Before you come to Singapore, here are some of the things which may shock you as a foreign student!
No Chewing Gum
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Chewing gum is common in many countries, but in Singapore, it is banned. Many years ago, there were many cases of vandals sticking gum to the door sensors of our MRT trains, which caused the doors to jam. The damage was not limited to trains, and many stuck their chewed gum onto public places like cinemas, parks and lifts. It was very expensive to clean up, and the government decided to ban the sale of chewing gum in Singapore.
Even though Singapore is known to be a hot and humid country, the air-conditioning in buildings and malls is known to be very cold. Be sure to bring a jacket with you when you go to lecture halls and seminar rooms, or else you will be freezing cold!
No Eating or Drinking on Trains
Singapore is very particular about cleanliness, especially in public places. The trains are used by many commuters every day, and no eating or drinking is allowed. You can bring food in, but if you try eating or sipping from your cup, don’t be surprised if you get many people glancing your way!
Public Transport Etiquette
You may be surprised to find that many people will stand to the left when they ride an escalator, and commuters will stand patiently while waiting for people to exit the train before they board. Try to follow the etiquette which contributes to an efficient public transport system! People will appreciate your efforts!
Exorbitant Housing Rent
Singapore is one of the most expensive cities to live in, and rent takes up a large portion of a person’s expenses every month. Rent generally starts from $800 and up, depending on the type of property and where you choose to stay. Alternatively, consider staying in school facilities, where you get to experience communal living with like-minded people!