This unit is responsible for the planning, streamlining and implementation of policies pertaining to accommodation as agreed by the University with the cooperation of respective residential colleges. The unit is administered by an Assistant Registrar and a support staff.
Moving away from home to study at a university is an exciting time in a student's life. There are new friends to be made, new places to discover and the chance to develop many new interests. Living in the university residential halls is great fun and ideal opportunity to make friends. University of Malaya boasts 13 residential colleges that can accommodate up to 12,000 students. This amount represents about 65% of all the students pursuing their first degrees.
Each residential hall is administered by a principal and assisted by several fellows. The Residential Halls do not only provide students with accommodation but also facilities such as game courts, reading rooms, grocery shops, cyber cafes and computer labs. Most halls provide meals while the others have cafeteria facilities. Students in meal-provided halls are charged with a nominal amount of RM 8.00 to RM 12.00 a day, while the others pay between RM 4.50 to RM 6.50 a day. Residential fees for international students are slightly higher depending on the halls chosen.
Ten of these residential colleges provide both lodgings and food to its residents while three other colleges, namely the 10th Residency College (Tun Ahmad Zaidi College), the 12th (Raja Dr Nazrin Shah Residential College) and the Section 17 College, provide only lodgings for the students. University of Malaya also provides lodgings for postgraduates students. However, their placement in these colleges depends on availability.