Expatriate Community in Singapore

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Singapore holds 14 th position worldwide as per Mercer Human Resource Consulting Cost of Living Survey – 2007.
Quality of Life
Singapore is ranked 34 among the best cities of the world, according to Mercer Human Resource Consulting Worldwide Quality of Living Survey- 2007.
Sanitary Conditions
Singapore is situated among the 50 cities in the world where the sanitary conditions are best.
For Further Information
The Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranking concerning the quality of life and sanitary conditions 
The Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranking concerning the cost of living

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
Accommodation is available in form of Single room, Self Catering Apartments, 2/3/4 / Bedroom Apartments, Landed houses 4-6 bedrooms, Penthouses.
Normal Lease Term
The standard lease period is more than 1 year, with or without an option to renew the lease. For the lease renewal option, the landlord would normally require that you give 2 or 3 months' advance notice of your intention to renew.
Rental Costs
Tenants are often in a good position to negotiate reasonable terms with the landlord.


Before signing a binding tenancy agreement, tenant and landlord normally sign a Letter of Intent (LOI) stating the rental amount as well as other essential terms. Landlords usually ask for up to 3 months' rent as security deposit but you can negotiate it to 1 month's rent.

To become legally binding, the tenancy agreement must be stamped by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)

Agencies or Private Rentals
There are many and offer good services in terms of understanding your needs, identifying your lifestyle and providing properties that will meet your requirements.
Rental Agency Websites
Singapore Property Exchange
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Innovative Housing Agency
IT Realtor
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
Service apartments are very common in Singapore and these apartments are well furnished with catering services. These can be rented for 1 day, 1 week, less then month, for a month and year.
For Further Information
Singapore Land Authority

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School System

School Level
Singapore holds strong education system which is recognized around the world. Education system comprises of Pre school education, Primary Education, Secondary Education, Pre-University Education and Post Secondary Education.
International Schools
There are a large number of international schools spread across Singapore . To view details of all schools visit the website Singapore expats.


For Further Information
Ministry of Education of Singapore

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
Singapore has a proud history of providing quality healthcare to its residents and medical travelers. The city-state is a premier medical hub in Asia .
International Hospitals
Singapore has many international quality hospitals. Doctors and Nurses in hospitals are well acquainted with English. Singapore health care costs are very high. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate payment for services. Patients are usually required to provide a deposit or guarantee of payment prior to admission.
Health Insurance
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Yes, foreigners have access to health insurance policies in Singapore, provided if they are working on a valid visa.
Health System Insurance Body
Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents pay towards their medical insurance. The government has set up the ‘3M' framework - Medisave, Medishield and Medifund. This system combines individual responsibility with government funding, particularly to provide of low income earners and poorer individuals with a safety net. In addition to this, many employees and their dependants take out private health insurance.
Health Ministry
Ministry of Health, Singapore

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