Expats from all over the world live in Singapore, and there are plenty of organisations and clubs to help bring them together. New arrivals in Singapore can expect to live a busy social life, although many activities come at a price in this expensive city.
However, there are still various options available to expats looking for sports, social, cultural and recreational clubs in Singapore. There are also societies organised by nationality and families are well catered for, and for many expats these social groups become a sort of home away from home.
Club membership in Singapore
On the surface, Singapore may seem very similar to the West. But there is still some culture shock for expats to overcome, and belonging to a club or society can ease the transition.
Here is a list of some of the most popular clubs in Singapore.
American Women's Association of Singapore
Address: 15 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228218
Tel: +65 6734 4895
Open to women of all nationalities, AWA is a volunteer-run social organisation whose mission is to bring together women with common interests through activities and events. It organises social and special interest activities and events as well as sports and tours.
American Association of Singapore
Address: 15 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228218
Tel: +65 6738 0371
As the oldest American organisation in Singapore, AAS is focused on enhancing the experience of expats and other community members by bringing them together through social events and activities. Each month it publishes the Singapore American, a community newspaper reporting on travel, food and dining, and events in the city.
The Australian and New Zealand Association
Address: 47A Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169361
Tel: +65 6223 7992
ANZA offers support to its members by hosting events and exercising social responsibility. ANZA Action, the charity arm of ANZA, supports a number of charities. Activities include monthly members' nights, tours around Singapore, casual coffee mornings and volunteering opportunities.
The British Association of Singapore
Address: Tanglin Shopping Centre, 19 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247909
Tel: +65 6339 8229
Members of the BA can enjoy access to various activities and special-interest groups. There are also opportunities to take part in fundraising and volunteering for local charities.
Address: 96 Waterloo St, Singapore 187967
Tel: +65 6234 0973
Established in 1997, the PrimeTime community is a network for women interested in expanding their professional and social circles. This active club offers a variety of activities, including speakers, discussion groups, community outreach opportunities and social gatherings.
Singapore International Foundation
Address: 60A Orchard Road, Singapore 238890
Tel: +65 6837 8700
This non-profit organisation focuses on building relationships between expats and local Singaporeans through dialogue and exchange programmes. From sending volunteers into developing communities to effect positive change, to enriching lives through events and showcases, SIF's ultimate mission is to build a better world.
The Singapore Recreation Club
Address: B Connaught Drive, Singapore 179682
Tel: +65 6338 9367
Founded in 1883, the SRC is one of Singapore's oldest social clubs and has a strong sporting tradition. Members have access to various facilities and activities, as well as to the guest rooms and exclusive events.
The Tanglin Club
Address: 5 Stevens Road, Singapore 257814
Tel: +65 6622 0555
Another of Singapore's oldest social clubs, The Tanglin's facilities include four restaurants and bars, function rooms, several libraries, a hair salon, a playroom and a jackpot room.
►See Culture Shock in Singapore for more information on how to adjust to life on the Little Red Dot
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