Singapore expats live together – level 3

21-09-2021 07:00

Uncertain work projects, anti-foreigner feelings and closed borders made co-living spaces increasingly attractive among expats in Singapore.

Co-living is where you rent a room and share communal space like a kitchen. It has two main advantages. Firstly, it’s cheaper than renting a condo. Secondly, leases start from three months compared to a minimum full year for a condo. This is very appealing for those worried about job security or uncertain how much longer they plan to stay.

While co-living is still a minority choice, and it isn’t going to take over condos for popularity, some business operators say that demand rose by at least 10%, and it is becoming a more accepted option.

It may sound strange that demand for co-living rose during the coronavirus outbreak; however, in Singapore, the virus is largely under control, so residents don’t worry about living together.

Difficult words: expat (a person who lives outside his native country; ‘expat’ is an abbreviation of ‘ex-patriot’ which means ‘outside your country’), communal (shared by all members of a community), condo (a privately-owned unit within a community of other units).

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