Guide to Living in Singapore
Singapore referred to the “little red dot” is known for its cultural heritage and pro-business climate. The Fascinating working & living environment provides an international or cosmopolitan experience.
A Hub of Progress and Stability, the city-country has achieved numerous economic milestones. They attract high investments in R & D, services and manufacturing. Singapore is highly accoladed as one of the most comfortable places to do business and a promising place to build a career for talents worldwide.
Singapore is a financial centre in Asia having worlds’ busiest port and one of the world’s most prolific oil refining and distribution centres. Singapore’s healthcare and educational systems hold their own against developed cities.
Singapore’s crime rates are meagre and are generally considered safe, even at night. Singapore has a well-integrated and convenient public transportation and world-class communications. Singapore also has a lot of activities and sports for leisure and entertainments.
|Official name||Republic of Singapore|
|Land area||719.2 sq km, including offshore islands.
With land reclamation, Singapore’s land area has grown by 24% compared to 50 years ago!
|Climate||Tropical. 23 degrees Celcius (min) to 31 degrees Celcius (MX)|
|Population||5.61 million (Approx.)|
|Ethnic Groups||Chinese 74.3%, Malay 13.3%, Indian 9.1%, other ethnicities 3.2%|
|Official Languages||English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.
English is the official language, and Malay is the national language.
|Religions||Main religions are Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Taoism and Hinduism.|
|International country code||+65|
|Internet Country Code||.sg|
Living in Singapore
Estimated Living Expense
International students in Singapore on an average spend about S$ 600 to S$ 1,100.00 a month on living expenses. Amount of costs varies depending upon individual lifestyles and type of accommodation.
The below table guides international students on the expected estimated cost of living in Singapore:
|Item||Monthly Estimated Expense|
|Accommodation rental||S$ 300.00 to S$ 600.00|
|Food||S$ 200.00 to S$ 300.00|
|Transport||S$ 50.00 to S$ 100.00|
|Others||S$ 50.00 to S$ 100.00|
|Total||S$ 600.00 to S$ 1100.00|
Most of BITC students opt for renting a residential unit nearby. Students may engage a property or housing agent to help to look for accommodation. Living in a hostel is also a good choice. They often offer different types of services such as single to multi-bedded shared accommodations with basic amenities like laundry and internet services. YO:HA is the nearest student hostel. East Lodge located in Clementi and Telok Kurau is more economical options available for students.
Singapore is considered as one of the most accessible cities to get around. The public transportation system here is comprehensive, safe, efficient and convenient, not to mention secure on the pocket. The Mass Rapid Transit, popularly known as MRT & Buses has got most of Singapore frequently covered available from 05:30 in the morning to 00:30 past midnight. For travelling on the MRT and bus, you may either purchase single trip tickets or the more convenient EZ-link card which is a stored-value card. The EZ-link cards are available to be purchased or topped up at any bus interchanges and MRT stations.
Grab or Taxis’ are easy to get booking via phone or at taxi stands. The fares are considered relatively cheap compared to other major cities in the world.
BITC is conveniently located and easily accessible being near Bukit Merah Bus Interchange situated in the Bukit Merah Town Centre and nearby bus stations. Redhill MRT Station is just 10 minutes’ walk away.
BITC HQ is next to Bukit Merah View Food Centre. Labelled as one of the best food centres in Singapore and ensures office workers and students have plenty of delicious lunchtime options such as Fish Soup,Yong Tau Fu, Fried Kuay Teow, biryanis and many more.
Most students, especially from South Asia, prefer to cook their meals, helping them to keep the expenses affordable. Round-the-clock Prata shops, food courts, the 7-11 convenience store are popular eating places for students which serves hot food. Several fast-food chains also provide 24-hour delivery services. Fast-food chains like Burger King, Mc Donald, Pizza Hut and Vegetarian outlets such as Komalas’ and Sarvana Bhavan are readily available. Singapore has the presence of many causal dining options and fine dining restaurants.
Singapore’s healthcare system with state-of-the-art medical facilities has gained an international reputation for impeccable standards. These services are accessible and affordable to everyone. Outpatient services are offered by government polyclinics as well as private clinics. There are few public hospitals comprising of general hospitals, psychiatric hospital and women’s and children’s hospital.
There are many healthcare centres nearby BITC Bukit Merah Polyclinic & Singapore General Hospital. In the event of medical emergencies, a student may head straight for a hospital’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit. BITC provide medical insurance cost of which is included in the course fees.
Working in Singapore
Students studying in Private Education Institutes such as Baking Industry Training College, holding a student pass are NOT allowed to engage or involve in any type of employment, unpaid or paid. Students wanting to work in Singapore after graduation need to apply for a work pass. Refer to Singapore’s Ministry of manpower website for more information.