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.

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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.


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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.


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Our Way of Life

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


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Traveller Essentials

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


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Cost of Living

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


Category Monthly Range Details
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:


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Important Information

As an international student in Singapore, you are to be familiar with the Singapore Laws, such as on drug trafficking, littering, vandalism and over staying in the country.

Please visit the Singapore Police Force (SPF) website for more information –


Becoming a Student's Pass Holder

A foreigner who has been accepted by an educational institution to pursue full-time study in Singapore will need to apply for a Student's Pass unless he/she has:

  • An Immigration Exemption Order, or
  • Been granted a Short-Term Visit Pass at a Singapore Checkpoint and wishes to attend a short course*.


*To be exempted from requiring a Student’s Pass, the short course you are taking must:

  • Be completed during the validity of this pass or within 30 days, whichever is shorter
  • Be a complete and stand-alone module; courses with multiple programme modules are excluded from the Student’s Pass scheme
  • Not include hands-on practical occupational training and/or industrial attachment that involves interacting with walk-in customers, or is conducted at premises that are also a place of business (such as a hair or beauty salon).

Please visit the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website for more information –


Working in Singapore

If you are holding a Student Pass in Singapore, you are only allowed to work if you meet specific requirements. 

Please visit the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) website for more information –