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Living in Singapore

Living in Singapore

Living Expenses 

An international student in Singapore spends, on average, about S$1000 to S$2,500 a month on living expenses. This amount will vary depending on your lifestyle and course of study. The table below is an estimated guide on the average basic expenses an international student may incur in a month.

Item Cost per month
Accommodation
Price of rental varies with geographical location, type, size, demand, facilities provided & the number of people sharing, etc
$500 to $2,000
Food
Calculated based on $15 -$25 per day for 3 meals.
$450 to $750
Transportation
Amount spent depends on distance travelled and mode of transport. Full time students can enjoy student concession on the MRT and public buses.
$50 to $150
Mobile Phone Subscription
Depending on personal usage, and various plans.
$35 to $100
Personal Expenses
Varies with the individual. Includes expenses on clothes, toiletries, entertainment, haircut, and miscellaneous.
$100 to $400

Bringing family members

If you want to bring an immediate family member with you to Singapore, they have to acquire separate visas before entering Singapore. Please note that dependent visas may take longer to arrange compared to a Student’s Pass. For more information, please contact the nearest Singapore Embassy in your home country or visit the ICA Website.

Transportation Cost 

Public transport in Singapore is relatively affordable.

Bus fares for adults range from $0.83 to $3.10.
Fares on Singapore’s railway system, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), varies from $0.33 to $2.60.

The fares are all determined by distance. Click here for the full Bus and Train Fare brochure as of December 2018. You can also calculate your travel fares via mytransport.sg

All Taxis in Singapore are metered. Fares are charged according to the taximeter, plus applicable surcharges. The flag-down fare for normal taxi starts at $3.20-$3.90. Visit Public Transport Council for more information on Singapore’s Taxi Fares. On top of that, Singapore has many ride-sharing apps which you can download.

Climate 

Singapore is near the equator and has a generally tropical climate, with occasional rain, uniform temperatures, and high humidity all year round. The temperature generally ranges between 24-33°C (75-91°F).

Leisure 

There are many things that students can do in Singapore during your free time. You can visit tourist spots such as the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, East Coast Park, Sentosa Island, Gardens by the Bay, Chinatown, Little India and many more. We have state-of-the-art facilities like theatres, cinemas and shopping centres offering a wide range of entertainment. For those who wish to do sports and outdoor activities will not be disappointed by the numerous convenient facilities all around Singapore. On top of that, as a hub for learning and research, Singapore has various libraries and museums that are all easily accessible.

Medical Insurance

NAA provides medical insurance coverage in the form of a Group Hospitalisation & Surgical (GHS) Insurance as part of our student support to our Full-Time students. This GHS insurance scheme shall provide for 24 hours GHS Coverage in Singapore with an annual coverage limit of up to S$20,000 per student, in B2 wards (6-bedder) in Singapore Government / Singapore Government Restructured Hospitals and throughout the course duration as stipulated in the PEI-Student Contract.

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