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Working in Queenstown

Post by SeattleTravel » Tue, 19 Jul 2011 4:33 am

Hello everyone!

I will be relocating to Singapore for a job that begins in September.

The job is located in the "Queenstown" area and it appears that the nearest stop would be the Portsdown Camp Stop.

I am looking to find a shared rental (30+ years) and don't mind riding public transportation. Ideally saving as much as possible, and I am pretty spartan in my requirements.

My contract rotation is for September to December or January.

I like to spend most of my time out and about in cafes, coffee shops etc.

What recommendations do you have for me as far as regions to stay, with this as my primary stop?

My family is originally Brit/Scot and if possible maybe an area of UK expats, if it exists?

Thanks ahead of time for any help.

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Re: Working in Queenstown

Post by taxico » Tue, 19 Jul 2011 12:13 pm

SeattleTravel wrote:I will be relocating to Singapore for a job that begins in September.

The job is located in the "Queenstown" area and it appears that the nearest stop would be the Portsdown Camp Stop.
i don't think there's a train station within acceptable walking distances if you work near portsdown camp.

queenstown is not a small area (by singapore standards) and within and nearby are mature estates which you will find public flats available for rent (legitimate rental).

these areas include alexandra and bukit merah.

if i recall, portsdown camp is not really conveniently located... off an expressway (AYE...?) but it would be easy to get there by bus from clementi.

you can try using onemap.sg for a feel of what buses are available at your work place and see the areas the bus services ply by checking out bus routes.

routes can be found on SBS or TIBS (SMRT?) websites - google!
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Re: Working in Queenstown

Post by nakatago » Tue, 19 Jul 2011 12:47 pm

taxico wrote:
SeattleTravel wrote:I will be relocating to Singapore for a job that begins in September.

The job is located in the "Queenstown" area and it appears that the nearest stop would be the Portsdown Camp Stop.
i don't think there's a train station within acceptable walking distances if you work near portsdown camp.

queenstown is not a small area (by singapore standards) and within and nearby are mature estates which you will find public flats available for rent (legitimate rental).

these areas include alexandra and bukit merah.

if i recall, portsdown camp is not really conveniently located... off an expressway (AYE...?) but it would be easy to get there by bus from clementi.

you can try using onemap.sg for a feel of what buses are available at your work place and see the areas the bus services ply by checking out bus routes.

routes can be found on SBS or TIBS (SMRT?) websites - google!
Google tells me the stop is just slightly off Fusionopolis. The one-north MRT station (nearest MRT) is supposed to open this October (ha!). In lieu of this, taking buses from Buona Vista MRT (e.g. 91) should do ok, with a short walk. Moreover, SBS bus 191 stops there. Route info is here: http://www.sbstransit.com.sg/transport/ ... table.aspx.

For places to live, there should be nearby condos (expensive) along one-north gateway (I think). For HDBs, take your pick: Dover, Clementi, Ghim Moh, Holland, Commonwealth, Red Hill, ad nauseam... Problem is, your contract is barely six months and flats don't usually lease that short. Rooms, however, do. Usual search parameters on your favorite search engine apply.

No such area for UK expats; however, lotsa "expats" work in the area because of it being a science and technology hub. I've met several physicists that work there.
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Re: Working in Queenstown

Post by x9200 » Tue, 19 Jul 2011 12:59 pm

taxico wrote:if i recall, portsdown camp is not really conveniently located... off an expressway (AYE...?) but it would be easy to get there by bus from clementi.
There is a bus stop right at the exit from AYE and then another one at the exit from Buona Vista Rd.

@SeattleTravel, if you are fine with sharing apartment and this is your priority:
I like to spend most of my time out and about in cafes, coffee shops etc.
...then I would suggest you rent something in the cluster defined by Queensway, Commonwelth Ave and Buona Vista Rd (or even Ghim Moh Rd) and commute to work by a bicycle. It is in a walking distance from the camp area but it is not entirely comfortable walking distance for every single day and mood you may be in :)

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Post by boffenl » Tue, 19 Jul 2011 4:27 pm

That's a great area to work and live in! You're lucky! You'll have lots of choices for shared accomodation (HDB, condo) and will be spoiled for restaurants and cafe's too. I live in Clementi, which is pretty close to Queenstown. You'll find it's pretty mixed as well with foreigners and locals. You'll get a good sampling of the real Singapore. Good luck!

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