USM is the abbreviation for Universiti Sains Malaysia. USM is located in Timor Laut (Island), Penang. It was founded on 1 June 1969 as a statutory body with its own constitution, it is among the oldest institutes of higher learning in Northern Malaysia. USM is one of the largest universities in terms of enrollment in Malaysia. USM has three main campuses which are main campus on the island of Penang, health campus in Kelantan and an engineering campus in Nibong Tebal. Universiti Sains Malaysia teaches in the fields of Pure Sciences, Applied Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Building Science and Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities and Education as well as conducts research. USM has won the Asian Innovation Award in which USM emerged as the only winner from this country.
USM has facilities for student accommodation, sporting and recreation. These accommodations are known as hostels and they are on campus. It is indeed an ideal educational cum residential estate for the students in hostels and those who attend its classes. USM provides sporting facilities such as archery range, cricket, football field, badminton courts, tennis courts, hockey ground, rugby field, softball, squash courts, and basketball courts. The neighbourhood has all the amenities a housing estate would like ATM machines, cafeterias, a sports complex, a running track, mini convenience stores and even an prayer room for Muslims students. USM can be accessed through the North South Expressway.
So much so that the area does not lack in natural elements as well, with a few lakes in its premises along with palm oil trees as Nibong Tebal was once a palm plantation. The Penang Hill is only 25 minutes’ away from USM. Those who go to Penang Hill have all kind of recreational option such as hiking, trekking and even picnicking. There are supermarkets in the area that provide convenient grocery shopping with a wide range of local and international products. Some of the supermarkets are Tesco Extra Penang, K-Shoppe, Happy Mart, Giant Supermarket Penang Plaza and New City Supermarket. There are also various mini-markets and local food stores that provide alternative options throughout the suburb that allow people to get their daily necessities with reasonable prices.
There are many restaurants in the area that serve a variety of cuisines. The restaurants are Xiao Long Kan Hotpot, Orinea by Farquhar Mansion, Markus Restaurant, Lunarich Malaysia Pizza & Pasta and Sushi Kitchen Gurney Plaza. One of the main reasons anybody goes to Penang is because of the food. Those nature lovers and health enthusiast do not have to worry as there are parks and fitness centres located nearby. Some of the fitness centres are Orient Fitness, Oxygen Fitness, E Fitness Gym, Jungle Gym Penang and Fitness Pro Sport Centre. There are many mall located in the neighbourhood that allow residents to spend their leisure time window shopping and also shopping. The malls are Gurney Plaza, Gurney Paragon Mall, Straits Quay Marina Mall and Island Mall which is an old-school strip mall offering retail shops & a supermarket along with restaurants & cafes.
USM is home to a number of local public schools following the national curriculum in both primary and secondary education. Popular private and international schools are also located within easy travelling distance of the area, with St. Christopher’s International Primary School, Penang Free School, Han Chiang Independent High School, Tenby Schools Penang and Penang Chinese Girls’ Private High School. Those who love partying can spend their nightlife at the clubs enjoying themselves. Among the clubs are Soju Penang, Starz Club Penang, Penang Flying Club, Pink Club and Mankatha Club Penang.
Properties in USM are Freehold projects. USM has a total of 69 properties available. Some of the properties that residents can check out is I-Regency Condominium.
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