Cost of Living in Singapore for International Students

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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Feb 25, 2021 11:20 IST

Cost of Living in Singapore for International Students

Singapore, a small island country at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, is a success story in itself. The small country has rapidly grown in the past few decades to become a developed nation and contributes its success largely to its strategic location as a trade port and hub. Highly urbanized, the country has a rather high per capita income and is also amongst the leading nations of the world in terms of income disparity. all these factors combined with top universities of Singapore and some of the world's best universities' international campuses in Singapore makes Singapore an excellent study abroad destination. more so for Indian students who wish for world class education but cannot bear to be so far away from their home. Like any study abroad destination, there is a question that every student want to understand about the country...what is the structure of the tuition fee and more so...how much does it cost to stay in that country? We explore the cost of living expenses in Singapore for International students in this article.

Basic Expenses

Starting with the basic expenses which worries every student before planning their study abroad trip, we present a simple tabulated average expense of necessities like accommodation, transport, and food.

 

Particulars

Average Monthly Expense

In SD

In INR

Rental (University Halls of Residence)

475

21,911.75

Meals (at university hostel)

350

16,145.50

Bus Transport (Concessional)

52

2,398.76

Public Trains (Concessional Pass)

45

2,075.85

Grand Total

922

42,531.86

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It is important to note that rentals may vary from university to university and the amount is only an average number. The range usually varies from S$150 – s$800. Also, the amounts shared are for students living at university hostels. A private room/ hostel would be costlier and the costs keep increasing. An independent accommodation in a private housing would cost you upwards of S$1000.

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Entertainment Expenses

Studying abroad has its own novelties and unique feature which a domestic study option never truly compares to. However, fundamentally, a student is a student and has specific entertainment needs as well. So we present a basic breakdown of different means of entertainment which might include a meal out with friends, a coffee or even a movie. Have a peak at the costs which would give you a fare enough understanding of the additional pocket money you would want.

 

 Particulars

Average Cost

In SD

In INR

Street Food

4

184.52

Meal at McDonalds

7

322.91

Meal for two at an average restaurant

50

2,306.50

Movie Ticket

10

461.30

Starbucks Coffee

7

322.91

Pepsi/Coke

2

92.26

Beer

4

184.52

Grand Total

84

3,874.92

Hence, it can be safely said that to enjoy an occasional meal, a movie in a month or even just enjoying a cup of coffee would require you to have around S$300 – S$500 per month as your entertainment expenses/ pocket money.

Miscellaneous Expenses

Apart from the above, as a student you might also need to worry about books and stationary, internet and phone bills, a haircut and even perhaps an occasional trip to a clinic.

Specifics

Average Cost

In SD

In INR

Internet (monthly tariff)

40

1,845.20

Call rates/minute (prepaid)

0.2

9.23

Books and Stationary

150

6,919.50

Haircut

35

1,614.55

Single visit to Polyclinic

15

691.95

To sum up, Singapore weighs more or less similar to other study abroad destinations when it comes to cost of living. What is scores on for Indian Students is the proximity and the easy jobs. Students, as such, can work for up to 16 hours a week in Singapore during their classes. With no minimum wages, you can actually earn a decent pocket money. Though it would not be enough to offset or help with the tuition fees, they can surely come in handy and help you enjoy your stay in Singapore.

So, start packing and remember, international experience requires you to experience the country as well…be wise and spend wisely…

All the best!

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Kartik Sharma

a year ago

Am I able to do part-time job in Singapore while persuading my ACCA as an international student and will I be able to earn my monthly expenses excluding my fees

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hello Kartik. to know more about part-time work in Singapore go through our detailed story here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/part-time-work-options-in-singapore-for-indian-students-articlepage-965. Also kindly note that working part-time will not cover your living expenses. part-time earnings...Hello Kartik. to know more about part-time work in Singapore go through our detailed story here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/part-time-work-options-in-singapore-for-indian-students-articlepage-965. Also kindly note that working part-time will not cover your living expenses. part-time earnings are only a small income on the side.

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A K

2 years ago

Is it worth spending S$ 38,000 to study MA Applied Linguistics from NIE, NTU Singapore_August 2020? What are the job prospects in Singapore for an experienced teacher (from India) with this degree?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

hello AK. Check out our article on job prospects in Singapore here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/job-prospects-for-indian-students-in-singapore-articlepage-2283

4 years ago

What is the accurate accomdation amount for indian student.

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4 years ago

I have 3 lacs inr for 6 month stay in singapore as a student. is this enough amount....

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6 years ago

I am Indian and want to study in Singapore.Will i be able to manage with S$10000 for one year? Excluding hostel fees.

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yes you definitely can but i think you would have finished your studies by now

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