New to Singapore and not sure where to start when it comes to finding a job, making friends and picking up the hobbies you’re used to at home? Often, all three come hand in hand on the island, with many expats gathering in similar areas for networking and socialising. There’s only one thing for it – check out the below guide and get stuck into the group that sounds most like ‘you’.
#1 Social and sporting clubs
Nationality focussed clubs like the British Club, The American Club and the Hollandse Club, can provide an instant network and are another way of meeting expats of a similar background. Most social clubs offer facilities including pools, gyms, restaurants, youth camps and classes. Likewise, sporting clubs, such as the Singapore Polo Club, Singapore Cricket Club are an excellent way to meet friends with similar interests. Clubs can be expensive, so try to meet current members and ask about the facilities. Also, do some comparisons of locations, membership rules and prices.
Associations are an excellent starting point when you’re new to Singapore, and they offer a host of support services. They are generally linked to nationalities, although citizens of any country can join. Attending a newcomer event is an excellent way to meet people and get involved in the community. Associations offer many of the same social benefits found at clubs, without the expensive membership fees. A low annual fee is usually charged and may include a monthly magazine that will keep you up to date with social activities.
Groups like the American Association of Singapore (AAS), The British Association (BA), and the Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA) organise sports leagues and regular meetings, outings, charity events, book clubs and social gatherings. Women’s organisations include the American Women’s Association (AWA), Scandinavian Women’s Association, the Italian Women’s Group, the Indian Women’s Association and the Spanish Speaking Women’s Association.
#3 University Alumni
Another way of meeting people with whom you will instantly have something in common is through your university alumni association – log on to your university’s website to find out more.
#4 Go to events
Singapore has so many! The easy way to get involved in these is Facebook (check for events nearby), look at our calendar for events or check SISTIC.
Where to network
– Singapore Business and Professional Women Association
– Athena Network
For more helpful tips head to our living in Singapore section.