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About Singapore (back to top)

A great place to Live, Learn, Work and Play.

Singapore is a vibrantly cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula in South East Asia. Among the 20 smallest countries in the world with a total land area of 710.2 square kilometres, Singapore and her people have beaten the odds to be a world leader in many aspects such as education, several economic areas, aviation and public service.

As of 2014, the population of Singapore is 5.47 million people, of whom 3.87 million (70.7%) are citizens and permanent residents while the rest (29.3%) are non-residents. As such, Singapore is a truly multicultural kaleidoscope with four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil, adopted from each of the four major ethnic or 'racial' groups: Eurasian, Chinese, Malay and Indian. Malay is the national language and English is the language of administration.

Being close to the equator, Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature, high humidity, and abundant rainfall. Temperatures usually range from 23 to 32 °C (73 to 90 °F).

Singapore's strategic location, excellent facilities, fascinating cultural contrasts and tourist attractions contribute to our success as a leading destination for both business and pleasure.

Read more about Singapore from the following websites:

sg50a.png2015 is Singapore's Golden Jubilee!
2015 is a momentous year for Singapore as it marks our 50th year of independence. Check out the series of events and activities while you are in Singapore!​


Living Cost (back to top)

The living cost you incur shall depend on your lifestyle. Student should prepare sufficient money and manage your finances responsibly to cover living expenses that ranges from accommodation, food, transportation, personal expenses to textbooks (excluding travel expenses) etc. The following estimated month expenses serves as a guide for budgetary purposes only.

ItemEstimated monthly expenses (in Singapore Dollar)
Off-campus housing (varies with size, type, location etc.)$500 - $1,200*
Meals$300 to $400
Personal expenses$200 to $400
Transportation within Singapore$100
Textbooks and course materials$200 to $500 per academic year
Other administrative fee (Miscellaneous Fee)

Undergraduate students - $150* per semester
Postgraduate students - $380* per semester

The above compulsory payment includes fee for matriculation card (applicable to postgraduates); computer; sports; amenities; copyright; student health service; Group Hospitalization & Surgical Insurance etc.


​* Subject to revision
# Varies according to lifestyle


Housing (back to top)

On-campus hosuing shall not be guaranteed to students. Students who are unsuccessful with their on-campus housing application must be prepared to live off-campus.


Off-Campus Housing

If you are unsuccessful in your application for on-campus housing, you shall be recommended off-campus housing at hostels located within short distance to NTU.​

For more information on off-campus housing options, you may visit here.

If you are looking for private student hostels, you may like to visit here.

On-campus Housing

NTU has 18 halls of residence that are home to some 10,400 undergraduates. They offer similarly styled housing and are co-ed by floor or wing. All exchange students successful in securing on-campus shall be housed in one of our 18 undergraduate Halls of Residence which were built in different periods with some dating back to the 1970s. Find out more about our Halls of Residence here.

Application & Allocation

  • On-campus housing is available to International Exchange Students. Application shall be open to you after receipt of your E-Welcome Package.
  • On-campus housing shall not be guaranteed to students. You must be prepared to live off-campus should your application for on-campus housing be unsuccessful. In the past semesters, slightly over 50% of our exchange students was successful with their application and stayed off-campus.
  • Upon acceptance as an exchange student, you may apply online for on-campus housing through the NTU Exchange Web Portal prior to the stipulated closing date.
  • Due to limited on-campus housing, hall assignment priority shall be given to students on course work, and allocation of accommodation shall be subject to availability, through a random balloting system.
  • Should you be successful in securing on-campus housing, housing will be in one of our 18 Halls of Residences based on double occupancy i.e. twin-sharing, where 12 Halls have air conditioned rooms while the remaining 6 Halls do not. All rooms have ceiling fans.
  • Full-year exchange students, who successfully secured on-campus housing for their first semester, shall not be guaranteed for their second semester. Students are required to re-apply for random balloting.
  • Room assignment is random and request for transfer of Halls shall not be entertained. Request for specific room-mates or preferred Halls will not be acceded to.
  • If you have a medical condition and/or have specific requests, you will have to submit a doctor's letter certifying the condition which shall be verified by the NTU Medical Centre.
  • You are required to declare any medical condition(s) and request(s) when submitting your application for GEM Trailblazer.


Check-In Date

  • Usually 3 days prior commencement of the semester.
    The Office of Housing & Auxiliary Services (HAS) shall notify the exact check-in date to exchange students who are successful in securing on-campus housing as soon as the check-in dates are confirmed.


  • Exchange students who intend to arrive earlier than the check-in date and/or arrive after office hours shall have to source for temporary off-campus housing.
  • Students may stay in the assigned Hall of Residence during the period determined by the approved period of exchange as stipulated in the admission letter.


Living & Learning (back to top)

Find out more about immigration matters, banking, health insurance and orientation here

Useful Guides (back to top)

Click here for other useful guides

Ask Anything! (back to top)

​Have questions? ​Send GEM Trailblazer a direct email here.

We will get back to you as soon as possible.​



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