Housing for university students

Bandar Tasik Semenyih Sdn Bhd plans to build dedicated student housing for its Taman Tasik Semenyih (TTS) next year to cater to students from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNIM). 

Its managing director Lim Yan Pok said it would comprise of a bungalow, eight units of superlink and 10 semi-detached houses that can accommodate about 280 students. 

“We are planning to keep these houses to be rented out to the students. The superlinks will have 12 rooms with eight bathrooms,” Lim said, adding that the special housing would be built on a vacant lot adjacent to an access path that leads into the campus. 

The Semenyih Lake Country Club.

“As such they would be very close to the university as it is a mere walking distance away,” he told Starbiz.  

Lim said these purpose-built houses would be designed with the students’ needs in mind. For example, there would be a pantry on each floor. The proposed superlinks would have a lot size of 20ft x 120ft and built-up of 20ft x 85ft. 

He said the anticipated increase in demand for student accommodation due to TTS's close proximity to the university has prompted the company to develop these dedicated housing. “The air quality here is good and very different from the urban areas. People who stay here really love the place as there is so much greenery,” he added. 

Lim said accessibility would be further improved with the completion of a proposed dual carriageway at Jalan Broga. There will also be a new road linking from TTS to UNIM. 

On the recent sales launch of the semi-detached houses, he said the response had been good and many potential purchasers were impressed with the quality and its good value. Purchasers could also opt for an upgraded version with full ceiling height tiles for all the bathrooms, 60cm x 60cm homogeneous porcelain tiles for the living and dining and laminated flooring for the bedrooms. 

Lim said there would be no increase in price for those semi-detached houses that are just being built although construction costs had gone up. 

“We have another 80 acres of freehold former estate land fronting the 20-acre lake garden where we plan to do a mixed development,” he added.  

The group's other projects include Seri Damai in Kajang (about 150 units of bungalows, semi-detached and superlink houses), Batu Cave Centrepoint (about 600 units of shop apartments that were fully sold and handed over three to four years ago), and the high-end Seri Titiwangsa. 

Meanwhile, Extreme Broadband Sdn Bhd technical sales director Wong Weng Yew (the company does the WiFi service for UNIM and TTS) said the WiFi concept is not new in countries like the United States and Taiwan. 

“Taipeh is one of the premier WiFi deployments in the world where the broadband service provider works closely with the local council. WiFi technology is a cheaper version of 3G,” he said, adding that fibre optics was deemed too expensive to deploy. 

He said TTS was probably the first residential development in the country to have a WiFi system and that it would have spam and anti-virus protection. “We are charging RM45 a month per student. Our next step for Taman Tasik Semenyih is to install CCTV cameras,” he added. 

Besides the basic Internet access, each subscriber can also opt for an optional Voice Over IP (VOIP) service where a subscriber can receive incoming as well as making outgoing voice calls. They can also make overseas call at a much cheaper rate. 

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