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Living in Singapore

A vibrant cosmopolitan city in the heart of Southeast Asia, Singapore offers a great environment to students looking for a multi-cultural study experience abroad. In addition to being famous in the continent for its excellent education system, this city is also home to a thriving business environment.

Here are some key facts you need to know about Singapore –

  • Singapore is home to an excellent local, national and international transport system with connection to over 150 countries around the world.
  • This multicultural society is home to one of the best education systems in the world.
  • With a chance to be backed by large investments, the city is home to an entrepreneurial culture and thrives on innovation.
  • Every year, about 90,000 international students arrive into the city making for about 18% of the student population in Singapore.
  • Singapore is ranked Number 1 in the World’s Most Comprehensive Education Rankings according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
  • Crime rates in Singapore are among the lowest in the world and it is also one of the cleanest countries in the world.
  • Singapore is considered to be among the fastest growing economies in the Asia-Pacific.
  • This city is often among the top rated places in Asia for living and working.
  • With over 7,000 MNCs having offices here, the city acts as a critical business hub.

Singapore Climate

Singapore has tropical climate. All through the year it is hot and humid with an average temperature of 31 degree Celsius. Sunshine is the norm, with occasional showers, especially during the year-end.

Cost of living in Singapore

The living cost in Singapore is estimated to be Minimum S$850 per month.

Accommodation $400 minimum
Meals $200 - $300
Travel Expenses on Public Transport $100
Personal Expenses $150

Note: Please note that the living costs above are an estimate and serve as a guide only. Living costs will depend on type of accommodation chosen, lifestyle needs etc and vary from person to person.


  • Mass Rapid Transport

    Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) system is probably the fastest and most economical way to travel in Singapore. The super-efficient and clean trains span a vast network connecting every part of city.

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      There are different ticketing schemes standard tickets and Smart cards, You can buy these ‘tickets’ or stored value smartcards, more popularly known as ez-link cards, at the TransitLink Ticket Offices or General Ticketing Machines (GTMs) located at every MRT station. Topping up the cards is just a tap away at any any Transitlink Ticket Office or GTM via cash or NETS. Minimum top-up value is S$10, and maximum is S$100.

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  • Bus

    Singapore has an excellent public transport system comprising of the SBS Transit and SMRT. Riding a bus is an affordable way of getting around the city. Most buses are air-conditioned, and an extensive network connects all parts of the city.

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      SBS Transit: Student can download the iris (Intelligent Route Information System) NextBus app on their smartphone and they can travel on their own. It tells you the exact bus arrival time estimation on a real time basis, and the Journey Planner provides bus travel solutions based on the cheapest fare, shortest walking distance or shortest travelling time.

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      SMRT Bus Service: One can either use either cash or a stored value ez-link card available at TransitLink Ticket Offices located at selected SMRT stations. Standard value tickets for single trips may also be purchased from General Ticketing Machines (GTMs) located at all SMRT stations. It is equally efficient and convenient bus service with similar facilities as in SBS Transit.

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  • Taxi

    Singapore is home to more than 40,000 taxies and they are available round the clock on streets or at designated taxi stands at most hotels, malls and public areas.

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      Taxis are allowed to pick up and drop off passengers only at these taxi stands so trying to flag one down in the middle of a busy road, like tourists tend to do in other countries is not a good idea. Booking fees range from $3.30 to $4.50 and the starting meter charges range from $3.00 to $3.80. You can download applications like – Uber Cab, GrabTaxi, Trans Cabs, Comfort Cabs etc and you are set to go!

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Currently, all accommodation for international students is situated off-campus. A wide range of options are available throughout Singapore, ranging from private rental flats and apartments, to hostels depending on your personal budget.

International students should make the accommodation arrangement before they leave the homeland. Students may approach MAGES for assistance.

Some of the known hostels in Singapore close to MAGES Campus are:

Oak Tree at Mattar Rd

Oak Tree @ Mattar Rd

9 Mattar road
Nearest MRT: Aljunied& MacPherson
Tel: (65) 6280 1980
Distance from MAGES – 9.4km
Rates: $850 to $1000 per month / per person, depending upon the stay duration of stay.

Oak Tree at Owen Rd

Oak Tree @ Owen Rd

96 Owen Road
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park
Tel: 8666 3960 /9749 0912
Distance from MAGES – 9.4km
Rates: $800 to $1020 per month / per person, depending upon the stay duration of stay.

Park 22 Hotel

Park 22 Hotel

22 Teck Lim Road
Nearest MRT: Outram Park Station
Tel: 6225 5565 / 6225 8035
Distance from MAGES – 3.7km
Rates: $1830 to $2700 per month / per person, depending upon the stay duration of stay.