Types of Housing

Public Housing

Most Singaporeans live in government-subsidised flats (apartments) built by the Housing and Development Board (HDB). HDB flats are located in housing estates all over the island.

Each HDB estate is served by supermarkets, food centres, clinics, schools, libraries, shopping malls and public transport.

Most flats have standard layouts comprising bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and two bathrooms. We usually refer to the type as an indication of the size of the flat.

Type Size (sqm) Additional information
3 room 65 to 75 2 bedrooms
4 room 90 to 100 3 bedrooms
5 room 110 to 120 3 bedrooms & dining room
Executive 130 to 140 3 bedrooms, study & dining room

The monthly rental for a room can vary from S$350 to S$550. Rentals for an entire HDB flat range from S$800 (3-room) to about S$1,400 (five-room). Rental depends on the size, condition and location of the flat, such as its proximity to an MRT station. Other determining factors include the availability of nearby amenities and whether the flat is furnished, unfurnished or partially furnished.

Visit the Housing and Development Board (HDB) for median rents of HDB flats by town and flat type.

Private housing

If you are interested in renting a private housing, you can choose to stay in apartments, condominium units (with facilities), bungalows, terrace or semi-detached houses.

Monthly rent will range from S$1,000 to S$2,500 for smaller apartments (less than 120sqm). Renting larger apartments may set you back more than S$3,000 a month.


Disclaimer: The information and contacts provided by the Office of Housing & Auxiliary Services (HAS) is to assist you in your search for housing. It serves only as a guide and has been gathered in good faith. Housing Services does not endorse, guarantee, warrant or recommend the accuracy of the information or necessarily subscribe to any such opinions or recommendations.

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