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Why move to Singapore? Here are a few good reasons.

Living in Singapore will be a memorable experience for expats who decide to make the move here. Here we discuss reasons why so many expats have a positive living experience in Singapore.

The Travel Opportunities

Singapore is a travel hub for Asia, with thousands of flights coming in and going out of Changi Airport. Living in Singapore gives you the opportunity to even have weekend breaks to exotic travel havens like Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia. Flying to these countries is very cheap, with the likes of Air Asia and Tiger Air offering the bulk of the cheapest tickets.

The Diversity

The soul of this small country lies in its incredible diversity: people from every walk of life can find a reason to love it here. This is reflected in the space-age skyscrapers in the Central Business District, the historic shophouses in the neighbouring Colonial District, red lanterns in Chinatown, dense jungle in Bukit Timah, and the artificial sands of Sentosa Island. Living in Singapore can be a different experience every day.

The Career Opportunities

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Old collides with new: The original Fullerton Hotel dwarfed by the space-age skyscrapers of the CBD

More and more multinationals are making Singapore their choice for setting up their regional, and often global headquarters. Singapore’s strategic geographical location, excellent infrastructure, stringent intellectual property protection, good physical and trade connectivity, and easy access to global talent allow global companies to meet the growing demand within the region, and worldwide. Learn more about working in Singapore.

The Food

The food in Singapore is a major draw. There can’t be many places in the world where the food gets this good, or varied. There is an eatery out there for every budget. From noodles at one of the many Hawker stalls to fine dining at some of the top (and most expensive) Western and Asian restaurants in the world. The Chili Crab is a must-try for all who visit and live in Singapore. Check out our Dining in Singapore section for more.

The Social Life in Singapore

With such a large volume of foreign workers in the same boat, Singapore is an easy place to meet like-minded expats. This makes social life in Singapore extraordinarily vibrant. There are many networking events on in Singapore every week. They run monthly social functions in top venues in Singapore and are a great place to meet new people. Another option for meeting people in a similar situation to you (and from the same country) is to look up your country’s Chamber of Commerce. There are often both social and networking events frequently organised by some CoCs.

If you play sport you’re already sorted: be it tennis, golf, rugby or anything else there are tons of clubs to join and all treat their members extremely well. Also, this is an excellent way to do some networking. There are also a number of social clubs available to those willing to pay.

The nightlife in Singapore can be as hedonistic as you choose. From beach clubs to sky bars, Singapore has it. Find out more about nightlife in Singapore.

The Weather

Leave your woollies at home because you’re not going to need them out here. With a year-round temperature range between 23 and 31 degrees, the weather is also a big motivator- just another thing that makes life in Singapore easier!

Living in Singapore is Safe

Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world, mostly down to it’s incredibly low unemployment rate (around 2%) and the city-state’s harsh judicial system. It is also extremely clean. As for the transport system, Singapore has an infrastructure, with an efficient bus and train (the MRT) systems, and an abundance of taxis which are very reasonably priced. Healthcare in Singapore is world class. Peace of mind is something you’ll have in daily life in Singapore- more than most cities, if not all cities!

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29 Responses to Why move to Singapore? Here are a few good reasons.

  1. Chope (@chopetweets) January 30, 2013 at 3:15 am #

    To help you find the right food at the right time in Singapore, you can reserve online at chope.com.sg or download our apps from chope.com.sg/mobile_app!

  2. Terry Lomax July 10, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Visited Singapore in the Royal Navy twice in 1971, loved the place, long time ago but would love to visit again. Probably a good favourite among other ex-matelots.

    • Peter Andersen September 21, 2013 at 1:12 am #

      Terry,

      I am not so sure you will appreciate the new Singapore. It is not the exotic Asian landmark you saw in 1971. It is and efficient concrete jungle.

    • Bob Geddes October 27, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

      I also was with the services in Singapore in the 60′s and loved it there as did most of my comrades , have returned many times since , yes go back Terry you won’t regret it

  3. Brown September 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Notice how they don’t have a section on Expenses. They do not mention that the only expats who would be able to live in Singapore are those with one hundred grand a year to spend on expenses. And don’t do it if you have kids, unless you have someone paying the fees, schools are 50,000 + just to get in and then another 35+ each year. Oh, yeah, and housing is truly expensive unless you want to live with all the Filipino and Indian laborers.

    • Louise October 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

      50,000 in what currency. My kids went to a very good international private school and the fees are about 9-10k a year. Much cheaper then private schools in the UK. You need to have good skills to work there…which keeps out the riff raff. Something the UK should adopt instead of letting every Tom, Dick and Harry in to milk the system!!!!

      • Average Joe November 28, 2013 at 11:04 am #

        Sorry can you name the ‘good international private school’ in Singapore where the fees are $9-10k per year per child? I am sure there are thousands of expats currently paying anywhere between $25k (the minimum that I know of) and $33 (AIS). Even if it were true it would have a waiting list 3 years long.

        • Dart January 16, 2014 at 4:56 am #

          Average. I am not entirely sure, but I think the Canadian International School is around 9-10 K. The other alternative is to get P.R status in Singapore for you and your children, then you could enroll them in the Gov’t schools and it’s much much cheaper.

  4. Kevin September 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    I had the pleasure of visiting Singapore in 1983 while undergoing a Western Pacific Deployment with the US Navy, it was without a doubt the best port of call on the trip. To call Singapore a clean city is an understatement, everywhere one looks there was no litter or graffiti. The people of Singapore were, to a person, polite and welcoming, and I have never felt safer in a huge city than I did there. The shopping is absolutely incredible, with the very favorable exchange rate an added bonus. Dining there was an experience that I’ll never forget, cuisine from every culture is available, and even on Navy pay I could easily afford to try delicacies that would be out of my reach back home. Singapore would be near the top of places where I would love to retire.

  5. Susie September 30, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    We live in Darwin and use Singapore as a weekend get away. We find eating very cheap as we are happy to eat in local markets were the food is excellent and beer costs $7 for a 500mL Tiger. There are both ends of the scale and everything in between.

    • wildebeeste October 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

      We went into a bar on Scotts, and oredered a Heineken and a coke, it came to 35 dollars! or £17! That was a very sober xmas holiday.

      • Bob Koh October 14, 2013 at 1:38 am #

        As with all destinations there are the expensive joints and the cheap hangouts. What you ordered at the bar on Scotts can be had for under $10/=, so do ask the hotel concierge before heading out. Please come back again.

        • John October 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

          Hi Bob,

          I am an English teacher, 45, who has lived and taught in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan and now Madrid Spain. Do you know anything about esl teaching jobs in Singapore? What sort of credentials etc do you need to have in order to be considered for a good job? I am also fluent in Mandarin and Spanish.

          Thanks

          • Suri November 2, 2013 at 1:00 am #

            This requires MOM (Ministry of Manpower) approval after an educational institute selects you. Once the selection process is over they send you a 8 page form to fill up and send back by mail. The individual fills up with photo and signature + details. Scans the print out and sends back to the institute. The institute then applies for you at the MOM for approval with requisite fee. Approval by MOM authorities is based on your agreed salary, the number of non residents employed by the institute and some other parameters. More the foreigners working in the institute less the chances. Less the salary less the chances. Based on salary you get a work / Employment Visa. Now all you need to do is look out for employable institutes in paper ads and websites. Some are: Job straits Singapore (spelling in doubt) Singapore Times jobs, Job street Singapore. Best is search in net. Most jobs are for local citizen and PR (Permanent Residents). Don’t be disheartened. there will be jobs for outsiders too. When you find one suiting your qualification and exposure, apply with your credentials. All the best.

          • Suri November 2, 2013 at 1:24 am #

            Please note there are very few fakes. Note: No one asks for money when you apply for jobs. If they do they are trying to cheat. Never disclose your bank account No. or make payments. I have worked in Singapore earlier and even now. This is my 3rd time here in Singapore. I have also worked in Madrid for about 2 years with TR. WP is Work Permit is of manly 4 types. They are:
            P type (highest), Q (for Supervisors) R type (for skilled) and S type (trainees and Students/beginners).
            Higher your qualifications greater is your chance of selection. Skill in your talk at interviews is also very important as many speak in a positive manner with a high degree of confidence.

          • Andy November 29, 2013 at 2:57 am #

            Hi John,

            If you are in the UK talk to the British Council – they should be able to give you info on the English Lang scene in Singapore, level of quals needed, etc.

  6. Khim October 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Didimus: That’s because you don’t have a local guide or you have not done enough research. Singapore is the only place in Southeast Asia whereby you can practically enjoy cuisine from many countries without having to travel far!

  7. Khim October 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    And many expats live comfortably with a salary less than what you suggested. If you want to go around in cabs when you can take the train, dine out regularly when you can cook at home and send your kids to international schools, you will need a fat salary to meet the expenses in any developed country. There is a price to pay for safety, extensive transportation network and stability.

  8. Kris October 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Sounds fantastic!!

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  10. Eddie Leong November 5, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    I am an expat and have lived in Spore all the time since I graduated years ago. It is a great place to earn a living with lower taxes than many Asian countries except HK.

    Safe, green, good government, well organized, etc. I have been posted to Houston, Batam, Tokyo, Port Moresby, China, Korea, Holland, etc. Except for Tokyo, I will say Spore beats them all.

    Now I have plenty of money (all from employment) and still actively involved in business and investment.

    And please note that investment income in Spore is tax-free. And if I do not offer my consultancy services in Spore, it is also tax free.

  11. CeliaB November 5, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    As a Londoner, now living in Italy, I lived in Singapore for a year (2012). I started off a bit apprehensive because of its reputation for strict rules and restrictions. My views changed as I experienced life there and within a couple of months I loved it. It is the easiest place in the world to live, there is something for everyone and it doesn’t need to be expensive. Travel and taxis are cheap and efficient, the food is as described above – delicious and varied. The drawbacks? – the humidity can be difficult and can make just going for a walk a bit of an ordeal and alcohol is very, very expensive.

  12. Albatross November 6, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Been in the UK for over 15 years. Europe’s economy is in a mess. Spending cuts and job losses. Time to look to the East. Singapore is perhaps the better choice since English is the official language and is multicultural. Safe, diverse cuisine and many more. Salary can be competitve for those in white collars but the labour market for foreigners is tightened up. Still worth a go.

  13. Kasea November 13, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    Life in Singapore is great; as examples, the weather, the personal safety, the easy access to other Asian countries for long weekends and holidays all contribute to a very enviable lifestyle. Sure some things are expensive, wine is one good example, but as others have already said, you can find cheap and enjoyable alternatives, with the added advantage of having a more authentic Asian experience.
    But getting work here is becoming more difficult as the government gives stronger directives to employers to increase the percentage of local Singaporean on their staff. Obviously this can vary depending on your line of work, but speak to property agents who deal in ex-pat accommodation and you hear that they have lots of properties available to rent because of the exodus of ex-pat families.

  14. Sandy November 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    There is Nowhere in the world like Singas…….been going there for nearly 40 years now.
    It is what every country in the world should be like, but never can be. Lee Kwan Yew was a visionary who took a swampy, crime infested back water and transformed it into one of the safest most interesting countries in the world….If you haven’t been there, take the plunge. Do your homework. Tourist areas are expensive but you don’t need to stay there ..head to the suburbs. Get on the MRT and get off at the end. Explore all the different ethic neighborhoods…if the locals are eating there, thats where you should be eating. Forget Orchard Rd. It is rip off territory…every city has one. Singapore is not perfect….but its pretty close. If you never experienced Asia, its the place to start.

  15. Steve Kando November 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Does anyone know of a nice low-rise hotel in Singapore?

    • Vanessa January 8, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      Boutique hotels are plenty like The Scarlett, Majestic… low-rise, quaint and fairly central with fantastic local eateries around.

  16. Kian January 8, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    Guys,
    from a local perspective, expats should eat more at the hawker centres dotted around every housing estates built by the Housing Development Board (HDB) — varieties aplenty, cheap and if you can cook, buy your food at the wet markets too.

    Drinks: like the locals, get your coffee-fix daily at the coffee shop (termed kopi tiam in local dialect), have your nightly beer there where the friendly beer promotion ladies will tell you the price if you ask, whether by bottle or jug. Every kopi tiam has a multitude of eateries within itself, and you will see many hawker stalls lining the entire road too. Try the sugar cane juice for a change, amongst others.

    Transport: taxi is cheap when compared to US, UK, Oz and NZ. Take the MRT (as in the London Underground) to most parts of the country, or bus around in aircon comfort (though longer time to reach your destination compare to MRT).

    Avoid: Orchard Road and ask your neighbour where they shop locally.

    Visa/permits: check out the website of Ministry of Manpower, http://www.mom.gov.sg

    Even if you’re on half-million p.a., you can get more out of your daily life by not hanging around where the expat tends to congregate. Cheers.

    • Dart January 16, 2014 at 5:00 am #

      Hi Kian,

      I lived in Singapore for 5 yrs. Loved it, my favorite hawker centre was the one at Commonwealth, right below those 40 story HDB flats. The Won Ton Mee there was the best!!

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