Studying in SINGAPORE: Your Guide to the Cost of Studying and Living in Singapore

Studying in SINGAPORE: Your Guide to the Cost of Studying and Living in Singapore


Posted at: 19 Dec 2020
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Singapore is a great destination for quality education and a high living standard. Since Singapore is a high-income country, you can expect that the living cost there is higher than that of Cambodia. Nevertheless, the financial cost still varies based on course and your lifestyle. 

Therefore, for students who are preparing to pursue your education in Singapore, it is surely helpful to have the general idea of the financial cost for international student studying there.  

Tuition Fee 

The cost of the tuition fee in Singapore varies based on institutions, the level of study, and the type of major student is pursuing. Generally speaking, you can expect the tuition fee to starfrom $8,000 per year for international students. Usually, you would expect the medicine, engineering, and another laboratory major to cost higher than the social science program as it requires laboratory and experimentStudents might also need to spend around $300 per year for the course books or supplies. Nevertheless, there are also scholarships or grants available for international students.  

Living Expense 

In addition to the tuition fee, students must take into consideration the living expense including accommodation, food, transportation, and other day-to-day expense. Varying based on the location and the personal lifestyle, the cost of living is usually expected to be higher in Singapore compared to Cambodia. Generally speaking, students should expect an estimated living expense of around $750 to $2,000 per month in Singapore.  

Accommodation costs  

The cost of accommodation varies depending on the type of housing a student chooses. Cambodian students who go to study in Singapore can either live in the on-campus or off-campus accommodation. 

Generally speaking, the cost of on-campus accommodation for international students ranges between $200 and $400 per month. Based on the amenities and the university, the cost might variesIn some resident halls or residential colleges, there are also compulsory or voluntary meal plans that are usually more affordable. However, on-campus accommodation is usually very popular among international students.  

Renting an apartment outside the campus is also an option for students who are not able to get a spot in the on-campus accommodation. For renting of the HDB, a single room can cost around $800/month while a whole 3 bedroom flat costs $2,500/month. In terms of private housing, the rental fee of a single room costs around $1,100/month, and an entire 3 bedroom flats cost about $3,300. For the student hostel, the cost is roughly $500 to $1000/month.  

Food, Telecommunication, Utilities, Transportation 

The price of foods in Singapore varies from location and cuisine. For Cambodian students who are studying in Singaporeyou can find a food court almost in any corner with the price of about $4 dollars per meal. There are many signature food courts that are over a century old! The estimation of the utility costs including electricity and water is around $30 to $70 per month. Depending on the student’s personal usage, the phone bill can be around $40 per months. For transportation, it is highly recommended for students to use public transportation with a price range of $0.6 – $2.3 per trip for bus and MRT (subway). 

Other Essential Cost 

  • Visa: International students are required to hold a Student’s Pass to legally study in Singapore. 

  • Insurance: The health and medical insurance are usually required by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). And, it is usually helpful to have health insurance as a protection during studying abroad. 

  • Air Ticket 

This essential package such as visa, health insurance, air ticket and more will no longer be a concern for students who choose the service with WEduAbroad which offers full package service for student’s convenience. 

What Should You Get from the Article? 

Cambodian parents and students can get the general idea about the expected and estimation of the financial costs for students to pursue education in Singapore. The article includes the breakdown of the costs from tuition fee to accommodation, food, utilities, and other essential costs that are required to pay. Depending on the lifestyle, location, and the majors the students is pursuing, the costs will vary. Therefore, it is always a good idea to consult with an education agent.  

Cambodian students and parents who have further enquiry can always contact us WEduAbroad, the local consultancy for study abroad for free consultations about studying in Singapore at the 9th Floor, B-Ray Tower, Preah Norodom Blvd, TonleBassak Commune, Chamkamorn District, Phnom Penh (map here) or contact us via phone call (855) 17 548 354 or (855) 81 63 63 60. You can also visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WEduAbroad/ to take a quick look at what we have been doing so far. We are always ready to help, and we wish you and your children all the best.  

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