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Moving from UK to Singapore... Help please!!!!!!!

Post by AjitS » Wed, 08 Feb 2012 4:46 am

Hi

Hoping someone can help... I'm moving to singapore from the UK in April and once I am there I will have 4 weeks to find my own accomadation.

Not really sure what's best, would ideally like my own condo but thats starting to look expensive and to be honnest may be bit lonely. I was thinking of getting my own 2 bedroom condo and then subletting the second room, not sure if you can do this or even if the demand is there as I don't want to be stuck with a 2 bedroom place with Knowone wanting to take the second room.

Other option is for me to rent a second room from Somebody else but then I think I might always feel like a guest in someone else's place.

The area I'm looking around is Bedok chai chee as this is around we're my work will be, can anyone advise what sort of area this is? Expensive? Lively? Rural? Transport links?

First time working away from England so any advise would be massively apreciated.

Kind regard
Ajit singh

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Post by beppi » Thu, 09 Feb 2012 1:02 am

Finding tenants for a sublet room is generally easy, although you will get less than half your rent for subletting one of a two-bedroom flat. Be sure to seek permission to sublet from your landlord before you sign a contract (many don't allow).
I always shared, because I don't like being lonely. Being the main tenant allows getting rid of the occasional oddball subtenant (I always specified one month notice for that reason).
The only rural areas in Singapore, Lim Chu Kang (North West) and Pulau Ubin (island to the North East), have no apartments. Everything else is urban and well-connected.

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Post by AjitS » Fri, 10 Feb 2012 7:39 pm

thanks for this information Beppi, its very helpful. not sure if know aware of the Chai Chai area at all, but is this expensive to live around there? I will be working in the techno park on Chai Chee Road and would like a place that is close to work but also somewhere that is a bit lively (like a few Pubs and bars to watch the footy etc).

I suppose I will get a better feel when I finally get out there but not sure if my expectations are too high or not, ideally want to be close to work but hopefully will be able to find a place that ticks all the boxes (and hopefully be able to do this within a reasonable budget).

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Post by beppi » Sat, 11 Feb 2012 12:45 am

"Close to work" is relative on a small island such as this. There are basically no places further than a 45min commute away (which would classify them as "next door" in Tokyo or Shanghai).
"Reasonable budget" is also relative on such a small island. I had six-bedroom villas with pool in both Taiwan and Thailand for the same rent as the cheapest HDB here.
I guess you should arrive and sort out your expectations!

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Post by AjitS » Sat, 11 Feb 2012 2:30 am

As usefull as I am funding these forums yes I agree I think it's better not to come with to many expectations.

Thank you

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