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To apply for home telephone lines, go to Singtel at Comcentre, Killiney Road, if you are a first-time applicant. Bring along your passport, employment pass and Tenancy Agreement for verification. For cable TV, you may apply online at www.starhub.com.

Other fees include stamp duty fee, TV licence, deposit for power supply, cable tv and internet. The deposit for power supply is payable only when you receive your first bill. The stamp duty is imposed by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore to validate the Tenancy Agreement.

When signing a lease, take note of all the clauses such as the term of rental, whether utility and maintenance fees are included, and the inventory listing. Also make sure there is a diplomatic clause. To ensure that your interests are protected, you may wish to engage a real estate agent.

Housing types in Singapore vary widely. For landed property, you can choose from sprawling bungalows to cosy terraces. The vast majority of locals and expatriates live in high-rise apartments though, either in private condominiums or Housing Development Board flats which are comfortable, government-subsidised housing. If you are renting for the short-term, you might want to consider a serviced apartment or even a hostel. Most of these options have a vast range of sizes and amenities to suit every budget.

Singapore has a wide selection of accommodation catering to a variety of budgets. These range from HDB flats and condominiums to service apartments and landed property. For information on accommodation in Singapore, click here. There are no restrictions on non-citizens renting a residential unit. Singapore Expats has a Singapore Online Property Classifieds service that you can use. Alternatively, check out the daily newspapers for listings. You may also engage a housing agent to help you look for a property, or browse the local newspapers which advertises daily a list of places for rent. However, a housing agent can better protect your interests, especially with regards to the lease. For a list of accredited housing agents, visit the Singapore Accredited Estate Agencies website.

Broadband access and usage is pervasive across Singapore. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) even provides free wireless access at public places under the Wireless@SG Programme, which offers “people on the move” wireless broadband access while away from their homes, schools and offices. You can check out the latest coverage areas here. Internet cafes are also very common. To find out where the Internet cafes are, call CitySearch at 1900 777 7777.

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