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Studying & Living in Singapore

 About Singapore
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore is an island city-state located at the heart of South-East Asia, the quintessential gate between the East and the West. The country population is highly cosmopolitan and diverse that consists of Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasian and other Asian of different origins. Singapore is unique as the only country in Asia with English as its first language and the country is integrated with city skyscrapers, modern housing estate and historical-preserved century old shop houses. Walking through the streets of Singapore, you will find a brilliant blend of ethnic cultures and heritage, cuisine and the arts activities and attraction, all within the island’s sunny shores.


Since its independence in 1965, Singapore has grown to become a major business and financial centre of the region. It has the world's busiest sea trading port, an award-winning airport that serves more than 60 major airlines, and excellent state-of-the-art communications and transportation infrastructure. A combination of government transparency, efficiency and political stability has given rise to a competitive economy that was rated 3rd among 145 countries in terms of ease of doing business

What to Wear
Singapore is having a tropical rainforest climate means the island has no distinct seasons, with a warm and humid climate all year round. Daily temperatures are ranging from between 26-36 degrees Celsius, with rainfall once every few days. Casual dress is accepted for most for most occasions but some places such as restaurants and clubs require formal dress code. It is advisable to check for dress regulations beforehand. However, some indoor place are air-conditioning and it finds you slightly chill to stay in a long period and you may wish to bring a sweater or jacket.

Cost of Living
The living standard of Singapore is one of the highest in the region. Compared to countries in the west continents, the cost of living in Singapore is relatively low – food, transport and accommodation can be obtained at a reasonably low cost. An international student average spending anywhere from between S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses, depending on his / her lifestyle.

The estimated cost of living in the table below gives a rough guide of the basic expenditure an international learners may incur per month


 

 
Item
 
 
 Cost per month
 
Accommodation
 
S$400 to S$1,500
 
(Rental varies with the location of accommodation, market demand, facilities provided and the number of people sharing)
 
 
 
 
 
Utilities
 
S$80-S$100
 
(Not applicable for boarding School)
 
 
 
Food
 
S$300 – S$450
 
(Based on S$10-S$15 a day for 3 meals)
 
 
 
Public Transport
 
S$60 – S$150
 
 
 
Telecommunications
 
S$30 – S$50
 
(Varies with usage and package subscribed)
 
 
 
Personal Expenses
 
S$100 – S$200
 
 
 
Medical Fees
 
S$20 – S$60
 
 
 
Medical Hospitalization Insurance
 
S$100 – S$300
 
(Depends on insurance policy)
 
 

 

NOTE:

  • These expenses may vary depending on individual spending habits
  • Kindly note that the average estimates were derived based on prices as at Nov 2007 and they serve as reference only (Sources from Singapore Education)  

Public Transportation
Singapore has one of the most comprehensive taxis, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train and bus services in the world, providing easy access travelling, quick and affordable to almost anywhere in Singapore.
 

The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) operates an extensive trains network in Singapore. Trains operate from 5.3am to 12.30pm daily with every three (3) to eight (8) minutes per train. A copy of A Quick Guide to MRT Travel can be obtained from the any station control rooms at all MRT stations. 

 

Public Buses operate from 5.30am to midnight. Extended Night Rider (NR) bus services available at the higher travelling cost.

For MRT travelling, you need to purchase a one-trip fare card and public buses can accept cash. Alternatively, the recommended mode of payment for both the MRT and public buses is using the EZ-LINK Card that is a store-value card giving discounted fare for multiple rides. Students can purchase (at a cost of S$15, card deposit of S$5) and topped up the EZ-LINK card in the MRT stations and bus interchanges. A Transitlink Guide provide detailed MRT and buses information is available at S$1.50 at most MRT stations, bus interchange and major book stores.

Taxis services are easily available Island Wide. Students are able to queue / flag down Taxi any designated Taxi stand; book through taxi hotline and Internet booking. All taxis are metered. Fares must be charged according to the taximeter, plus applicable charges.

Mostly with the standard fares of S$3.00-$3.40 for the first 1km or less.

Surcharges apply for peak hours (Mondays to Friday, 6.00am - 9.30am), and (Mondays to Sun & Public Holidays: 6pm - midnight) additional 25% of metered fare,

City area surcharges for cabs hired within the Central Business District (CBD) area (Monday to Sunday & Public Holidays, 5pm - Midnight) additional $3.00.

Departing from the Singapore Changi Airport& Changi Air Freight Centre (Fri-Sun: 5.00pm to Midnight is at $5.00, at all other times is at $3.00) Seletar Airport at $3.00, Marina Bay Sands (Sun & Public Holidays : 6.00am-4.59pm at $3.00), and Singapore Expo at $2.00.

Various charges for trips passing through an Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantry as well. For more information, please visit: http://www.taxisingapore.com/taxi-fare/

Accommodation
There is a wide variety of accommodation options available in Singapore for students to choose for study living. Students can choose to stay in dormitories, or rent a room or an apartment with friends studying in Singapore.
 
If renting a room or an apartment, learners have a choice of renting government housing (Housing Development Board apartments), or private housing (landed property or condominiums). Baking Industry Training College Pte Ltd will gladly assist learners in arranging for accommodation should they require one prior to their arrival in Singapore. 


Finances
The currency used in Singapore is Singapore dollars and cents. Major currencies are widely accepted at major shopping centre and restaurants at a lower exchange rate. Alternatively, major credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Diner’s Card are also widely accepted. 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposed on all purchased made in Singapore and 10% service charge is levied on the bills by most hotels and restaurants.

International learners studying in Singapore may open a savings account at approved major Singapore’s banks for individual expenses transaction. You will be able to withdraw money from any of the ATM machines operated by the bank or even pay for purchases using NETS.

For more information regarding Living and Studying in Singapore, do visit
www.livinginsingapore.org/life-in-singapore for a complete list of what to do and things to look out for.

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