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Expatriate Living
  • Taxis

    Taxis are generally plentiful and cheap compared to many other countries. This would probably be the transport of choice for most single professionals living close to the city centre. Sometimes it can be difficult to get one during peak hours, and extra charges apply for calling one and during peak hours.

    Private Cars

    Owning a private car is expensive relative to many other countries and is not really necessary in Singapore. Most people would save money by using taxi rather than owning a car. However, owning a car gives you freedom to move around - and popping to Malaysia every now and then to have a round of golf might be a big enough reason to get one.

    Traffic conditions are generally good in Singapore. But be aware of all the charges that you have to pay when owning a car:

    • Purchase price – Cars are probably one of the most expensive in the world to buy in Singapore due to import duties and Certificate of Entitlement (COE – a permission to own a car for 10 years, after which it has to be renewed).

    • Road tax – depending on the size of the engine, you need to pay road tax every year. This can vary from a few hundred for a small car to thousands for an SUV.

    • Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) – during peak hours you have to pay fees (S$0.50 to a few dollars) to enter through certain roads and areas (mostly in central area). ERP locations can be found at

    • Parking – parking may or may not be offered for free at your office. Especially, in CBD it can be quite expensive. Also, typically you would have to pay for parking in most locations when out in town. Condominiums usually have parking included in the maintenance fee (which is paid by the landlord).

    • Petrol – it may come as a surprise, but petrol is probably the smallest component of you car ownership costs. It is currently around S$1.80 / litre.

    You will also need to convert your driver's license into Singaporean once within a year. This is relatively straightforward process, but will require you to sit the basic theory test. The road traffic in Singapore is on the left side of the road (as in UK and Malaysia).


    Bhavan's Indian International School

    11 Mt Sophia Blk E, Singapore 228461

    Canadian International School

    5 Toh Tuck Road, Singapore 596679

    Chatsworth International School

    37 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229313

    Dover Court Preparatory School

    301 Dover Road, Singapore 139644

    DPS International School

    36 Aroozoo Avenue, Singapore 539842

    EtonHouse International School

    51 Broadrick Road, Singapore 439501

    German School

    72 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289760

    Hollandse School

    65 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289757

    International Community School

    514 Kampong Bahru, Singapore 099450

    ISS International School

    21 Preston Road, Singapore 109355

    Japanese Kindergarten

    251 West Coast Road, Singapore 127390

    Japanese School (Primary)

    95 Clementi Road, Singapore 129782 (Clementi Campus)

    11 Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507657 (Changi Campus)

    Japanese School (Secondary)

    201 West Coast Road, Singapore 127383

    KGS International Pre-School (Japanese)

    16 Ramsgate Road, Singapore 437462

    Lock Road Kindergarten

    10 Lock Road, Singapore 108938

    Lycee Francais De Singapour

    3000 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore 569928

    Norwegian Supplementary School

    c/o Royal Norwegian Embassy, 16 Raffles Quay #44-01 Hong Leong Bldg, S048581Tel:

    Overseas Family School

    25F Paterson Road, Singapore 238515

    Rosemount Kindergarten

    25 Ettrick Terrace, Singapore 458588

    Rosemount International School

    461 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 109022

    Sekolah Indonesia

    20A Siglap Road, Singapore 455859

    Singapore American School

    40 Woodlands Street 41, Singapore 738547

    Singapore Korean School

    74 Lim Ah Woo Road, Singapore 438134

    Swedish Supplementary Education School

    c/o Swedish Embassy, 111 Somerset Road #05-01 Singapore Power Building,

    Singapore 238164

    Swiss School

    38 Swiss Club Road, Singapore 288140

    Tanglin Trust School

    95 Portsdown Road, Singapore 139299

    United World College of South East Asia

    1207 Dover Road, Singapore 139654

    Waseda Shibuya Senior High School

    57 West Coast Road, Singapore 127366

    We have provided some other useful websites for schooling matters:

    • Directory of Local Schools -

    • Studying in Public Schools -

    • Fee Structure Public Schools -

    • Ministry of Education -

    • Foreign Student Information - and

    • Foreign Student Admission Application Form -

    • CQT Application Form -

    • Advice for Expatriates to Place Children in Local Schools -

    • School Terms and Holidays -

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