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Renting in Singapore with a 3.5K budget: 7 HDB Flats and Condos to Check Out

Eugenia Liew
Renting in Singapore has become more expensive with condo and HDB rental prices increasing for four and 10 months respectively. This is no surprise, especially considering the COVID-19-induced construction delays in Build-to-Order (BTO) flats and new condos. Additionally, there has also been rising demand for more personal space and privacy, with more families prefering larger units to accommodate the family as more members of the family work and/or study from home in the day.
You can read more about the rental market boom here: 5 Reasons Why Rental Prices Are Rising Through the Roof

7 HDB Flats and Condos for Rent Under $3,500 / Month

Whether you’re a couple affected by construction delays, or a family who needs more personal space, you may be looking for a more comfortable rental home with a budget of about $3,500 per month. From 2-bedroom condos to spacious HDB maisonette flats, here are seven rental properties to check out.
Alternatively, if cost is your main priority, then you might want to consider studio apartments that are up for rent for under $1,500 per month.
Note: All listed properties were available at the time of writing. However, due to the nature of property listings, these ads may be taken down after a tenant is found.

1. 942 Tampines Avenue 5

Property for rent
942 Tampines Avenue 5
Monthly rental
$3,200
Unit type
Executive Maisonette (1,572 sq ft)
District
District 18, Tampines / Pasir Ris
Nearest MRT station
Tampines West MRT (0.67 km), Tampines MRT (0.7km)
Nearby malls and amenities
Tampines Park (0.3km), Our Tampines Hub (0.5km), Junyuan Primary School (0.6km), Century Square (0.65km), Tampines Round Market and Food Centre (0.75km) SingPost Tampines Branch (0.8km), Tampines Mall (0.8km), Tampines Secondary School (0.9km), Tampines West Community Club (0.9km), Tampines 1 (1.1km), SAFRA Tampines (1.1km)
Recommended for
Families with children
At 1,572 sq ft, this HDB Executive Maisonette is very spacious. It is suitable for families with children who are looking for a big space with room for your children to roam around. In addition to the cluster of shopping malls at Tampines MRT (Tampines Mall, Tampines 1 and Century Square), there is also Tampines Park that is just across the road—perfect for winding down after a long weekday, or a fun-filled weekend!
The HDB Executive Maisonette is also conveniently located less than 1km away two MRT stations: Tampines and Tampines West.

2. Park Place Residences

Property for rent
Park Place Residences
Monthly rental
$2,000 to $3,900
Unit type
1-bedroom to 2-bedroom condo (480 to 678 sq ft)
District
District 14, Eunos / Geylang / Paya Lebar
Nearest MRT station
Paya Lebar MRT (0.2 km)
Nearby malls and amenities
Paya Lebar Quarter (0.1 km), Tanjong Katong Complex (0.2 km), Paya Lebar Square (0.3 km), SingPost Centre (0.3 km), Haig Road Market & Food Centre (0.3 km), Geylang Serai Market & Food Centre (0.6 km)
Recommended for
Couples looking for private property with condo facilities and convenience
Park Place Residences is a condo at the Paya Lebar hub with access to amenities around the Paya Lebar area such as the three shopping malls Paya Lebar Quarter, Paya Lebar Square and SingPost Centre. Not forgetting the many trendy bars in the area!
The condo is also within walking distance to the Paya Lebar MRT station with access to both the East-West Line and Circle Line. Coupled with the condo facilities within Park Place Residences, the condo is a suitable rental choice for those who are looking for a private yet convenient place to stay.

3. 83 Redhill Lane

Property for rent
83 Redhill Lane
Monthly rental
$3,400
Unit type
4-room HDB flat (1,151 sq ft)
District
District 3, Queenstown / Tiong Bahru
Nearest MRT station
Redhill MRT (0.4 km)
Nearby malls and amenities
Redhill Market & Food Centre (0.1 km), Delta Swimming Complex (0.2 km), Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre (0.4 km), Bukit Merah Central Food Centre (0.5 km), Bukit Merah Town Centre (0.5 km), Enabling Village (0.5 km), Tiong Bahru Park (0.6 km)
Recommended for
Families looking for a sizable unit in a city fringe location
4-room units aren’t usually this roomy, but this old HDB at Redhill Lane is. Size wise, it is comparable to a 5-room unit in some of the newer estates. This means that there’s plenty of space in this sizable unit for the family to accommodate both work and study from home. Though the unit is old, the interior is still well maintained, nicely furnished and in move-in condition.
The unit is also conveniently located at the intersection of multiple markets and food centres, which means that it is convenient for families who prefer to dine out. The 4-room flat is also within walking distance (0.4 km) to Redhill MRT, which will take only five minutes by foot.

4. The Trilinq

Property for rent
The Trilinq
Monthly rental
$1,100 to $6,000
Unit type
1-bedroom to 4-bedroom condo (538 to 1,109 sq ft)
District
District 5, Buona Vista / West Coast / Clementi New Town
Nearest MRT station
Clementi MRT (0.5 km)
Nearby malls and amenities
Nan Hua Primary School (0.2 km), Firefly Park (0,2 km), Clementi Town Secondary School (0.4 km), The Clementi Mall (0.5 km), Clementi Market & Food Centre (0.7 km), Pei Tong Primary School (0.7 km), Ayer Rajah Food Centre (0.8 km)
Recommended for
Families with children
The Trilinq is located in District 5, a preferred place of stay for many families because of its proximity to popular schools. For instance, Nan Hua Primary School is right next to The Trilinq, which may give you a slight edge when it comes to admission into the popular school.
The condo is also a short walk away from the Clementi central, where the MRT, shopping malls and neighbourhood centre is located. From supermarket to restaurants to hawker centre, everything you need is just eight minutes away from The Trilinq.

5. The Cape

Property for rent
The Cape
Monthly rental
$2,800 to $3,800
Unit type
1-bedroom to 2-bedroom condo (570 to 850 sq ft)
District
District 15, East Coast / Marine Parade
Nearest MRT station
Paya Lebar MRT (2.0 km)
Nearby malls and amenities
East Coast Park (0.3 km), Katong Shopping Centre (0.4 km), Katong V (0.5 km), Katong Square (0.6 km), Marine Parade (0.6 km)
Recommended for
Those who enjoy a tranquil living location that is close to nature
Marine Parade is known for its sea view and proximity to East Coast Park. The Cape is one of those condos that is situated within Marine Parade with both of these characteristics. This makes it an ideal place for those who love living in a location that is not only tranquil, but also close to nature. East Coast Park is just a short walk away and makes for a nice destination for an evening walk.
With a budget of $3,500 a month, you can rent a unit in this tranquil location that is popular not just amongst the locals, but also among many expats.

6. 154 Lorong 2 Toa Payoh

Property for rent
154 Lorong 2 Toa Payoh
Monthly rental
$3,100
Unit type
5-room HDB flat (1,335 sq ft)
District
District 12, Balestier / Toa Payoh / Serangoon
Nearest MRT station
Toa Payoh MRT (0.3 km)
Nearby malls and amenities
Toa Payoh Town Park (0.4km), Toa Payoh Bus Interchange (0.4km), HDB Hub (0.4km), Toa Payoh West Community Club (0.45km), Toa Payoh Mall (0.5km), Toa Payoh Swimming Complex (0.65km),
Recommended for
Families with children
This 5-room HDB flat at Toa Payoh Lorong 2 is another old gem that offers more space than its newer counterparts. At 1,335 sq ft, it is much larger than many HDB flats that you can find on the market. Its location in Toa Payoh, one of the oldest estates in Singapore, also brings about lots of convenience, be it to pick up necessities for daily living, or to access healthcare services or sports facilities for your regular dose of exercise.
An added feature of this 5-room HDB flat is its nice scenic view of the Toa Payoh estate. It is located on a high floor and just next to the MRT station.

7. Sky Habitat

Property for rent
Sky Habitat
Monthly rental
$1,300 to $6,500
Unit type
1-bedroom to 4-bedroom condo (700 to 1,798 sq ft)
District
District 20, Ang Mo Kio / Bishan / Thomson
Nearest MRT station
Bishan MRT (0.4 km)
Nearby malls and amenities
Bishan Swimming Complex (0.2 km), Bishan ActiveSG Stadium (0.2 km), Junction 8 (0.4 km), Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School (0.5 km), Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School (0.5 km), Ang Mo Kio-Bishan Park (0.7 km), Catholic High (0.8 km), Raffles Institution (0.9 km)
Recommended for
Families with children, couples looking for condo with facilities and convenience
Sky Habitat is an iconic condo in Bishan with its eye-catching design, courtesy of the brains behind Marina Bay Sands. It is also packed with the full condo facilities, from gym to swimming pool to tennis court.
The condo is also conveniently located within walking distance to Junction 8 and the transport hub at Bishan, making it hard to beat in terms of accessibility. You are served by both the North-South Line and Circle Line at Bishan MRT.
Sky Habitat’s location at Bishan, right smack in the centre of Singapore, also makes it very convenient if you need to head to the office at the Central Business District (CBD).

More FAQs About Renting in Singapore in 2021

How Much Is Rent in Singapore?

The monthly rental in Singapore for a room starts from $250 onwards. For the entire unit, it starts from $1,500. You can check out the latest rental prices on PropertyGuru.

How Do I Rent a House in Singapore?

Renting in Singapore is a simple 3-step process: Find your desired home to rent, sign the Letter of Intent to secure your rent and then sign the Tenancy Agreement to start your rental. Following that, remember to pay your rent promptly every month. For millennial singles, you can also read the Single Millennial’s Guide to Renting in Singapore on A 2.5K Salary.

Is Renting Cheaper Than Buying in Singapore?

It’s hard to compare renting and buying property. In absolute terms, renting is cheaper as you only commit to paying for the accommodation monthly for a short period. However, although buying often means a long-term mortgage, it is often considered more cost efficient as you own the property.

How Much Should You Spend on Rent in Singapore?

There is no hard and fast rule, but consider spending 40% or less of your disposable salary on your monthly rental fees. This ensures that you have enough to spare for your monthly expenses and still have some leftover cash to save for a rainy day.
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