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Living Costs in Singapore for foreigners

Post by Rinaldhounited » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 7:05 am

Hey guys,

Just from the off, I am not asking how hard it is to get a job in Singapore, I am purely asking this question out of curiousity.

I just want to know, what is the average annual living cost for a foreigner living in Singapore? This includes everything, like rent, food, entertainment, etc.

Also, what is the expense which would cost you the most annually?

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Post by taxico » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 7:47 am

this is akin to asking "how many trees are there in the forest?"

expats can exist on as little as a few hundred bucks a month to tens of thousands of dollars a month (or even hundreds of thousands).

different people will give you different answers. it really depends on the lifestyle, how much you wanna save (if at all) and how much you're earning.

american club membership goes for about SG$100k, which is the price of an entry-level pre-owned continental car.

your monthly rent can be cheap ($500?) or expensive ($15,000?). gas prices are dictated by how regularly and how far you drive, and what sort of vehicle...

trains/buses won't cost you more than $500 a month. you'd probably have enough left over for cab rides every now and then.

one meal can cost $3 or $300. beer can cost $5 or $25. movies are about $10 (more for those plush seats) but DVD rentals go for $3-$7... how do you want to live?

while i think a monthly salary of SG$6-7k is kinda comfortable for a single, i've known of perfectly happy expats who subsist on SG$2-3k.

and i've also known expats (with familes) who earn over $100k a month and still find it a struggle to pay off their loans back home.

you might have better replies if you gave more details on what type of lifestyle you want during your stay in singapore...

either that, or you can plow through the older posts for similar queries, which i strongly recommend.
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 8:56 am

Hey taxico, feeling generous this morning are you? I would have started and ended with your last two lines. :wink:
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Post by taxico » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 9:00 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Hey taxico, feeling generous this morning are you? I would have started and ended with your last two lines. :wink:
i was a little bored. : ) not much happens around this part of the world...!
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Post by econoMIC » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 3:05 pm

$100k for joining the American Club? You would have to pay me to join! :wink:

Guess I will have to open a Canadian club next year. Mission statement: building a shack on Sungei Serangoon for "ice fisihing" so the young members have a place to shag. BBQ in the rain, while imagining it snows, built a hockey ring near city hall, let Singaporeans know that it is not really cold to the extend that you need a jacket in Eski Bar and most important, promote the use of eh? at the end of the sentence among Singaporeans (that one should be easy). I think I should be able to charge at least CAD 50 for the membership each year.
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 5:56 pm

LGM, I've opened a Canadian Club or two in my time! :cool:
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Post by Strong Eagle » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 6:55 pm

taxico wrote:american club membership goes for about SG$100k,
Maybe for a corporate membership with multiple members. Individual membership closer to 20K.

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Post by econoMIC » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 7:41 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:LGM, I've opened a Canadian Club or two in my time! :cool:
:lol: Good one but I think you meant to say: LGM, I've opened a Canadian Club or two in my time ,eh! :cool:
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