‘Country with best quality of life in Asia’
– Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings 2014, Mercer
‘Most transparent country in Asia’
– IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook in 2011
‘The world’s easiest place to do business’
– Doing Business 2014 Report, World Bank
‘The safest country in the world’
– Legatum Institute 2016
Singapore is a progressive, dynamic, and safe place to live and study. The standard of living and the quality of life are the highest in Asia, and among the highest in the world.
But what is it really like to live and study in Singapore? Read some of the points below to know more:
Below are some of the reasons why international students relocate here in Singapore:
- Genuinely international and multi-cultural outlook
- Safe, comfortable and efficient
- Excellent healthcare system
- Highly developed and prosperous economy
- World-class education system
- Strategic location
- Direct flights to all major world cities
- Regional centre for arts, entertainment and shopping
Singapore’s modern healthcare system comprises private hospitals, public (government) hospitals and specialist clinics, each specializing in different patient needs, at varying costs.
For emergency services, patients can go at any time to the 24-hour Accident & Emergency Departments located in the government hospitals. Dial 995 if you need an ambulance urgently, otherwise dial 1777. There are many private clinics, some of which also operate 24-hour services (charges are higher from 10.00pm to 8am).
Singapore laws are strictly enforced, often with severe punishments.
You must abide by all Singapore laws. Violation of any law could lead to a heavy fine or more serious punishment. Singapore laws are particularly strict about littering, smoking and jaywalking. Overseas students could lose their right to remain in Singapore if convicted of any offence.
For more information on some special features of Singapore law click here to view.
Public transport in Singapore is excellent. The three main modes of public transport are Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) – Singapore’s metro, buses and taxis.
Buses are, by far, the most common form of public transportation in Singapore. Public buses serve almost every part of Singapore, and run daily from 5.30am to midnight. There are also extended night services which cost slightly more. There are currently five MRT lines. The MRT service is reliable and inexpensive, although very crowded at busy times. Taxis in Singapore are all licensed and metered.
Approximately cost of travelling by public transport:
Public Buses S$0.78 – S$2.62
Public Bus Night Service S$4.50 and above
Mass Rapid Transport S$0.77 – S$2.03
Taxi S$3.50 (approximately) flag down charge
Students are advised to make their own accommodation arrangements prior to arriving in Singapore but temporary accommodation can be arranged while you find something more suitable. Lodging is relatively easy to find in Singapore. There are many types of accommodation that you may choose from.
Student Hostel/home stay
There is a range of Student Hostels / home stay providers. The price depends on location and the facilities offered, and is likely to range from SGD 800-1000 per month for hostels, and SGD 1300 – 1800 per month for homestay.
Co-sharing of HDB or Apartments
Students can choose to co-rent a flat or an apartment. The estimated rental for a room varies from $500 – $1500 per month, depending on the size, condition, location and amenities of the apartment.
Rooms in HDB (Housing Development Board – Singapore’s public housing authority) buildings tend to be cheaper than in private housing developments. HDB accommodation is mostly in large estates which are well served by supermarkets, food centres, clinics, schools, libraries and shopping malls.
Private housing tends to be in condominiums which often have their own facilities such as swimming pools, gyms and 24-hour security. These tend to be more expensive, but often more modern and exclusive than HDB developments.
Insworld provides an orientation programme for all our new students. A series of programmes will be organised during the first week of school to help students to settle down and commence their studies:
- Medical Check-up and collection of Student’s Pass from ICA
- School Handbook
- Placement Test (if required)
Insworld can provide advice on student accommodations in Singapore. The most common types of accommodation that students can choose from are:
Student hostels may vary in terms of facilities, location, and fees. Estimated pricing: SGD800 – SGD1,000 a month.
If you prefer to stay with a host family, in a more homely environment, normally inclusive of breakfast and dinner and guardianship. Estimated pricing: SGD1,300 – 1,800 a month.
Co-sharing of HDB or Apartments
Students can choose to co-rent a flat or an apartment. The estimated rental for a room varies from SGD700 – SGD1,500, depending on the type of apartment. Public housing refers to Housing Development Board (HDB) flats and each housing estate is designed to be a self-contained neighbourhood served by supermarkets, food centers, clinics, schools, libraries and shopping malls. Private housing would normally be in condominiums with facilities such as swimming pool and tennis courts, as well as services such as a 24-hour security patrol. Be it public or private housing, the rental depends on the size, condition and location of the apartment. Other determining factors include amenities (laundry, cooking facilities, telephone, electricity, water) and flat furnishings.
* For information on how to apply to study in Singapore or options to study in Singapore, you may contact us by clicking here