I have spent almost 2 months here in Singapore now and this far it’s been nothing but great! I’ve made really good friends from all over the world and explored what Singapore has to offer as well as come to enjoy my classes at NTU.
The city of Singapore is a mix between east and west. It’s really modern and clean and has got everything from great shopping and nightlife to impressive nature and cultural sites. The locals are friendly and it’s really easy to get around thanks to the convenient MRT system.
The campus here at Nanyang Technological University is big and most of what you need you’ll find on campus (supermarket, 7-Eleven, banks, computer shop, pool, gym etc). It’s served by multiple buses however walking around is quite easy as soon as you’ve learned your way around. As for the food there is plenty of options in the campus canteens, offering everything from Asian cuisine such as Korean and Japanese, to western cuisine and chains like Subway and Starbucks etc. The food is really cheap, especially if you eat from the Asian stalls. There are lots of exchange students at NTU which makes it easy to make friends from different parts of the world.
I got lucky enough to get accommodation on campus, which is really cheap. I’m sharing a room with a girl from Malaysia and it’s working out really well despite previous concerns about not having my own space.
Some of the places I’ve visited this far is China Town, Little India, Chinese Gardens, Gardens by the Bay, Orchard Road, Haw Par Villa and Kampong Buangkok. We also got the chance to celebrate SG50 and went to the Formula 1 Grand Prix. As for the nightlife, Singapore is a great city to go out in and there’s plenty of rooftop bars and nightclubs. There are multiple exchange groups run through Facebook which organises events and special deals for exchange students.
Another advantage of living in Singapore is the great location and the cheap flight tickets available. I’ve already been to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and I’m leaving for a week in Taiwan in a couple of days, as well as having a weekend in Vietnam booked for later. I cannot wait to explore more of what Singapore and the rest of Asia has to offer!
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