Places to rent in KL depending on your income

For many, rental costs take a significant chunk out of their disposable incomes.

How much should you spend on rental, though? The rule of thumb is no more than 30% of your income. This percentage should preferably also include utilities costs for electricity and water.

Here are the places you can afford to rent in Kuala Lumpur, depending on your salary bracket.

Assumptions

• You want to rent a room, not a whole apartment or house.

• You are renting for one person (not a couple).

• You have searched tirelessly through websites like ibilik.my.

• You want certain amenities: KTM/LRT, washing machine, cooking facilities, internet connection, air conditioning.

If you earn around RM500 a month

Your rent shouldn’t cost more than RM150.

• You will probably have to either share the room with others, or live in the fringes of Kuala Lumpur. Realistically speaking, you need to either increase your income or stay with your family.

• Small-sized rooms are available at these locations: Setiawangsa, Kepong (if you’re really lucky).

• If you’re willing to part with RM250 a month for a room, you can get small-sized rooms at these locations: Taman Melati, Setapak, Bukit Jalil, Cheras, Wangsa Maju, Taman Connaught, Danau Kota, Sentul, Jalan Genting Klang, Kepong.

• NOTE: You will not get all the utilities you want at this price range.

If you earn around RM1,500 a month

Your rent shouldn’t cost more than RM450.

• You have to be willing to share a room at locations closer to the city centre (i.e. KLCC).

• Small-to-medium-sized rooms are available at these locations: Taman Melati, Setapak, Bukit Jalil, Cheras, Wangsa Maju, Taman Connaught, Danau Kota, Sentul, Jalan Genting Klang, Kepong.

• NOTE: You probably can’t get an attached bathroom or parking space with this budget.

If you earn around RM2,500 a month

Your rental shouldn’t cost more than RM750.

• You can rent a master bedroom at these locations: Bukit Jalil, Sungai Besi, Setapak, Wangsa Maju, Jalan Genting Klang, Taman Melati.

• Small-to-medium-sized rooms are available at these locations: Bangsar, KL City Centre, Mont Kiara, Bandar Sri Permaisuri.

• NOTE: This is the middle ground – choose either a nice but distant location (from the city centre), or average but closer location (to the city centre)

If you make around RM3,500 a month

Your rent shouldn’t cost more than RM1,050.

• You can rent a swanky master bedroom, and even a whole apartment/house at these locations: Taman Melati, Setapak, Bukit Jalil, Cheras, Wangsa Maju, Taman Connaught, Danau Kota, Sentul, Jalan Genting Klang, Kepong.

• Medium-sized rooms are available at these locations: KL City Centre, Brickfields, Bangsar, Titiwangsa, Mont Kiara.

• NOTE: You can expect a lot of utilities at this price range – security, shops, gym, pool, etc. Interestingly, rentals from this price range (and onwards) always exclude utility costs in their rental rates.

If you make around RM4,500 a month

Your rent shouldn’t cost more than RM1,350.

• You can rent an apartment/house at these locations: Taman Melati, Setapak, Bukit Jalil, Cheras, Wangsa Maju, Taman Connaught, Danau Kota, Sentul, Jalan Genting Klang, Kepong.

• Pretty nice medium-to-master-sized rooms are available at these locations: KL City Centre, Brickfields, Bangsar, Titiwangsa, Mont Kiara.

What if you can afford more in rental?

If you can afford more in rental (more than RM1,500 a month), your choices extend to expat-type accommodations and/or studio suites with a lot of amenities.

You can probably live in the heart of Kuala Lumpur in developments with funky names like Tamarind, Saffron, Palladium, Regalia and Pearl to name a few.

This article first appeared in ringgitohringgit.com

Suraya is a corporate writer-for-hire and the blogger behind personal finance website Ringgit Oh Ringgit. She is more of a minimalist, less of a consumerist, a konon DIY enthusiast, a let’s-support-small-businesses-over-big-corporations kinda girl. Prior to her current role, she worked in various capacities within the non-profit industry.