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EAST COAST

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in EAST COAST, 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 EAST COAST?

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

"Expats moving to the East Coast of Singapore should be aware that it is one of the most popular residential areas in the country, known for its mix of local culture and expat-friendly amenities. The cost of living can be high, especially when it comes to housing. Renting a property in the East Coast can be expensive, but it offers a wide range of options from condos to landed houses. The East Coast is known for its food culture, with a plethora of hawker centres, restaurants, and cafes offering a variety of local and international cuisines. Public transportation is efficient and reliable, with numerous bus services and MRT stations connecting the East Coast to the rest of Singapore. However, traffic can be heavy during peak hours. The East Coast is home to several international schools, making it a popular choice for expat families. The area is also known for its outdoor activities, with East Coast Park being a popular spot for cycling, jogging, and water sports. English is widely spoken in Singapore, but learning some basic phrases in Mandarin or Malay could be beneficial. Healthcare in Singapore is of a high standard, but it can be expensive. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. Singapore has a tropical climate, so expats should be prepared for hot and humid weather year-round. The country has strict laws and penalties, including for littering and chewing gum, so it's important to familiarize yourself with these to avoid fines. Finally, Singapore is a multicultural city with a mix of traditions and festivals from different ethnic groups. Understanding and respecting these cultural nuances can help expats integrate more smoothly into the local community," remarked one expat who made the move to EAST COAST.

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About the Author

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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