Living costs for studying abroad in Singapore
The cost of studying abroad is very high, of which the tuition fee accounts for the largest proportion. In addition, various living expenses such as accommodation, food, and transportation expenses are also expenses that international students must pay, and every international student needs to pay attention. How much is the cost of living in Singapore? Let’s take a look together.
1. Accommodation fee
– On-campus rental
On-campus dormitory rentals are generally given priority to first-year international students, which can be single or double rooms.
The cost of renting a double room is about SGD 40 per week, while the cost of a standard single renting is about SGD 60 per week.
A single room with air-conditioning and bathroom is about 110 SGD per week. Meals include breakfast and dinner, about SGD 360 per semester.
– Boarding school
Boarding schools are available for secondary school or junior college students aged between 13 and 19.
Boarding schools usually provide meals, laundry services, 24-hour security, counseling, tutoring and sports and leisure facilities. The fee is about S$8,000 to S$15,000 per academic year.
Some Singaporean families voluntarily provide full boarding for international students. The rental fee is about 500 to 1,000 SGD per month.
– Off-campus shared rental
College students over the age of 18 can choose to rent a house off-campus with the consent of their parents, and the cost is slightly lower than that of a homestay.
2. Living expenses
Life, food, entertainment and other consumption are determined according to the students’ own living habits and economic conditions.
– Food expenses
Meals can usually be settled in the cafeteria. The food and beverages provided by the school are relatively rich, with a maximum of 15-25 Singapore dollars a day. The price of meals in small restaurants will not be more expensive than in canteens, it is enough to prepare 600-700 SGD per month as food expenses.
– Transportation expenses
Singapore’s transportation is fast, with subways and buses running across the island. Students in government schools can enjoy transportation discounts, usually SGD 80 per month.
– Communication fee
It is recommended to use an IP phone card to make long-distance calls in Singapore. The price is low, ranging from 0.18 SGD to 0.25 SGD per minute; the cost of mobile phone text messages is generally 1SGD. The total monthly expenses are generally between SGD 30-100.
– Daily expenses
Prices in Singapore are a little bit high: watching a movie is about 10 SGD, barbecue is 50 SGD per person, a T-shirt is 20-30 SGD, and so on.
To sum up, the living expenses for studying in Singapore for one year are about 16,000 SGD. If you choose to cook for yourself, or save money on watching movies or other aspects, then this cost can be lower.
Singapore is a developed country, so the cost of living and studying here will not be very low, but compared with the United Kingdom and the United States, Singapore can be said to be a more cost-effective choice for studying abroad.
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