The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the Singapore govenment body which regulates private housing, has strict guidelines on short-term rentals.  Short-term rentals with lease periods of less than three months are not allowed (  Below you will find information on the SMU hostel and hostels in the SMU vicinity.

Yo:Ha @Pearl's Hill

SMU Hostel has leased several apartments on a single floor from a private hostel operator at a complex called Yo:Ha @Pearl's Hill. More information on Yo:Ha @Pearl's Hill can be found here

The apartments at Yo:Ha @Pearl's Hill are either twin or quad sharing.  Each apartment also has a living area, kitchen, induction cooker, washing machine and bathroom.  Yo:Ha @Pearl's Hill is located in Chinatown and is conveniently situated near many eateries and public transport (a 5-10 minutes bus ride from SMU).

Dwell Student Living

Dwell Student Living is a student hostel within walking distance of SMU.  It offers single, twin, triple, and quadruple-share rooms.  Bathrooms and toilets are shared facilities for all residents on the same floor.  The hostel is surrounded by a variety of eateries to meet any budget and a supermarket.  It is well-connected by public transport.  More details can be found via their website.

Homestead Halls

Homestead Halls is a hostel operation catering only to international students.  It has two locations.  Tessensohn Hall is located in Little India.  The closest MRT (Farrer Park MRT station on the NE line) is a mere five-minute walk away.  The hostel is about 20 minutes from SMU and is close to many eateries, malls, and supermarkets. The hostel has created spaces where students congregate to eat, play, or study.  The roof-top garden at Tessensohn Hall is a popular spot for students to chill. 

Homestead Halls operates another student hostel located in Serangoon – Serangoon Hall.  It is five minutes from the Potong Pasir MRT station and is about 30 minutes from SMU. 

Both hostels provide a daily breakfast, high-speed internet, cable TV, and laundry facilities.  Find out more at

Palm & Oak Hostel 

Palm & Oak Hostel operates a hostel that is close to the SMU campus, at Owen Road. It is located in Little India where there are many food outlets and a 24-hour supermarket, and is served by the Farrer Park MRT (which is about 15 minutes from SMU).

Palm & Oak (Owen Road) has single, double, and triple-share rooms and common areas for students.  More information can be found at


The information provided serves only as a guide. SMU does not endorse or recommend any of the accommodation options and any agreement made is between the tenant and proprietor.