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Costs of co-living in Singapore: Rent comparison

Recently, co-living spaces have become trendy among expats, singles and young couples who are looking to rent.

In a co-living space, you typically have your own private bedroom and share communal facilities such as kitchen, laundry rooms and bathrooms. There are also options for studio apartments, which have a kitchenette and an ensuite bathroom.

The great thing about co-living spaces is that they come already tastefully furnished. Plus, the monthly rent includes Wi-Fi, utilities, and as well as community events and other miscellaneous services.

In this article, we will look at 5 co-living spaces and compare some of their rental costs.

Contents: Hmlet Singapore  |  Lyf by Ascott co-living space  |  Commontown Singapore  |  Login apartment co-living space  |  Cove co-living spaces 

Hmlet Singapore 

The good thing about Hmlet Singapore is that there are many locations. There are also rooms right in the CBD at The Sail and One Shenton, a number of rooms in the Tiong Bahru area, and in the city fringe, Hmlet also has rooms in Tanjong Katong, Joo Chiat and Bartley.

Near to the CBD, a regular room in a shared apartment with shared bathrooms can start from $1,800 per month, while a junior master bedroom starts from $2,250. If you don’t need a big space, you can also go for the Pocket Room, which is available at One Shenton, that would only cost $1,260 a month.

At a non-CBD area like Joo Chiat, a pocket room costs $1,150 per month, and the largest master bedroom costs $1,725 a month to rent.

Here is a sample of the prices at Hmlet Singapore:

 MBRCommon room 
Hmlet Lumiere (CBD)$3,000$1,800
Hmlet Bartley Residences$2,000$1,600
Hmlet 339 Joo Chiat$1,725$1,495
Hmlet 3 Yong Siak$2,625$2,000


Lyf by Ascott co-living space 

Lyf currently has one locations in Singapore: Funan Mall in City Hall. They are also going to launch two locations at one-north and Farrer Park.

The unique thing about Lyf Funan Singapore by Ascott Properties is that you can stay there for just a few nights, as it has a hospitality license. This means you can also try staying there before you commit to a long-term lease at Lyf.

The most economical option at Lyf is the All Together apartments, which accommodates up to nine guests at $290 per night, or $5,500 a month. For one pax, that means it’s $611 per month.

For a studio apartment at Lyf, it starts from $150 a night, or $3000++ a month, which can accommodate two and comes with a private bathroom.

Commontown Singapore

Commontown has close to 20 locations at Bukit Timah, Lavender, Newton, Novena, one-north and more. There are standard rooms and master bedrooms, but no studio apartments.

The monthly rent includes weekly cleaning, basic household supplies, high-speed wifi bill and community events. The minimum stay period at Commontown co-living spaces is 3 months.

On top of the monthly rent, you have to pay a security deposit of 1 month’s worth of rent. 

Here is a sample of the prices at Commontown:

 MBRCommon room 
Lorong 25A Geylang $1,900$1,400 
Sixth Avenue $2,300$1,700
Moulmein Rise$2,500$1,900 
Eng Hoon $2,200 $1,600 to $1,800 


Login apartment co-living space

At Login Apartment, monthly rent includes wifi, utilities and weekly housekeeping. They have five properties at Queenstown, Novena, East Coast and Orchard Road.

At The Lumos in Orchard Road, there are whole apartments such as one-, three-, four-bedroom apartments and a penthouse duplex. The smallest whole one-bedroom apartments start from $3,800 per month here.

Here are the prices at Login Apartment:

 MBRCommon room 
Queenstown $2,000$1,500
Novena$1,950 $1,300 
East Coast $1,800$1,200 
Orchard road (The Lumos) $2,565 to $2,755
Orchard Road (Delfi Orchard) $2,300 to $2,500 


Cove co-living spaces 

Cove offers a variety of co-living spaces across different locations. The monthly rent includes Wifi, housekeeping and stylish furniture. The contracts are for a minimum of three months. You can leave with a 30-day notice.

Cove also promises to pair you with the right flatmates by matching you with like-minded individuals.

Here are the prices at Cove co-living spaces:

 MBRCommon room 
Geylang & Joo Chiat$2,200$1,350
Orchard & River Valley$1,900 $1,600
Newton & Novena$2,100$1,500
Pasir Panjang & Kent Ridge$1,950$1,600
Marine Parade$1,700$1,250

Need to rent? Read more about the cost comparison between renting traditionally and a co-living space.

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