An Overview

Searching for a rooms for rent in Kuala Lumpur? You are at the right place to look for information regarding rental details! First of all, where does the name “Kuala Lumpur” comes from? It means 'muddy capital’ in the Malay language, as the city was first established in a swampy tin mining area between Gombak and Klang rivers junction. From a swampy tin mine, it was then removed from the jurisdiction of the state of Selangor and made it to Federal Territory in 1974. Since then, it has never stopped burgeoning. It is now one of the most progressive and cosmopolitan cities in Southeast Asian, attracting thousands of people every year. It is essentially a modern jungle, an urban city of blue-greyish tint with splashes of dark and light greens with the blessing of the rich biodiversity that Malaysia is gifted with. Hence, it is a perfect home for people that want to live in a bustling city but still want to connect with greenery at the same time. The living cost of KL is very affordable as a cosmopolitan city, and is much cheaper than many other Asia cities, like Singapore and Hong Kong. Room, apartments or condominiums, food, and other expenses are generally cheap. It also serves as the meeting/layover point of all Southeast Asia countries and Oceania, and so makes travelling to neighbouring countries very convenient and low cost. Fun fact: Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) is the world largest airport for budget airlines. People that are looking for an apartment also do not have to worry about language barrier because almost all Malaysians are multilingual, and Malaysians that you are going to be interacting in this area more likely to speak good English.
Suria KLCC view
Top view of Kuala Lumpur

Hot Spots in KL

To those that are looking for a rooms for rent in KL, you will never run out of hot spots to hang out while living in this fun city. The tallest twin towers in the world- Petronas Twins Tower is no doubt the most iconic figure in here. Besides breathtaking architectural design, there is also a shopping center, Suria KLCC at the bottom feet of the tower. Tourists and locals alike go to Suria KLCC to shop for foreign luxury goods and high street labels. The Bintang Walk is known as the shopping and entertainment hub. You will find a long stretch of the shopping district with international and local brand outlets, cafes, restaurants, bars, and clubs in between. Many locals regard Pavillion KL as their upscale shopping mecca. You can find a luxury brand like YSL, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Versace as well as local clothing brands like Vincci, CarloRino, Bonia and many more. There are also mid-range brands like Uniqlo, H&M, Forever 21 and Mango here. People that are looking house for rent around here can visit Pasar Seni after they move in. Pasar Seni used to be a wet market back in the 1980s and now has renovated into a handicrafts and souvenirs market. During a festive season like Hari Raya, Chinese New Year and Deepavali, you can come here for live cultural dances and performances, ethnic food shopping or just come and immerse in the festive atmosphere. For those that are looking for a party, that is a concern with nightlife, do not worry, TREC KL has your nightlife fun all covered. TREC KL is a 7-acre entertainment hub that you can find numerous restaurants, darts bar, beer, and clubs. Among all, the Zouk Club is the longest standing club. No matter you choose to go to any bars or clubs at TREC KL, you will be surrounded with the influx of party animals everywhere you go!
Pavillion at Kuala Lumpur
Bukit Bintang Walk

Food Options in KL

For those that are looking rooms or apartments to rent in KL area, you will never run out of food to eat for sure! Petaling Street offers a wide selection of local food. Among many choices, highly recommended restaurants include Hokkien mee from Kim Lian Kee, beef noodle from Shin Kee, Chee Chong Fan from Madras Lane, roasted duck from Sze Ngan Chye, Portuguese grilled fish from Ikan Panggang Portugis Istimewa, Cantonese porridge from Hon Kee Famous Porridge and chicken rice from Kam Kee. Those who are staying in this area can head to Wai Sek Kai, a Chinese cheap hawker stalls that sell delicious Chinese cheap eats. You can get a full meal with just RM5, definitely a place to go to every day if the apartment or house that you are renting is in this area. For those that cook at home a lot, you can go to Pudu market to get the fresh vegetable, meat and produce with very affordable price.
Food options in KL
Street Food in Malaysia

Getting Around

If you are looking at renting a rooms in Kuala Lumpur and do not own a car, you should definitely narrow down your house search to areas that enables you easy access to public transport. KL is not a pedestrian-friendly city so the walking option is never ideal for long term living. The LRT and MRT are low-cost and air-conditioned to spare you from the tropical heat. More train lines are added consistently to improve current train system coverage. Other than that, buses are usually overcrowded and not as efficient as they seem to stick in heavy traffic very often. Grab Car is the Southeast Asia version of Uber. It works everywhere in this area and there are many Grab drivers so riders need not to worry about not being able to get a Grab car. The cost of getting Grab cars are relatively low compares to taxi and you can choose to carpool with other riders with Grab Share to lower the fare. Other than that, each rides that you take help you accumulate points that you can redeem for ride credits or other products and services from the third party companies that Grab car is cooperating with. Time to time Grab Car also offers free ride coupons or discounted rides as well.
Getting around in Kuala Lumpur
LRT Train in Kuala Lumpur

Driving a car in KL

If you are looking to buy a new car or bring your car when moving to your new rented rooms in Kuala Lumpur, there are a couple things you should know about driving in this area. The quality of roads is considered very good in South East Asia, as the city is filled with wide highways and well-maintained roads. However, traffic jam in the city can be daunting and irksome, especially during peak hours, like 8-10am and 4-8am on weekdays. You will also pass through numerous tolls while driving on highways and the cost could easily add up if you have to pass through it multiple times. You will need to have enough change or use a SmartTag or a Touch and Go Card to pay for the toll. Parking might be hard to find and parking fees could cost a lot especially if you are looking to park at shopping malls that have high traffic like Pavillion KL.
Roads view of Kuala Lumpur
Toll booths in Kuala Lumpur