Malaysia life



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Location and travel


Malaysia consists of two regions separated by the South China Sea: Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo (also known as West and East Malaysia respectively). Peninsular Malaysia extends south-southeast from the border of Thailand. Malaysian Borneo consists of the States of Sabah and Sarawak which is located on the northwestern coastal region of the island of Borneo. The country's population is over 28.7m to date. 

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), Semenyih 

The campus is situated in  Semenyih, 30km south of Kuala Lumpur.  Geographically, it lies in the heart of Southeast Asia.  Occupying a scenic position overlooking green hills on a 101-acre site, and designed to mirror the attributes of University Park in the UK, the campus is a self-contained and self-sufficient neighbourhood village in a garden environment with over 3800 students.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a true metropolis with some of the world's tallest buildings and a thoroughly modern infrastructure. However, it has managed to retain much of its original character and local colour. The city is served by a comprehensive and modern transportation system including buses, trains, a monorail and a number of airports, providing easy access to local, national and international destinations.


Local events

Malaysia's mix of races, religions and cultures mean that the country celebrates multiracial festivals. 

If that wasn't exciting enough, Malaysia has a unique 'open house' concept where – during festivals such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali, Navrathri and Christmas – friends, families and even strangers visit the homes of those who are celebrating the festival, to wish them well and enjoy the feast prepared by their hosts. 

Definitely something to experience!


Malaysia outdoors

The Batu Caves are a popular attraction in Selangor and feature temples and Hindu shrines. Climb the 272 steps to see stunning views of the city skylines. 

Fancy in walk in the jungle? The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia offers walking tracks through the beautiful forest reserve that features a waterfall and river.

In Kuala Lumpr there are a number of outdoor spaces. The KL Bird Park is 10 minutes from the city centre and home to more than 3,000 birds. The Perdana Botanical Gardens is on the edge of the city and includes a lake, bird park, butterfly park, orchid garden and deer park. Slightly further away is the Zoo Negara, which is 5km from the city centre and contains more than 5,000 animals.



There are a range of sports facilities on campus that are open to all students, from serious athletes to casual competitors. Outdoor facilities include a swimming pool, courts for tennis, netball, basketball and futsal, jogging tracks and a multi-purpose pitch for sports such as football, frisbee, hockey and rugby. Indoor facilities include a fully-equipped gym, squash courts, table tennis, and multi-purpose halls for many sports including badminton, basketball, futsal and volleyball.

There are numerous sports clubs to get involved with, including basketball, chess, dance, dodgeball, football, frisbee, futsal, netball and scrabble. Students can also get involved with the University's annual Tri-Campus Games where students from our campuses in China, Malaysia and the UK compete for the title.



The Royal Gallery in Selangor features collections detailing the history of Malaysia's 11th King, dedicated by the current Sultan of Selangor. Elsewhere, the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque has the tallest minarets in the world and overlooks the Garden of Islamic Arts.

For art lovers, The Istana Budaya National Theatre puts on cultural and musical performances, concerts and ballet. The National Museum rotates exhibits depicting the history of Malaysia, while The Islamic Arts Museum houses more than 7,000 artefacts. 

The National Mosque is one of Southeast Asia's largest mosques, with The Jamek Mosque being the oldest mosque in the city. 


Shopping and dining

As in all Malaysian towns there are many restaurants and cafes in Semenyih and Kajang, and Kuala Lumpur has an even bigger selection. Restaurants vary in price from very cheap to typical European prices so there should be something to cater for everyone's budget and tastes.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is an absolute shopping paradise. There are endless shopping opportunities from one-stop shopping malls to open-air markets. Prices of goods are fixed in department stores but elsewhere it's worth trying to bargain.

Mid Valley Megamall is one of the city's premier shopping malls and claims to have something for everyone, with cinemas, gyms, bowling alleys, a one-stop IT centre, mega bookstores, a range of fashion boutiques and a variety of delicacies from local delights to international cuisine. Fast-food outlets can also be found in this mall.

Petaling Street/Chinatown is a chance to experience the excitement of bargaining! This open-air market is an eye-opening experience and you’ll find some interesting items like herbs for traditional remedies and Chinese artefacts. For the best atmosphere, make sure you go at night.

Shopping in Malaysia




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