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Tiong Bahru

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Tiong Bahru, Singapore. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Tiong Bahru?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Tiong Bahru, they said:

"Tiong Bahru is one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore, known for its unique blend of old and new, with art deco-style buildings and modern high-rises. It is a popular residential area for expats due to its central location, vibrant food scene, and close-knit community feel. Before moving to Tiong Bahru, expats should know that the cost of living can be quite high, especially when it comes to rent. The area is highly sought after, and the prices reflect that. The public transportation in Tiong Bahru is excellent, with the MRT station providing easy access to other parts of Singapore. However, parking can be a challenge in the area, so owning a car may not be the most convenient option. Tiong Bahru is known for its food scene, with a mix of traditional hawker centres and trendy cafes. The Tiong Bahru Market is a must-visit for fresh produce and local dishes. The area is also home to several independent bookstores, art galleries, and boutique shops, making it a cultural hub in the city. Despite its bustling atmosphere, Tiong Bahru also offers plenty of green spaces for relaxation and outdoor activities. The Tiong Bahru Park is a popular spot for families and fitness enthusiasts. Healthcare facilities are easily accessible in Tiong Bahru, with several clinics and hospitals in and around the area. Education options are also plentiful, with a number of local and international schools nearby. While English is widely spoken in Singapore, learning some basic phrases in Mandarin could be helpful as it is the second most commonly spoken language in the area. Lastly, it's important to note that Singapore has strict laws and regulations, including penalties for littering and chewing gum, so it's essential to familiarize yourself with these before moving," commented one expat who made the move to Tiong Bahru.

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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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