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    Accomodation for Taylor's College Student

    Hi folks

    I am from Ipoh and I will be sending my son which will be sitting for his SPM shortly, to do his 1-year matriculation studies at Taylor's College in Subang Jaya in January 2009.

    We are in the process of looking for information on the various options available for accomodation for my son. Most of you would probably know that the college does provide student accomodation at the these places:

    1. My Place, SJ
    2. Ridzuan Condominium, Bandar Sunway
    3. Mentari Court, Bandar Sunway
    4. E-Tiara, Subang Parade

    ref: http://www.taylors.edu.my/prosstuden...ding.php?id=97

    I would like to get some feedback from the locals i.e. the kind folks here, on these places (in terms of convenience/conduciveness of environment for study/comfort/cost, etc) to help me make a decision as we have no idea what the places are like other than from the pictures in the college website.

    It should be nice to stay with other fellow students in one of those college hostels. What about private accomodations around the college and how do people go about looking for them?

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    i don't know these places by experience (ie, heard of then, know where are they but never been there per se) but i know e-tiara will be quite expensive because it's a serviced apartment if i'm not mistaken. it's also quite a far walk to taylor's so your son will need a car if that's the case. same goes for mentari court (although it should be cheaper) as the pre-u courses are done in the subang campus to my knowledge. have not heard of ridzuan condo and my place.

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    Try the Goodyear courts apartment at USJ 8 ... go to the StarOnline to check out the vacancies available.
    No problem with transport and food in this area.... restaurants and medical clinic near the apartments and regular buses that past Taylors college to and fro KL.

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    My Place apartments is almost at the very doorstep of Taylor's ... roughly 50 meters walk away... with convenient access to eateries (including the multi-choice Asia Cafe) .. mainly dominated by students ... with manned sentry entry/exit ... normally adverts for rooms/room-mates advertised on shop-noticeboards nearby ...

    There are also many "student houses" or residential homes in SS15 advertising rooms available for rent (furnished or unfurnished)/room-mates wanted ... advertisements via little signs hung outside the gates of these houses ... so walk-about scouting is required!

    Another area is the SS14 housing precinct (across the highway accessible via an overhead bridge) -- though a slightly longer walk away ...

    If he's inclined to stay in a house (as opposed to apartment rooms), then perhaps he can enlist the help of some friends who are currently studying there now to scout around for a room ... depending on budget

    Perhaps AllUrban can also help recommend ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by eileenc
    My Place apartments is almost at the very doorstep of Taylor's ... roughly 50 meters walk away... with convenient access to eateries (including the multi-choice Asia Cafe) .. mainly dominated by students ... with manned sentry entry/exit ... normally adverts for rooms/room-mates advertised on shop-noticeboards nearby ...

    There are also many "student houses" or residential homes in SS15 advertising rooms available for rent (furnished or unfurnished)/room-mates wanted ... advertisements via little signs hung outside the gates of these houses ... so walk-about scouting is required!

    Another area is the SS14 housing precinct (across the highway accessible via an overhead bridge) -- though a slightly longer walk away ...

    If he's inclined to stay in a house (as opposed to apartment rooms), then perhaps he can enlist the help of some friends who are currently studying there now to scout around for a room ... depending on budget

    Perhaps AllUrban can also help recommend ???
    not much more that I can say. If you are interested in student accomodation, be prepared to pay if you want to stay close by. I would personally not mind paying a little extra for more privacy and security...while distance is not so much as factor for me.

    I like my place which is at the Lafite Apt. Taylor's also has "residences" at Mentari Court and Casa Subang. Bus service is provided between these two places and the Taylor's Main Campus. Taylor's also has a bus to e-tiara.

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    Well, i believe a 10-15 min walk is reasonable to reach the college. Bandar Sunway is at least 30 minutes walk....TRY NOT TO. Especially during hot sun or raining day...very inconvenience.

    There are a lot of residential house catering to student. They convert the whole house to smaller partition to have more single room. I heard there are maid coming to take care of the basic stuffs like toilet, living room & etc too. It is all around the college area.

    My Place is really right at the doorsteps and then Asia Cafe is there. Convenient wise...almost 100%.

    If staying nearby, your son can go back to class more easily. Sometimes gap between each class is quite long, he can even go back to cook or even take a quick nap too.

    My advice, drive down to the college and park your car. Walk along the shoplot area. There are lot's of advertisement for room to let. And also walk to nearby residential house...look out for signboard hanging outside.

    I believe your son going to be there for some time, right! The first place of stay normally is not the last place to stay anyway. Sooner or later, he will find his own gang (or maybe girlfriend ) and start to look for a better place.
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    Taylor's has more than 1 campus. What is your son studying? Their hotel mgmt and school of computing (if i recall correctly) are in Leisure Business Square which is next door to Mentari Court, and a short walk to Ridzuan.

    If he is going to the main campus in SS15, then My Place and e-Tiara would be nearer.

    AFAIK, Taylors run the hostel in these condos, they hv their own customer service office within the condo with a crew of hotel management staff maintaining the units, and cleaner services. Dedicated Taylor's security guards make hourly rounds checking on the units they rent to students. Any safety issues will be handled by security/customer service office (I dunno if they do their job well or not but they are there) Buses are provided to transport the students as All Urban mentioned.

    There is a price to pay for these facilities, of course, they're more expensive than outside accommodation.

    "Student" houses in SS15 offer no security or cleaning or customer or transport service and it's your luck if u got a good house or get a lousy landlord. I heard some houses cramp as many as 6-8 partitioned rooms or 10-15 students into a DSL, fire and health hazards!!! This issue was brought up in media before.

    Before u think about these student houses u shd think about the pros and cons for your beloved child!

    The condos are also not perfect either, there may be some bad elements in the condos and some rowdy students who may be of bad influence but that is to be expected anywhere. A teenage student with good upbringing shd not succumb to these bad influence easily, I suppose.

    I suggest for the first year, choose one of the Taylor's residences which is nearer to his campus coz most of their course mates will stay in same place, so he can socialize or study together with classmates. Once he is ok to be independent then you may consider finding other accommodation.

    That's my 2 sens.

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    Thanks everyone for the useful advice, tips and information. Really appreciate them.

    Sulyx
    Yes, E-Tiara is just next to Carrfour in Subang Parade, not really within walking distance from the college but they do provide shuttle services. Don’t know about student staying next to a shopping centre but it looks cool from outside. RM750 rental for a single room for that standard is OK I suppose.

    Mykern
    You would need to have you own transport or take public transport if you’re staying in Goodyear Courts. Heard it’s a nice area with moderate rentals but it’s quite a distance isn’t it?

    Eileen
    You seem to know the place well. My Place is smack in the middle of all the shops and colleges, next to 24-hr Asia Café and is highly sought after by the college students. I have also heard comments that it tends to be overcrowded, noisy and dirty with too many students staying there.
    Your are right, I rather walk a bit further, cross the predestrian bridge over the highway and stay in SS14, which seems like a much more decent and quieter residential area to me. And some good bak kut teh restaurants are there too.
    The other apartment which is left out is the Pangsapuri Apartments in the middle of the ‘hexagon’ surrounded by terrace houses within a short walk from Taylor’s. That’s also in a quieter area with mostly students staying.
    Yes, the ads for accommodation are posted along the verandah of the shops opposite the college.


    AllUrban
    It’s always a compromise between distance/convenience and finding a place to your liking. If a student drives to the college, parking around the area would be a problem too, wouldn’t it?

    Jimmy
    Those are very pragmatic advice, thank you. Guess what…I went to see a place on the top floor of Macdonalds in SS15(from the ads in the shops) where the owner has partitioned up the place into tiny rooms(more than 10 on one lot) for rent to students, many of which are without windows. That goes to show the huge demand for student accommodation in the area.

    PJS
    The Pre-U Courses are all offered in the main ‘campus’ in SS15 (not much of a campus to me). Some of the landlords in the area appear to go to great lengths to capitalize on the huge demand for student accommodation as came be seen in the mostly crowded accommodation. As I mentioned, SS14 a bit further away on the other side of the highway looks a good alternative.

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    I have a side question not related to accomodation. I would like to get opinions as to which place you think is better for A-level studies - Taylor's/ HELP/ INTI?
    Last edited by tehmc; 30-10-2008 at 03:42 PM.

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    Greetings.

    As for the question of A-Levels studies, you must first address the question of are you studying for the name of the college or the quality of the college? Pardon me for saying this but i think Taylor's is overpriced and a lot of the students there seem to be loitering than actually mugging.

    INTI and HELP is slightly cheaper but on the whole, they are almost on par with Taylor's in term's of amenities. Their lecturers and tutors are quite good but as always, there are the good and bad to everything. Taylor's cost about RM24k for the A-Levels course(course material, examination fees and other things included). INTI and HELP, i'm not sure about the fees. Perhaps other forum users can provide a better insight.

    By the way, I'm not affiliated with any of these institutions of higher learning.

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    Avoid Subang Jaya colleges if you can. Student life here is sooo fun with all the cyber cafe, pubs, clubs, shopping mall.

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    I agree with praetor, there are always good and bad about everything .... and especially for a foundation course like A-levels .... it will all be almost the same, unless there are certain college with very bad reputation ....

    Pardon me, but i know a lot of my friends from taylor who are very good student themselves .... but i do agree that a lot of student there seem to loiter too .... but one thing for sure, if you are studying at a place at subang .... there are too many distraction .... shopping malls, pubs, cyber cafe and etc .... and sorry to say, i dun think the student there act like a student at all .... most of them are from wealthy family .... so their life at college can be much more luxury that working people like us ....

    Just my 2 cents .... i might be wrong

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    Greetings.

    Spot on sleepy boy. For all of the parents who work very hard to feed, clothe and educate your child without any thought to self, i salute you. Tehmc, you are one very good father(or maybe mother ) and i shall pray for you that your child will put his or her mind to studies and not be the not so good ones that we were talking about.

    Peace be with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tehmc
    AllUrban
    It’s always a compromise between distance/convenience and finding a place to your liking. If a student drives to the college, parking around the area would be a problem too, wouldn’t it?

    P.S.
    I have a side question not related to accomodation. I would like to get opinions as to which place you think is better for A-level studies - Taylor's/ HELP/ INTI?
    You are right about the compromise. As for parking, I have noticed that parking is still available before 8 am. Students often park free on Jalan SS15/7 near Sri KL and there is space there before 8 am.

    As for the other point, I recommend Taylor's (caveat, I work there) A-Levels Program but ICPU is far better!
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    While much has been said about rich kids, distractions or what have you, i think the results for the A Levels program speaks for itself.

    In the last A levels, Taylors produced 60 + with 5As and 70+ 4As.
    I think they have 18-19 A Levels classes withan average of 20+ per class.


    I would think that the child's progress depends very much on his own wanting to excel and the company in which he keeps.

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    I studied at Taylors in 2005, and when I was there they had a lot of good teachers for the subjects I was doing. The fee is expensive but some scholarships were given for SPM results that year, not too sure if they still do now?

    Mentari is a rather nice place but also too far from the Taylors campus. Traffic jams may be a problem too, right? One of my classmates stayed at My Place...her first room did not have air conditioning. Don't know if that would be a factor to consider for you.

    Now I'm studying in London, and in my University, the majority of Malaysians come from Taylors and Help. And the yayasan colleges etc. Very very few from Inti. I don't really know why, though. The last time I was back in Malaysia I saw the huge Inti building. It looked cool.

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