Life In Singapore

Accommodation

Precaution of School Accommodation

Transportation

Introduction to Singapore's transportation modes

Food & Drink

Introduction to local eating habits and Chinese restaurants in Singapore

Medical

Introduction of Singapore Medical System and Medical Information

Safety precautions

Singapore Social Security Situation

Shopping

Introduction of Singapore's purchase of daily necessities and fashion

Visa

Introduction of Singapore visa processing and visa processing abroad

Accommodation

 

When students go to school in China, they definitely have their own dorm beds on campus. There is no such good condition in Singapore. Singapore's universities are limited in size and cannot provide housing for all students. So almost half of the students can only choose to stay off campus. In this section, we will introduce the overview of on-campus housing and off-campus housing, possible problems and matters needing attention.

On-campus accommodation:

Singapore’s university dormitories will give priority to new students, so students who have just arrived in Singapore don’t have to worry about applying for a dormitory. According to the instructions in the email issued by the school about the success notification of the dormitory application, the students should receive the key (or access card) of their room very smoothly. Singapore's university dorms are usually single rooms (Single Room), double rooms (TwinRoom) and apartments (of course, you can only live in one room, but you will share the living room, kitchen, bathroom, etc. with your roommates. Public space). Generally speaking, the price is in the order of the apartment single room> apartment double room = single room > double room.

Dormitories generally provide a common kitchen for the students. Students who want to cook for themselves can show their talents here, but don't forget to clean the kitchen after the meal. *Note: The utensils, ingredients and seasonings needed for cooking need to be prepared by themselves. The public kitchen only provides heating equipment.

Dormitories generally provide a public laundry room for the students, which has two machines, a washing machine and a dryer. Both machines require coin-operated use. A one-dollar coin is required to wash clothes and dry clothes. Students who often need to use the washing machine must pay attention to the coins.

Dormitories generally do not have access control, and students will not be restricted regardless of the time of entry and exit. But go home late at night or go out, please try to keep quiet, don't quarrel with others' rest.

If students encounter any problems during their stay in the school dormitory, such as power outages, water cuts, fans can't be used, neighbors are too noisy, etc. Don't hesitate, please report to the dormitory management department immediately. They will be very enthusiastic to solve problems for you.

Although the dormitory in the school is good, it is a pity that only the freshmen who have just arrived can apply for 100% of the dormitory. Is there a way to ensure that senior students can also stay in the dormitory? The answer is yes. If you actively join the Student Union, the Dormitory Management Committee and other organizations, and use your energy to do something practical for the students, you can qualify for the residence hall.

For students living in on-campus housing, be sure to pay attention to the time required for the dormitory to move out. If the students fail to apply for the dormitory for the second time, it is best to start looking for an off-campus residence one month before the time of moving out. Some information about renting out of school, we will talk about in the next section.

 

Off-campus accommodation:

For those who do not want to live in the school dormitory and failed to apply for the school dormitory for some reasons, they can only choose to live in the school. The housing provided outside the school can be broadly divided into two categories, private student apartments and private homes.

Private student apartment:

Most of them are rented by a certain company and transformed into a flat. The advantage is that the management of the apartment area is systematic, there is a set of rules and regulations, and public health is requested to be maintained. Some student apartments also provide accommodation for basketball courts, badminton courts and swimming pools. However, most of these student apartments are far from the school and the price is not high. Some apartments are not very good because of the older buildings. Information about these private student apartments is generally found in the Off-Campus Housing section of major universities.

Housing :

Refers to a privately owned residence of a Singapore citizen or a Singapore permanent resident (PR). There are three types of homes that can be rented, HDB, Condo and Landed House. In general, the same geographical location, the same size, the decor is not a big room, at the price of Condo>LandedHouse>HDB. The advantage of renting a home is that the degree of freedom of choice is relatively large, and students can choose the type of room they want and the place they live according to their economic strength and preferences. Students who choose to rent a home (especially those who live in HDB), because they live in residential areas, can easily find supermarkets, grocery stores and places to eat near their homes. Of course, there are disadvantages to choosing to rent a home. First, many students will live with the landlord. This naturally adds some restrictions to the life of the students, such as not being too late to go home, not cooking privately, not inviting friends to come to the house. Of course, some students will encounter a situation where they do not live with the landlord, but the rent of such a room tends to be higher than the former. Second, because the rent of the room is entirely determined by the landlord's wishes (provided that the contract with him is not violated). People living in the same room may be mixed, which may cause inconvenience to the students' lives. Finally, I would like to remind you that no matter where the students are renting, they must sign the contract after they have carefully read the rental contract and keep the contract. In the event of a rent dispute in the future, this contract is the most effective document for handling disputes.

Transportation

 

Singapore's transportation is very convenient. Basically, you can find the corresponding transportation route in any place in Singapore. There are three types of traffic in Singapore: buses, MRT (metro), and taxis.

 

Under normal circumstances, the bus and MRT can basically meet the daily travel needs. If the place to go is unfamiliar or carries a large item, it is more convenient to choose a taxi, but the price is relatively more expensive. At the same time, there are some places where there will be free shuttlebus.

 

In order to facilitate travel, basically everyone will apply for a transportation card. There are two kinds of traffic cards: Nets and EZLink. The difference is not very big. EZLink is recommended because it can not only take the bus, but also can be used for card printing in some places. At the same time, the print service of each library in the school can also be paid by EZLink. In short, it is quite convenient.

 

At the same time, if there is no way to familiarize yourself with Singapore's subway or bus, you can download the Singapore bus and subway related apps.

 

MRT(地铁):

Singapore's subway currently has a total of five large MRT lines, East-WestLine (EW, Green Line), North-South Line (NS, Red Line), Circle Line (CC, Yellow Line), North-East Line (NE) , purple line), and Downtowm Line (DW, blue line), in addition, there are several smaller LRT lines distributed on the red line and purple line. Singapore's subway basically covers the main areas, and the famous places have subways to take. At the same time, there will be an MRT in general 3-5 minutes, and you need to swipe your card when you enter or leave the station. You do not need to swipe out when you transfer to other lines.

Some of the more important MRT stations are:

 

Somerset,Orchard:Two stops on the red line. Here is Singapore's most famous shopping street, Orchard Road. There are dozens of shopping malls on one street. From luxury brands to fashion, there is everything here. Of course, there are also a lot of great foods here, and occasionally there are many big and small events, sometimes even road closures.

 

DhobyGhaut:The intersection of the red line, the purple line and the yellow line is a very important transportation hub. Basically, it is a CBD, and it is also a good place to enjoy food and shopping. There are also some entertainment places, such as cinemas, room escapes, etc.

 

RafflesPlace:One stop on the red and green line, here is the financial center of Singapore, and the towering skyscrapers make you amazed. A few minutes walk to the Marina Bay, you can see the Merlion and Marina Bay Sands hotel, the night view is great. This is a must-see for Singapore travel. You can get to the cityhall one stop and the hoteltown is very close. It is a very concentrated area of tourist attractions.

 

HarbourFront:At the junction of the purple and yellow lines, it is also the subway station where a large mall-VivoCity in Singapore is located. No matter whether it is weekend or week, people will not be less, especially on weekends. Because it is not very far from NUS, many students will choose to go shopping on weekends or holidays. Going to the tourist resort of Sentosa is also past this subway station.

 

JurongEast:One of the junctions of the red and green lines is the nearest shopping center to NTU. There are many Malls here, big and small, of which JEM and Westgate are famous, as well as Singapore's famous discount resort IMM. It is also an ideal place for gourmet shopping. It is very good for weekends or holidays. Everything you need can be bought here.

 

Taxi:

It is also very convenient to take a taxi in Singapore. There is a special reservation phone (such as Comfort & City Cab 6552 1111), and you can also stop the car on the road. The taxi starts at S$3 to S$5 and starts at 1 km. After that, it charges S$1 per 210 m. If the total distance exceeds 10 km, the excess will become S$1 per 175 m. If the taxi is in a waiting state, it will charge 10 cent every 25 seconds. Outside the peak hours of the working day, the city's taxi fare is generally no more than 10 Singapore dollars, even if it is from the airport to Jurong, it will not exceed 35 Singapore dollars. 3. If you are traveling with four people, it is still very cost-effective to take a taxi. Singapore requires taxis to sit for four adults in addition to drivers. If you need a larger taxi, you need to make a special reservation. Of course, the price will be higher. At the same time, at midnight or during the peak season, the charges will increase, and the price will be different if the models are different (for example, the same distance Mercedes-Benz price must be higher than Toyota).

 

Food & Drink

 

Singapore's food culture is very developed, even with a "food paradise". Similar to Hong Kong, Singapore is a fusion of Chinese and Western cultures. It is also very prominent in food culture. Here, people can taste food from all over the world. It is not difficult to find a food suitable for their taste in Singapore. .

The Singaporean local diet is characterized by local cuisine, including Chinese, Indian and Malay cuisine. The Chinese cuisine is mainly based on specialties from Fujian, Guangdong and Hainan, and also incorporates the characteristics of Malay cuisine. For example, curry chicken and curry fish head can be described as unique "Chinese food."

Among the food characteristics of Singapore, they are very fond of eating spicy food. In such a tropical country, the hot weather is still very hot, which is really ridiculous. When Singaporeans eat, no matter what they eat, they must be accompanied by a plate of chili peppers to eat. The so-called soaked chili is dried chili soaked in soy sauce.

Singapore's Chinese food can be said to be “Singapore-style Chinese food”. In addition, with the influx of immigrants from mainland China, we can now eat food from all over China, such as Sichuan hot pot. Northern dumplings, Shanghai dishes, etc. These Chinese foods are becoming more popular in Singapore, and it would be nice to want to eat Chinatown.

Indian food and Malaysian cuisine are unique in Singaporean food culture, and foodies friends should not miss it. It seems that although sometimes these dishes give people a strange feeling, after tasting, it is not difficult to feel the unique taste. A representative of the Malay-made satay, a kebab-like dish of curry paste, Malay fried rice, and Indian pancakes and mutton soup are quite good food. .

Singapore's food culture also includes restaurants. In general, places where Singaporeans eat are often referred to as “cooked food centers” and English is FoodCourt, which is distributed in residential areas, commercial centers, subway stations and universities. In these cooked food centers, there will be many stalls offering different foods, as well as facilities such as tables and chairs for everyone to eat, some similar to large domestic companies or restaurants in schools.

At the Singapore Cooked Food Centre, all the stalls can be said to be basically the same, offering different meals including Chinese miscellaneous rice, noodles, stuffed tofu, chicken rice, Malay rice, Indian rice and so on. In particular, every cooked food center will have a booth for the sale of beverages. Because of the hot weather, everyone usually drinks some drinks when they eat. It is very economical to eat at a cooked food center. The price of each meal is around S$3 to S$5.

Medical

 

Medical :

Singapore's medical institutions can be divided into two levels, clinics and hospitals. We will introduce these two categories of medical institutions separately.

 

Clinic :

The clinic is the first-level health care unit in Singapore and is generally the first stop for people living in Singapore. The clinic is also divided into private clinics and public clinics (Polyclinic). Private clinics are located in every residential community in Singapore, providing great convenience for residents to see a doctor. These clinics are established by individuals or private medical institutions. Although private clinics have lower fees, private clinics are generally smaller and have limited medical services. For example, vaccination, X-rays, etc. are many private clinics (some large private clinics can now take X-rays). which provided.

 

In Singapore, a total of 18 public general clinics are located throughout the island. These public clinics are generally larger than private clinics and offer many medical services that are not available in private clinics, such as vaccination, dentistry (of course, private dentists also provide dental services). Although the size of the public general clinic is relatively large, the medical programs are relatively comprehensive, and the medical environment is better than the average private clinic, but for the students, the cost performance of going to these general clinics is extremely low. First of all, the cost of medical treatment here is much more expensive than private clinics. Secondly, because it is a public clinic, Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PR) can pay for medical expenses through medical insurance. Therefore, these public clinics are crowded at any time and have to wait in line for a long time to see a doctor.

 

For the students, the most frequently contacted clinic is the on-campus clinic. On-campus clinics can be classified as private clinics. To be precise, the on-campus clinic can be regarded as a private clinic with a large scale and a good medical environment. Because the school will provide on-campus medical insurance for our students, the cost of the students going to the on-campus clinic is very low.

 

Because most of the doctors in the clinic still work in major hospitals, the professional level of doctors is definitely no problem, so if students are going to see a doctor, it is recommended to find an on-campus clinic or a nearby private clinic, of course, in an on-campus clinic. Visiting is the best choice, and then the doctor will treat according to the condition. If it is beyond the scope of treatment, you will be contacted by a specialist in the general hospital.

 

General Hospital :

Singapore's general hospitals offer multidisciplinary emergency, inpatient and specialist outpatient services. Its good medical environment, advanced medical equipment and skilled doctors are world-renowned. Seeing a doctor here is different from seeing a doctor in a large hospital in China. It is necessary to make an appointment in advance to see a specialist clinic. It is often only possible to make an appointment a few months later. If there is an emergency that is too late to make an appointment, you can only go to the emergency department of the hospital to see a doctor. After the condition is stable, the emergency doctor will help you to schedule an appointment with a specialist. Students who are accustomed to running in a big hospital in China will ask why the general hospital has to go to the clinic to see a doctor. Isn't it more reassuring to see a doctor in a big hospital? Although the general hospital may be superior to the general clinic in all aspects, the cost of seeing the emergency room here is much higher than that of the general clinic. No matter what disease, what medicine is prescribed, the emergency fee is 100 SGD.

 

Mid night visit:

In Singapore, there are only a handful of private clinics and emergency departments in major hospitals. Therefore, after the students have settled down, it is best to check and record the address of the 24-hour clinic and general hospital. Even if you get sick at night, you know where to go.

*Note: The 24-hour clinic will have a higher consultation fee during the late night hours than during the day.

 

General visit order:

The following figure depicts the general sequence of visits in Singapore for students to refer to:

For those students who insist on going to the general hospital to see a specialist at the beginning, they can also go to the hospital or call the hospital to make an appointment. However, the cost of making an appointment for a specialist is higher than the cost of a clinic or emergency referral.

Safety instructions

 

The law and order in Singapore can be said to be quite good and the crime rate is very low. In most parts of the island, it is not too dangerous to wander outside in the middle of the night.

However, as the government itself said: “Low crime rate is not equal to no.” Singapore is not a Taiping country that “does not pick up the road and does not close the night”. Crimes such as murder, robbery, and theft are still heard. Although Singapore’s laws are very strict, there are always people who are quite risky. So first come, don't be too daring, be careful with everything. When you are not at home, pay attention to locking the doors and windows. If you go out to play, it is best to be with a few friends. After midnight, don't run around, especially in some accident-prone areas, such as Little India, Cage, etc. Girls should be more careful.

There is a bit of a digression. When you are at the airport, don't bring things to people who don't know. If there is a drug in the thing, whether you know it or not, you will be charged with drug trafficking. The maximum penalty: death penalty!

Here are some common calls for Singapore Police:

紧急救护车及救火

Emergency  Ambulance & Fire

995

非紧急救护车

Non-emergency  Ambulance

1777

紧急报警

Police  Emergency

999

登革热防治热线

Dengue  Hotline

1800 933  6483

火灾隐患报告热线

Fire  Hazard Reporting

1800 280  0000

非紧急报警热线

Police  Hotline

1800 255  0000

一般民众求助热线

SCDF  General Enquiries

1800 286  5555

Shopping

 

Singapore is a world-famous shopping destination. As an important trading port and financial center in Asia, you can buy all kinds of goods that you think of, from international big names to local specialty shops. Here are a few of the more important shopping centers.

Orchard(乌节路):

The Orchard Road shopping district is Singapore’s oldest and most distinctive business district. The significance of Orchard Road to Singapore is equivalent to Wangfujing to Beijing, Nanjing Road to Shanghai, and Fifth Avenue to New York. It is home to the largest shopping malls in Singapore, with many shopping malls such as ION, Tangs, Ngee Ann City, and Paragon. Here is a brief introduction to the two main malls.

 ION

The ION Mall combines dining and shopping. The range of merchandise is also very rich, luxury fashion and fashion accessories, fashion, jewelry and watches, ladies handbags, shoes and accessories, beauty, health and sporting goods, books, music and leisure, and electronic equipment can be found here. Sephora, the cosmetics store at L1-05/06, is the largest in Singapore.

 

NgeeAnn City(义安城)

Similar to ION, there are also a variety of specialty stores, beauty salons and bookstores in Ngee Ann City. Ngee Ann City not only has many luxury brands in the fashion industry, such as Chanel, LouisVuitton, Fendi, etc., but also many high-end cosmetics brands. For example, in the Japanese retail store brand Takashima (Takasimaya), you can find such as cpb, sisley, Shiseido and so on. In addition, next to Chanel on the first floor, there is Laduree, the famous old dessert shop in France (Macarons ancestor brand).

 

Vivocity(怡丰城):

Vivocity is a shopping mall outside Sentosa Island and is one of the best places to go shopping for daily necessities and shopping. The B2 floor is the exit of the subway station. This layer of Giant and Watsons can buy a variety of daily necessities. There are many snacks and restaurants on the B2 floor, such as cupcake, McDonald’s and so on. There are fewer shops on the B1 floor, such as Innisfree, EtudeHouse, and Lab Series. L1 and L2 have a lot of clothes, shoes and bags to sell Esprit, forever 21, Hush Puppies and other brands can be found. In addition, L1 has many skin care products and cosmetics. Such as Sephora, YSL and so on. L3 can find the Japanese two-store (Daiso), which has a lot of two new foods that can be bought and used.

 

ClementiMall 金文泰广场

For the NUS classmates who first arrived at the island, Clementi is a good place to buy daily necessities and necessities. Like many other shopping malls, ClementiMall is directly connected to the subway station and bus station. It takes only 4 stops to get to the KentRidge station of NUS, and the traffic is very convenient.

Small but complete. Although Clementi’s high-end brands are not many, but the daily merchandise is very complete, and the service facilities are also diverse. For example, common clothing stores (several shops with glasses, cheap barbershops, electronics stores, snack snacks and bread shops. There is a supermarket FairPriceFinest on the first floor of the mall, where the fruit milk is very fresh.

There are a lot of scattered shops around the mall, you can buy a lot of small and small goods, such as mobile phone shells, shoe racks, clotheslines and other cheap and practical small things.

 

WestgateMall

Westgate Mall is the closest shopping mall to Nanda, and is connected to Jcube. The transportation is very convenient. It is just outside Jurong East subway station.

Here you can find shopping and leisure food. In addition to the common stores, Japan's Isetan Shopping Mall is also included. Here you can find many Japanese-style shops, such as Tokyo Hands, where the merchandise has always been known for its exquisite beauty. Japan's small snacks can't be more attractive. The "white lovers" can't stop eating a box or a box. The girls rushed to collect the small and fresh goods of Japanese art.

 

ChangiAirport 樟宜机场

When it comes to shopping, the last thing I have to mention is the duty-free shops at Changi Airport, which is well-known throughout Asia. Buying cosmetics, perfumes and tobacco and alcohol at duty-free shops is much more cost-effective than outside. The cosmetics brands in the airport include Lancome, Dior, Snow Show, Whoo, SK2 and so on. Perfume brands such as Chole, Zumalong and so on. There are more than 400 brands of tobacco and alcohol. At the same time, you can also buy some gifts for family and friends here. Candy in Candy Empire, chocolate in Godiva, etc. can all be bought at the airport at a more affordable price. However, it should be noted that there are three terminals in Changi Airport. If you want to buy something in two terminals that are far away, although you can take the tram, you will still waste some time. This is not very convenient. .

Visa

Student Visa Renewal

At the beginning, I mentioned how to apply for a student visa. Generally speaking, the expiration date of the Singapore school student visa is the end of your course at this stage. If you need to apply for a student visa renewal, you need to apply to the school, ask the school to cancel the student visa and apply for renewal of the student visa, and then you will receive an ICA (Immigration Bureau) to inform you that the student visa has been successfully cancelled. After the cancellation, There will be 1 month of white card time. White card means staying in Singapore for one month without any permit.

After that, go to the ICA website to pay a fee of 30 yuan and your own appointment renewal time. Appointments can sometimes be cumbersome, and the most troublesome thing is that the appointments in the previous time are full, and the appointment renewal is later than the expiration of the student ID. What should I do? It is very simple. Just go to the information desk on the ICA4 floor on the day before the expiration or the first two days. The staff will give you a number, then sit there and wait for the call. Yes.

The above is the renewal of the student ID card for students studying in Singapore. Under normal circumstances, as long as they do not encounter unexpected events, the renewal of the student visa is still very smooth.

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Visit Passes

Visa for Singaporean students who travel from Singapore to Hong Kong or Macau do not require a pass and can stay for seven days. If you return directly to the mainland after the tour, then it will be good to return to the mainland after seven days. However, please note that you cannot return to Singapore directly, because students who do not have a pass are entitled to a seven-day transit right. If there is no transit from Singapore-Hong Kong/Macau-Singapore, it is necessary to pass the customs clearance within seven days before exiting. You need to have your ticket itinerary ready for inspection.

If you are from the Mainland through Hong Kong or Macau to Singapore, you do not need to apply for an endorsement, you can stay for 7 days.

If you want to apply for a passport to and from Hong Kong and Macao, you can go to the Consular Section of the Chinese Embassy. Four working days are good. A visa is usually a multiple round trip in two years (related to the type of permit and the period of validity), up to 14 days at a time.

Want to travel to Taiwan, enjoy the beautiful scenery and taste the food? Students with a student visa can apply for entry and exit permits for people from mainland China to come to Taiwan for sightseeing (the third category) at the Taipei office in Singapore. Passes are divided into single pass and multiple round trips, all of which need to be booked online in advance. Since Taiwan is a popular destination for travel, everyone should apply as early as possible. After the appointment is successful, you will be sent to the office as required and pay the fee. Since the institution that approves the pass is located in Taipei, it is necessary to send the materials to Taipei on its own. It takes about three weeks to get the pass.

Foreign visa 

The major countries in the world have embassies in Singapore, so everyone who has travel abroad can apply directly in Singapore. Specific visa requirements need to go to the country's website for enquiries. For example, Malaysia visas are only allowed for travel agencies, Thailand and Indonesia can be signed, and Schengen visas need to go to the embassy website of your country of entry for information. Japanese visas are available for both travel agency and individual processing, while US visas require a visa to go to the US Embassy for stricter requirements. Singapore's travel agencies are generally concentrated in Chinatown, and travel agencies charge more than the individual's visa fees.

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