New Faculty Members Relocating to Singapore

Living in Singapore

  • Singapore is located approximately 137km north of the equator and because of its geographical location and maritime exposure, its climate is characterized by uniform temperature, high humidity and abundant rainfall.

    It is a vibrant cosmopolitan country with 5.3 million people of various ethnic communities and cultures. English is the language of business and administration and the medium of instruction in schools and at the university. Most Singaporeans are bilingual and usually are able to speak English and at least one other language - usually Mandarin, Malay or Tamil.

    Being a food paradise, Singapore offers a variety of international food which can be found virtually everywhere in Singapore, ranging from affordable food centres to expensive restaurants.

    The favourite pastime for many people living in Singapore is shopping, given the variety of shopping districts and the many great and affordable buys that one can easily find. Orchard Road is the most popular shopping belt - it is equivalent to Ginza in Tokyo and Regent Street in London.

    More information about Singapore can be found at

  • Goods and Services Tax

    A 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) is levied on all goods and services. The final amount for your purchases should be the total of the item's price and the 7% GST.

    Standard Voltage

    The standard voltage for electrical appliances in Singapore is 240 volts. Electrical accessories such as the 3-pin plug, multi-plug and extension drum should bear the approved stamp from PUB/SISIR to ensure electrical safety.

    Getting a Taxi in Singapore
    Emergency Contact Numbers

    In case of emergencies such as road accidents, serious physical injuries and fires, the following are the numbers to contact:

    Campus Security, NTU: 6790 5200, NIE: 6790 3999
    Police: 999
    Fire / Ambulance: 995


    Drug trafficking and drug abuse are serious offences. Trafficking, manufacturing, importing or exporting of drugs carries a death penalty. Unauthorised consumption of drugs also carries a heavy penalty.

    Controlled drugs, psychotropic substances, firecrackers, unauthorized reproduction of copyright publications, obscene articles and publications are illegal in Singapore.

    Smoking is prohibited in most buildings and public air-conditioned areas.