If you are in town for a short period of time, or looking for a home without making large financial commitments, renting a place is a great option. 

Depending on what you want, rental prices can be as low as a few hundred dollars (for renting a room in a flat) to over $30,000 for rental of a landed property. Indeed, don’t let Singapore’s small size fool you: there are many options for rentals.

High rise buildings

As an island where space is a scarce commodity, the only way to build is up. Thus, the most common apartments you will find in Singapore are in high-rise buildings. These are private apartments, condominiums and HDB (Housing Development Board, Singapore’s public housing) flats. You can find some of my listing here: And if none of these fancy your taste, get in touch and we can source for more. 

Terrace and semi-detached

Landed housing options are a little more limited, and this can drive these property prices up. That said, you do get heaps of privacy, space and more likely than not, your own backyard.

Shophouses and “Black and Whites”

Fancy doing it a little different? To get a feel of traditional Singapore, you might want to explore staying in places steeped in history. In the 1800s and 1900s, when Singapore was a bustling trading town, shophouses were common for those who sold their wares in the first floor and took residence in the second floor. These shophouses still exist and the second (or third and fourth storeys in some) are open for rentals and sometimes for sale. You can find shophouses in areas such as Chinatown, Joo Chiat and Emerald Hill.

The Black and Whites are old colonial houses that are detached (i.e do not share a wall with other homes). They are now owned by the government and only available for rental here.