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Short-term accommodation in Singapore for expats

Short Term Accommodation in Singapore

Many of those moving to Singapore will begin their residence in short term accommodation in Singapore. Visa restrictions, time restrictions and culture shock will mean that they will have to go for short term to start with.

How much should short term accommodation in Singapore cost?

Short-term accommodation in Singapore for expatriates

Short term accommodation will set you back S$6,000-8,000 a month, but there are benefits to not having the long-term commitments.

As one might guess, it is not cheap to enjoy short-term accommodation in Singapore. There is always a substantial premium placed on short term accommodation. That being said, the price of short term accommodation in Singapore is always going to be better value than starting in a hotel.

Serviced apartments and short term accommodation in Singapore offer similar services and amenities at a lower cost and with more flexibility than hotels. It will also suit those who don’t want to sign a long-term lease but are still looking for relatively long-term accommodation in Singapore. Serviced accommodation may be the perfect option in this instance. A comfortable studio apartment located reasonably centrally will cost S$6,000-8,000 per month and can go over S$10,000 in many cases.

For cheaper short-term accommodation in Singapore, look to avoid areas like Orchard, Somerset and Marina Bay. A number of providers, like Move and Stay offer  budget short-term serviced apartments in convenient locations close to central Singapore.

What do I need to be wary of when looking for short term accommodation?

Make sure that you read contracts thoroughly when looking for short term accommodation, making sure that you have the flexibility that you are looking for. Some agencies may say short-term accommodation but may be referring to a 6-month leasing period which may make living in Singapore extremely expensive from the beginning of your stay. Considering all your options and taking your time is important here. It is recommended that you begin your search for a serviced apartment in Singapore as far in advance as possible.

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6 Responses to Short Term Accommodation in Singapore

  1. sharon vu December 11, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    Useful article on finding short-term accommodation in Singapore… rent prices are high, but I guess it’s good too know!

  2. john davies December 12, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    wow… it’s pricey! i have done some research into this and serviced apartments do not get much better price-wise than mentioned above… are there any ‘better value’ rent areas?

    • Jason January 6, 2013 at 2:35 am #

      What conditions are you looking for? A balance between which 2 factors?

  3. Vipin February 13, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    The information here is only for high earning individual. Not everyone is in a managerial position and the average salary in Singapore is usually around $3500 – $4000, and hence the comfortable accommodation mentioned here is impossible for most. Please do not leave out the lower income group from the discussion.

  4. Nelson March 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    Housing in Singapore is expensive to be sure, but the island is small enough that you can rent rooms in places that are outside of the main business/shopping areas. I’m talking about home-owners renting out their flats. The rent will be cheaper but the locations are less sexy/convenient. Ultimately, as long as there are MRT stations closeby, you should be good to go. Rents in these suburbs could go as low as 2000 but don’t expect a pool or room service.

    I also heard from an associate(I have not verified it yet) that some serviced-apartment companies in Singapore have last minute deals that you’ll only find out if you call them directly. There is usually a one month minimum but these last minute deals may be better than what you’d get from a hotel.

  5. Kevin March 26, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    Short term serviced accommodation indeed is costly in prime central location. Serviced studio outside central location may find options below $4000 depends on distance & facility. Alternative is hotel or home-share services.

    Best if you can prepare to stay in Singapore at least 1 years or ideally 2 years to find reasonable cosy rental – near accessible mrt stations.

    There are also spacious landed houses for rental with enough rooms for a large family expatriated to Singapore for a important role. Rental would depend on no of rooms, locations and privacy, conveniences etc. These are rare gems in land scarce Singapore.

    In Singapore, you may also find websites such as propertyguru, ST Property, IProperty and many expats forum that offer suggestions & options.

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