5 student rental options near USM Penang (Main campus)


Finding a rental house can be as complicated as research method classes. Students, we speak your language! That’s why we connect you to a variety of student rental options within the USM Penang area.

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A student housing experience can be dreadful, hysterical and fun – no exception. It’s the place of many memories – where you cook tonnes of instant noodles, stress over deadlines and pull yourself together. As a student, you would want to find an overall decent place to live and study in. If you already have a budget in mind, that’s brilliant. We can guide you to several options that are the perfect blend of good value and strategic location.

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1. University Place (Plaza Ivory)

Plaza Ivory was formerly known as University Place. These luxury apartments are located near the Free Trade Zone. It is also about 400m from USM Jalan Bukit Gambier entrance. It comprises two blocks with 274 residential units, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. On top of that, the residents can enjoy a scenic view of Penang’s coastline. The apartments also offer facilities like gymnasium, sauna, landscaped garden, BBQ area, jacuzzi, lounge and a lot more.

Median rental price: RM 1, 500/ month

Built-up size: 900 sf – 1, 000 sf

Amenities:  Plaza Ivory is in a strategic location. Tesco Extra Sungai Dua is only 1.5km away while Queensbay Mall is 5.6km away. On the other hand, Bayan Baru is within 5.4 km radius and Bukit Jambul Golf Course is a 7-minute drive away from Plaza Ivory. The closest school is SMK Bukit Jambul. It is located 1.3km away from the apartments. Medical facilities, eateries, and convenience stores are also abundant in the area while the Equatorial Hotel is within 3.5km.

Getting around: Travelling to USM from Plaza Ivory is a breeze. Students can take buses like:-

  • Rapid Penang 302: Jeti – Batu Maung via Jalan Bukit Gambir
  • Rapid Penang CT 11 (Sungai Dua): Padang Kawad USM – Padang Kawad USM

Rapid Penang CT 11 in the direction of Sungai Dua has 27 stops and operates every day, from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm.

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2. Sunny Ville Condominium

The Penang Bridge is 1.8 km away from Sunway Ville Condominium. © Lee Chee Keong/ 123RF

Sunny Ville Condominium has easy access to USM. It’s 900m away from the campus. This condominium comprises 504 residential units and the residents can enjoy facilities like jacuzzi, BBQ area, swimming pool, wading pool, gymnasium and a lot more. This is also one of the hot spots for students due to its proximity to higher institutions.

Median rental price: RM 1, 400/ month

Built-up size: 900 sf  – 1, 090 sf

Amenities:  Amenities are abundant within Sunny Ville Condominium. Tesco Extra Sungai Dua and the Queensbay Mall is 7 minutes’ drive away. Restaurants, schools, medical facilities and convenience stores are also within its vicinity. On top of that, Sunny Point Complex is within walking distance. This business centre is only 270m away from the condominium.

Getting around: Access to Penang Bridge is convenient from this condominium. It’s only 1.8 km away and is accessible via main roads like Jalan Sultan Abdul Aziz and the Bayan Lepas Highway. As for students, getting to USM campus is easy from Sunny Ville as there is an abundance of bus services from Sunny Point to the USM main entrance, such as:

  • Rapid Penang 301: Relau – Jeti
  • Rapid Penang 303: Bukit Gedung – Jeti
  • Rapid Penang 304: Bukit Gedung – Plaza Gurney
  • Rapid Penang 401: Balik Pulau – Jeti
  • Rapid Penang 102: Airport – Teluk Bahang

3. Gambier Heights Apartment

Gambier Heights is an apartment complex comprising 730 residential units with a standard built-up of 3-bedrooms and 2-bathrooms. It has spectacular views facing the sea. There are many facilities offered to residents. They can enjoy the sauna, jacuzzi, swimming pool with slides, gymnasium, BBQ area and even a reading room. Even though it’s an old development, it has a landscaped garden as well as 24-hour security. On top of that, the USM campus is only 850m away and it takes only an 8-minute drive to get there from the apartment.

Median rental price: RM 1, 100/ month

Built-up size: 900 sf

Amenities: Gambier Heights is in a strategic location. Tesco Extra Sungai Dua is 2km away while there are many schools within a 3 km radius such as SMK Sungai Nibong, SMJK Phor Thay, and SMK Bukit Jambul.

Getting around: From Jalan Bukit Gambir, students can hop on the Rapid Penang 302 bus to get to the USM campus. Jalan Bukit Gambir is also connected to Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah and it has access to the Penang Bridge.

4. The View Condominium

Panoramic view of Penang Island. © Pakin Songmor/ 123RF

This classy condominium has top-notch facilities like sauna, gymnasium, jacuzzi, BBQ pit, games room, spa, landscaped garden and more. It has 164 residential units that provide comfort and privacy to its residents. The condominium also offers a scenic view of the island and is in a prime location. The distance from The View to the USM campus is 2km away.

Median rental price: RM 3, 000

Built-up size: 2, 068 sf – 5, 530 sf

Amenities: The Queensbay Mall is 3km away from The View. Not just that, Sunny Point Complex is a short drive away. The nearest school is SK Sungai Gelugor which is within 1km. Convenience stores and restaurants are also abundant within the area.

Getting around: The View has direct access to main roads like Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Highway and Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah. On the other hand, the Penang Bridge is about 2km away from the condominium. Travelling to the USM campus is also convenient from The View. Rapid Penang Bus 301, 303 and 304 departs from Sunny Point to Jalan Sungai Dua, with transits to Rapid Penang CT 11 for USM.

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5. Raffel Tower

If you are opting for a high-end property, this is the one for you! Raffel Tower is nestled in the hills of Penang. This low-density condominium complex comprises 260 residential units with 3+1 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Each unit comes with a balcony. The condominium is also equipped with full modern facilities such as aquatic spa, floating pavilion, infinity vista pool, landscaped walkway, rejuvenation pod and more. Raffel Tower is 2.1km away from the USM campus or a 4-minute drive.

Median rental price: RM 2, 150/ month

Built-up size: 1, 400 sf – 1, 600 sf

Amenities: There are many amenities within Raffel Tower’s vicinity. Tesco Hypermarket (Lebuh Tunku Kudin) and Tesco Extra Sungai Dua are 4km away from Raffel Tower. Not just that, schools are also nearby. SMK Bukit Gambir is within walking distance (only 170 m away) while medical facilities like the Lam Wah Ee Hospital is only 3.7km away from the condominium.

Getting around: Raffel Tower has easy access to the Penang Bridge as it is only 5.8km away. On top of that, there is easy access to main roads such as the Jelutong Expressway and Coastal Highway. Other than driving, you can go to the USM campus by bus. Take the Rapid Penang 302 (Jeti – Batu Maung) then change to Rapid Penang CT 11 (Sungai Dua).

We totally get how challenging it can be to find a decent place to live in. That’s why we are pleased to help you find the perfect rental home. iProperty.com.my is the channel for you to find your desired home. You can find a student housing that is the closest to your campus, at the best price and with excellent amenities. Good luck with your search!

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