Why do expats want to live in Singapore?

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Kenny Chan
Kenny Chan, Studied at NTU
Answered April 03, 2018

There are many reasons why expats want to live in Singapore. In fact, when I first visited Singapore, I loved it so much that I immediately considered moving to the Lion City. Here are some of the things that I value most about Singapore that got me thinking about relocating.

Low crime rate

Singapore is renowned as a very safe city. Policemen may not be visible but there are surveillance cameras everywhere which help deter crime. People in Singapore can walk alone at night without fear of being mugged. Some shops don’t securely lock up at closing time. You can even see some stores that do not have doors! Only small ropes are used to indicate that they are closed and all the merchandise are easily within reach of passers-by. Singapore also has a zero-tolerance policy on drug-related offenses.

Many housing options

Expats who want to live in Singapore have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to living space. The most affordable option is the government-subsidized housing by the Housing & Development Board (HDB). There are also privately-owned condos and apartments that have amenities like swimming pool, playground, gym and function hall. More expensive landed detached houses can be found in the suburbs.

Super-efficient transportation

airport-mrt-singaporeImage: TEA

Singapore is one of the few cities that can boast of a well-organized and efficient public transportation system. The road and public transport network is greatly extensive which makes daily transportation an easy task. Plus, MRT and bus fares are very cheap. Taking a cab is also an affordable option. Hailing app services like Grab is also available in Singapore.

High quality healthcare system

Parkway-East-Hospital-singaporeImage: PEH

Singapore’s healthcare system is among the highest ranked in the world. It is consistently the No. 1 in the Asia-Pacific Region, earning the recognition as Asia’s leading medical hub. There are many well-trained doctors as well as internationally-accredited hospitals in Singapore. Most of all, healthcare in Singapore is affordable especially with health insurance, either through private providers or the government-subsidized healthcare system.

Accessibility to Asia-Pacific countries

Getting in and out of Singapore is a breeze. The top-rated Changi Airport makes Singapore a convenient jump-off point to popular vacation spots in the Asia-Pacific. Several budget airlines operate in Singapore so traveling need not be expensive. Kuala Lumpur is only 350 kilometres away and getting there from Singapore can be done via bus, train or plane.

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