Living in Singapore

Living in Singapore

Living Expenses 

An international student in Singapore spends, on average, about S$1,500 to S$3,300 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
Price of rental varies with geographical location, type, size, demand, facilities provided & the number of people sharing, etc
$800 to $2,500
Calculated based on $20 -$40 per day for 3 meals.
$600 to $1,200
Amount spent depends on distance travelled and mode of transport. Full time students can enjoy student concession on the MRT and public buses.
$100 to $150
Mobile Phone Subscription
Depending on personal usage, and various plans.
$48 to $108
Personal Expenses
Varies with the individual. Includes expenses on clothes, toiletries, entertainment, haircut, and miscellaneous.
$200 to $500

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. 

The fares are all determined by distance. You can calculate your travel fares via lta.gov.sg. 

All normal Taxis in Singapore are metered. Fares are charged according to the taximeter, plus applicable surcharges. 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. 


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).


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

International students on Student Pass must have a valid Hospital & Surgical (H&S) Insurance which provides for 24 hours H&S Coverage in Singapore with a minimum annual coverage limit of up to S$20,000 per person, in Singapore Government / Singapore Government Restructured Hospitals throughout the course duration as stipulated in the PEI-Student Contract.


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