Short term monthly condo/flat for tourists : how/where?

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Short term monthly condo/flat for tourists : how/where?

Post by majimekun » Wed, 05 Aug 2009 7:49 pm

Hello,

I'm tempted to stay between 1 and 3 months in Singapore but I would like to know if there are private flats (no dormitories) that can be rented for such a short period (internet access in the flat will be needed too).

If yes, how much do they generally cost and what are the popular websites that list them?

I'm asking this because I'm used to staying in Japan which has similar accommodation called "monthly mansions".

Thanks a lot for the help :)

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Post by durain » Wed, 05 Aug 2009 8:12 pm

we call it Service Apartments here. do a google or search the forum or have a look at www.treetops.com.sg.

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Post by majimekun » Wed, 05 Aug 2009 8:52 pm

Thanks for this valuable piece of information :)
Googling right now ;)

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Post by majimekun » Wed, 05 Aug 2009 11:12 pm

Hello again.

Well, I need some more help because all the apartments I find literally cost an arm!

I can't afford to pay S$3500/month (1700 euros) for a budget Serviced Apartment :(

In Japan, the maximum I pay is 800 euros/month (S$1600).
Is it possible to find something along the same price tag in Singapore?

Thanks again :)

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Post by durain » Wed, 05 Aug 2009 11:29 pm

this is singapore. S$3500/month for a Service Apartment is consider cheap!

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Post by majimekun » Wed, 05 Aug 2009 11:32 pm

BTW, maybe it isn't a "service apartment" that I'm looking for.

I don't need a pool, a shopping mall or things like that.

What I get in Japan is a small and clean 25m2 studio, completely furnished and with internet access.
I need no more.

Does it exist in Singapore?

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Post by littlegreenman » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 3:02 am

What you are looking few does exist but still at a steep price. The reason is that foreigners can not rent a flat, so you have to stay in a Serviced Apartment, which are very pricey...

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Post by majimekun » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 3:59 am

wow ... I'm left speachless :(
I thought that Japan was the most expensive country in term of accommodation!

Ok then, as a foreigner in Singapore, what kind of other private (no dorm) accommodation can I get for S$1600/month max.?

Thanks!

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Post by revhappy » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 2:07 pm

Singapore is very expensive dude. But why do you want to come to Singapore? Are you a tourist? Singapore is a very hyped up place.. you will get bored in one or two weekends..Try Malaysia or Thailand or even Australia...

The singapore sale and all that is absolute hog wash. Everything is very expensive here unlike the US which is developed yet you get a lot of great deals there. There is so much of variety and space and wealth in US. Here even the locals are poor and have to work very hard to earn their living. Can you believe that? Its only the rich expats from Europe and US that have the purchasing power here..

Ya Singapore is comparable to Japan in a way that people niether spend money nor are able to save money and they just work very hard to make their ends meet.

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Post by majimekun » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 5:51 pm

revhappy wrote:Singapore is very expensive dude. But why do you want to come to Singapore? Are you a tourist? Singapore is a very hyped up place.. you will get bored in one or two weekends..Try Malaysia or Thailand or even Australia...
Yeah, I'm a tourist and I'm sure that the place is large enough to spend 3 months without getting bored. I don't get bored easily. Just watching people and different culture takes a lot of time in my case.

I chose Singapore because I was looking for a modern asian country where english is widely used. I don't go to countries where I can't communicate properly (that's why I often go to Japan too ... because I also speak japanese).
revhappy wrote:The singapore sale and all that is absolute hog wash. Everything is very expensive here unlike the US which is developed yet you get a lot of great deals there. There is so much of variety and space and wealth in US. Here even the locals are poor and have to work very hard to earn their living. Can you believe that? Its only the rich expats from Europe and US that have the purchasing power here..
I'm not the typical consumer-like tourist. I just need a place to stay and food. No intention to buy useless stuff.
revhappy wrote:Ya Singapore is comparable to Japan in a way that people niether spend money nor are able to save money and they just work very hard to make their ends meet.
Looks like you know little about Japan or you're stereotyping way too much.
Japan's consumers are a real powerhouse and they don't stop buying stuff even during economical crisis. Not that I find it a great lifestyle but it contradicts your point of view.

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Post by revhappy » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 6:20 pm

Well all I have heard of Japan is that they are workaholics and it has the highest suicide rates in the world because people cant cope up with the pressure of life.

Regarding the spending and saving thing, I got it from this article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/22/busin ... japan.html

The funniest thing is the interest rates there are 0! The govt wants people to take loans for free yet people are not taking !

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Post by majimekun » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 6:35 pm

Well, for me, the article in question is hard to take seriously (I'm not even mentionning the admitted mistakes at the bottom of the article).

[quote]“I’m not interested in big spending,”

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Re: Short term monthly condo/flat for tourists : how/where?

Post by Girl_Next_Door » Fri, 07 Aug 2009 11:06 am

majimekun wrote:Hello,

I'm tempted to stay between 1 and 3 months in Singapore but I would like to know if there are private flats (no dormitories) that can be rented for such a short period (internet access in the flat will be needed too).

If yes, how much do they generally cost and what are the popular websites that list them?

I'm asking this because I'm used to staying in Japan which has similar accommodation called "monthly mansions".

Thanks a lot for the help :)
Do you need the entire apartment to yourself? If not, you might be able to find Short Term Accommodations (i.e. renting a room) via http://www.share-accommodation.sg or http://www...com.sg.

Another alternative is to go to Craiglist and look at Short Term Accommodation. You can post something there or find something there.

The last alternative is to stay in a back-packer lodge? You might be able to get a better rates if you are staying for a couple of months.

There are cheap short term accommodations, you just need to dig deeper.

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Post by chrisali31 » Sun, 09 Aug 2009 11:50 am

Hi I cant help with apt problem but I do wish you the best of luck as Singapore is wonderful. Yes its a small island and yes I am sure that you will get bored eventually but not in 3 months. The only people that would not find something interesting in that time are those that walk with their eyes and ears closed. Once again, I wish you the best of luck in your search. Ali

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Post by hiromice » Wed, 19 Aug 2009 10:01 pm

Most Service Apartment here are around $5000, if you can find $3500 that's considered CHEAP.

Btw, let me know where it is. :wink:

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