumpur.


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Old Klang Road is primarily situated in a strategic location between Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and Puchong.


It's the main reason why Jalan Klang Lama remains as the hotspot for commercial activities and property developments.


Hence, there's a lot of old and new condos in that area.



As prominent developers compete over getting their properties planted in this area, the pricing for units in this area is among the cheapest in KL.


Due to that, a lot of first-home buyers (FHBs) aim Old Klang Road when hunting for their first homes.


Apart from the condos and apartments, Mid Valley is literally 4 minutes away, but good luck finding a parking spot. Yup, Old Klang Road is also known for its non-existent, limited parking spaces.

In terms of public transport, KTM is the only closest accessibility around this place - Petaling KTM Station.


As this area is one of the most connected routes in KL, people who stay here usually have their own personal vehicles (cars and bikes). It's the fastest way to get to the main city, instead of relying on public transport.


Today, most of the residents living in Jalan Klang Road is from the Chinese community. So, if you love Chinese food, it's a great place to consider. There are lots of affordable and luxury dining options available for you to choose from.



So, if you contemplate living here, bear the traffic in mind. Traffic can be highly congested and that can sometimes be a bit too stressful.



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Surrounding & Safety: 6 / 10


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Lifestyle: 6 / 10


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Connectivity: 4 / 10


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Overall: 6 / 10




10. Setapak & Gombak


Setapak and Gombak areas are largely surrounded around students.


So, if you're a student, you'd know these locations. Currently, these particular locations house around 30,000 students.



There's also a lot of shophouses in Setapak area, where you can get almost everything - from printing, repairing, order custom-shirts and dresses, buy gadgets, get your eyes checked and a whole lot more!


Due to that, these locations are one of the most affordable areas in KL city with lots of very cheap dining options under RM10.


You find that hard to believe?


Here's a few places that will prove my point:



With my own experience of frequent visits to these places (curated specially just for you), I promise you won't be disappointed.


Who knows Gombak has such a hidden food valley. Spread this info to your friends, family, followers and enemies.


No matter who you are, everyone deserves to taste these mouth-watering, appetizing dishes Gombak has in store for you.


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Some of the Thai dishes and delicacies in Bai Krapraw Seafood's menu

How about connectivity?


The closest and best way to get to the city center is by LRT.


LRT Gombak, LRT Taman Melati, and LRT Wangsa Maju are the closest ones to Gombak while LRT Sentul is the closest one to Setapak.


It took you about 25 - 30 minutes to reach KLCC from LRT Gombak. It's not that close so if you don't mind the distance, you're good to go.


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Shopping malls? We have a ton here in Gombak and Setapak.


There's Setapak Central Mall, M3 Mall, Melawati Mall and KL East Mall.


You can also amuse yourself and stop by Batu Caves, Sungai Tua, Sungai Pisang, Zoo Negara, ATV Adventure Park KL, and Gombak Horse Riding.


On the whole, if you're on a super tight budget or you're a student, try to take a look at these two locations.


Everything is pretty much here, the life cost is cheaper than in the main city and there is definitely a lot of adventure to explore!



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Surrounding & Safety: 8 / 10


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Lifestyle: 7 / 10


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Connectivity: 6 / 10


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Overall: 8 / 10




9. Wangsa Maju


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Aerial View of Wangsa Maju Area During Night Time

Wangsa Maju is a township surrounded by Setapak, Taman Melawati and Gombak. It consists of many sections which are Section 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 10.


Like Gombak and Setapak, Wangsa Maju is quite far; 8km away from the main city.


After TARUC and the Malaysian Institute of Art were developed nearby, demands for housing by students expanded tremendously.


Due to that, you'll see various types of housing here in Wangsa Maju. There are new condos, old condos, and lots of landed options, including low and medium-cost houses.


Since the housing rental demand is powered mainly by students, the rental costs are really cheap in Wangsa Maju. If you are hunting for a very affordable rentarental, this student-populated location is your perfect place.


Plus, this location houses one of the biggest population of families, apart from Ampang.


You can easily shop for things at Wangsa Walk Mall, AEON Big Wangsa Maju, Alpha Angle Shopping Centre, Melawati Mall and Setapak Central.


In terms of public transportations, the location can be accessed via 3 light rail transit stations; LRT Sri Rampai, LRT Wangsa Maju and LRT Setiawanga.


Wangsa Maju is always connected to major roads and highways. If you aren't staying near LRT, it's best to have your own car and motorcycle.


You're planning a family? Then, feel free to consider this area.


It's a good location as there are lots of greeneries here in Wangsa Maju (compared to other locations in KL).



We all know what green spaces do to us.



Overall, Wangsa Maju is a good place as its affordable and has tons of choices for food and lifestyle options.




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Surrounding & Safety: 8 / 10


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Lifestyle: 7 / 10


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Connectivity: 5 / 10


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Overall: 7 / 10




8. Sentul & Titiwangsa


Sentul and Titiwangsa are some of the closest suburbs to the KL main city. Yup, Kuala Lumpur is just 5-6 kilometres away from these two locations.


Sentul is situated right in between Segambut and Titiwangsa.

sentul, titiwangsa map

It's highly connected to the city considering its distance and time taken to reach there.


Wondering about public transportation? KTM, MRT, Monorail and LRT - we have it all here. As a bonus, there's also the KL GO Bus you can ride just for free to get to the city centre.


On top of that, you have Titiwangsa Lake or famously known as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa. It's a recreational park suitable for you to jog, picnic, cycle and spend time with your loved ones.


Besides, you can also drop by Istana Budaya, National Art Gallery, Titiwangsa Stadium, and National Library of Malaysia.


Plus, there are many notable medical healthcare centres around Titiwangsa:

  1. Institut Jantung Negara (IJN)

  2. Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL)

  3. Women & Children Hospital Kuala Lumpur

  4. Institute of Urology Nephrology

  5. KPJ Sentosa KL Specialist Hospital

  6. Institut Perubatan Respiratori

  7. KPJ Tawakkal KL Specialist Hospital


Seeing the proximity to the main city, greenery and abundance of modern facilities, Titiwangsa is a great location. Due to that, residential properties are highly in demand.


Sentul, on the other hand, has a lot of dining options.


Plus, you can take a green walk in Sentul Park and immerse yourself in literary art by watching theatres at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) located at Sentul Park.


Plus, Sentul is most suitable for the Hindu community to perform their religious activities.


There are up to 15 Hindu temples you can find in Sentul.


There are also a few new condominiums developed by YTL, a leading infrastructure developer in Sentul East.


Some of its projects include The Tamarind Sentul, The Saffron, The Fennel Sentul East, and The Capers Sentul East.


Those condos are slightly above affordable, but all of them are surrounded by a good environment.


In terms of connectivity, you can reach Sentul via LRT Sentul, LRT Sentul Timur, KTM Sentul and a number of bus stations.


If you're still not convinced (because Sentul has such an old, ancient stink on its name), you should know that Sentul has undergone revitalisation.


From being a squatter-populated area with high crime rates, Sentul is now a bustling town with lots of newly developed condos and apartments.



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Surrounding & Safety: 6 / 10


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Lifestyle: 6 / 10


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Connectivity: 9 / 10


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Price: 7 / 10


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Overall: 7 / 10




7. PWTC Putra


The locals know this area as it's heavily associated with the iconic building, World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL) which is formerly called Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).


This building is Malaysia's most prominent convention and exhibition centre located at Chow Kit, a sub-district in KL.


This particular location is highly connected via KTM, LRT and monorail.


You can get to KLCC by boarding LRT PWTC, LRT Sultan Ismail, LRT Bandaraya, KTM Putra or Monorail Chow Kit.


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On top of that, LRT PWTC is literally 1 or 2 minutes away from Sunway Putra Mall.


Very convenient, I know. After hopping off the train station, feel free to roam around the shopping mall.


Besides, you can save hundreds by just commuting every single day.


Since this location is filled with drivers, commuters and pedestrians every day, it's no longer a doubt PWTC has high connectivity.


Also, since there is quite a number of office buildings in PWTC, you can find a lot of residential properties here.

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These condos are all nestled in the Putra area, along Jalan Tun Ismail, Jalan Putra and Jalan Chow Kit.


These condos are super affordable and located very near to each other - you can literally walk for just less than 10 minutes and reach another condo.


Yup, it's that convenient.


And trust me, it gets even better.



All of these condos have a complete set of facilities and amenities most city dwellers need:

  • Gymnasium

  • Swimming pool

  • Cafeteria

  • Sauna

  • Spa

  • Playground

  • Sports courts

  • Laundry facility

  • Convenient store

  • Security & CCTV

Plus, some have their own surau for Muslims to pray, bistro and bar, games room, roof garden, beauty salon, and sky lounge.


How cool is that?


In reality, this particular area is one of the hotspots for KL best rental locations. Many people preferred renting rooms and residential units in Jalan Putra as it's strategic, highly connected and easily accessible.


There are also many hotels available in the area;

  • Sunway Putra Hotel

  • Seri Pacific Hotel

  • Hilton Garden Inn

  • Sani Hotel KL

  • Ormond Hotel Chow Kit

  • The Regency Hotel

  • Grand Pacific Hotel

  • Prescott Hotel Kuala Lumpur


Yup, it's a great place for both short and long-term stays.


Compared to the vicinity of KLCC, a lot of people stay in the Putra area as the renting rates are way more affordable and money-saving than KLCC. And it offers you a similar lifestyle experience.


In case you're still lost, Jalan Putra stretches from Jalan Tun Ismail to Jalan Chow Kit.


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This location is also near Bukit Tunku. It's a great place to run, walk, jog, and cycle there.


Kenny Hills is also just beside this area and it houses exquisite and high-class cafes that you should definitely check out.


Still not impressed? Well, if you want something on the low-end side, PWTC area is just a few steps away from Chow Kit too. There, you have all sorts of places like Sogo and Pertama Complex, some of the first few shopping complexes in Malaysia.


These shopping centres cater to all social classes. You can also buy fresh grocery, fish, meat and various types of seafood in Chow Kit wet market at extremely affordable prices.


Another special feature this location has is its inclusion in the River of Life project.


The River of Life (ROL) is a seven-year project headed by the Government of Malaysia to transform the Klang River into a vibrant and liveable waterfront with high economic value.

So, thanks to this government-initiated project, the local community are more aware and taking steps to reduce pollution.


Not only that, due to this ROL project, a lot of riverside cafes, bicycle paths and hi-tech fountains were developed. And that makes the whole area a totally more livable place, where people can practise balancing life and work.


See? All in all, you can pretty much get everything you want and need here in the PWTC/Putra area.



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Surrounding & Safety: 9 / 10


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Lifestyle: 9 / 10


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Connectivity: 9 / 10


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Overall: 9 / 10




6. KL Sentral


This location needs no introduction. Everyone, either locals or non-Malaysians know this is the largest transportation hub in Kuala Lumpur.



Sometimes called Stesen Sentral, this integrated rail transportation centre provides both local and global connectivity to all urban and suburban areas (and even to the airport!)


As this location offers incredible connectivity and accessibility, it's absolutely super busy and jam-packed.


Being the primary transit hub in Malaysia nestled in Brickfields, many people choose to reside in this area, especially those who want to help reduce air pollution.


So, if you don't have your personal vehicle and rely heavily on public transport, KL Sentral is a good location to consider.


There are only 2 condos inside KL Sentral - Suasana Sentral Condominium and Suasana Sentral Loft.


These two residences are very sleek and modern but it comes with a huge price tag.


Yup, it's super expensive. The rent in both places can be from RM 2,700 up to RM 8,500 per month. The parking is costly too.



If it's too much for you, you can check out Villa Scott.


It's 5 minutes away from KL Sentral (by driving) and over 15-minutes walking. Villa Scott Condominium is a high-rise condo located near Mid Valley Megamall, Bangsar, and Petaling Jaya.


If you're looking for nearby public transport, Tun Sambathan KL Monorail is only 4 minutes away (walking). Another alternative way is to go directly to KL Sentral.


How about the distance from Villa Scott to KL city centre? How long will it take?


Driving to KLCC from Villa Scott Condominium will cost you about 18 minutes. And if I translate that into a walking distance duration, we know it's going to be far.


So, it's best for you to make use of the excellent connectivity available in the area to get to the main city.


As the location is a melting pot of Malaysia, many infrastructure and entertainment are built around KL Sentral.


If you're in need of a place that has food, snacks and drinks, cosmetics, fashion accessories, digital appliances and cinema, make your way to NU Sentral - the first transit consumer (transumer) retail mall in Malaysia.


The location also doesn't lack religious places.


In NU Sentral, there's a surau big enough to accommodate Muslims who want to stop by and pray. There are plenty of Hindu temples too; Brickfields Shivan Temple and Mahamariamman Temple. Sam Kow Tong Temple is also around for Buddhists to stop by.


As you can see, living in the vicinity of the largest local transit hub is a great alternative for you.


Yes, the location is undeniably super busy, but having everything you need just around every corner does make up for the city's hustle and bustle.



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Surrounding & Safety: 7 / 10


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Lifestyle: 7 / 10


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Connectivity: 10 / 10


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Price: 5 / 10


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Overall: 8 / 10




5. Mont Kiara


To start, this location is one of the most upmarket areas in Kuala Lumpur.


Notably, the high-rise condos and office complexes standing in Mont Kiara are the main reason why the location emanates a contemporary vibe and elegant feeling.


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There are lots of dining options you can explore in this location. If you're craving any Japanese, Korean, Chinese or Malay cuisines, everything can be found here.


This fantastic food scene here in Mont Kiara is also the reason why many Japanese expats love to stay in this location.


However, the property and residences in Mont Kiara can be expensive.


Still, you can find many affordable options like Casa Kiara 2, a high-rise condo developed in 2009. Compared to other older condominium complexes, this one may be a little older but it's definitely more affordable.


Back in the 1990s, Mont Kiara used to be a rubber estate. 30 years later, Mont Kiara is known for its elegant reputation, uber-chic cosmopolitan and fancy, urban lifestyle.

The popularity of this location also lured a few international schools and other lifestyle offerings to pop up. Due to that, the area does become congested.


Mont Kiara is a relatively safe area, due to the surrounding and the people living there. The condos here are completely equipped with security guards with firearms, compelling criminals to behave properly.


How about entertainment? Obviously, this affluent neighbourhood absolutely has what urban people want.


You can go to 1 Mont Kiara, a high-end neighbourhood mall that can satisfy all your shopping needs. It's situated right next to Izen Kiara Condominium and right across Plaza Mont Kiara. Under one roof, you can get food, grocery, bar and get fit at the Fitness First gym!


To buy affordable things or something from the flea market, feel free to visit Plaza Mont Kiara. It's a simple plaza where you can get your groceries, go to convenience stores, banks and restaurants as well as strike bargains at the pasar malam (every Tuesdays and Thursdays only!)


There's also Solaris Mall Mont Kiara - this one is most suitable if you plan to go on a food hunt. There's a whole variety of restaurants, cafés and bars you can discover.


163 Retail Park and Kiara 163 are the latest hangout spots you can go to with your family and friends.


It's an ideal place for parents with children who wants to hang out and breathe the fresh air.


Another nearby mall would be Solaris Dutamas, where Publika Shopping Gallery is located.


But then, there's no public transport around this particular area. Yup, one downside of this location is the lack of access to public transportation. Clearly, Mont Kiara has poor connectivity to the city.


Still, if you have your own car or bike, it's not too far away.


Altogether, if you can afford to rent or live in Mont Kiara, then welcome aboard! It's truly one of the great locations in KL, considering its breathtaking green spaces and security system.


It's a perfect place for loaded people to rent and live, and definitely not for beginners.


Above all that, if you want someplace that screams posh and exclusive, this is it.



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Surrounding & Safety: 9 / 10


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Lifestyle: 9 / 10


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Connectivity: 3 / 10


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Overall: 7 / 10




4. Pudu & Imbi


Pudu is located in the heart of KL, in between Bukit Bintang, Maluri and Cheras.


This old town is another melting pot in Malaysia, located in Jalan Pudu.


In Jalan Pudu, you can find Pudu Market, known as Pasar Besar Pudu (one of the biggest wet markets in Kuala Lumpur).


You'll also discover the oldest bus station in Malaysia along Jalan Pudu, called Pudu Sentral.


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It's next to Jalan Petaling, known by many as Chinatown.


In the past, Pudu Sentral was called Puduraya Bus Station.


It is very strategically located - only 4 minutes away from the Bukit Bintang area (by car).



So, what's all the hype about Pudu?


As it's in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Pudu is pretty near to Malaysia's iconic shopping malls such as The Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Berjaya Times Square, Fahrenheit 88 and Starhill Gallery. You can get to these places in less than a 10-minute drive.


Pudu has great connectivity - local buses and taxis are all over the place.


This area is also covered by the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains. Reaching Pudu, you can board all these available trains:

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These are the trains you can hop on to get to Pudu.


Using the main train line, which is LRT Sri Petaling line, you can get to Pudu by LRT Chan Sow Lin, LRT Pudu, LRT Hang Tuah, and LRT Plaza Rakyat.


If you're on the MRT, get off at MRT Merdeka station and switch to the LRT Sri Petaling line by hopping on LRT Plaza Rakyat. In case you want to get on a bus after that, this LRT is just 6 minutes walking distance to Pudu Sentral.


Going to Imbi from Pudu? Not a problem! Get off at LRT Hang Tuah station and switch to the KL Monorail line (Imbi monorail). How easy is that?


All these rail lines are interconnected within the Klang Valley transit. So, you can simply go anywhere, from Gombak all the way to Pelabuhan Klang via this incredible railway system.


And the best part is that Pudu and Imbi are in the centre of KL - going anywhere in the city will definitely be a piece of cake.


Plus, there's a lot of current developments in Pudu that will absolutely boom this place among the people. There'll be many upcoming malls, residential suites, hotels, offices and entertainment hubs in the Bukit Bintang City Centre megaproject.


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Besides, this area has close proximity to Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) as well as the Pavillion.


Also, Pudu and Imbi locations are near to a lot of famous places like Petaling Street, Sungei Wang Plaza, Pudu Plaza and Mydin Kotaraya.


There's a lot of seemingly affordable dining options in these locations.


In terms of renting or living, Pudu Plaza and Pudu Hotel are great options you can look at.


Renting in these locations can be a total steal. Ya lah, you have incredible connectivity to the main centre, the location itself will be an upcoming lifestyle revolution and you have access to KL's streetlife.


Apart from the lifestyle we already have in Pudu and Imbi, people are looking forward to the BBCC.


Trust me, this multi-million project made everybody all worked up. People are tremendously excited and can't wait to see its completion because it seems that BBCC can be KL's new heartbeat.

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Masterplan of the Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC) Project in Kuala Lumpur

However, as these locations offer lavish and posh lifestyles combined with down-to-earth street culture, safety can be an issue in Pudu and Imbi.


If you don't know how to take care of yourself in the city, pickpocket experts can easily be rich.


All things considered, Pudu and Imbi are excellent locations for you to stay. Located in the core of Kuala Lumpur and the Golden Triangle (area consisting of 3 main streets; Jalan Imbi, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Raja Chulan), this is where you get to see sparkling skyscrapers standing tall in the skylines.



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Surrounding & Safety: 5 / 10


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Lifestyle: 6 / 10


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Connectivity: 8 / 10


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Overall: 7 / 10




3. Bukit Ceylon, Bukit Bintang


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Vibrant nightlife view at Bukit Bintang area

Looking for the best place that offers a phenomenal nightlife experience? Try checking out Bukit Ceylon in Bukit Bintang.


This location is sandwiched between Pavilion district and Changkat. There are many amazing cafes to thrilling nightclubs, bars and pubs you can easily find along this area. Some of them are:

  1. The VIP Room KL

  2. Opium Kuala Lumpur

  3. Espaze & The Boulevard

  4. Main Room Changkat

  5. Fire & Ice Club KL

  6. Havana Bar & Grill

  7. Prime Club

  8. No Black Tie

  9. WarmUp Club Kuala Lumpur

  10. Envy Nightlife KL


I listed over 10 nightclubs available and let me tell you, the list goes on and on.


If you want to discover and enjoy every beating seconds of Kuala Lumpur, this is where you should be.


Apart from being one of the most happening clubbing areas around town, Bukit Ceylon is also known for its rich and fun dining strips in Kuala Lumpur. Here are a few places you should check out:

  1. Manja Old Malaya

  2. Kamimura Japanese Restaurant

  3. Pampas Reserve Steakhouse

  4. STG Bukit Ceylon

  5. Best Restaurant in KL

  6. Dining in The Dark

  7. Southern Spice Banana Leaf Restaurant Changkat KL

  8. SUPE Vegan - Bukit Bintang

  9. Atmosphere 360 - KL Tower Revolving Restaurant

  10. Halab KL


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Just like the nightclubs, the list doesn't stop there. It gets even better!


Bukit Ceylon is an amazing place for you food hunters and adventurous souls. Try out the dining-in-the-dark concept or bring your loved ones to KL Tower's revolving restaurant. It's literally a 5-minute drive from Bukit Ceylon.


Yup, it's absolutely convenient if you love to explore and wander around in the centre of KL's Golden Triangle.


The place is just beyond exciting - you can feel the luscious lifestyle, there are lots of expats living in this area, it's near to so many malls!


However, you need to always be aware. As lively as this place gets, many petty street sellers come down to town too. So, be mindful, be firm, and make sure you know how to say 'NO'.


Well, aside from that, this location also ranks the third out of 18 because it has high connectivity, yay!


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I mean who doesn't love a location that's highly connected and easily accessible?


It's connected with the LRT and MRT system so the best way for you to get to Bukit Bintang is by hopping on the nearest LRT or MRT.


And make your way to the Bukit Bintang station.


Yup, As simple as that.



Hands down, the lifestyle and connectivity in this location are terrific. It might be one of the best places to stay if want to experience the actual KL lifestyle.


So, to make things easier for you, here are some condos and apartments options for you:


These are some affordable options you can check out. If you want to live and work here in this hustle town, be my guest.


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Also, you can certainly do your work and stay on task.


There's a shared-office space right here in this location. So don't worry too much about drifting off.




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Surrounding & Safety: 6 / 10


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Lifestyle: 9 / 10


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Connectivity: 9 / 10


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Overall: 8 / 10




2. Pavilion, Bukit Bintang


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Shopping has been a big part of your lifestyle? Then welcome to one of the shopping havens that is absolutely favoured by trendsetters, fashion enthusiasts, and shopaholic!


The Pavilion location sits right in Bukit Bintang, centred around the Pavilion Mall.

Roads around Pavilion location, forming the Golden Triangle.

This location triangulates from Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Raja Ismail to Jalan Imbi.


Yup, it's located in what the travel blogs call KL's Golden Triangle.


What's so golden about this area?


Well, you have an exclusive, high-end mall that tailors to your lavish needs; from mainstream to luxury designer brands to all sorts of international eateries.


And it's close to the sprawling shopping areas with an array of luxurious retail stores and appetizing eateries.



Plus, there's a welcoming water fountain in front of the Pavilion that gains people's attention. First-timers will always stop by the fountain as they never want to miss capturing a photo or two!


So, since the renowned Golden Triangle obviously have everything you need, from fashion, grocery, gym, spa and all the way to all sorts of entertainment, the lifestyle here is absolutely a perfect ten.


On top of that, it's easy peasy to get yourself here, to this location. Yup, it has superb connectivity too.



Pavilion Bukit Bintang is reachable via 3 lines of trains; the monorail, LRT and MRT. The quickest way to get here is by monorail and MRT as these 2 trains have their own stops directly at Bukit Bintang. You can also hop off at Raja Chulan monorail station if you want because it's already inside the Bukit Bintang area.


If you only have access to LRT at that time, then don't worry! You can just easily transit to the MRT Sungai Buloh - Kajang line at LRT Pasar Seni station.


So, just get on the train and stop at any stations that are connected to the LRT. And make your way to the nearest MRT or monorail station.


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Another good point about this location is you can pretty much walk anywhere you want!


Bukit Bintang is full of pedestrians and that makes the city even more lively.


It's a busy place, a popular tourist spot and you'll always a lot see a lot of activities going on.


And just like Bukit Ceylon, there's a working space where you can go to to do your work. It's only 5 minutes walk.


This location is also surrounded by many offices building (which means many career opportunities as well!)


So if you're looking for your next job, staying in this location might be your best choice.


But you must be able to afford the lifestyle lah. There are still some cheap options for dining and fashion needs - you just have to keep an open eye to find them.


Overall, if you want to experience the essence and whole enchilada of Kuala Lumpur, this is definitely the perfect place.



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Surrounding & Safety: 7 / 10


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Connectivity: 10 / 10 (3 Lines of Trains)


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Overall: 9 / 10




1. KLCC Twin Towers


And the first place winner of the ultimate, most strategic location to stay, live and rent in Kuala Lumpur goes to (drum roll... 🥁🥁🥁)


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(OR Kuala Lumpur City Centre OR Petronas Twin Towers, whatever you want to call it!!)


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As everyone knows, this is (legit) the most exciting location to be in. In Malaysia, it's the center of everything.


Being the capital city of Malaysia, this location is absolutely the heart, pride and joy of Malaysians.

The 88-storey towers that emulate a significant, modern Islamic design accommodate around 400 stores of various stores and services.


There's practically everything here in the heart of KL - all types of premier brands and affordable options ranging from dining, shopping, entertainment and arts, recreation, as well as sightseeing.


This location is intensely exclusive - the properties within KLCC are mostly targeted for the upper-class group of the society, apart from the elites and expatriates who visit Malaysia.


If you can spare more than RM900 per month for room rental (and still have more for you to eat and live comfortably), then you can certainly afford to rent and live in the KLCC area.


And because KLCC is in the vicinity of everything, you'll never run out of ideas of what to do in Kuala Lumpur.


Want me to do all the work for you? No problem. Here's the list of what to do in Kuala Lumpur (my pleasure):








As you can see, there are so many places you can go to! Your date wants to go sightseeing? Well, choose from the 10 then. Considering bringing your parents to KL? Bring them to the arts and culture spots.


Want to buy books for your book lover friends? Visit Kinokuniya, Malaysia's largest book store that is highly raved by bibliophiles! It offers an extensive range of reads, over 300,000 titles! Pick up what your friends want to read. To make things easier, you can just give Kinokuniya a call and reserve the book.


Aside from the exciting number of tourist spots and mall, there is also a bunch of job opportunities. Yup, don't be shy to ask around. Personally, I think it's best to look for specific jobs, analyze the job descriptions, upskill yourself and apply for the jobs.


Want to know what else you can do in Kuala Lumpur? Well, be sure to stick around then!


Food options? Don't get me started people!


The list can be endless and I'll end up not sleeping tonight (pity me please).


So, here's one of the many choices you have; a recommendation by a well-known local celebrity chef, Sherson Lian.


Check out here for more dining options in Suria KLCC. If you want something on the affordable side, try checking out this list of food below RM15.


In this never-ending buzzing city, it's almost impossible for the KLCC area to be void of traffic jam. For that, there's a great alternative for you to travel.


Connectivity around this area is superb too.


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You can get to KLCC by getting off LRT KLCC and LRT Ampang Park stations (LRT Kelana Jaya line).


The quickest and easiest way to get to KLCC is by getting to any LRT station on the Kelana Jaya line and make your way to KLCC.


If you're on the KL monorail line, get off at Bukit Nanas station and you'll find LRT Dang Wangi nearby - yup, it's so near that you can just walk there.


What if you're from LRT Ampang line and LRT Sri Petaling line?


Easy - stop at Masjid Jamek and get on LRT Kelana Jaya line. If you're from MRT, you can just hop off at Pasar Seni, which is one of the LRT stations in the Kelana Jaya line.


Another bonus you have in the KLCC area is the abundance of RapidKL buses. These buses stop at a lot of LRT stations, so don't worry if you can't drive yourself there.


On top of that, you have a direct shortcut from here to Aquaria KLCC and Pavilion - it's only around 15 minutes walking!


How? Through the Bukit Bintang Walkway and KLCC Convex Crossing!


Bukit Bintang Walkway is an elevated walkway connecting the Pavillion Shopping Mall to Impiana KLCC Hotel and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

This particular walkway stretches from Jalan Pinang, Jalan Perak, and Raja Chulan. It has entry and exit points to the pedestrian walkway on all three roads.


The KLCC Convex Crossing, on the other hand, is a tunnel connecting Suria KLCC to KL Convention Centre.

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It is also a way for you to get to Aquaria KLCC.


You can walk from the KLCC Park straight to Aquaria.


But if an air-conditioned underpass tunnel with visually attractive graphic and digital displays sound thrilling for you, you can try walking through this tunnel.


Altogether, these pathways are basically a safer alternative for people to get to Bukit Bintang.

If you want to live and rent in this location but the parking seems a little bit too high? Well, the best and most exciting part of KLCC is here. We now know the connectivity is great but it's about to get way even way better.


KLCC is included as one of the stations in the new upcoming MRT 2.


Currently, in Malaysia, we have one Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line, which is the Sungai - Buloh MRT line, or SBK.


The second line, MRT 2, is currently being developed. It was initially called Sungai Buloh - Serdang - Putrajaya Line, or the SSP line. Yep, we all think it's too long, so they changed it to Putrajaya line.


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This MRT line is expected to complete and operate in January 2023. It starts from Kwasa Damansara and ends at Putrajaya. Some of the stations located in KL are:

  • Raja Uda

  • Ampang Park

  • Persiaran KLCC

  • Conlay

  • Tun Razak Exchange

  • Chan Sow Lin

  • Bandar Malaysia

  • Kuchai

  • Taman Naga Emas

  • Sungai Besi


So the station that will be built near KLCC is obviously the Persiaran KLCC station. The station is very near to Desa Kudalari apartment - it's literally 4 minutes away on foot!


There's also Masjid Asy-Syakirin KLCC, the nearest mosque you can find in the KLCC area. It's also around 10 minutes away from KLCC Park.


All things considered, the KLCC area is the location to live in if you want to experience Malaysia's biggest and bustling city.


Staying in KLCC means living a leading life. It's a place where opportunities grow on trees and great food never cease to exist.



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Surrounding & Safety: 8 / 10


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Lifestyle: 10 / 10


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Connectivity: 10 / 10 (3 Lines of Trains)


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Price: 5 / 10


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Overall: 9 / 10




What Should You Do With All These 17 Locations?


Well, now we know the top 17 best locations to rent in Kuala Lumpur, what should you do next?


By now, you'd have no problem understanding this concept - location does play a part in saving your money. It can really make or break your bank account.


If you aim (or desperate) to find a place to rent in Malaysia, do your research and decide the best location for you to rent:

  1. Understand what you can and cannot afford - calculate your basic salary, monthly expenses and determine your budget.

  2. Select your most preferred locations - list out the locations that are most convenient to you.

  3. Check out all available rental properties - do your research and consider all options.

  4. Study all amenities and facilities closely - make sure your investments are worth it by having the complete set of facilities you want.

  5. Check how far you should travel to work - just make sure you don't overlook this part or you'll most likely regret it.

  6. Get in touch with rental agencies - be vigilant and make smart decisions in choosing with whom you want to rent.

  7. Visit the rental property on foot - a compulsory step for you to take before renting any place.

  8. Ask away before signing any agreement - trust your gut and feel free to ask as many questions as you want. It's even better if you prepare a list of questions beforehand.


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