First Arrived in the Singapore

Immigration Procedures

Customs and Border Inspection Requirements for Singapore Entry

School Admission Procedures

Airport-to-school transportation methods and regulations for admission procedures

Bank Account Opening

How to open an account with a local bank in Singapore

Mobile Communications

Singapore local mobile phone number and Internet broadband and other processing methods


Immigration Procedures


On the way to Singapore, the flight attendant will ask if you need a Singapore immigration card. For those who have not yet obtained a formal student visa, please be sure to ask the flight attendant. If the students forget to ask the flight attendants to ask for it, the same immigration card can be obtained at the Singapore Immigration Checkpoint at Changi Airport. The sample of the immigration card is shown below:

When handling immigration procedures at the Singapore Immigration Checkpoint at the airport, students are required to provide passports, IPA Letters and completed immigration cards to Singapore border inspectors. After a smooth entry, please be sure to keep your passport, IPALetter and the remaining half of the immigration card. These materials will be used for subsequent student visas.

After the students have received the baggage, if they do not carry the items that need to be declared, they can leave the restricted area directly from the nearest automatic exit to the airport public area. If there are items that need to be declared, you can directly consult the customs officers who are wearing uniforms nearby. Under normal circumstances, customs staff will not check passenger baggage, but if there is a customs officer to check your baggage, please cooperate with their work.

School Admission Procedures


After successfully entering the Changi Airport public area, students can choose to take public transportation (Metro MRT and bus) or taxi to the school. Below we will introduce the two modes of transportation separately.

Public transportation:

According to the airport signs, students can easily find the subway station (named Changi Airport) at Changi Airport. After entering the subway station, students are strongly recommended to purchase a subway card (EZ-LinkCard) at the Passengerservice center or the ticket office. This card is mainly used to pay for public transportation (including subway, light rail and bus. Now many Vending machines and taxis can also be paid using Ez-LinkCard). Buying an Ez-Link Card requires at least S$12, of which $5 is the cost of the work, and the remaining $7 is stored in the card you purchased. After purchasing the card, the students should not forget to ask the staff to have a subway map. The map above is a detailed description of the Chinese and English names of each subway station, and each transfer station. It is very helpful for students who have just arrived in Singapore. Details on the recharge and use of Ez-LinkCard are explained in the next chapter. Below we will list some routes to several major universities in Singapore via public transport:

National University of Singapore (NUS): Take the subway and get off at Clementi station, then enter Clementi Mall's Bus Interchange and take the 96 road to the campus.

*Note: Students travelling to the National University of Singapore can also take the East West Line to Buona Vista station and transfer to Circle Line to get off at Kent Ridge, then find the station to take the school bus A1 or D2 to enter the campus. But for freshmen, it is very likely that you can't find a station or find the wrong station, so this route is not recommended.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU): Take the subway and get off at BoonLay Station, then enter Bus Interchange in Jurong Point and take the 179 or 199 road to the campus.

*Note: Students who travel to Nanyang Technological University can also take the subway to get off at the Pioneer station, take the school bus and take the 179 road to the campus. But for freshmen, it is very likely that you can't find a station or find the wrong station, so this route is not recommended.

Singapore Management University (SMU): Take the MRT to City Hall Station, get off at Exit A, take North BridgeRd and turn left at the crossroads with Bras Basah Rd. Follow BrasBasah Rd to the road with Victoria. The Singapore Management University can be seen at the crossroads of St.

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD): Take the MRT to the Expo stop and follow the direction of MaxPavilion / Somapah Road on Changi South Avenue 1 to reach the campus.



For those who arrive in the subway outage time, carrying a large amount of luggage is not suitable for public transportation or can take three to four people to take a ride, it is the most comfortable and appropriate way to take a taxi to the campus. No matter which terminal you are in, you can easily find the taxi stop by signage (the place where you queue will write the Taxi Queue). Singapore's taxis are divided into several grades, and the starting price of each grade is different. The general taxis are basically modern, Nissan, Chevrolet and other models. It is not recommended for students to take taxis of the Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz and LondonCab types.

School Admission Procedures:

If the students have successfully applied to the dormitory of the school (usually the newly enrolled students will be assigned to the dormitory), the first thing to do after arriving at the school is the dormitory check-in. The process of checking in the dormitory can usually be found in the email sent by the school about the success notification of the dormitory application.

After the students move into the dormitory and settle down, they should go through the admission process. Admission procedures are broadly divided into the following items: registration (indicating that you have arrived in Singapore), physical examination (usually at a school clinic), medical examination report, submission of information for registration, student pass, student pass and opening ceremony. At this stage, passports, IPA letters, offer, passport photo photos and immigration cards will be required to be submitted or reviewed, so once again remind students to take care of their documents and entry information, if lost, the admission procedures will be handled. It has a big impact. Generally, after the registration is completed, the new student reception staff will hand over to the students a (one piece of paper or a few sheets of paper) admission procedures. Through this guide, students can clearly understand when and where to go through the relevant admission procedures and the documents and materials they need to carry. As long as you read through this guide, students should be able to complete the admission process smoothly.

Bank Account Opening


Common banks in Singapore include DBS, POSB, OCBC, UOB, Citibank, StandardChartered, etc. However, Citibank and Standard Chartered have fewer outlets, and the threshold for opening an account is higher, so we mainly introduce the account management services of the top four banks.


The bank is Singapore's largest commercial bank and has the largest number of outlets in Singapore. However, because there are many people holding DBS cards, they often encounter long queues of ATM machines. RemixeSaving PlusAccount in the DBS account is more suitable for students to apply. There is no initial deposit required for this account, and there is no minimum deposit limit for this account (many accounts will deduct a management fee of around S$2 per month when the user's account deposit is below the minimum deposit limit). The documents and materials that need to be submitted for this account are: passport, student pass (you can use IPA Letter instead of the student pass).


The bank is actually a DBS, but the main business is handled separately. The two ATM machines are universal, and mutual transfers are immediately available. However, POSB is not very affordable for foreigners.


The bank is the oldest bank in Singapore. OCBC Frank outlets are located in both NTU and SMU campuses, making it easy to handle all business. Frank Account in OCBC's account is more suitable for students to apply. This account also does not require an initial deposit and does not have a minimum deposit limit. The documents required for the account are: passport, student pass (can also be replaced by IPA Letter).


UOB's Uniplus Savings Account is more suitable for students to apply. However, the account requires an initial deposit of S$1,000, and a monthly average deposit of less than S$500 will deduct the S$2 management fee. However, the Visa card corresponding to this account has more shopping discount opportunities than other banks, and occasionally encounters a movie ticket or a discount for the buffet to buy one get one free. The documents required for the account are: passport, student pass (can be replaced by IPALetter), Singapore address proof (only the UOB account requires this certificate, this certificate can be a phone bill containing your address information, school receipts Or proof of address issued by the school, etc. In general, the official documents containing your Singapore address can be used as proof of address.)

Mobile Communications


Singapore Telecom Operator:

There are three telecom operators in Singapore, namely Singtel, Starhub and M1. The largest operator is SingTel. In general, Xin Telecom’s signal mobile signal coverage area and signal strength are better than the other two, but the tariff is slightly more expensive than the other two.

Phone account type:

Singapore’s telephone account is divided intoPrepaid type(Pre-Paid)和Contract type(Post-Paid). Prepaid type refers to the type of telephone account that students need to recharge their phone bills to the phone account through a stored value card or network to ensure that the phone number can be used normally. If the balance in the phone account is 0, then you cannot make and receive calls and send text messages, but you can receive text messages and connect to the network (provided there is remaining traffic). For students who want to apply for a prepaid account, they only need to take their passport to the telecom company’s business hall or 7-11 convenience store to purchase the prepaid card.

The contract type means that the students need to select a package from the telecom package provided by the telecom operator when handling the telephone account, and then sign the contract with the telecom operator. After signing the contract, the user can purchase a mobile phone packaged with the contract package from the telecom operator at a low price (or free of charge). The contract generally lasts for two years. At the end of the month or at the end of the month, the signatory will receive a bill for the bill sent by the telecom operator. If the call time, SMS, traffic, etc. used during the month are within the range covered by the package, then only the basic fee for the monthly package (the fee is fixed) is required. If there is any part of the package, there will be an additional charge. Unlike the prepaid model, the user does not need to store the phone bill in advance to the phone account, but instead pays the monthly phone bill after receiving the bill. *Note: For users who apply for a contracted account with a student visa, the Singapore Telecom Operator will require the user to pay a deposit ranging from S$200 to S$800. But for Singapore citizens, Singapore permanent residents (PR) and those holding work permits (EP, SP), there is no such requirement. Therefore, if you want to apply for a contracted phone account, if you know the friend who holds the above-mentioned identity card, you can trouble them to open a phone account on your behalf to avoid the deposit. For students who want to apply for a contracted account, they need to go to the business office of the telecommunications company to handle the business with a passport and a permit (or let the agent hold his passport and permit).

Telephone payment

For usePrepaid typeStudents in the account need to purchase the stored value card in the telecom business hall or convenience store such as 7-11 and recharge to their own phone account. Please refer to the website for the specific SIM card type, stored-value card type and charging standard for each telecommunications company.

For useContract typeStudents in the telephone account only need to go to the corresponding telecom business hall to pay the bill after receiving the bill sent by the telecommunications company every month. If you have 7-11 and Cheers convenience stores or AXS, SAM and other self-service payment machines nearby, you can also go to these places to pay for the call.

Internet Data :

Students who use a contracted account can skip this part, because the telecommunications packages you purchase will generally contain 500MB-12GB of data. Here are some important points to note when purchasing traffic for prepaid accounts:

1. The prepaid account is divided into a main account (Main Account) and a special account (SpecialAccount). The type and amount of the special account is determined by the different types of stored value cards selected by the students. Purchase traffic can only use the primary account.

2. Singapore’s traffic plan is different from the domestic monthly subscription form, and all pre-paid account data packages have an Expire Day. To put it simply, it is after this time limit that even if there is any remaining traffic in the account, these traffic will be cleared. So here to remind students who bought the traffic, we must pay attention to this time limit. Here is a little trick for everyone. Although each data package has its own time limit, if the same type of package is booked before the last data package expires, the time limit for the package will be extended. For the sake of explanation, let us give an example here:

SingTel’s traffic plans include Long Expiry Plan, High Value Plan and High Usage Plan. The High Value Plan traffic package is valid for 7 days. If the students purchased the High ValuePlan traffic packet and purchased the traffic packet that also belongs to the High Value Plan after five days, then your traffic package is valid for 7-5+7=9 days. However, this method of extending the validity period of the traffic packet is only suitable for the traffic packets of the same type of package.

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