You are basking in the sun, soaking in the warm weather, reading a book or your favourite magazine and behind you, just a stone throw away is your new university campus in Cospicua, Malta. The thought of it being winter completely left your mind as you hear the peaceful sound of the fountain in front of you. A cool, mild breeze completes the perfect afternoon. Sounds too good to be true? Well, hear this! Malta has an average of 300 sun-filled days a year! It is summer all year round. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
The Maltese Lifestyle
The Maltese islands are not just about the beautiful weather and sightseeing options. The quality of life and the culture in Malta and Gozo make it very affordable and enjoyable to settle here. Hereunder we list some of the things you should know that we feel will put Malta and American University of Malta at the top of your list!
Malta’s crime rate is extremely low when compared to other countries. There is a police presence in every town and city while the police force also has an emergency contact number that is active 24/7. Hospital ambulances are always available for emergencies while the healthcare system itself has been constantly ranked as one of the best in the world given the world class expertise of the local personnel.
Cheap transportation options
Public transport in Malta and in sister island Gozo are operated in conjunction between a private operator and the local government. Given this business model, Malta Public Transport has the ability and right to set routes and special accommodations. The government also imposes prices on certain ticket types for students, youths and the elderly. A typical fare for the average person would cost €2 for 2 hours. The route network covers all of Malta and Gozo, making it easy for people to get around the islands.
Apart from public transport, other modes of transportation are available such as taxis, ferries, bikes and motorcycles. These last two options have really come into the fore in recent years, with multiple startups setting up transport-for-hire models. The model would see a person download an app, book a ride, pick up the vehicle from a pickup point and then leave it at another at their destination.
Short commuting distance
Given the size of the country, it is relatively easy to travel around and explore the beauty that Malta has to offer. One can always find a grocery store, tech store or a refreshment stand a stone throw away from his location. And since travel distances are small, public transport and taxi fares would still be relatively cheap, making it possible to visit multiple places at one go.
Many entertainment options
Apart from having spectacular views, refreshing countryside walks, open spaces and playgrounds, Malta also boasts of numerous activities which you can enjoy. The night life culture really kicks off on Friday evenings where people of all ages descend on the ultimate partying destination on the island, Paceville, which is located in St. Julian’s. During the summer, events are organised all over the island with themes ranging from the 80s and 90s to techno and dance style disco parties.
If you prefer a quieter and more relaxed environment there is always the ever-lasting beauty of Valletta and Sliema where you can have a nice meal with friends or family or drink the night away at one of the many pubs in and around the areas.
Moving away from nightlife examples, Malta also has its own sport facilities with professional training available in football, basketball, swimming, waterpolo and athletics just to name a few. You gym buffs out there are also catered for with a myriad of options to choose from depending on your location or preferences. Swimming is unsurprisingly extremely popular during the summer hours, with thousands of nationals and foreigners descending on the island’s beautiful beaches to enjoy a day out in the sun. Last but not least, movie fans can have no complaints with 4 major movie theatres spread across the island where one can always find the latest blockbuster to hit hollywood.
Although the absolute majority of the population is Maltese and the first language in the country is Maltese, the English language is spoken widely in Malta. Most people are able to communicate using the language and therefore you will have no problem interacting and talking to people who are always friendly, gracious and eager to help.