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Where to live: Singapore’s East Neighbourhoods

If you’re moving to Singapore and thinking of living on the East Coast check out our roundup to help confirm that decision, especially when you’ll most likely be locked into your house or apartment for two years! 

The East Coast area runs from Kallang for 18km to Changi Airport, and has long been popular with expats. It’s usually breezy, and the East Coast Park with its cycling, running and entertainment options is a great attraction. There’s a mix of houses and condos for various budgets, and many people say that once you’ve lived in this area, it’s hard to move away.

The ECP, KPE and PIE motorways provide easy access to the city, the north and the airport. UWC South East Asia, the Canadian School and Chatsworth have campuses in here too, and there are also good preschools.


Katong / Joo Chiat

These inland areas are close to town and favoured by expats who are keen to experience local Peranakan culture or live in one of the beautiful shophouses. The colourful neighbourhoods boast several large malls, including Parkway Parade and Katong 112.

Siglap / Bedok

These areas are further north and have more of a village feel. Housing options vary from apartments and townhouses to spacious, detached bungalows. The new purpose-built campus of UWC South East Asia is close by, as is OWIS. There are a couple of MRTs that run through this area, along to EXPO and the airport.

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Tips from the panel

“We live on the East Coast and love it! Hubby works in Changi Business Park, so it’s an easy commute for him. We have easy access straight over to the beach where we can run and ride bikes, and kids can play. The East Coast Food Lagoon is an easy walk with lots of food options. There’s plenty of shopping around, and I never have to travel very far to get anything I need.” – Michelle

More info on East Coast living here! Are you more of a central or city outskirts person? Up for city living? If you’re in the ‘west is best’ camp…including south and southwest – keep reading! (For a more comprehensive take on Singapore neighborhoods, head this way!)

This article first appeared in EL City Guide 2015/2016.