This paper presents a study of students’ awareness, experiences and perceptions on teaching-research nexus in three universities in Malaysia, namely UiTM, UIA and UKM. The findings are based on the results of the questionnaires of 480 students. In line with the previous research, the results indicate that students are moderately aware of the research activities of their lecturers. Nevertheless, many of the students participating in this research perceive clear benefits to teaching and learning from the research activities undertaken at their university, their experiences on research aspects, and the academicians’ involvement in research. The results of the study could be applied to the discussion of particular strategies that may be used to strengthen the nexus between teaching and research to benefit the undergraduates’ learning experience in these institutions. Keywords: Teaching-research nexus; student experience; research awareness, experiences and perceptions © 2017 The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.