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International Exchange - Accommodation

SMU does not arrange accommodation for international exchange students.

You may find below the types of accommodation available in Singapore.

There's a wide choice of private companies that offer short-term accommodation.

Please contact the provider directly to check availabilty, pricing and reservation:-

SMU Hostel

Due to limited rooms at the SMU hostel, we regret to inform that SMU hostel at Prinsep Street is not available for international exchange students.

The Evan Hostel will be open for application after students are accepted into the exchange programme. Students will be informed on the application procedures via email.

For details on the Evan Hostel, please click here.

Housing Development Board - HDB (Public Housing)

In Singapore, 80% of Singaporeans stay in multi-storey HDB flats which are public housing built by the government. HDBs are 3-room, 4-room or 5-room flats. These flats do not have facilities like swimming pools, tennis courts and gyms, but are conveniently located near MRT stations, supermarkets, stores and food centres and community centres. HDB towns are located all over Singapore except for Orchard Road.

Renting a HDB room or flat is an economically feasible option and an exciting one as you are deep in the heartlands of Singapore! You get to mix around with the local community and live like a Singaporean. A previous Swiss exchange student stayed at Farrer Park (next to Little India) and had such a wonderful time learning about the Indian culture and tasting the yummy curries!

Renting a HDB will cost approximately between S$2200 � S$2800 per flat, but the rental will depend on the location, size and condition of the flat. Flats situated nearer the MRT stations will cost more.

Private Accommodation

Condominiums and apartments are a common sight in Singapore. Condominiums usually have facilities like swimming pools, gyms, club house, BBQ pits, tennis courts and even mini golf driving ranges within the secured compound. Apartments are not as comprehensive except for a security guard.

Condominiums and apartments are usually not located next to an MRT but are easily accessible by public bus transport. Due to the furnishings and facilities, they are more expensive and at times luxurious! Most exchange students stay in condominiums & apartments and manage to cut cost by sharing the apartments with 2 - 4 students.

Renting an apartment will cost approximately between S$4000 - S$5000 per apartment. This will depend on the location, size and condition of the apartment. Apartments situated nearer the MRT stations will cost more.

Please read the attached accommodation guide to aid you in your search for accommodation.

Kindly source for an apartment on your own or seek the help of private housing agents.

Please note that SMU is not liable for any agreements made between the student(s) and the landlord hostel management/private housing agents. The information and contacts provided are to assist you in your search for accommodation. The information provided is compiled in good faith, and is intended as a guide only. SMU does not profit in any way or sponsor any of the contacts listed. They are provided as a convenience to you.

Last updated on 30 Jun 2014.