Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Clementi, Singapore. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Clementi?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Clementi, they said:
"Clementi is a residential town located in the west region of Singapore, known for its accessibility and a wide range of amenities. Before moving to Clementi, expats should know that it is a bustling area with a mix of residential and commercial properties. The town is well-connected to other parts of Singapore through an efficient public transportation system, including the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and public buses. Expats should familiarize themselves with these modes of transport as owning a car in Singapore can be very expensive due to high taxes and fees. Clementi is home to a number of educational institutions, making it a popular choice for families with children. These include local schools, international schools, and tertiary institutions such as the National University of Singapore. The cost of living in Clementi, like the rest of Singapore, is relatively high. Accommodation can be expensive, and expats should be prepared for this. However, there are various types of housing options available, from public housing flats (HDB) to private condominiums. Clementi is known for its vibrant food scene, with a plethora of hawker centres, food courts, and restaurants offering a variety of local and international cuisines. Expats should be open to trying local dishes such as Laksa, Chicken Rice, and Chilli Crab. The town also has several shopping malls, sports facilities, parks, and recreational areas. The Clementi Mall and CityVibe are popular shopping destinations, while the Clementi Swimming Complex and Sports Hall provide facilities for various sports activities. Healthcare facilities are easily accessible in Clementi. There are numerous clinics, dental practices, and the nearby National University Hospital provides comprehensive medical services. Singapore has a tropical climate, with high humidity and temperatures throughout the year. Expats moving to Clementi should be prepared for this weather and ensure they stay hydrated and protect themselves from the sun. Lastly, Singapore is known for its strict laws and regulations. Expats should familiarize themselves with these laws to avoid any legal trouble. For instance, littering, jaywalking, and chewing gum are all offenses that can result in fines," wrote a member in Clementi.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Clementi?
About the Author
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.