Frequently Asked Questions


General FAQs

Please find a compilation of common questions asked relating to accommodation here.

The Housing Agreement is important in providing residents an awareness of their responsibilities and confirms our commitments as a service.​
  • Mailing address format
  • “Full Name”
  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Unit no.
  • P.O Box 4700
  • Thuwal 23955-6900
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Bed linen including sheets, duvet and duvet cover, pillows and pillow cases are provided for arriving resident.​
Residential units are allocated furnished. Furniture not required by the resident may be returned.
There are 3 types of bed sizes provided in residential units including single size beds (200 by 120 cm), queen size beds (200 by 150 cm) and king size beds (200 by 180 cm).
Rental rates are dependent on contractual agreements with employers on behalf of their employees. Please refer to your employer to confirm applicable rental rates.
Assignment of units to new residents is based upon the future resident’s eligibility and household size. As a household grows, residents will be required to move to a new unit if available. There are also sharing options available for individuals living in KAUST without families.
The layouts of each unit type are uniform, however the color scheme may differ. Images of a typical unit will therefore offer a true picture of the layout and features of the unit. Before a resident’s arrival a process of unit preparation takes place which may not provide enough time before the resident arrives for a viewing of the actual unit.
Suggestions are welcome however whilst unit assignment as far as possible seeks to meet a new resident’s preferences, as occupancy levels and requirements change there are restrictions to the ability to meet specific requests.
The items that need to be left in your old unit include the items on the inventory form of your old unit or approved adopted items such as outdoor water taps and additional plugs, as part of the Home Improvement Program process. You may move with soft pack items, as these are provided once upon a resident’s arrival at KAUST.
Housekeeping and landscaping services are available and charged at an hourly rate to all residents from approximately USD 10 an hour. These services are arranged by the resident to suit requirement.
All residential units have tiled floors including ceramic and marble tiles.
The availability of a garden is dependent upon unit type and varies in size. There are many public open spaces however close to all housing.
Residents may have a maximum of three cats and dogs living with them at any one time and may also keep a maximum of two small indoor or outdoor birds or hamsters in appropriately sized cages. Residents may also keep fish in tanks appropriate for the numbers kept. Cats and dogs are not permitted in apartment buildings. Venomous or non-domesticated animals are not allowed as pets.​​

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