Finding the perfect expat location in Singapore

Published:  20 Apr at 6 PM
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Singapore’s exotic location can be a challenge for newly arrived expats as its many districts are packed with diverse neighbourhoods, each with their own charm and attractions.

Tiny Singapore’s appeal to expats includes its diversity and culture as well as its world-famous culinary delights at all price levels. There’s a vast choice of neighbourhoods, each with its own cultural charm and most located within easy travelling time of the central areas. Rental and property prices vary according to the location within the city and the area’s amenities.

District 11 in Central Region is the most expensive for its malls, good schools and sports facilities as well as the world famous Newton Hawker Centre with its amazing choice of Asian and international street cuisine. Central Region’s District 12 is historically and culturally important for its traditional Toa Payoh township with its elaborate town garden, but the area also hosts malls, entertainment hubs, cafes and restaurants. Further out, a favourite location ofr expats is Woodlands, set close by the border with Malaysia and packed with green spaces, efficient transportation links, good international schools and medical facilities. Newton also boasts international education as well as country clubs and a nature reserve.

Budget-conscious expat families gravitate to the outlying districts along the East Coast for their local supermarkets, reasonable rents, small malls and green spaces. Neighbourhoods including Yishun and Jurong West have expat communities, and the East Coast park, the Singapore Zoo, the science Centre and the narrow beach are within easy reach. Kids’ activities and swimming pools as well as good international and nursery schools draw expat parents to Bukit Timah district.

The Marina Bay district is famous for the vast Marina Bay Sands mall and entertainment hub. Expats either love or hate its looming architecture, but everyone loves its huge variety of things to do and see. Living in the vicinity is, of course, expensive, but salaries in the area are more than commensurate. For a more authentic Asian lifestyle, expats should head for Clementi, Ang Mo Kio or Jurong.
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