Assuming you are an international student who has just arrived in Singapore to pursue your education. You have already found an accommodation most suited for yourself, be it a dormitory, hostel or even a homestay environment, and also secured a school placement of your choice. The next following question you may ask, “what can I do here in Singapore during the time I’m here?”. To provide you with some ideas, this article will provide a quick guide of various activities you can do during your stay here for a start.
It is no doubt that Singapore has been dubbed as one of the best places when it comes to food. The multicultural diversity that it possesses has allowed such wide varieties of food to be present, even locals can be spoilt for choices when it is time to eat. Although good food is everywhere in Singapore, some of them can be quite pricey due to the location of vendors.
The trick here is to hunt for local cuisines and cafes located around the suburban area as most of them are cheaper and tastier than the ones around the central district. Here are some of the food outlets, based on personal taste accompanied great reviews, you can explore while you are studying here:
Whisk & Paddle
Address: 10 Tebing Lane, #01-01, Singapore 8288
Opening Hours: Daily: 330pm-1030pm
A café located at the outskirts of Punggol, their Mac N’ Cheese (who doesn’t love it?!) will definitely make your trip worthwhile and they also serve unique cakes and pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can even opt for an outdoor seat (picture above) an enjoy a view of Punggol Waterway lake, away from the bustling city life, that’s filled with family activities in the evening.
Address: Blk 128 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-835, Singapore 310128
Opening Hours: Tues-Thurs & Sun: 12pm-10pm, Fri-Sat: 12pm-11pm; Closed: Mon
If your school is located at the central area, you can take a detour to Toa Payoh and patronize a handmade ice cream shop called Cremier. The shop emanates a cozy ambience accompanied by a wide variety of unique ice cream flavours such as Pineapple Sancho Pepper sorbet, Sea salt Gula Melaka and many more. It’s a fantastic opportunity to battle this tropical weather in Singapore. Do check them out on a regular basis as they are constantly coming up with new flavours you’ve never heard of.
Address: 20 Kensington Park Road, Singapore 557269
Opening hours: Daily 530pm-12am
Chomp Chomp food centre is a one stop food haven where you can taste all the local flavours of Singapore in one place. They offer a wide variety of local cuisine ranging from Fried Hokkien Noodles to Sambal seafood to traditional desserts such as Chendol and Ice Kachang. There are also many of such similar food centre located all around Singapore such as Bedok (85 Bedok North Street 4, Singapore 460085) and Newton (500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Singapore 229495) where they are enjoyed by both tourists and locals.
Singapore is filled with attractions to visit. If this is your first time here, be sure to check out all the various tourist attractions when you are free such as the iconic Merlion statue or the Singapore Zoological Gardens.
Location: One Fullerton, Singapore, Singapore 049213
The Merlion park is situated at the Central Business District area where taking a picture our nation’s icon is a must for all tourist visiting the place. Did you know there are two more merlions in Singapore as well? The third Merlion is located at Mount Faber where you can also take a cable car to Sentosa to visit the biggest Merlion statue located just beside the Tourism Court. So, if you’re up for an adventure over the weekends, try visiting these Merlion spots as all the travelling allows you to discover more of Singapore than it being just a bustling city.
Location: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Alternatively, you can also spend the weekend at the Singapore zoo if you are an animal lover. Jurong Bird Park has recently been relocated to be integrated into Singapore zoo, that means you’ll be having the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari, AND the bird park all in one location! Such convenience with so many animals to visit within the vicinity, it will make your weekend enriching and fruitful. You can visit their website here for more details on their pricing bundles/list/promotions and also how to get there.
Singapore is well-known to be a shopping haven as there are many international brands within Orchard Road. But as a student you may find these clothes can be quite pricey. Where else can you shop while saving money then?
Location: 3 New Bugis Street, Singapore 188867
Located at the central area, Bugis Street is situated directly opposite the MRT station at Bugis. The place specially catered towards budget shopping where clothes are reasonably priced at around SGD$10 per piece as compared to the ones at Orchard Road (~SGD$20-30 *cough*).
Location: 2 Orchard Link #04-01, Singapore 137978
Opening Hours: Friday-Sunday 12pm-10pm
*SCAPE marketplace is only available during the weekend where it showcases cheap wholesale and handmade products made by our local young entrepreneurs. The items there are affordable as it caters towards students with a wide range of products from clothes to phone accessories. Located just beside Cineleisure building, this is the place to go over the weekends if you feel that the things within Orchard Road is too expensive for you.
The music scene has been growing rapidly in Singapore. Local musicians such as Gentle Bones and The Sam Willows are starting to get popular worldwide. Expand your musical taste by listening to other musicians such as the Cashew Chemist if you love the 80s music:
Listen: “Over you”
Or if you’re more into the modern synthpop, Disco Hue has been gaining popularity from recent year.
Listen: “Gotta find you”
Location: 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Alternativvely, you can get to know more on our local music scene by attending music festivals/events that are organized from time to time at the Esplanade. The Esplanade Concourse is a place where you can enjoy free musical performances ranging from live orchestra to band music of different genres. You can check out some of the events installed for you for the month over here. There are also music festivals are there to showcase and promote both local and international musical talents. You can check them out over here for more details on upcoming music festivals in Singapore. Who knows, you may even find yourself liking a new band!
These are just some quick suggestions of things you can do to make your stay here more fruitful. We understand that studying can sometimes be stressful and mundane, especially if you are an international student who is here alone to pursue your education. However, do remember that all work and no play makes jack a dull boy, so give yourself some time off from studies and explore all the other activities Singapore has to offer too!