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Living in Singapore

A Uniquely Singapore Experience

singapore-tourism-board1The hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. According to a Year 2014 Edition Tourism Highlights by UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation)*

1 in every 11 jobs belongs to the Tourism, Hospitality and F&B sector. International Tourists reached 1087 million in Year 2013, contributing to 9% GDP and 6% in World’s export or US$1.4 Trillion.
In Singapore, according to a Year 2014 Annual International Visitors Arrival report and Hotel Statistic report released by the Singapore

Tourism Board, more than 15 million people visited Singapore, contributing to S$3132.2 Million Total Hotel Room Revenue.*

Hospitality is not just about hotels. It also includes fine dining establishments, luxury resorts and spas, country and golf clubs, high-end casinos, cruise lines, theme parks and attractions, events and convention management, airlines and travel operators. If you have passion in the hospitality industry, the career options and environments in this wide-ranging industry are exciting and endless. With thousands of hotel rooms and restaurants, year-round conventions and trade shows, and some of the finest entertainment venues and world-class recreation facilities, Singapore – the hub of the new dynamic Asia – is well-placed to be the gateway to realizing your dream of a fulfilling career in the global hospitality industry.

*Year2014 Annual International Visitors Arrival Report:

General Information

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. According to Singapore Statistics (, The country has a total population of 5.47 million people (As of June 2014), of which, about 1.599 million people are foreign-born. Singapore is highly diverse, and is well-known around the world to be a multi-racial and multi-cultural society and country. The four main groups are Chinese, Malays, Indian and Eurasians. Other races and nationalities made up the small minorities. This diversity is reflected in the country’s four official languages — English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil. With English Language as the official language of Singapore.

The official currency of Singapore is known as Singapore Dollars (SGD). Some merchants do accept other currencies like US Dollar, Euro Dollar, UK Sterling Pound and Japanese Yen.


Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity, and abundant rainfall, which also means that Singapore experiences Summer all year round. Temperatures usually range from 22 to 35 °C (72 to 95 °F). Relative humidity averages around 79% in the morning and 73% in the afternoon. April and May are the hottest months, with the wetter monsoon season from November to January. From July to October, there is often haze caused by bush fires in neighbouring Indonesia. Although Singapore does not observe daylight saving time, it follows time zone GMT+8, one hour ahead of its geographical location.

Transportation and Getting around Singapore

Most Singaporean residents travel around Singapore by foot, bicycles, and the public transportation systems like bus, taxis and train (MRT or LRT). The train system in Singapore is known as MRT (Mass Rapid Transport) and LRT (Light Rail Transit). The public bus system is known as SBS Transit and SMRT Corporation.

Picture of the Train system in Singapore

Picture of Public Buses

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There are almost a dozen taxi companies, namely, Comfort, CityCab, SMRT Taxi, TransCab, Premier Taxi, SilverCab and Prime Taxi. These few companies together put out about 27,600 taxis on the road (Based on a Year 2013 annual report released by LTA). Taxis are a popular form of public transport as the fares are relatively affordable compared to many other developed countries.

Pictures of the various taxis in Singapore

Annual Expenses

We estimate that you will require S$10,000 to S$12,500 per annum to cover your living expenses in each year of study. You can use the following budget as a guide for a single student living in shared accommodation.

Please note that the expenses quoted are subject to inflation and may vary depending on market conditions. The amount spent also depends on your personal requirements, budget and location.

Item Estimate Monthly Expenses (S$)
Rent (includes utility charges) 300 – 600
Food 200 – 300
Books, stationery, photocopying 50 – 100
Public transport 60 – 100
Personal expenses Varies with individuals

Airport Transfer

SDH Institute (SDH) will assist in the transfer services to all our international students. Students who wish to use this service should inform us of their flight details or contact SDH approved agents for pre-departure information. Airport transfer fee should be payable directly to the approved agent.

Students Accommodation

Accommodation is an important service for students living away from home. We want it to feel like home for every one of our students. We do not operate student housing, but you can find help locating residential by contacting the Student’s Association or our education consultants.

There are a wide variety of accommodation types in Singapore to suit different budgets and needs. 

  • Hostel Accommodation

Private hostels are run by private agencies. Such accommodation range from single room to quad sharing and most services are provided for.

  • Full Board

This consists of a furnished room and use of facilities in a private home. Meals like breakfast and dinner will be provided.

  • Public and Private Apartments / Houses

Students may want to consider renting room or apartment or house directly from the owners of public or private housing. The rent will depend on the location, size and general condition of the property. Students are expected to pay at least one-month advance rent and one-month security deposit.
Contact us if you need assistance in looking for an accommodation in Singapore.

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