Many Indian students in the past have found Singapore to be a great place to stay and study. In recent years Singapore has become an international education hub and this is one of the reasons for the rentals and property prices to go up.
There are two obvious choices of accommodation for students go to Singapore for higher studies- the first being on-campus and the second off-campus. Once you have received your admission letter from the Singaporean University you intend to study at, you will need to start looking for housing options and plan your arrival in Singapore such that you will give yourself ample time (1-2 weeks) to look for permanent accommodation before college begins.
Most leading Singaporean universities such as the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University provide college hostels and halls of residence for international students. You need to apply for these early as they are always in demand and tend to fill up soon.
First- year international students are normally given preference for on-campus accommodation. Rooms can be either single or shared, and meals will be available at an extra cost. You need to contact the university’s International Student Office to apply for on-campus housing.
If for some reason you are not able to secure housing on campus, a wide range of private off-campus options are available to suit different budgets and needs. Let’s look at a few of these options below:
These are run by educational institutions or independent agencies. Options of single or sharing are usually available. Facilities provided at hostels normally include internet connection in rooms, daily cleaning, laundry services, food centre, and 24hr security management.
Some local families in Singapore open up their homes and offer full boarding to international students. A homestay programme lets you sample the local flavours of life in Singapore, as well as enjoy a homely environment. Homestays usually cost more and range between S$1000 to S$1,600 per month.
If you prefer some privacy, you could opt for private apartments which can also be shared with a group of roommates. Apartments near the MRT or Metro are usually more expensive so it’s advisable to move a little away from the city centre. With an efficient transportation system in place you will find it easy to commute to college.
You have the option to choose either partially furnished or fully furnished apartments. It’s important that you understand what “fully-furnished apartment” means in Singapore- you can only expect the basic furniture like bed, sofa, table, and cupboards to be provided. To find good private apartments, you can engage the services of a property agent to help you find an apartment, but should be prepared to pay the agent's fee. Apartments cost between
S$600 - S$1,800 per month, and this varies according to location, facilities provided and the number of people sharing them.
Condominiums are another off-campus option for students. These are normally more expensive due to the wide range of facilities offered like swimming pools, gyms, club house, and tennis courts within the secured compound. You could try to cut costs by sharing with a small group of friends.
You can find roommates and housing options at websites such as http://www.share-accommodation.sg/ and http://www.easyroommate.com.sg/ or can look in local newspapers in Singapore once you arrive there.
Most universities have an international student office which will assist you in finding on-campus or off-campus accommodation to suit your budget and needs. You can always arrange for temporary accommodation before you leave home- this will give you time to plan your living arrangements when you arrive.