Cost of Living in Singapore

Summary about cost of living in Singapore, Singapore:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 S$ 5.50-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 S$ 50.00-130.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 S$ 7.50-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.00 S$ 6.00-15.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.00 S$ 8.00-15.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.66 S$ 3.00-8.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.86 S$ 1.20-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.34 S$ 1.00-2.20
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 12.10 S$ 7.95-20.44
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.29 S$ 1.54-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.42 S$ 0.68-2.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.59 S$ 2.40-6.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 11.81 S$ 4.54-27.49
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.93 S$ 2.27-9.07
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 12.01 S$ 5.44-18.14
Apples (1 lb) 2.08 S$ 1.36-3.18
Banana (1 lb) 1.50 S$ 1.04-2.27
Oranges (1 lb) 2.14 S$ 0.91-3.63
Tomato (1 lb) 1.61 S$ 0.70-3.18
Potato (1 lb) 1.30 S$ 0.59-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.28 S$ 0.68-2.09
Lettuce (1 head) 2.27 S$ 1.50-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.84 S$ 0.70-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 30.00 S$ 20.00-45.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.41 S$ 3.03-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.62 S$ 3.00-12.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 14.30 S$ 13.20-20.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 S$ 1.50-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 125.00 S$ 86.96-140.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.90 S$ 3.40-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.61 S$ 0.89-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 19.60 S$ 15.00-26.40
Gasoline (1 gallon) 11.64 S$ 8.71-15.14
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 140,000.00 S$ 120,000.00-160,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 125,906.56 S$ 110,000.00-148,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 174.01 S$ 130.00-255.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.22 S$ 0.05-0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 43.51 S$ 35.00-60.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 118.42 S$ 50.00-200.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.88 S$ 8.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.00 S$ 11.00-15.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,291.47 S$ 700.00-2,083.33
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 31,780.18 S$ 24,000.00-42,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 94.02 S$ 50.00-150.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 56.66 S$ 30.00-90.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 139.42 S$ 80.00-210.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 146.35 S$ 70.00-250.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,106.73 S$ 2,200.00-4,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,237.25 S$ 1,500.00-2,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 6,192.45 S$ 4,500.00-9,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,831.25 S$ 3,000.00-5,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 2,540.05 S$ 1,799.99-3,499.97
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,191.12 S$ 899.99-1,799.99
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,936.61 S$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.13 1.35-3.00

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54 Comments so far
Rich Capitalist on Aug 03, 2022:
Is Singapore good country to live?

We are a safe country

Singapore is widely regarded as one of the safest countries in the world, with consistently low crime rates, a transparent legal system, and a reliable police force supported by proactive citizens.
konara mudiyanselage Abeysekara on Jul 02, 2022:
Howmuch an couple needs per month including or excluding rent for appartement.
Anonymous on May 25, 2022:
Any Senior or retirees here? To share how much an couple needs per month excluding rental to living comfortably in Singapore?
answering on Jan 22, 2022:
the median monthly gross income in sg is 4.5k including compulsory govt CPF (equivalent of 401k) deductions of 20%. net income would be around 3.6k.

the average non-white collar singaporean earns about 2-3k salaries and are able to survive as they don't rent and live with family who own a house. not much of a rental culture in singapore.

a single expat will be able to live comfortably on 5-6k/month if they don't splurge on restaurants daily and take public transport (it takes max 1.5 hours to travel the country from one end to the other on our trains).

if you are bringing school-going kids, private schools for foreigners are expensive (2-3k monthly per kid). companies should cover healthcare insurance.

main expense will be rental. the prices are quite accurate but take note it will keep rising as property prices are skyrocketing in the past few years. a 2 bedroom HDB flat that can house a family of 3 in the suburbs (tampines, yishun, jurong, etc) would be about 2-3.5k give or take, the closer you are to town/city center area it would be around 4-5k.

Condominiums are pricier than HDB flats but have security guards and facilities like swimming pools and slightly more privacy and quietness (but you can run into bad neighbours anywhere). there are no crime hotspots.

usually singaporeans don't live in town unless they have rich families or they want to emulate the high flyer rich businessman lifestyle (i.e. steve in keppel bay in the comments below)
Anonymous on Oct 26, 2021:
The rent problem plagues expats. Most locals will buy cheap HDB flats outside the city for as low as S$400,000
Hdr on Sep 17, 2021:
Hello everyone!
Is a salary of 6000S$ enough for a family of three ( Husband, wife and 1 year old kid)? Can we rent a house for about 3000S$?
Steve on Jul 05, 2021:
@J Wood. The prices are not just for expat. Show me a non HDB (government housing) with 3 bedrooms with rent for 2,000 and so many people would jump at this. I am not an expat but pay 4.5k for a 2 bedroom in keppel bay. So to me the rent seems too low. Yes an HDB rental with 3 bedrooms can rent for 2k but not private condos. Property Rent is and remains high in Singapore and has done for several years.
Chris on Apr 15, 2021:
Wish to live in Singapore and setup a business. Whats the stake?, what kind of business would b very lucrative in Singapore. What's the business environment like in Singapore? Replies needed pls. Thanks
Mass on Mar 31, 2021:
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Anonymous on Mar 30, 2021:
these are some major supermarkets in Singapore.

https://www.fairprice.com.sg/
https://giant.sg/
https://www.allforyou.sg/
https://coldstorage.com.sg/ - this is at higher price end.

you may watch youtube on Singapore too to source cheap place to eat around the area

if you work in CBD area, high chance of you staying in Orchard - expensive
if you work in Changi, high change of you staying in Bedok, Tampines.

you do not need to stay in Condo/Apartment, for a 2A + 1 Child, renting a 3 room flat is quite decent.

Overall Singapore is a very nice country to live in.

Btw I am a local Singaporean earning only S$4k per month.
AJ on Mar 22, 2021:
If a company is taking care of Food & Accommodation. Is 3800SGD a month decent enough to survive.
Anonymous on Mar 11, 2021:
I am suggesting a school for anyone who has a good income or a company willing to pay school fees for their children. Singapore American School. It is a very high quality school. There are many great teachers and a good school for kids of all ages.
Anonymous on Mar 11, 2021:
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Anonymous on Mar 09, 2021:
@molly 8k per year??? Thats not enough but if its month you should be fine...
Anonymous on Mar 09, 2021:
@mag school per month for my kids is 8k
J Wood on Mar 09, 2021:
I've been living here in Singapore for the past 16 years and these prices are mostly too high. For instance, my in-laws rent out their 3 bedroom apartment for a little over S$2000 per month.
I typical McDonald's meal can be had for as low as S$6.00. A meal from a Hawker center can be easily had for under S$4.00
What grocery store was this data harvested from? If you shop at NTUC Fairprice (where most locals shop) prices are MUCH LOWER.

It seems the prices above are for ex-pats with a large budget who live in the heart of the Central Business District or some other high-end place. The prices listed here are well above what the average citizen would pay.
Anonymous on Mar 06, 2021:
Singapore is a very clean modern city with all of the conviences.There's alot of different types of payscales mentioned here but that's normal. However expect to pay more for most everything especially living in a very safe city that's well run. One of the cleanest cities I've ever visited, Singapore.
Hania on Dec 23, 2020:
Hi, I need a post at your sites please let me know the price for the post.I am waiting for your reply. Thanks
Anonymous on Dec 09, 2020:
Hi, I'm from Bangladesh. I look for a wife with singapore passport. Must be 18-20 years old and virgin. Thanks.
Anonymous on Dec 06, 2020:
I am getting paid around 30000 SGD worth in indian rupees in India. Is it worth for me to move to singapore in search of a better job ?
Realiaticallyspeaking on Aug 23, 2020:
I don't understand why there are so many comments asking if X and Y is a good enough pay. Do your own calculations for god's sake. you have made it all the way here to get a good-paying job and you need help with this??? Use some common sense and the figures given above c'mon.

If you spend like a king, of course no amount of money is going to be good enough for you. If you want to have savings, whether you are getting a 7k or a 15k, be realistic about "eating out". As many have pointed out, Singapore is indeed one of the most expensive countries to live in. But companies here are willing to shell out huge money for expats. No money for school tuition? Consider home tuition or tutor your kids yourself before sending them to schools.. I'd say forget about living in the city, stay further out and take a train. Forget about a car, this will kill you first. medical insurance etc. these should be covered by your company. Buy less junk when shopping for groceries > eat less junk > fall sick less > less hefty medical bills. SIMPLE??? Singapore is a very small country so entertainment is limited to your theme parks, bars, pubs etc, limit them and you won't spend so much. you don't have to go to USS every other month. For the most part, what an average person here would count as entertainment is free - parks, art galleries etc. growing your grey matter for free. For the money you are getting paid, highly likely you'll have much time to enjoy these so often anyway. Not much difference from your home country. BTW, the median salary here in Singapore is about 3.6 ~ 3.8k. I don't see any of them on the streets? Yes we complain, but we make do with what we have. If this is not the life for you and you are worried about the pay, either ask for a higher salary you think would suffice for your high life or don't come here at all.
Carter.Yilia on Jun 08, 2020:
Most people want to transform the world, but few people want to transform themselves
Thodore.Herman on Jun 06, 2020:
The secret of success is to work harder than others every day
Douglas.Ferdinand on Jun 05, 2020:
When external pressure increases, the internal motivation should be enhanced
Singaporean on Jun 05, 2020:
I have lived in Singapore for 30 years.

Basic living cost breakdown would be something like:
Food: SGD400
Transport: SGD100
Mobile phone: SGD20 (40GB mobile plan)
Rent (1 room in a shared apartment, inclusive wifi and utilities): SGD700
Toiletries and other misc: SGD100
Total: SGD 1,320.

Eating at regular restaurants will cost you about SGD20/meal. Tobacco and alcohol are insanely expensive.
Watt.Winfred on May 13, 2020:
Most people want to transform the world, but few people want to transform themselves
Webb.Alan on Apr 28, 2020:
Most people want to transform the world, but few people want to transform themselves
Law on Mar 18, 2020:
I have lived in Singapore for 8 years. Here's a very high level breakdown of different levels of living costs:

Ultra basic life, renting a room, single person, only covering survival:
$1500 SGD per month

Simple, basic life, renting a room, single person:
$3000 SGD per month

Simple, comfortable life, renting a room, single person:
$5000 SGD per month

Comfortable, regular travel and luxury spending, renting an apartment, single person:
$10000 SGD per month

Add $2000 SGD per extra dependent

Singapore is an interesting place where you can live as cheaply or expensively as you desire.
There are construction workers here from Bangladesh earning $500/month, who get by and even send money back home.
Then there are traders and brokers on $15k-$40k a month, that spend every dollar they earn, living the high Life at high-end restaurants and travelling.

The only truly unavoidable high expense is accommodation. Renting a room is the way to get better value with this.
arnab Das on Mar 18, 2020:
hi iam suppose to move to Singapore in the month of august 2020 .Company offer be approx 8000 SGD per month. Apart from this company providing Accomodation for family , schooling of my child , medical insurance and medical expense for the family , one time meal for me. Also providing transport with fuel cost

Is this amount suficient for a memeber of 3 in singapore
Hamilton.Marcus on Mar 06, 2020:
The world will give way to those who have goals and visions
john s on Mar 04, 2020:
Hi,
I'm moving from Malaysia to Singapore. I'm contemplating an offer of SGD9.8k monthly salary (excl bonus). My wife will be working full time as well. We have 2 kids whom we intend to enrol in national primary school. We would need a maid as well.

Please advise if this is comfortable enough. Many thanks
Anonymous on Feb 24, 2020:
At Indeed.com the salaries reported are in the range of 2000-3000 SGD while as per these costs the rent alone will be higher than the monthly salary itself. Something is not right or maybe I don't get it.
Jayani on Feb 14, 2020:
I want to study for a year in Singapore
I want to know what the 1 month cost of living is for my family besides me (SGD $ rate)

1)Partner, 6 year daughter and 4 years son
2)School charges with daycare
3)living home for (4 people)
4)Traveling for 5KM.
5)Meal expenses.
BB on Feb 12, 2020:
Hi there. I have an offer of a job in Singapore earning approx $103,000 PER YEAR. Can someone tell me how much tax I would be paying and whether 103k is sufficient for life in Singapore, with an apartment in the city? I am single.
D on Nov 17, 2019:
Questions?
1. SGD 4.5k. SGD 2k send back to homeland, SGD 2.5k for living in singapore.
2. Rental sharing Apartment or sharing room ? how much share or per room
3. Transportation by company ? or monthly estimation
4. Meal x 2 (Skip bfst and place it at lunch) Sat and Sun (no bfst, brunch) Dinner (simple meal)
5. Entertainment zero (no shopping, movie, pub and starbuck), Internet(mobile).
6. Estimation x 5 years before reaching 40 at SG.
Zack on Nov 01, 2019:
Price of flats are lover in SG than stated here. This are prices for condominium.
Anonymous on Oct 26, 2019:
For expat working in Singapore, make sure you have min. Offer of 10k (excluding bonus and taxes) if you are single, 15k if you are married, and add 3k- 5k for each child you are bringing over.

This is assuming you are expecting a moderately decent lifestyle in Singapore.
Mag on Oct 18, 2019:
@RRJJ

No is not enough. Rental itself would be 3k to 4k. School fees for expat is about 1.5k each month
RRJJ on Oct 10, 2019:
Hi,

I am expat from Canada and have an offer of SGD 110K from a reputed company in Singapore. This includes bonus paid annually. They will take care of the work pass and other formalities. As per their initial calculation, this is coming to around 7500 per month. Please help if this would be enough for my family of 3 - kid is in 8th grade so will need a good school.
Please help me make an informed decision.

Thanks.
Molly on Sep 11, 2019:
Hi. My husband has been working in singapore for 2 years now. He has decided to bring the rest of the family down. 9YO and 4yO and myself. We will have to rely on a 8k salary for a while. Can someone give some details on how much it would cost on a monthly basis,please? Rent, utilities, daily needs. School tuition fee is all we have as a number to work with now. An honest answer would help me prepare the kids and myself.
Winston Burgos R on Aug 19, 2019:
Hello I want to send my wife and my 12 years old son to Singapore to study English and live until he graduate. For about 5 years. I live in Panama and I want him to get a better education and a bright future. My wife will be with him since I work in Panama, and I will maintain them with my wage. How can it be done?

Best Regards
Winston
nwabueze on Aug 17, 2019:
what is the lowest minimum wage per month or lowest amount one can earn per hour in singapore. Secondly is it possible for one to apply for working visa while in singapore or from ur country? Thirdly is there agent that can help to secure job and apartment for me? If yes, how much do they charge for both?
Anonymous on Jul 26, 2019:
@Kumar
As per PPP, Your Singapore salary should be 2.5 times the salary you are getting in india, when converted to same currency. Hope this helps.
Kumar on Jun 17, 2019:
Hi, I want to move to from India to Singapore. I am going to get any offer in Singapore and it is in salary discussion. In India i am getting around 40 LPA include all fixed and variable. How much can i ask in SGD for comfortable and good savings with me an my wife? is it good to move ??
Anonymous on May 23, 2019:
Am searching for a job in Singapore.. Ready to do any job... As a single can I have a decent living and save some for my family... Can anyone guide me
IIEC on Mar 12, 2019:
Thanks for your information

Studying in Singapore, no doubt, will act as a platform to a brighter future. Driven by excellence, Institutions in Singapore offer a broad-based curriculum and global perspective to equip students with the relevant qualifications and training to succeed in a competitive environment. Hence educational institutions offer the latest and best in educational tools and technologies.

As learning is lifelong, Institutions in Singapore offer a comprehensive range of training and enrichment programmes for executives, professionals and homemakers who place value on equipping themselves to achieve their aspirations. There are many who have chosen Singapore for their education and are happy that they made that decision, we believe they subscribe to what we believe in.
Samuel on Feb 24, 2019:
I am trying for my son for job as male nurse in singapore as he will complete bsc nursing in june 2020
Bindaasrox on Feb 06, 2019:
Hi Team,

I would like to move to Singapore along with my wife and 2 years old daughter. I;ve applied for few job openings in Singapore (Bid Manager), however, not much success.

1. Could you someone recommend or help me with Bid Manager profile job/job consultants who can help getting into Companies that provide working VISA?

2. How much monthly salary i should ask as i'm relocating from India with my family i.e. salary that can let me stay a descent lifestyle?

3. What place i should stay in which is safe for my family and less expensive on my pocket?
Srik on Jan 29, 2019:
Myself and my wife are earning 20K Aed in Dubai.Is it okay to try for a job in Singapore.I am into Finance and my wife is into IT.We are trying to move to Singapore due to the stability and proximity to India and the possibility of obtaining a PR.Please advise if that would be good decision.I am into finance/accounts with 8+years of work exp.
Urm.. on Jan 06, 2019:
Decided to look at data for Singapore (where I currently live) to get a sense of the data's accuracy, because I wished to use the site to get estimates for another city I am considering moving to.

Well, the data for SG is kinda under-estimated.

The current estimate of 8 bucks for a meal at an inexpensive restaurant is way too low. For non-airconditioned hawker centre yes 8 dollar is enough, but this would be too low for even some food courts (particularly the touristy ones). For example, even a pizza hut meal deal is around SGD15 per person excluding GST and service charge.

Rent estimates are also on the low side, and come on, men's leather business shoes for SGD115? Strange.

Average monthly salary after tax also seems low. I think the official average is above SGD5k+/month after tax.
Anonymous on Nov 10, 2018:
Singapore median pay is $4232 before 37% compulsory tax, not sure how you get data so wrong at $4110 after tax. Source from government website: http://stats.mom.gov.sg/Pages/Income-Summary-Table.aspx

1kg Frozen beef in Singapore is cheaper than Australian fresh beef. Please compare Apple to Apple. Fresh beef to fresh beef.

Eggs sold in Singapore in 10, Australia sells in 12. Please compare at the same rate.
PRADIP AGASTI on Oct 09, 2018:
Hi....I got offer in Sigapore of 15000 SGD per month as Senior Maintenance Engineer. I have family with son(8 years & daughter 6 years).So as per survey monthly expense will be as below.

Fooding # 1000 SGD
Restaurant # 1000 SGD
Water # 50 SGD
Yearly tour # 500 SGD
Travelling # 600 SGD
Utility # 200 SGD
Clothing # 200 SGD
Schooling(2 kids- 8years & 6years) # 2000
Grocery # 500 SGD
Total expense # 6050 SGD
1)Is it correct?
2) How much tax to be paid?
Please reply as soon as possible
localsg on Aug 06, 2018:
Singapore is safe and comfortable to live in. But in return there isnt much excitement, and alot of locals spend their lives trying to earn more money in hope to purchase a decent property. Safe, mundane. Make sure you remain employed in Singapore, otherwise you will run out of money very quickly.

Cheers.