|A Life More Raffles|
A VIBRANT CAMPUS
Life is what we make it to be. Yet, life can be made more vibrant with the right ingredients. At Raffles, a life of exciting learning is as good as it gets. This is because we make sure that what goes on in the campus is as vital as where we base our business.
Situated at 99 Beach Road, the Raffles College of Higher Education (RCHE) campus sits on 1.2 hectares of land housing three buildings, located in an area designated as Singapore’s arts, culture, learning and entertainment hub.
Housed in a conservation building that was home to the former Central Police Station, the campus serves as the incubator for many aspiring designers and business students in the Asia Pacific. This historical building retains its former image of authority and exudes a dignified and distinguished character, yet provides a fun and lively studying and working environment within.
We are committed to providing the best learning environment for our students. We continually upgrade our learning environment to meet our students' needs and quest for knowledge. In efforts to be the school of choice for local and international students, we provide students with facilities that aid them in their learning journeys.
The campus houses 58 seminar rooms, classrooms, studios, and computer, psychology and biomedical laboratories with the latest equipment and technological applications. In addition, lounges provide students with places to relax and mingle with friends. These facilities are complemented by the resources provided by the National Library, The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, and museums in the vicinity.
More than 5,000 Library Books and Magazines
The library contains books by world-renowned gurus, groundbreaking published materials by contemporary practitioners, as well as books and magazines featuring Raffles' graduates. The library also subscribes to monthly magazines and journals on design, business, psychology, biomedical sciences and infocomm security, to enable students to keep abreast of current industry developments.
Audio Visual Overload
The library has an extensive collection of audio-visual materials, such as multimedia CD-ROMs, audio CDs and movie DVDs. The collections are updated regularly to include the latest, from popular films to art-house productions, international fashion shows to Raffles' own graduation shows.
Computer and Internet Access
Students have free access to computers and the internet. The entire campus is also plugged into a wireless network so students can access online resources anywhere on campus.
Students can photocopy library materials or print out assignments at the professional printing centre managed by Xpress Print.
Outdoor Recreation Area
Students can also engage in activities like street soccer and basketball in the outdoor recreation area.
LIVING IN SINGAPORE
The Raffles brand is born and bred in Singapore, a city of possibilities known for being a beautiful garden city. From a small, humble fishing village, Singapore has transformed into a vibrant city of modern skyscrapers and cosmopolitan living of superlative standards. Similarly, Raffles has blossomed into a global concern promising a life of learning that few others can match.
Melding the best of East and West, Singapore boasts a unique blend of history and culture evident in the arts, architecture and food.
Despite being a small country, one of the smallest in the world, Singapore’s commitment to free trade and her well-educated, highly efficient workforce have made the country a force in the world economy. Her strategic location in this part of Southeast Asia has enabled her sea port to become one of the busiest along major shipping routes.
Singapore is a multi-racial society with a population of five million people, where locals from diverse backgrounds and cultures live harmoniously together. There are four major races – namely the Chinese (majority), Malay, Indian and Eurasian. Each community offers a different perspective of life in Singapore in terms of culture, religion, food and language. English is the main language for business and instruction with the major ethnicities having each their own mother tongue.
Singapore’s cityscape contains much for visitors to discover beyond its history, culture, people, shopping and food. To us, this is how we complete a life more Raffles.
Below are some guidelines for the various types of accommodation available to international students. The prices quoted serve as a rough guide to the cost of living in Singapore. Actual living expenses are subject to the individual student’s expectations of living standards and personal lifestyle.
All international students are encouraged to stay in the students’ hostel when they first arrive in Singapore. The students’ hostel is conveniently close to the School and the rental rates are reasonable.
Some families in Singapore open up their homes to students and welcome them as part of their families.
Hotel or Service Apartment
Depending on location and size, the cost for these residences can range from S$5,000 to S$8,000 per month.
Shared Accommodation/Independent Residence
Three- to four-bedroom apartments are available for rent from S$1,500 per month. Students can choose to live alone or share an apartment with other students. Lease terms are usually for 1 year or more.
Singapore has a very efficient public transport system that is clean and easily accessible islandwide.
The roads are well served by public buses, which cover many routes all over the city. It is also a very convenient and affordable mode of transport. Most buses are air-conditioned and bus fares range from S$0.80 to S$2.
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
MRT trains connect to all the major parts of Singapore and provide one of the most popular modes of transport. Train fares start from S$1.10 for a standard single-trip ticket.
Many taxis ply the roads in Singapore. You can flag one down or wait at one of the taxi stands located at major buildings and shopping centres. The taxi meter starts at S$2.80 with surcharges during peak hours, weekends and public holidays.