Whether you’re a business traveller seeking comfortable spaces suitable for work, a local on the lookout for a cosy room to move out alone, or a family in search of a spacious and convenient housing option, Singapore has it all. In this article, we explore the vibrant tapestry of accommodations available for rent in Singapore to help you choose the one that suits you best. Follow us as we take you through the various types of accommodations from the most basic to the all-inclusive options.
1. HDB Flats
The Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats is a public housing programme established in 1960 to provide affordable housing solutions for Singaporeans. With the rising demand for housing rentals, many locals are choosing to put up their spare rooms up for rent in exchange for some spare cash.
As HDB flats are located all around Singapore, they are usually within walking distance of supermarkets and food courts, which make it convenient for you to get the necessities and groceries you need.
Living in an HDB flat fulfils the basic needs of having a space at an affordable rate. You can rent either an entire unit or a room from flat owners at your preferred location. You’ll also be subjected to restrictions such as a minimum lease of one to two years, having to stay with the landlord, not being able to cook, and even have time limits imposed on your air conditioner usage when you rent a room or unit in an HDB estate.
Commonly referred to as condos, condominiums are private residential developments in Singapore that offer a range of amenities and facilities to residents.
Condos are a popular option because they offer a wide range of facilities such as swimming pools, gyms, BBQ pits, playgrounds, and 24-hour security that provide convenience, entertainment, and recreational options for residents. Due to the additional amenities available, the rental fees are typically higher. But many still prefer this due to the added benefits.
Similar to HDB flats, you may choose to rent either the entire unit or a room in a condo. Restrictions and issues such as a minimum lease of one to two years, fluctuations in utility bills, and having to furnish your own space are also commonly encountered.
3. Landed Property
Landed properties in Singapore refer to houses that come with land ownership. They include terrace houses, semi-detached houses, detached houses, and bungalows. If you’re looking for a house for rent, landed properties are available to anyone. You can choose to rent entire properties or a room within the house.
Landed properties offer more private space compared to HDB flats or condominiums, and may come with a private garden, backyard, or driveway. They are generally seen as more exclusive due to their rarity and higher price tags. However, rental costs can be extremely high, and it can get a little inconvenient because such properties are usually located in less central areas and have limited access to public transportation and amenities.
This housing option is popular for large families who have a preference for privacy. But if you’re a social butterfly and prefer to have interactions, a landed property will not be for you because the added privacy reduces the likelihood of you bumping into neighbours and engaging with them.
4. Co Living Spaces
Most co-living spaces come fully furnished and are available for those looking for long and short-term accommodation. They offer additional space, privacy, and amenities, which makes them an ideal choice for business travellers, expatriates, and tourists seeking a comfortable and convenient accommodation option.
Co-living spaces come fully equipped with a functional kitchenette, washer-dryer, an ensuite bathroom, a cosy bed, and a work desk. This allows the member to move-in without the need to purchase furniture or arrange for utility connections, offering convenience and flexibility. You can also expect a range of amenities and services such as Wi-Fi, air conditioning, cable TV, security, alongside weekly housekeeping services.
The main difference between traditional rental options like HDB, condominium or landed rental is the sense of community. Co-living spaces strive to create a community through its communal facilities like swimming pools, gyms, social lounge and BBQ pit, and more. Specially curated events are also organised by operators to allow its members to meet likeminded individuals and forge new friendships.
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And the best part? Co-living spaces offer flexible lease terms that allows you to choose your lease duration, and even extend your stay. For instance, Coliwoo Orchard offers a flexible lease term as short as 6 nights!
These co-living spaces are usually conveniently located all around Singapore, so you can definitely find one near your school or workplace. Stay within walking distance of Singapore’s shopping paradise at Coliwoo Orchard, immerse yourself in the cultural scene at Coliwoo Hotel Gay World and Coliwoo Lavender Collection, or enjoy a quiet life in a quaint yet lively neighbourhood at Coliwoo 450SR.
From short-term accommodation to long-term stays, co-living spaces offer more than just a room. Experience communal living, network with different people, enjoy the convenience of living in your preferred neighbourhood with co-living. If you seek some me-time, you may retreat back to your cosy space. With Coliwoo’s wide variety of co-living spaces for rent across Singapore, be sure to find your perfect home with us.