Things An Expatriate Must Know Before Making The Move To Singapore

Life in Singapore can perhaps be described as life at its finest because of the high-end, luxurious living experience offered by this island city in its highly industrialized yet serene atmosphere. With an impressive GDP and one of the largest foreign exchange centers in the world, Singapore has long been a key major trade and finance center in the Asian region. If you plan on moving to this geographically tiny economic giant, continue reading to learn a few things about the land that will come in handy during your stay.

Cost of living

It will be outrageously expensive! In fact, we are talking about the world’s most expensive city to live in, 4 long years in a row. Despite these mammoth costs, more and more expats arrive here every year as it is one of the major financial hubs in the world where, as the saying goes, almost half the population is either a lawyer or a banker. This is evident by the plummeting Rivercove Residences balance unit numbers each day. However, plenty of cheaper alternatives do exist in this city and you just have to learn where to look. Even if you earn a substantial amount of money, try to avoid the high-end restaurants, cafes and supermarkets as this glamorous city offers so many great things on which you can spend.


The official language used in Singapore is Chinese Mandarin because the largest percentage of the country’s population is made up of these nationals. However, any expat will have no trouble communicating during their time here as English is the most commonly used language in business and trade activities. Singlish is a language that is unique to Singapore and has developed over the years by the mixture of English with other languages. This language is relatively easy to learn, so if you ever get the time, try to learn a little Singlish.  

Get used to travelling in public transport

Purchasing a car in Singapore will cost you about 40% more than what you would pay for the same vehicle in Europe, US or Australia and even after that you will have to pay Certificate of Entitlement for the government which will be equally expensive. Although some high-end executive condominiums such as Rivercove Residences floor plan offers parking spaces for the resident’s vehicles, most of the time you will have trouble finding a place to park because of the extreme shortage of land. Resorting to public transportation, therefore, is more than just an option and Singapore is very serious about the punctuality of public transport, even a 20-minute delay of a train will make national news. The country invests heavily on the maintenance and development of MRT lines to ensure efficient transportation facilities for its many corporate residents.


For the expats moving to Singapore from US or European countries, the climatic condition of the country will come as a bit of a shock. It is considerably hot here during most times of the year and during the monsoon seasons from June to September and December to March, it really pours. However, there are plenty of pleasantly warm days on which you can head out for a leisurely run along the serene Orchard road.