Singapore is divided up into area numbers, with certain areas being a lot more expensive than others (eg 9, 10, 2). Property in Singapore is actually very expensive whether you're renting or thinking of buying, but if you're not specifically looking to be near the city centre or the National University of Singapore, for instance, you may be able to find something less expensive.
Price is not an issue of you're on an expat package, but if you aren't you can soon be overawed by how much you'll be paying. Don't worry too much – the cost of living in Singapore is not high, and the high rent can be offset by other expenses such as transportation and food.
Just be aware though that Singapore's main red light district is Geylang, with the Southern part of the Geylang Road (from Lorong 2 to Lorong 30) being the legally designated prostitution zone. Another permitted red light area is Keong Saik Street in Chinatown .
The districts in Singapore are as follows :
The classifieds section of The Straits Times (Singapore 's main newspaper) is a good place to start looking, with plenty of ads everyday for buying, renting and flatsharing. Another good idea would be to find an Internet forum where people from your own country may be wanting to share accommodation in Singapore, or who are already out there and have a spare room they would like to sub-let.
Looking for cheap accommodation in Singapore isn’t easy and can be time consuming. Fortunately the times of browsing innumerable adverts, making hundreds of phone calls and visiting dozen of houses belong to the past: with Uniplaces now you can look for your room comfortably sitting at home. You can pick a room in a shared home with other expats, a studio flat if you want more privacy, or you can team up with other friends and rent an entire apartment just for yourselves.
The booking system is very simple and doesn’t require any visit: all can be done in advance thanks to the detailed descriptions and photos of the rooms and you can secure your room before even getting there. Moreover the Uniplaces team will be available for any questions and help.
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