If you are planning to live in Singapore, you should know that Singapore is one of the most expensive countries to accommodate in. A lot of students, businessman and job applicants travel to Singapore each year for different purposes from India. Before planning to live in Singapore, we need to know what living expenses in Singapore. Further, you will get to know about the average cost of living for a family or students.
Private Room for Single Person
For students, who want to live in his or her privacy or have his/her space, then you shall choose to accommodate in a private or a secret room. The minimum charges for a private room per month range from $500 – $1200 depending upon the location that you choose to live in. The owner will provide you with a lot of facilities like a well-furnished room, the gas facility for food, washing machine which you can use twice or thrice a week. They also provide you with an air-conditioning facility from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m.; this is because most of the people who are here would travel for either work or studying, so there is no need for an air conditioning. They provide you 24 hours. Wi-Fi facility included in your rent.
Sharing Rooms if you are a Group
For families who want to live in Singapore, you can prefer to live in shared rooms where the monthly expenses for rent are about $1200. If you are a family of 6 people, you can ask your agent to find out 3 BHK accommodation for you. Two people each can share a room. You can go and buy out kitchen groceries and prepare food at home.
Also, it is illegal for about 10 to 12 people living in a 3BHK, and it might cost you a lot of penalty for doing the same. Singapore has much more strict rules for accommodation vs India. For an Indian Family, there are no such rules for a lot of people living together in the same house in India.
Also if you are a group of six friends, it is preferable to choose a 3BHK accommodation. You can divide your rent so that for a single person, the average cost of living could be cut down to $1200÷ 6 = $200.
If you do not have a group of friends, and you still don’t want to spend too much amount on your living, you can also ask your agent to help you find sharing accommodations where you can live with new people and pay $200. You have the same kitchen and drawing room, so you need to have cooperation with each other.
Living in a hostel
The only advantage of living in a hostel room is that they provide you free breakfast facility. The hostel room per day charges is $20-25, which makes it $500, which is just the same as living in a private room. In hostel also you get to use the washing machine twice a week. You get the air conditioning facility from 10 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. In the hostel, you get a personal cabinet along with bedsheets and blankets according to requirement.
If you or someone who is planning to live in Singapore, a lot of companies provide accommodation for people who are working in their company. You can also check out for the same in your company, in case of the offer you accommodation too.
Food Options / Per meal cost.
For family, it is suitable to purchase rice, flour , vegetables etc. and cook yourself food at home. There are lots of markets in Singapore like the Mustafa Market or the Little India where you can easily purchase your daily requirements and also dine in and have Indian food available at a lot of Indian shops. North Indian and South Indian foods are functional very easily. The cost of one meal with two to three vegetables and a chapatti is about $5 , and at some places, the same is available for $2/2.5 , where you get a right quantity for a person to have enough food.
It is essential to have an M1 sim (or any other) and get yourself a $15 recharge by the name of Hot 55. In this data pack, you get minutes to talk overcall. If you want to call someone in India, you can call for about 4-5 hours quickly in this plan. Also always use a prefix 019, which will help you save a lot of balance. Calling directly just by dialling the number will result in losing a lot of balance dollars.
For Gym freaks
If you’re someone who is a gym freak, a lot of gyms provide you with a $130 for membership for 6 months, and some also are available for $30-$40 per month. Also, some malls offer free aerobics sessions on some specific days, and a lot of people join in. It’s a 2-2.5 hours class. You can check out with the days and time of these sessions in different malls and attend them. It’s a lot of fun to participate in such sessions.
Living in Singapore is expensive, but it is an excellent place to accommodate in. On an average monthly expense for a single person may range from $700 – $1200 or more depending upon the type of accommodation and the variety of meals you choose to have.