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Our Island-State

The Singapore Spirit


We are a city fuelled by passion and pride. Around every corner, incredible experiences are being crafted, cooked, painted, designed, grown or built by locals who share a common trait: passion. Like them, you’ll be empowered to do what you love in this city of limitless possibilities—whether you’re a foodie, explorer, collector, socialiser, action seeker or culture shaper.

The story of Singapore is one of trials, tribulations and triumphs. In a short span of just over 50 years, we have evolved from a colony to a city-state with our own unique identity, forged by a spirit of never settling. And it’s this spirit that’s imbued into the architectural wonders, lush parks, proud heritage, world-class attractions and amazing food of the cosmopolitan metropolis you see today.

Faces of Singapore

Here’s a guide to Singapore’s diverse melting pot of cultures and races. It’s a vibrant brew that gives Singapore our unique character.

Our Way of Life

Take a quick look at Singapore’s past and get to know our history, culture and people a little better.

Traveller Essentials

To make your stay in Singapore as enjoyable as possible, here is some general information to take note of before you leave.

Cost of Living

Students' monthly expenditure vary according to personal needs and lifestyle patterns. The following table illustrates a conservative cost of living:


CategoryMonthly RangeDetails
Accommodation S$500 - S$1,000 Rental of a room in a government flat, in suburban areas
Medical S$94 - S$124 Medical consultations at public clinics
Transport S$100 - S$150 Public transport commuting to and from school daily
Food S$450 - S$750 Meals at budget joints
Communications S$28 - S$220 Mobile phone plan
Recreation S$113 - S$114 Movie ticket (peak hours) and clubbing
Total Monthly Expenses S$1200 - S$2400  


Use Contact Singapore's Cost of Living Calculator to estimate your monthly expenses:


Dorms by PSB Academy

If you are an international student looking for an environment that fosters living-learning with activities to engage you, stay at Dorms by PSB Academy:


Common Types of Accommodation

  • Shared House / Apartment
    A group of students can get together to rent a house or a flat, and share amenities such as living room, kitchen, bathroom and toilet. Residents do their own cleaning and may have to pay their own utility bills. Monthly rental range:  S$1500 - S$5,000

  • Room in Owner-occupied Apartments
    Housing Development Board (HDB) flats, as it is known, is the most common type of housing for international students. A student rents a vacant room in a flat occupied by the owner and will be required to negotiate with the owner on the use of amenities like washing machine, cooking facilities, telephone, television, internet access, etc. Monthty rental range:  S$500 - S$1,500

  • Private Student Hostels
    A number of privately run hostels take in foreigners that hold a Student’s Pass Card issued by the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Each hostel has its own range of charges for different room-types and facilities. Monthly rental range:  S$400 - S$1,200


It is not advisable to look for housing by mail or by phone from unfamiliar sources. Where possible, you should meet your prospective landlord and inspect the accommodation. It is also best to negotiate rentals and use of facilities in person, together with any roommate(s), if you are planning to search for accommodation after you arrive in Singapore.