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Expat Neighbourhoods in Singapore

Our relocation guide for Singapore introduces you to the city's most popular expat neighbourhoods, and gives you advice and guidance on how to find housing, options for choosing an international school, and showcases the district's best healthcare and shopping options
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Singapore Expat Neighbourhoods | Bukit Timah and Holland

The Bukit Timah and Holland districts are the central western areas of the city and both are very desirable residential enclaves that contain a good variety of quality housing. Bukit Timah is to the north of Tanglin and Orchard, and extends as far east as Newton MRT, westwards to Clementi Road and Upper Bukit Timah Road, and includes the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Upper Pierce Reservoir in the north.

Singapore Expat Neighbourhoods | CBD and Civic District

The fact that Singapore's CBD and the Civic District nestle together cheek-by-jowl is in many ways a perfect symbol of Singapore-the icons of the slower-paced, colonial past rubbing shoulders with the skyscrapers and high finance institutions of the ultra-modern and dynamic Asian tiger.

Singapore Expat Neighbourhoods | East Coast

The East Coast area of Singapore takes in the south-east of the island, starting at Marina South and heading east to include East Coast Park and Changi Airport, and encompassing the suburbs of Katong, Marine Parade, Siglap and Tanjong Rhu (District 15), Bayshore, Bedok and Chai Chee (District 16), Changi, Loyang and Pasir Ris (District 17), Simei and Tampines (District 18).

Singapore Expat Neighbourhoods | Newton, Novena and Thomson

Novena, Newton and Thomson are three relatively compact adjacent districts located immediately north of Orchard Road. They are all extremely popular areas with expatriates and affluent Singaporeans alike because of their proximity to Singapore's main shopping and lifestyle hub, as well as the extensive range of family-style housing that is on offer.

Singapore Expat Neighbourhoods | Orchard and Tanglin

Orchard and Tanglin are rightly considered to be two of Singapore's premier residential districts, as well as being the city's prime locations for shopping and recreation.

Singapore Expat Neighbourhoods | River Valley Road

The River Valley Area is immediately to the south of Orchard Road and encompasses well-known locales such as River Valley Road, Grange Road, Robertson Quay, Jiak Kim Street and Mohammed Sultan Road. There are many advantages to living here, not least the quality of the new housing developments, the proximity to the city's best shopping and nightlife, and easy access to schools, pre-schools and childcare.

Singapore Expat Neighbourhoods | Woodlands

The district known as Woodlands is a popular suburban area in the north of Singapore, roughly 12 miles from the CBD.

3 things to know before renting your own place in Singapore

Singapore has a number of well-established districts that are popular with experts, as well as a number of up-and-cming neighbourhoods that are becoming increasingly popular. Discover more about living in Singapore at Expat Essentials

For expats, Singapore is becoming (a bit) cheaper to call home

The good news for expats relocating to Singapore is that market forecasts suggest a significant drop in rental costs in the short to medium term. If you are considering a move but don't know how to go about finding housing or the procedures involved in renting somewhere to live, the Expat Essentials relocation guide to Singapore provides the soon-to-be expat with all the information you need.

Cycle to Marina Bay from East Coast in Singapore

The East Coast district of Singapore is one that has become increasingly popular with expats, in large part because of the leisure activities and waterspouts that are within easy reach. Learn more about living in East Coast at Expat Essentials

QUIZ: Which Singapore neighborhood should you live in?

A fun quiz on which Singapore neighbourhood is right for you! To help you make up your mind, our guide on moving to Singapore gives new and prospective expats a through run-down of all of the city's neighbourhoods, including international schools, housing and healthcare. Discover more about Singapore neighbourhoods at Expat Essentials:

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Expat Neighbourhoods in Singapore
Where are the best (and most affordable) places to live?

This is some encouraging news for expats moving to Singapore, or those looking to invest. To learn more about the best expat neighbourhoods in Singapore, visit the Expat Essentials relocation guide.

Guide to Serangoon Gardens in Singapore

Serangoon Gardens is a suburban estate that's a great respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Oozing with a quiet, laidback charm, the neighbourhood's growing popularity with cafes, restaurants, and bars makes it a promising alternative to the oft-too-crowded Holland V. To discover more Singapore expat neighbourhoods, visit Expat Essentials

Singapore Expat Neighbourhoods | City Hall

Complete guide to the best restaurants, bars, cafes and shops in City Hall. To discover more of Singapore's expat neighbourhoods, visit Expat Essentials

Singapore Expat Neighbourhoods | Bedok

While the neighborhood is predominantly occupied by matured HDB blocks, and no new HDB developments, there are beautiful waterfront condos near Bedok Reservoir. To learn more about Bedok and other expat neighbourhoods in Singapore, visit Expat Essentials

Check out Singapore’s densely packed spaces in mesmerizing pictures

Singapore is one of the most densely populated countries on the planet, and the challenge of accommodating so many people in such a small area has created a unique cityscape – even if we aren’t always aware of it. Meng Lim has been recording these unseen faces and facades with his project, Residensity. Discover Singapore's expat neighbourhoods at Expat Essentials.

Picking The Perfect Expat Serviced Apartment

Our relocation guide is packed with useful information for expats moving to Singapore on how you can find housing. Read more at Expat Essentials:

Sing-Guarantee is Changing the Expat Rental Market in Singapore

At Expat Essentials, we have an array of helpful information for soon-to-be expats, new expats and those who have been living in Singapore for a while. You can read more about Singapore expat life at Expat Essentials.