This unit is responsible for the planning, streamlining and implementation of policies pertaining to accommodation as agreed by the University with the cooperation of respective residential colleges. The unit is administered by an Assistant Registrar and a support staff.
Among the functions of this accommodation unit are:
- To manage and streamline accommodation requirements for first degree new students at the respective residential colleges.
- To oversee approval of students activities in colleges
- To manage and streamline budget and financial requirements of each residential college
- To appoint Fellow and Assistant Fellows for residential colleges.
- Report to the following committees/meetings:
- College Delegacy
- Committee of College Masters
- Committee of College Fellows
University of Malaya has 14 residential colleges which can cater for an estimated 11,000 students or 55% of the overall first degree student population. Five residential colleges provide food and accommodation for students at RM10.00 per student, per day. Nine other residential colleges only provide accommodation for students at RM6.50 per student, per day.
Each college is headed by a College Master and is assisted by several fellows and support administrative staff. There are 3 committees, at each college that formulates, plans and implements student activities at residential colleges. The committees are :-
- Main Residential College Committee;
- Residential College Action Committee; and
- Committee for Development Work
The structure, membership, selection, appointment, functions, meeting and financial management of these committees are contained in the
constitution of the Amalgamated Residential Colleges’ Inmates Delegation of University of Malaya.
All residential colleges are equipped with various facilities including computer room, sundry shop, reading room, conference room, sport and recreational facilities such as tennis courts, football field, gymnasium etc.
Besides providing accommodation for students, the residential colleges also function as a meeting point for students to generate and exchange opinions, to show off their leadership qualities via activities organised by themselves or at the central level. Among the activities frequently organised include community service operations, debates, cultural night, academic week, awards night, in-house college publication etc. Students are most encouraged to participate in any of these activities as they indirectly gain experience and expertise which could be of benefit to them, once they complete their tertiary education.