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How to survive your first month in Singapore

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Before you head to Singapore for a long-term stay or permanent relocation, there are a few things you should consider.

Singapore is one of the best places to be if you want to immerse yourself in an outstanding cultural experience. While life here is different from life in the U.S., you can make a smooth transition when you plan ahead. Check out the following for helpful tips when relocating to Singapore.

U.S. compared to Singapore                                                                                

Your experience in Singapore depends on many factors, but most expats agree on a few things when relocating there. In general, the city is safe, clean, family-friendly, and has excellent transportation links. Being a tech hub, it draws top talent from around the world, so it is a melting pot of cultures similar to large U.S. cities.

Singapore with kids

While there will be an adjustment for kids who are currently in school, there are ways to make moving to Singapore easier on children. One vital thing you need to consider when taking your family abroad to live is the schooling that is available.

Finding a good school in a different country might seem complex, but expats often opt for international schools for a style of education with which they are familiar. Look at an International Baccalaureate IB school in Singapore that meets U.S. standards and offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Such a school will give your child the same opportunities to learn that they would have back home.

Climate

Because Singapore is located near the equator, you can expect a hot and humid climate with little seasonal temperature change throughout the year. If you are moving from southern states with warm weather and regular humidity, then you will have no trouble adjusting to the high temperatures, around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, in Singapore. Thankfully air conditioning is abundantly used there. Even if you are from the northern U.S., you will soon adjust to the climate as you gradually spend more time outdoors.

You can forget packing heavy winter clothes, but always wear sunscreen and breathable cotton clothing in the sunny climate. Umbrellas are useful for sudden heavy thunderstorms that can catch you off guard.

Housing

Stay in a hotel for a few months while exploring different neighborhoods where you want to live. Expat co-workers can offer budget-friendly housing advice. They will tell you that expats often live in condos outside the Central Business District where there are transport links and useful amenities.

Transportation

While buying a car will cost much more than in the U.S., mass transit is affordable and the preferred choice here. Singapore is known for having reliable, affordable, well-kept, and easy-to-use public transportation.

Surviving socially

Singapore is a great place to enjoy living, so make sure you explore it. While you might be homesick at times, allow yourself time to settle in and get used to the new atmosphere. Locals and expats here are friendly, so ask questions, make conversation, get out every day, and make new friends to feel more connected.

Whether you are moving solo or with a family, Singapore has plenty to offer. You will find westernized school options, a warm climate, adequate housing options, and a cultural mix with a variety of people to befriend as you learn to enjoy life in Singapore.

 

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