Carousell is based in Singapore, a sunny island-city in the middle of South-East Asia. If you’ve never lived in our city before, here are some things you can look forward to:
The majority of housing in Singapore comes in the form of high-rise apartments. As an expat, you have options renting an HDB flat (government-owned, public housing) or a private condominium, which usually has more amenities like private gyms, tennis courts and swimming pools.
Being a small island with limited space, rent can get expensive as you get nearer to the city centre towards the South. But you can try looking out for good deals on the city fringes or further out in the suburbs in the North, East and Westerns parts of Singapore. You don’t have to worry too much about travel time, because…
Singapore is a small country, and a huge plus about living here is our wonderful transport system. Both the road network and the public transport system form an extensive and convenient web throughout the island.
You have a myriad of options getting around via public transport: whether it’s by bus, MRT (our subway), or taxi services. It’s fast (you can get from one end of the island to the other in an hour), efficient, and pretty cheap compared to many other cities in the region.
Private cars, on the other hand, are a bit expensive in Singapore and you want to rethink your plans if you’re thinking of getting a car here. That said, with the public transport system being so convenient, you’ll be happy getting a bus, hailing a cab or booking a Grab or Uber car.
Health and Safety
We have a pretty amazing healthcare system in Singapore, with plenty of hospitals and clinics scattered around the island to keep our residents healthy. In fact, Bloomberg rated our healthcare system as the second-most efficient in the world in 2016!
Singapore is also one of the safest cities in the world, with one of the lowest crime rates you can find worldwide.
Access to South-East Asia
Living in Singapore means you’ve got easy access to lots of other countries in the region. There are plenty of flights to destinations like Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Indonesia are all less than 3 hours flight from Singapore.
That means you won’t need to take any additional time off to go on weekend getaways to these exotic destinations!
And let’s not forget, our Changi Airport has been rated the best in the world for 5 years in a row! Not a bad home base for all you frequent travelers.
You can’t really talk about Singapore without mentioning food. We’re a country with such a varied mix of cultures that you’ll easily find all kinds of different cuisines to try, where ever you go.
Step into one of our many hawker centres and you’ll have instant access to a huge variety of food stalls serving all kinds of yummy dishes at amazingly attractive prices. No wonder food celebrities like Anthony Bourdain and Gordan Ramsay often praise the cuisine available here.
The wonderful Carousell office
Of course, we can’t talk about working in Singapore without mentioning Carousell HQ. We’ve got a spacious 2-level open-concept office, with plenty of spaces and meeting rooms for our teams to have discussions, a large pantry where we like to have meals together, and recreational areas to relax, shoot some pool, sing some karaoke or play some videogames.
What our team has to say about moving to Singapore:
“Moving to a new country was a tough choice for me, but since I’ve moved here I’ve realised there are so many plus points about Singapore! The weather is always warm, there’s great food – I’m still surprised by the variety of cuisines Singapore can offer you. Public transport is cheap and convenient. Also, it’s a safe place – you still feel safe walking around in the middle of the night. All this makes the life in Singapore a great experience!”
– Vladislav Kan, Software Engineer, originally from Kazakhstan
“There is no place like home, but Singapore has become my second home already. It’s easy to settle in but you still discover interesting and weird thing everyday. A few weeks in, I can order like a local in local coffee shops. I love diversity of food here: Indian, Malay, Hokkien – you name it, they’ve got it! The bus and MRT systems are very convenient for your weekend adventures and also your commute to work. I also enjoy walking in Singapore usually at night because the breeze and the lightings are amazing.”
– Rita Wang, Product Designer, originally from Taiwan