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Living in Miri

Curtin Malaysia is located in Miri, Sarawak’s second-largest city in the north of the state, very close to the border with Brunei. A fast-growing city of some 350,000 inhabitants with a strong economy and varied attractions, Miri offers you a vibrant living and learning environment.

Living expenses

Living expenses in Miri can vary, depending on your personal tastes. You should have at least RM2000 when you arrive to settle in, and a budget of a minimum of RM1000 per month to cover the cost of living in Miri.


Due to its proximity to the equator, Miri enjoys a wonderful tropical climate. You can expect hot and humid conditions during your time here. Temperatures are generally fairly constant, averaging between 32 °C by day and 22 °C by night (72-93°F) all year round. Humidity levels are generally close to 80%. Basically, it’s summer all year long!

Nature and wildlife

Miri is a prosperous city that combines a flourishing multicultural lifestyle with a really relaxed vibe. There are many exciting opportunities for learning, outdoor activities and exploring. For decades, it’s been a popular tourist destination and a gateway to no fewer than five National Parks, including the spectacular 187,000 hectares Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Park and Sarawak’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site at Gunung Mulu. More info here

Arrival information

Moving to a new place can be both exciting and challenging. Curtin Malaysia provides an airport reception service for international students who are commencing their first semester at the university. This service is offered to students who have made accommodation booking arrangements with Housing Services.  Read through all the details on this page and then submit your booking through the provided link.