Stimulating design base students in an appropriate learning environment is crucial in motivating the students to produce creative works. Refreshing atmosphere with full of green, natural topography and comfortable micro-climate are considered ideal criteria of the learning environment, which also the core of sustainable design. The research attempts to investigate the importance of natural environment to design students, based on the analysis of observation and questionnaire surveys. For a preliminary study, the research analysed three samples of design schools in Selangor, Malaysia. Findings indicate that students prefer having natural environment in surrounding, and it can stimulate the students’ creativity process.