17 Facts About Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang

1. Also known as the university in the garden
2. There are seriously lots of students studying over here
3. Majority of the students here are Malays. Followed by Chinese, Indians and foreign students (mainly from Nigeria, China, Iran and Thailand)

usm students

4. One of the reason there are lots of students here is because they offer various of courses including mass communication (making it one of the few government university that offers mass comm)
5. We are also the only university in Malaysia that has the APEX status

usm apex

6. Not only that! As we are also ranked 5th in Asia for the year 2014/2015 and we organize Pesta Hoki Antarabangsa (which is something to be proud about) 
7. Since we are pretty damn good when it comes to rankings and statuses…Of course our facilities have to be top notch. Below are the list of facilities that we have in our campus

usm swimming pool

  • Swimming pool
  • Stadium
  • Gym
  • Squash
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Futsal courts
  • Golf
  • Archery
  • 24 hours study room (normally filled with students during exams)
  • 3 libraries
  • Buggies (Eco Van) & Buses
  • ATMs (Bank Muamalat, CIMB)
  • Free bicycle rides from 5 – 7 PM in the campus (All you need is your student ID card)
8. Eco van and buses are provided by the university for the students to go to their faculties since the campus is huge, however, at times the bus are too slow or packed with students causing some of us to be late for classes
9. Speaking about something inconvenient, the parking spot is pretty limited for students
10. Aside from all that, we have a clinic that’s known as “Pusat Sejahtera”. It is free (technically its included in the fees but its only RM60) for all the students and we can get our body checked anytime. Medicines are also provided for free if needed

pusat sejahtera

11. We also care about the environment – Polystyrene are strictly banned in Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang
12. MYCSD…Only USM students will truly understand this powerful word


Now lets talk about the hostel and other things that matter….
13. There are hostels provided inside the campus and outside as well. And there are no problems about it except the WiFi connectivity (It used to be in good shape, however, after the so-called repair/upgrading works, the performance wasn’t as good as it used to be)
14. One of the best part living in the hostel here is the fact that we will never starve unless we are really broke (it happens to most of us). There are cafeterias in every hostel and if you are bored of the food in the campus…all you need to do is step out of the campus and you will find the following “makan places” within walking distance 
  • KFC
  • Pizza Hut
  • McDonald’s
  • Baskin Robbins
  • Hawker stalls
  • Subway
  • Mamak resturants
  • Western restaurants
  • Tesco
15. And if you are also bored with the list above, you can simply travel for 10 minutes using a car or taxi to the famous Queensbay Mall

queensbay mall

16. Speaking about Queensbay Mall, this is where we do our shopping, dating, movies and so on. Our ‘lepak’ spot
17. The sea view with Penang bridge is just beautiful..The mountains with all the mist is scenic..And the location and everything about it is just awesome..Proud to be here and we will certainly miss this place once we graduated 

usm penang bridge

This post was submitted by Shumie from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. If you are interested in writing to us some facts about your college/university or your school, please feel free to send it in to us – facts@funnymalaysia.net

Written by Shumie Mie

Enjoys meeting new people and exploring new things in life.