New To Singapore
Your Singapore Adventure Starter Kit

Hey future Kingston students! Moving to a new place is exciting but can also be a bit overwhelming, so we’re here to make it easier for you. We’ve gathered a handful of tips and information to assist you in adapting to your new environment. With all this handy information at your fingertips, you will be all set to dive into the excitement of Singapore and make the most of your time with us at Kingston!

Public Transport

Singapore’s public transportation system is renowned for its efficiency and connectivity. The extensive metro (MRT) network, complemented by an extensive bus system, makes getting around the city a breeze. Trains and buses are clean, safe, and punctual, ensuring that you can easily navigate Singapore’s diverse neighborhoods. Most public transport run daily from 5:30am – 12:--am.

Fare for a single ride - $0.90 - $2.50

Food

Singapore is a culinary paradise, known for its diverse and delectable cuisine. From the bustling hawker stalls serving affordable local dishes to high-end international restaurants. Exploring the city’s rich culinary scene is an adventure in itself. Whether you’re a foodie or simply looking for a delicious meal, Singapore has you covered.

Hawker centres/coffeeshops - $4 - $8

Air-conditioned restaurants - $10 to $20 or more

Rental

Rental market in Singapore offers a range of housing options to suit different budgets and preferences. While housing cost can be relatively high, the quality of housing is generally excellent, and the city’s safe environment adds to the appeal of finding a comfortable and secure place to call home during your stay.

Student Hostels - $400 - $600

HDB flat - $500 - $1500

Condo (private housing) - $1000 - $2000

Weather

Singapore enjoys a tropical climate, characterized by warm and humid weather year-round. The temperature typically ranges from 24-32 Celsius. You can expect sunshine and occasional rain showers throughout the year.

Laws & Regulations

It is important for foreign students to fully understand and adhere to the laws & regulations in Singapore to ensure a safe and compliant stay in Singapore. Ignorance of the law is not a valid defence, and violations can result in fines, imprisonment, or deportation, which could negatively impact your studies and future prospects.

Work Illegally

Foreign students on a Student Pass are NOT ALLOW to engage in any form of employment or in any business, profession or occupation in Singapore during the validity of their Student’s Pass unless they have a valid work pass issued under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (Cap. 91A). Engaging in unauthorized work can lead to severe consequences, including Student Pass cancellation, deportation, and re-entry bans.

Rough Sleeping

Singapore has strict laws against rough sleeping, which includes sleeping in public places such as parks and streets. To avoid legal issues and maintain your safety and well-being, it’s essential to secure suitable accommodation, whether in hostel or private rentals.

Spitting And Littering

Singapore is renowned for its cleanliness, and the city-state enforces strict anti-littering laws. Fines can be imposed for littering or spitting in public areas.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in indoor public places, including educational institutions, restaurants, malls and public transportation. Designated smoking areas are provided, and its crucial to use these zones for smoking.

Pass Validation

Valid pass are essential documents for foreigners in Singapore. It’s crucial to ensure that these documents are valid at all times. Not withholding a valid pass in Singapore is a violation of immigration regulations. Overstaying can result in deportation, a ban from re-entering Singapore, and legal consequences.