Home, sweet home? Alas, expats relocating to Singapore have to cope with a tough property market: In a nation with 700km² of territory, it hardly comes as a surprise that housing is costly and coveted. But with our guide, you will quickly get an insight into buying and renting, districts and housing options.
Before you can settle in and enjoy expat life in Singapore, there is rarely a way around the housing search, unless you are among the happy few for whom their new employer provides company accommodation. To start with, you should know in which part of the rather small island nation you want or need to live. While Singapore is usually divided into five regions for administrative or planning purposes, it is the 28 former postal districts that come in handy during the property search. They are still used by real estate agents or property websites to indicate the location of an apartment or a residential area. We’ll give you a succinct overview of these districts and their place on the map of Singapore. Moreover, the guide introduces a variety of neighborhoods in Singapore which are especially popular among expatriates, families with children, or local residents, from the high-end estates of River Valley to suburban Woodlands.