First Residential College is the oldest residential colleges at the University of Malaya. It was built in 1959 and consists of three blocks, namely Block A, B and C. The first group of a student staying at this college was only 28. This figure increases to 265 people in the following years. At that time, the residents are mainly students from the Faculty of Arts and Engineering transferred from the University of Malaya, Singapore branch. In 1971, two additional blocks, Block D and Block E were built. Today the maximum capacity of its student is 800 residents. 

The college was initially known as First College as it is the first residential college built in the University of Malaya. It was later renamed to the Tuanku Abdul Rahman College (TARC), that is the name of the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Federation of Malaya, Tuanku Abdul Rahman Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad. In 1978, the TARC was changed to Asrama Tuanku Abdul Rahman (ASTAR) and remained to this day.

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