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Community Life

Teachers live in the university community which has been built near the fishing village of Thuwal, 80 kilometers north of Jeddah, a cosmopolitan city which provides numerous opportunities for cultural experiences and exploration.  The campus community is more of a small-town environment with many activities centering around the school.  The school's many activities are a focus for community interest-- musical and theatrical performances, team sports tournaments, academic competitions, and various exhibitions.

The community has a number of recreation centers including a bowling alley, as well as a golf course, a marina, several beaches, tennis courts, playgrounds, indoor racquet sports, and lots of wide-open spaces.  There are also children’s summer camps available. We have hot, humid summers and a cooler, drier autumn, winter and spring.


KAUST also provides a number of efficient, convenient and accessible alternative transportation options for residents and guests. As well as proximal access to amenities for those residents who choose to walk or ride bicycles, shuttles run regularly throughout the campus and community.  Transportation is also offered to Jeddah on a regular basis.

Water Sports

Water sports include sailing lessons, wind surfing, kayaking. There is free beach access. There are shuttle buses to/from the beach and the golf course. The Marina offers diving, snorkeling and fishing trips.

Reading Materials

Teachers have access to the University library as well as to the community library where they will find a wide choice of English magazines, newspapers, and books.

Jeddah Airport

The Jeddah airport is only 50 minutes away. Most people book a taxi to and from the airport.


Housekeeping Service

Housekeeping services are available at reasonable rates.


Nanny Service

Nanny services are available at reasonable rates.


Dry Cleaning and Laundry

Excellent dry cleaning and laundry services are available at reasonable rates through the local grocery store.



Maintenance is on call 24/7.


LEED Certified Campus

The KAUST community is a LEED certified campus with sustainable initiatives, recycling, low flow fixtures, native species plants, waste water treatment, and local materials.

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