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Moving to Singapore

Post by jen26 » Wed, 23 Jul 2008 5:27 pm

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Post by sierra2469alpha » Wed, 23 Jul 2008 5:46 pm

G'day Jen and congratulations on your upcoming move.

Your questions are pretty well answered in this forum - I suggest you use the search function up on the right. This will also help you see what other people have found - particularly with regards to your question about whether the salary will be enough to live on - there's a lot of information in peoples replies that you might find useful!

Hope this helps!

Cheers, C and P

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Post by Saint » Wed, 23 Jul 2008 5:50 pm

What kind of housing arrangements are you looking for as that will be by far your biggest expense.

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Post by familyof5 » Wed, 23 Jul 2008 6:33 pm

Jen, I suggest that you contact some teachers who are currently teaching at the school you are going to be working at. find out what their accommodation costs are, where they live, etc. the salary thing is so subjective. its hard to give advice there.

i was chatting to a teacher the other day and she was saying that the accommodation allowance wasnt really enough to meet their requirements....but she had a couple of kids to accommodate as well.

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Post by jac12 » Thu, 24 Jul 2008 11:36 am

Hi Jen,
Just wanted to let you know that most of the bigger International Schools pay around double that monthly salary (for a teacher with 10 yrs experience) with extras such as housing allowance/gratuity/shipping allowance/medical insurance in addition to that, so that does seem to be a low salary package. However that doesnt mean that you cant live on that amount. I guess you would have to see what others living in Singas now think, but I would imagine that your rent would take up at least half of your monthly salary so there wouldnt be much left over for going out (alcohol is really expensive over there) or travel. I lived and taught in Singas quite a few years ago and had a ball however my husband was also working so we had a great lifestyle over there. We loved it so much we are thinking about returning, but this time with kids...so the lifestyle will be a bit different!

I guess it just depends what you are into and if you could share accomodation to get your rent down a bit.

Good Luck

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Post by sillingw » Thu, 24 Jul 2008 12:56 pm

My wife is also a teacher, that salary seems preety low especially if it includes housing allowance, One other thing that you should look at is: Where will you be teaching and where do you intend to live, since you are single and intend to party, living in the central area would be best suited, but as you would guess, also the most expensive. If you are teaching out at woodlands, then you would also have an expensive (ish) commute.

I would also reiterate that a reasonably good lifestyle can be had for that salary, it just seems low, so I hope you are not locked-in to a long term contract

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Post by familyof5 » Thu, 24 Jul 2008 1:03 pm

I came across (completely by accident) a singapore shared accommodation website the other day. Here it is. When I was young and groovy I moved away from home for my job and moving into shared accommodation was the best thing i did. Worth a look?

http://www.share-accommodation.sg/?gcli ... egodkxgUlQ

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Me too!

Post by blueali13 » Thu, 31 Jul 2008 2:03 am

Hi Jen,

I'm also moving to Singapore in August to teach. I leave the UK on the 4th. I'm getting a housing allowance of around 4,500 Sing dollars per month and for this I've found I can get a 2 (or 3 if I'm lucky!) bed property. I've already contacted an agent and have arranged some appointments.

Let me know how your prep for the move is going and maybe we can compare stories once we arrive.

BlueAli

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Post by Pguy » Fri, 01 Aug 2008 7:53 pm

As already mentioned the salary seems low, but I guess you will be able to live on that.

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