Packing up and moving overseas has its challenges. Plenty of them. And that’s even true if you’re moving to Singapore – a relatively “easy” city to live in. So, what can you do to make your relocation a bit smoother? We spoke to Donovan Goh, Managing Director of property management firm ST Residences serviced apartments, about his top tips for new expats thinking of living in Singapore, and we asked him what his company is doing to help ease the pressures we all face when we first arrive.
Is there advice you can give for couples or families before they leave their home country?
Even if you’ve managed to do a ‘look-see’ before you arrive, getting your bearings in a new city can be hard. I would strongly recommend living in a serviced apartment. This will give you the time to make a clear decision about where you want to live long term. Saying that, we have guests who have ended up staying in our apartments for years!
Staying in a serviced apartment takes away the immediate stress of trying to figure out how to organise Wi-Fi, how to get the electricity connected or where (and how) you will sleep before your furniture arrives.
What tips would you give a new expat when choosing a serviced apartment?
The first consideration is location. Choose a close proximity to your work and places that you may go to a lot, like school. This will greatly reduce your travelling expenses, increase time efficiency and lessen the pressure on you to get to know the layout of your new city.
Secondly, consider your lifestyle preferences and make sure the apartment has got the right amenities to support you. For instance, if you like to cook and entertain, make sure you go for a well-equipped kitchenette and comfortable dining space to accommodate your guests.
What’s the strangest request your team has ever received from a guest?
We were asked by one of our guests to bring the train station closer to the unit she was staying at! Not sure if she was pulling our leg but we proposed providing her with a skate scooter to ease her commute.
Which of your properties is your favourite and why?
Highline Residences is one of my favourite properties. Its located near Tiong Bahru, where there is so much to do. Grab your morning coffee and bread at the Tiong Bahru Bakery, get fresh food from the wet market, explore the neighbourhood art murals and even the historical air raid bunkers. It’s popular among expats living here.
Other than that, our newest units at City Gate condo are a great option for those on a tighter budget. It’s located on the CBD fringe, along Beach Road and close proximity to Kampong Glam, a beautiful and cultural neighbourhood. A studio will go as low as $2,400 a month.
What do you look for when you stay in a serviced apartment?
Immaculate housekeeping is a must, followed by close proximity to an MRT station.
ST Residences offers affordable, strategically located service apartments for both short and long-term stays in Singapore. The company currently manages a portfolio of over 200 properties on the island.
Visit stresidences.com to view their properties and make a booking.