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Penang, “The Pearl of the Orient” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penang) lies off the north-western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The State comprises of Penang Island which covers an area of about 293 sq. km. and Seberang Perai (Province Wellesley) on the mainland which covers an area of approximately 753 sq. km. The two areas are linked by the Penang Bridge which is currently the longest bridge in Malaysia. The Penang Second Bridge will be the longest bridge in South East Asia when it officially opens at the end of 2013.
Penang was established as the first British trading port in the Far East in 1786. Today it is a bustling metropolitan community combining the best of the east and west. This combination of cultures is reflected in its historic buildings as well as in the lifestyles, food and customs of its people. The capital, Georgetown, is a centre for commerce, education and culture. Penang has an International Airport with worldwide destinations.
With a population of approximately 1.7 million (about 704,000 on Penang Island), Penang retains a charming appeal and distinctive character. Its multi-racial population contributes to a wealth of social and cultural attractions. Much of its charm lies in its famous golden beaches and calm warm seas. As well as being home to Penang Medical College, the State is also the location of one of the oldest universities in Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Living in Penang
Life in Penang is uniquely cosmopolitan with many nationalities opting to work, live and retire there. The locals are multi-ethnic, and you will see evidence of diversity living harmoniously together in their friendliness. Penang is a vibrant city which offers a modern lifestyle, alongside tradition and old world charm. This tradition is evident in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site within Georgetown. Penang also has beautiful beaches, parks and hills perfect for enjoying nature and outdoor sports.
Penang is also renowned as Malaysia’s culinary capital. From exotic local street food to elegant fine dining, its local cuisine is a perfect example of cultures combining to produce a dazzling combination of tastes and flavours.
Whatever your passion may be, you will find enough of it in Penang to keep you busy.
Student accommodation in Penang
We understand how important it is for students to have comfortable accommodation at a reasonable price. In Penang there are numerous furnished apartments and houses in the vicinity of PMC which students can choose from. Most are located near bus stops and eateries.
Our dedicated student support team will assist you in finding accommodation and give you names and contact details of reputable providers. Our team is always on hand to give advice on choosing the best location and property type.