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Singapore vs London (UK)

Post by louy » Sat, 02 Aug 2008 6:01 pm

Hello,

I have just been offered an exciting opportunity, however I know very little about Singapore, and even less about relocations. I am relatively young and very naive about this. Th relocation is just for myself and I have no major commitments in UK to worry about.

But What are the things I need to consider with relocation ??

What must I do in advance to prepare myself ??

How do I know if I am getting a good deal ?? (They offered me roughly the same salary, but said cos the lower tax rate I would be better off ?!?)

One things I am worried about is the cost of living. I hear food and such consumables are cheaper. But is it true that accomodation is much more ?? They offered temporary accomodation assistance, but if there is a significant difference in costs, should I ask for more assistance ??

Any comments or advice would be much appreciated.

Many Thanks

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Post by kaseyma » Sat, 02 Aug 2008 6:09 pm

While waiting for someone with time and patience to answer all your questions ( :roll: ),
try using the Search function above to see the many threads posted that have already addressed these topics.
There's lots to read.

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Post by zjules » Mon, 04 Aug 2008 1:41 pm

I thought this was going to be a challenge to a game of football :D

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Post by louy » Mon, 04 Aug 2008 4:31 pm

I would be well up for a game of football if / when I get to SG !! :P

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Re: Singapore vs London (UK)

Post by Saint » Mon, 04 Aug 2008 5:03 pm

louy wrote:Hello,

I have just been offered an exciting opportunity, however I know very little about Singapore, and even less about relocations. I am relatively young and very naive about this. Th relocation is just for myself and I have no major commitments in UK to worry about.

But What are the things I need to consider with relocation ??

What must I do in advance to prepare myself ??

How do I know if I am getting a good deal ?? (They offered me roughly the same salary, but said cos the lower tax rate I would be better off ?!?)

One things I am worried about is the cost of living. I hear food and such consumables are cheaper. But is it true that accomodation is much more ?? They offered temporary accomodation assistance, but if there is a significant difference in costs, should I ask for more assistance ??

Any comments or advice would be much appreciated.

Many Thanks
You will pay a hell of a lot less income tax in Singapore compared with UK! Also public transport is very cheap compared with London.

Rent will be your major expense and is probably on a par with London rental prices.

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Post by Zeenit » Mon, 04 Aug 2008 5:52 pm

I will say alot more than London prices but then in London we dont get swimming pools etc.
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Post by louy » Mon, 04 Aug 2008 7:06 pm

I have noticed accomodation is very expensive there.
The packaged offered to me only covers 6 months rental. (I dunno if this is standard)

I am just worried that I wont be able to absorb the increase once the accomodation support ends.

Im coming in on a junior position, a condo may just be out of my range, cos I dunno what unexpected and unplanned extra cost of living i may encounter and dont want to risk stretching myself too far.

Probably settle for a HDB, if i can find a nice one.

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Post by Saint » Mon, 04 Aug 2008 7:15 pm

I sharing out of the question?

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Post by durain » Mon, 04 Aug 2008 7:26 pm

you got 6 months to look for alternative place, so you will be OK. renting a common room in a shared flat would be cheaper.

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Post by louy » Mon, 04 Aug 2008 7:32 pm

I prefer not to share.

I think my budget will be 2k, max !!!

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Post by durain » Mon, 04 Aug 2008 7:44 pm

louy wrote:I prefer not to share.

I think my budget will be 2k, max !!!
with your budget, you will be OK. maybe in 6 months time, then rental market would have come down too (or UP!).

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Post by louy » Thu, 07 Aug 2008 9:36 pm

Woo hoo !!!

Its confirmed, I am almost definately coming to Singapore - in two months time !! :P

(altho I hav not actually signed the contract yet)




Im to start packing !!!

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Post by Saint » Thu, 07 Aug 2008 9:44 pm

louy wrote:Woo hoo !!!

Its confirmed, I am almost definately coming to Singapore - in two months time !! :P

(altho I hav not actually signed the contract yet)




Im to start packing !!!
Nice one Louy!

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Post by louy » Fri, 08 Aug 2008 7:45 pm

What sort of thing roughly would i be looking at ??
a 3 room HDB ??

There are some scarey stories on this forum about HDBs and dodgy agents.

How much more do i need to increase my budget to for a condo within 30minutes from Orchard ??

Would it be possible to start looking for accomodation whilst I am in UK, or is it best to wait until I arrive.

How long can it be to agree to a place ?? Just so I know how long I may need to be in a Serviced Apartment / hotel.



durain wrote:
louy wrote:I prefer not to share.

I think my budget will be 2k, max !!!
with your budget, you will be OK. maybe in 6 months time, then rental market would have come down too (or UP!).

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Post by Saint » Fri, 08 Aug 2008 8:19 pm

Have you ever been to Singapore or SE Asia before?

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