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Life in Singapore

About Singapore

The Republic of Singapore is made up of one main island with 63 surrounding islets.
42km wide, the main island has a total land area of 682 square km.

Over the past two centuries Singapore has grown from a fishing village and transitional rubber trading port to a World’s center of commerce, economy and leading industry. Singapore is the busiest port in the World serving over 600 shipping lines and is also one of the biggest airports with ultimate quality of services.

Singapore is a major center for supplying of electronic components and a leader in ship building, repairing and maintenance. As an important financial centre in the World, Singapore is served by 150 banks. High tech telecommunications network links the Republic of Singapore to the world via satellite providing the best business environment regionally. Singapore’s strength is in its hardworking, adaptable, resilient population, manpower and dynamic economy.

Population

5.6 million, 74.3% are Chinese, 13.4% are Malays, 9.0% Indians and 3.2% Eurasians and other races. There is also a very large international expatriate community contributing to Singapore’s permanent progress.

Languages Spoken

English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil

Student Accommodation

A wide range of excellent accommodation can be found in Singapore to suit all kinds of budgets and needs. Shared rooms and facilities, full board and choice of properties for rent are available through real estate agencies or selection from daily press. The accommodation fees are usually paid on a monthly or weekly basis. The average cost per month can start from S$400 for a shared room in HDB approved apartments. General advice with regards to the choice of accommodation could be obtained by the School’s counsellor (e.g. vicinity, neighbourhood, transportation connections, food facilities and pricing etc.). However, the final decision is left to the student or parents/guardians.

Orita Sinclair has an approved provider who has processes in place to ensure the security & safety of students. With breakfast, water, electricity, unlimited internet access and activities provided, our students and parents are assured that the students are in safe hands.

 

Below is the table of special rates extended to our students who opt for 12 months stay.

*Price stated below is meant for individual

Shared (more than 4 pax / room) $7,572 for 12 months (approx. $631 per month)
Quad (4 pax / room) $8,736 for 12 months (approx. $728 per month)
Double (2 pax / room) $9,900 for 12 months (approx. $825 per month)
Single (1 pax / room) $11,640 for 12 months (approx. $970 per month)
Admin Fee $150 per contract
Security Deposit $500 – refundable at the end of stay

Meeting service will be provided upon student arrival.

Relevant Singapore Laws

Below are some of the relevant laws in Singapore that students should note. However, ignorance of the law is no excuse and the responsibility is on the student to know and keep the laws.

Relevant Law

Immigration

All international students studying in Singapore must have a valid passport and a student pass from the ICA (Immigration and Checkpoint Authority).

Employment

International students are not allowed to work in Singapore without a Work Pass Exemption from the MOM (Ministry of Manpower).

Driving

All drivers must be in possession of a valid Singapore driving license and the vehicle must be insured.

Drugs

Possession of Controlled Drugs is presumed to be for trafficking, an offence which can carry the death penalty.

Alcohol Abuse

Any offense committed while being intoxicated (drunk) is punishable under the law. Drunk driving is a serious offence.

Smoking

Smoking in specific public places and indoor restaurants is prohibited.

Traffic

Jay walking is an offence.

Littering

Littering, spitting and vandalism (with graffiti) in public areas are serious offences.