In Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, you will find gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, a myriad of natural attractions, and charming yet friendly locals. According to Big 7 Travel, Kuala Lumpur is the second friendliest city in the world. Malaysians are known to be friendly and nice to strangers. Their easygoing character makes it is easy for one to forge friendships here. If you are lost in the middle of the city, you can just ask any of the locals for directions and they will definitely help you out. Some of the locals will even take you to your intended destination. As most Malaysians can speak English quite well, communications will not be difficult.
Right in this capital city, also lies UCSI University, which is located in Cheras. With public transport services readily available in the area, UCSI University students are able to travel around Kuala Lumpur easily at an affordable rate. Light Rail Transit (LRT), which is run by Rapid KL, allows for easier commutes around the city, be it to business districts or popular sites. Students are able to go to school easily, regardless of how far their home is. By avoiding the heavy traffic that occurs on a daily basis, students can save a lot of their time and money by using the public transport.
Over the last few years, Rapid KL has introduced the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), which allows for travelling to the greater Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley areas, which are not covered by the LRT lines. Most of the biggest shopping malls such as Leisure Mall, Eko Cheras, Sunway Velocity, Pavilion, Lot 10, One Utama, MyTOWN, IKEA are accessible by the MRT. What’s even great is Rapid KL also offers a cheap ride to all of the train stations via an MRT Feeder Bus service that costs only RM1 per one way trip. Students have the privilege of applying for student cards, which helps to save up the costs of public transportation as they can benefit from a 50% discount for every ride including LRT, MRT and MyRapidKL bus.
If there’s one thing UCSI University students love doing during weekends, it’s window shopping. Leisure Mall is definitely one of the more popular spots, considering its close proximity to the university. Moreover, there is a big variety of restaurants near Leisure Mall that can be chosen from. In any case the students do not feel like eating anywhere the campus, they can easily make their way to Leisure Mall by MRT so that they can have more options for a nice meal. By taking the MyRapidKL bus from Taman Connaught, which is located opposite of McDonald’s, students can travel to Cheras Sentral where they can then get on the MRT that will eventually stop at Taman Mutiara station, which is right opposite of Leisure Mall.
Apart from Leisure Mall, IKEA – one of the biggest international furniture retailer – is also a popular spot for UCSI University students. Also located in Cheras, IKEA can be easily accessed on foot from the Cochrane MRT station. Who doesn’t want to enjoy some delicious, yet affordable meatballs?
And then there is another shopping mall named MyTOWN, a place that comes with a blend of fashion forward retails, amazing amenities, and stylish al fresco events.
Not missing from this list is Sunway Velocity, which is one of the biggest malls available in Kuala Lumpur, and is run by the one of the biggest company in Malaysia called Sunway group. With its cutting edge architecture, neo-futuristic facade and contemporary interior, Sunway Velocity Mall is earmarked to be the leading destination in KL South. The mall comprises of 7 levels and 3 precints – Market Place, Food Street Food and Commune, where each of the precint is unique with their own personal characteristics. Students can access this mall via MRT, where they get off at the Maluri station.
One can also travel to the Pavilion via MRT by stopping at the Bukit Bintang station. Famously known as the gem of Kuala Lumpur, it is hard to avoid this mall that is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang. The award-winning, premier shopping destination houses eight precints to fulfill all personalised indulgences. There are over 550 outlets that offer some of the finest selections for shopping, dining and urban leisure.
Last but not least, one’s stay in Malaysia can never be complete without going to the 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers or KLCC, which stands at the height of 451.9 metres. The ultimate crown jewel of Kuala Lumpur, the tower was inspired by our 4th and current prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir’s vision for Malaysia to become a global player. Avid shoppers usually find themselves at Suria KLCC – a premier shopping mall attached to the Twin Towers. It is one of the best shopping malls out there as it is a good place for shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Suria KLCC has over 300 stores that offer renowned international fashion brands, flagship stores, unique concept stores and more. From the hottest global fashion trends to the latest high-tech home gadgets, you can find it all here under one roof.