that comes down to what 1600 singapore dollars?? singapore is really safe all over so there’s nothing like that to worry about.
my parents stay in the east coast but prices there range from 2000-10000 and you can get some amazing views & great size flat’s in good condo’s.
with ur budget ur prolly gonna need to look at either a private house or and HDB apartment. the best thing to do would be for you to scan the straits times- i think u can do that online? and see how it goes from there…
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Hi Marble 2, it’s pretty easy to get apt here in Singapore, and at different price range. Moreover the housing prices here has dropped alot(almost half e price since 10yrs ago), so it’s good time to live here now! With $1k U.S. dollar you can find pretty good place to live in, depends whether you want to go for private or govt-subsidized (HDB flat) housing! Private housing will have those extra facilities like the pool, tennis court, clubhouse etc, and maybe even its own post office in some condomimum.
Ahem, there is no such thing as bad neighbourhood here, unlike most countries in the world! Like Summer Lurve said, It’s the safest country in the world here!
The most common internet usage here is by “broadband”..It’s very rare that anyone is still using “dial up” system. Wireless and digital voice phoneline(without actual phone co service) is getting pretty common too.
Summer lurve is right, the best way to find apt is still by the local newspaper called “The Straits Times”, though there are quite a few websites you could go to.
P.S. Hi Summer Lurve, are you a Singaporean studying abroad now? ..And I supposed you are the gal on the left in the 2nd pic, the one with the black outfit? ;)
In style brings up a very important point about extra facilities in condo’s especially on the east coast. There’s pool’s, sauna’s, spa’s, hair dressers, gym, squash courts etc and these aren’t available in the HDB flats.
Your other option would be try service apartments on Orchard road? Or even move furthur out into the west…
And well, In style, I’m not technically a ‘singaporean’ but I’ve lived there for 7 years, my family’s still back there and i visit in all my holidays and currently im in the UK! Doesn’t even compare to S’pore!!! Hehehe!
Oh, PLEASE TO MEETYOU!! I see, so you are probably a PR in Singapore since you have lived here for 7 yrs?
Hee, I was like you before, came back once a yr when I was living in Overseas, missed the food too much here lol
Wow, east coast is a very nice area to live in, err, a bit too “upper class” for me ;P..You are lucky to get all the interesting places (Hawker centre, restaurants & cafes) to eat there too!
I don’t think Marble2 can get a place in Orchard for only $1,OOO U.S. dollar..it’s too prime location. =)
Perhaps he can try at my area Holland Village, not too far from Orchard..and might be possible to find in that price range?..Also, I think H.V. is the most diverse place in Singapore!
Do look me up when you are back here!! ;)
Holland Village sounds great, prefer the most diverse location. From the discussion I’d say definitely private, furnished. Definitely nothing shared. If anyone living there sees a range of prices in that region, I’d love it if you could post it. I looked at Straits Times but there is no obvious classifieds, maybe in the $10/month paid version for it there is. If I recall correctly, I’d read in some forums (yech, prefer web 2.0), that most leases are long term.
Looking on craigslist this seems to confirm that thinking, where everything listed is 3 bedrooms or more and definitely long term. Pretty slim pickings on anything short term, only this one near Orchard but it’s shared living.
So if possible, I’d like to find a multi month sublet with the fastest version of internet that money can buy there. I know Seoul has ultra-band (100MB/s) and believe some variation of this might be available in Seoul.
Hi Marble2, sorry, there are just too many sites, and you will need to take your TIME to look for. What I did for you was typed “Holland Village, short term” and it came up with this
(This one is just one of the many sites)
I think you could continue to type accordingly to your desire and hopefully you are able to find a suitable one soon.
Also the Straits Times interactive site you found is not the same one I was talking about. I was referring to the “physical” paper. The Straits Times Interactive is created meant for overseas Singaporeans(or foreigners who care about Singapore news) so that they can still keep track of what’s going on back home. This site includes job classified ads too.
I figure the best way to find apt is to get a local paper, then look for an agent to help you look for the right apt.
Therefore when you arrive Singapore, first thing first is to pick up a local paper, “The Straits Times”, which you could do that at the airport or even on the plane(they give free all e time).
I don’t understand your question of fastest version of internet?? It’s not dial up so the speed of Broadband is all the same. Different countries have diff name for their internet system, so I supposed for Korea is ultra band.
You could look up at Starhub ..They are having special promotion for wireless access now. I just changed mine to wireless too..Anyway we going to be e first country in the world to go entirely wireless soon. OH they also have special package deal of wireless with digital phone line, that means you don’t need to hook up with any phone co and you could call from the computer system.
Starhub also having another attractive promotion of calling to a few countries including U.S., China, Hong Kong, Malaysia etc. FREE OF CHARGE from your mobile phone. You just need to pay for the LOCAL airtime. And normally if you sign up with the package, you will get certain amount of FREE local airtime. (Promotion starts from Jan 2006- Dec 2006)
Good luck to your apt searching!!
P.S. I think you can forget about looking up at Orchard area, it’s one of the most expensive area to live in Singapore :P
Great advice! This is extremely helpful. I’ve done some research on the colonial history of Singapore and it’s fascinating. I’m a big fan of city life, any recommendations on living right in or around downtown? It would seem from the discussion that the areas we’ve discussed are primarily suburban but I could be wrong.
Ahem, it’s a city state here ;) So the entire country is probably considered “downtown” =)
Our local version of downtown is usually a few busier area e.g. orchard and..but the foreigners always laugh at how all e places here look like downtown to them. You will see when you live here. Hard to explain to you esp if you are coming from a big country, e.g United States or Canada.
As to “living right”, you shouldn’t worry too much, you could see all kinds of races, and nationalities living here. Even if you see asian faces on the street, they could possibly be foreigners too.
I have seen Singapore been rated a few times as one of the top choices for expats to live in, if not the most fav place TO WORK and LIVE IN. You will see for yourself how easy is to fit in here. The ppl over here are generally friendly, accomodating, and easy going! And that’s the reason why some have come here and never went back home, and some have lived here for the last 20, 30 yrs!
Take care & Hope you enjoy your short stay here!! ;)