Moving to Singapore, made easy

Learn how to get housing, see cost of living and safety intel, find schools, use public transit, discover your perfect neighborhood, and more with our ultimate Singapore moving guide.

Asia's model city is a well-run business machine with a multicultural history and vibrant neighborhoods.

Singapore is a city-state with it all. In just half a century it's gone from a war-ravaged colony to a modernized paragon of good governance and the financial center of Asia. With 63 islands (yes, 63!) and history lurking around every corner in neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little India, there is much for its 5.4 million residents to explore. 

For hundreds of years Singapore has been a heady mix of ethnicities and religions: Chinese, Malay, Indians, and Westerners; Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Taoists, and Christians. This multicultural background has turned the island state into a cultural powerhouse. From Chinese New Year celebrations to Ramadan to the Dragon Boat Festival to Deepavali, there is always something to celebrate. This diversity has also led to a vibrant art scene, from staid institutions like the National Gallery Singapore to funky galleries featuring up-and-coming local artists.

As you'd expect of such a mixed population, food choices here are neverending and eating has become an art form of its own. You'll find everything from hawker centers offering humble stalls selling noodles, rice, crab, dim sum, and more (among these stalls are the world's most affordable Michelin-starred eats), fine dining, and everything in between. 

Singapore long had a reputation as an overly polished, boring city of malls and high-rises. You'll still find areas that fit that description, but you're never far from a hike through tropical forest, a picturesque beach, or a buzzy ethnic neighborhood.

Read on to learn about the basics (housing, transportation, internet, and more!) of moving to Singapore and to find the perfect neighborhood for you.

Studio / 1 BR
37% Complete
2,400
2 Bedrooms
42% Complete
2,700
3 Bedrooms
48% Complete
3,100
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
6,500

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (F°/C°)
Jan
79°F
26°C
Feb
81°F
27°C
Mar
81°F
27°C
Apr
81°F
27°C
May
81°F
27°C
Jun
81°F
27°C
Jul
81°F
27°C
Aug
81°F
27°C
Sep
81°F
27°C
Oct
81°F
27°C
Nov
79°F
26°C
Dec
79°F
26°C

Safety

Singapore is considered one of the safest cities in the world.

Car vs Public Transit

Ample trains, buses, and cars for hire (including Uber) make owning a car unnecessary.

The ultimate guide to moving to Singapore

Regions and Neighborhoods of Singapore

Regions & Neighborhoods

Moving to Singapore? Find the perfect neighborhood for you.

Housing in Singapore

Housing

We all need a roof over our heads. Learn how to find one in Singapore.

Transportation in Singapore

Transportation

Singapore has an excellent public transit system. Learn how to get around the city with our guide.

Education in Singapore

Education

Learn all about the levels of education and school fees in Singapore.

Insider Tip

"It's easy to misjudge Singapore and see it as superficial, but the shiny buildings and impressive architecture are only a small part of the country's identity. It's not hard to scratch beneath the surface to find a cultural melting pot home to many languages, traditions and customs, which gives it a unique flavour. Living there means you can be part of that rich tapestry."

Helen McClure, Moved from the UK to Singapore
Helen McClure, Moved from the UK to Singapore http://www.expatexplorers.org
Healthcare in Singapore

Healthcare

Learn how to navigate healthcare and how to find a great doctor in Singapore.

Phone and Internet Service in Singapore

Phone & Internet

Compare Singapore's main phone and internet service providers.

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