HDB rental is by far the most affordable option compared to other residential types. If you are a foreigner looking to rent in the suburbs to live like a local, here are some the best HDB estates with a myriad of amenities and transportation options. As of 2019, HDB owners will be allowed to rent out their flats or bedrooms for a maximum of two years at a time. If you are intending to rent out an HDB Flat, do look at my guide on “How To Rent Out You HDB Flat In Singapore”
Looking to rent in the suburbs to live like a local? Here are some of the best HDB estates in Singapore filled with a myriad of amenities and transportation options.
Bedok is one of the largest residential areas in Singapore with almost 300,000 residents living in this matured estate. Because Bedok is one of the older HDB towns in Singapore, most of the flats you’ll find here consist of 3-room or 4-room units; that said, there are also 5-room flats and executive flats up for grabs.
Key amenities include:
- Bedok Town Park, Bedok Reservoir, Bedok Reservoir Park
- East Coast Park, Bedok Jetty
- Bedok Stadium, Bedok Swimming Complex, Bedok Tennis Centre, Bedok Sports Hall
- Bedok Mall, Bedok Point
- 11 primary schools, 9 secondary schools and 2 junior colleges (excluding Global Indian International School (GIIS), Katong School (APSN), and NPS International School, which are also in the vicinity)
If you’re working at Changi Business Park, Bedok Industrial Park or Kaki Bukit Industrial Park, commuting from your rented apartment at Bedok to any of these locations will also be a breeze.
Kallang/Whampoa is a huge estate that starts from the city fringe in the East (Kallang), extends to the neighbourhood of Boon Keng in the North East, and finally ending in the northern part of the city fringe in Whampoa and Balestier. Most HDB flats in Kallang/Whampoa are located in within close proximity to CBD area.
Each neighbourhood in Kallang/Whampoa has a slight difference. For those who have a healthy lifestyle and are active, we’d recommend Kallang specifically, where the Singapore Sports Hub is located. In Boon Keng, tenants will be in close proximity to Little India and 24-hour shopping in the form of Mustafa Centre. Although public transport isn’t that convenient in Whampoa and Balestier, the area is known for its traditional flavour and authentic local food.
Yishun has an odd reputation for many strange occurrences such as stories of a serial cat murderer, falling concrete slab and even a guy trying to attack the police with a stun gun. However if you look at Yishun as a whole, Yishun is actually a great neighborhood that offers a perfect blend of the serenity of being close to nature and the convenience brought by several shopping malls nearby.
Key amenities include:
- Northpoint City (the largest shopping centre in the North), Junction Nine, Wisteria Mall
- Chong Pang City, Yishun Park Hawker Centre, ORTO (Singapore’s first 24-hour leisure park)
- Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Yishun Community Hospital
- SAFRA Yishun Country Club, Orchid Country Club, Seletar Country Club, HomeTeamNS Khatib-Yishun Country Club (upcoming in 2020)
- Yishun Park, Lower Seletar Reservoir Park, Yishun Stadium & Sports Hall
- 10 primary schools, 9 secondary schools, and a junior college (excluding Gems World Academy)
While Yishun is considered quite off the map, it’s actually pretty accessible via public transport. Yishun sits on the North-South line, so you can get to Orchard and Raffles Place in 22 minutes and 29 minutes respectively, without having to change lines.
Tiong Bahru is one of the oldest estates in Singapore which is also why amenities are plenty and is easily accessible through many modes of transport. You will find plenty of art deco apartments here; these are conserved, and they’ve been here since the 1930s. There’s also the old-school wet market and hawker centre that serves up a smorgasbord of good food. That said, Tiong Bahru is also home to bakeries, hipster cafes and boutiques, and trendy bars. I would definitely recommend this estate for younger working professionals as the nightlife here is catered to expatriates and locals alike.
Key amenities include:
- Tiong Bahru conservation district
- Tiong Bahru Plaza
- Tiong Bahru Park
- Singapore General Hospital
Clementi, which is located in the West of Singapore, is strategically positioned between Jurong East and Buona Vista. The former is a commercial-business hub that houses the International Business Park, and the latter is where one-north (Singapore’s R&D precinct!) is located. Regardless of which area you’re working in, staying at Clementi will provide you with easy connectivity.
Key amenities include:
- Clementi Mall, CityVibe, 321 Clementi, West Coast Plaza
- The Clementi Stadium, Clementi Swimming Complex, West Coast Recreation Centre, West Coast Park, Clementi Woods Park
- 4 primary schools, 7 secondary schools, 4 polytechnics and universities (excluding The Japanese School, Singapore and Waseda Shibuya Senior High School)
Why You Should Consider Renting Cheaper HDB Estates?
Singapore is widely renowned as an exceptionally expensive city to live, especially when it comes to the price of cars and properties. The savings from renting at suburban areas that are little further than the town can be cost-effective if you have proper planning. Travelling is made easier when you choose to live close to MRT stations as the train system in Singapore is rather extensive. Here are some ways you can manage your rental without breaking the bank.
1. Be The Main Tenant
The price difference between a 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom unit typically does not increase exponentially. What this entails is that you may consider renting an entire apartment with like-minded tenants instead of renting single bedrooms. With the whole apartment, you are free to use the entire house including the living and kitchen area. For example, an average Master bedroom might cost you $800 to rent but an entire apartment can go for around $1800 which means if you can find other tenants to rent the other available bedrooms at $600, you can save more and also enjoy using the entire apartment.
2. Consider further locations
Location almost directly affects property prices, both for purchase and rental. Depending on individual needs, staying right in town may be best for those who work near the Central Business District (CBD) or wants to be able to walk to places of interests in the city. However, it may not be suitable for someone who enjoys the outdoors with not much reason to stay so close to the city. Public transportation in Singapore is quite affordable and accessible so it really boils down to what do you prioritize more.
3. Look for a fair deal
Before you sign on the dotted line, it is of utmost importance to understand the clauses in your tenancy agreement. This includes the miscellaneous fees such as
- Stamp fees
- Air-con servicing cost
- Number of air-con servicing intervals
- Early termination fees
- Professional cleaning fees
- Maintenance fees (if applicable)
💡 Pro tip: Before concluding a deal, it is important to look through thoroughly who is responsible for the different costs. This is why if you are still clueless about what are the hidden costs that may affect you, always speak with a property agent who is surely more familiar.
Do look at my guide on “What is a Letter Of Intent” for an easily digestible guide to understand more about how tenancy contracts in Singapore work.
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