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Cost of Living in Singapore

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Aug 06, 2023

Summary: The cost of living in Singapore is generally high, especially for expats. A nice 1 bedroom apartment in Singapore can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $3,500 per month, while a nice 2 bedroom apartment can cost from $3,000 to $5,000 per month. The cost of dinner at a moderately priced restaurant in Singapore is usually around $20 to $30 per person.

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Is the cost of living in Singapore high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Singapore, they wrote:

"The cost of living in Singapore is generally considered to be high, with prices for basic necessities such as food, housing, and transportation being significantly higher than in many other countries. Singapore is known for its high quality of life, but this comes at a cost, with the cost of living being one of the highest in the world. Renting a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre can cost upwards of $2,000 per month, while basic groceries can be quite expensive. Transportation is also costly, with public transport fares being among the highest in the world. Despite the high cost of living, Singapore remains an attractive destination for many due to its excellent infrastructure, safety, and quality of life," said one person in Singapore.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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