A Guide To Renting The Ideal Apartment When Becoming An Adult

f you are about to move out of your parents’ house to live an independent lifestyle, congratulations because that means you are becoming independent. However, there are many things that you need to consider when it comes to taking adulthood head-on, one of which has something to do with the new place you’ll be calling home.

Your apartment is crucial because this is the one place in the world where you virtually make all the rules, and where you can unwind after a long tiring day. To help you find one that will help you start the adult lifestyle on the right foot, here’s how you can search for your ideal first apartment.

1. Know how much money you can dedicate to rent

The usual rental fee for an apartment in Singapore recurs every month. With that said, you should first establish a budget for the monthly apartment rental fee – ideally, it shouldn’t go any higher than 30% of your regular income. 

Keeping track of the rental fee ensures that you still have enough money left for other necessary expenses such as electricity, water, groceries, transportation, and others.

2. Decide on where you want the location to be

The monthly rental fee isn’t everything because it also depends on the apartment’s location. To help you pick the right one, you have to determine the distance you are willing to travel every day for work, whether or not you want to be near public establishments such as the supermarket or government offices, if the location is worth the price, among others. 

If you know your exact location and neighbourhood preferences, you’ll know whether or not an apartment listing fits you instantly. 

3. Evaluate whether or not a roommate is necessary

If things went your way, you probably want to have the apartment all to yourself. However, at times, finances can be tight. Unfortunately, if you live in a highly urbanized area, it’s possible for the rent to quickly skyrocket to more than 30% of your monthly income.

In this case, you may want to consider looking for a roommate with whom you can split the rental fees. Just be sure that you orient yourself on the pros and cons of having a roommate so you will know for certain if you’re making the right call. Moreover, it also depends on what kind of roommate you end up getting. 

4. Check if there are parking spaces available

Not every young adult has a car. Nevertheless, if you do, you have to include the parking availability and season parking fees when looking for your first apartment. Sometimes, an apartment listing will let you know if there is an available car parking space, and more often than not, there is.

You may want to communicate with the landlord or the apartment’s sales agent that you have a car. This allows them to let you know right away if you can make use of the carparking amenity. 

5. Know what pieces of furniture you will need

Most of the time, people who move into their first apartment have little to no furniture with them. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with coming in empty-handed, you have to have some furniture somewhere down the line because you can’t thrive in an empty apartment. You have to sleep on something, a table to eat on, a closet to keep your clothes in, the list goes on.

For these reasons, you might want to consider looking for a furnished and serviced apartment that is pre-fitted with everything you could need, such as a well-equipped kitchen, a TV with complimentary channels, air conditioning, and the like.

If you are looking for a serviced apartment rental that is strategically situated within Singapore, view our options today at ST Residences, where we cater to long and short-term apartment rentals (with a minimum stay period of 7 days). 

We have apartments across 30 locations in the Lion City, including CBD, Central Singapore, West Singapore, and East Singapore. To learn more about our apartments, email us at [email protected] today!

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