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Living in Singapore



Singapore’s statistics and indicators on population (2010 census) show a population of 5.07 million (estimated) and hold up Singapore as the second most densely populated independent nation in the world. The ethnic composition of resident population (estimate only) in Singapore shows:

Chinese: 75%
Malays: 13%
Indians: 9%
Others: 3%


Although the official national language of Singapore is Malay, English is the main working language and Chinese (Mandarin) is the second most commonly used language especially in small and medium enterprises. Tamil is spoken largely within the Indian community though it is not uncommon to hear Indian Singaporeans speaking English and Malay with fluency. The four official languages of Singapore are Malay, English, Chinese (Mandarin) and Tamil.


Singapore generally allows for religious freedom. The majority of Muslims are Malays. A major portion of Chinese Singaporeans practise Buddhism and Taoism, though there are many who also practise Christianity. Indians are mostly Hindus though some are Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Christians. People who practise no religion form the third largest group in Singapore (about 15% of resident population aged 15 years and over).

Shopping, Entertainment & Leisure

Whether it’s shopping, dining, or just out for some fun, Singapore is a literal hive of activity. Take a walk along Orchard Road, the heart of the city – and you will find yourself inundated with choices and options as sales and promotion staff go all out to tempt and cajole you to buy their products or patronise their stores with specials and discounts.

The array of organised events lined up throughout the year will mesmerise you – musical and cultural, business and leisure, sports like F1 race, marathon runs and kite flying day, too! … all out to engage and thrill you. The ever popular and iconic Great Singapore Sale, late-night Friday shopping, the Singapore Arts festival and festive light-ups are but some of the highlights that make life so exciting here.

When you tire of the shopping and the buzz, you can always take in quiet visits to any of our other attractions like the Zoo, Night Safari, Bird Park, Sentosa, Museums, Art Galleries, or a performance at the Esplanade.

And to add a buzz to the buzz, we still have the two Integrated Resorts in Marina Bay Sands and Resort World Sentosa where more dining and entertainment options are available. There is never a dull moment when you are here.


Singapore has no threat of any natural disaster like earthquake or tornado. The country continues to be known for its safe environment, but this is only tenable with the cooperation of the public and the police working in tandem to make safety a viable nation concern.


Our education system has evolved over the years, from its traditional British-based education system to one that meets the demands of the new millennium world and the ever changing needs of individuals for new knowledge as we marathon-on to nurture talents in Singapore.

The Singapore education system is built on its bilingual policy, and its broad-based curriculum gives knowledge, creativity and entrepreneurship premium emphasis to meet the needs of the ever evolving national economy.


Getting around in Singapore is easy with an integrated transport system. It is well connected and makes travelling in the city and suburbs a quick, easy and also affordable affair.

Social Graces

It is a norm of courtesy to queue up for everything in Singapore, from boarding a public bus to patronizing a service like watching a movie. It is considered impolite to jump queue or push ahead of the person queuing before you.

Punctuality is also very important, whether it is in Singapore or not. Being punctual is a personal trait that, if developed into a habit will set you in good eyes with people who may be important to you, like your bosses!

Tipping is not required as there is normally a service charge of 10% added to your bill.


Singapore is generally hot and humid all year round with the temperature seldom dipping below 20°C. You’ll get the occasional rain and strong wind condition especially during the year end period. However, the humidity problem in Singapore is easily overcome. Most buildings in Singapore are air-conditioned.

Singapore is, on the other hand, an ideal place for outdoor lovers who will enjoy frolicking on the beach and some of the sea-sports like skiing and wake-boarding. Or do a family thing by going bicycling or even just to fly a kite! It is ideal for a whole year round of fun outdoor activities.


Singapore has become a hub for many of its services – medical, banking, tourism, education and financial services. She is one of the world’s major oil refining and distribution centres, one of the world’s busiest ports and an ideal location for investments for both institutional and independent investors. And tourism is a major component in its GDP.

Singapore’s strategic location, good governance, high IT connectivity, integrated facilities, colourful cultural contrasts and its many world-class tourist attractions contribute to its success as a leading Asian destination for business and leisure.

Estimated Living Expenses

Below is an estimated monthly living expense list for one international student:

Items Costs
Accommodation Cost About S$500
Food Expenses About S$250
Transport Fees About S$100
Personal Expenses About S$150
Total Cost About S$1000

Note: The figures may vary depending on the individual’s lifestyle/preferences.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

A 9% GST is charged on all goods and services


Tipping is not required as there is normally a service charge of 10% charged into the bill

For More About Singapore

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