Our Community

KAUST is a community where the residents are proud to live and proud to work, show a respect for other cultures and have a sense of ownership.

Surrounded by the beauty of the Red Sea, the University campus and community neighbors the fishing village of Thuwal and offers exceptional community services, facilities, programs and events to provide everyone that lives, works and studies here the opportunity to enjoy active, healthy, balanced and fulfilled lives.

Our community is drawn from over 100 nationalities, representing a wide range of local and multinational cultures and norms.

The principles at the core of our services are People, Place and Pride:


We make a difference to the lives of people living in the KAUST community by providing residents with opportunities to be involved and engaged in matters that affect their lives. We actively promote the well-being of residents through healthy home and community environments, community programs and events.


We celebrate all things KAUST and strive to make it an even greater place to live, study, work and visit. We consult and listen to residents as we develop and deliver high quality services which contribute to the fabric of successful and sustainable neighborhoods and communities.


We are proud of the role we play in achieving the KAUST vision and mission. We accept the responsibility invested in us, partnering with communities in ways that promote involvement, participation, engagement, achievement and enjoyment.