Here’s How Much Renting a 3 Bedroom Apartment Costs in Major Cities Around the World


Joanne Poh



A lot has been said about how expensive property is in Singapore, blah blah blah, but the fact is that most Singaporeans will never ever have to worry about how much it costs to rent an apartment here, or even attempt to buy property on the private market.

An overwhelming number of Singaporeans continue to live with their parents until well into adulthood, moving out only when they get married and are eligible to purchase HDB property with the help of hefty government grants. So it’s not surprising that when it comes to comparing the price of rent here and overseas, most people have no clue.

We had a look on, which compiles data about the cost of living in various cities across the world based on user ratings. Check out this comparison of rent in Singapore versus rent in some of the world’s major (and most expensive) cities:


City Rent for 3 bedroom apartment in the city centre Rent for 3 bedroom apartment in city centre (converted to SGD) Rent for 3 bedroom apartment outside of the city centre Rent for 3 bedroom apartment outside of city centre (converted to SGD)
Singapore 6,055.17 SGD 6,055.17 3,471.82 SGD 3,471.82
London 3,426.28 GBP 6,707.61 1,939.53 GBP 3,796.90
Paris 2,368.44 EUR 3,606.42 1,638.00 EUR 2,493.83
Hong Kong 37,548.91 HKD 6,546.54 23,043.06 HKD 4,107.52
Sydney 4,695.74 AUD 4,896.32 2,934.21 AUD 3,059.54
Melbourne 3,150.47 AUD 3,285.27 1,961.65 AUD 2,045.57
New York City 5,863.89 USD 7,928.77 3,108.46 USD 4,203.06
Tokyo 385,961.54 JPY 4,693.35 179,740.74 JPY 2,185.67
Taipei 40,586.21 NTS 1,695.11 23,800.00  NTS 994.02
Seoul 3,586,802.43 KRW 4,211.82 2,382,999.47 KRW 2,798.25
Los Angeles 3,457.44 USD 4,674.93 2,565.87 USD 3,469.40
Toronto 2,626.09 CND 2,800.97 1,789.68 CND 1,908.86
Dubai 15,168.70 AED 5,584.05 10,459.08 AED 3,850.30


Obviously, the average size of a 3 bedroom apartment in Hong Kong is probably about the size of a toilet of one in Toronto. Still, the site seems to provide a pretty accurate picture of how much it costs to rent in various major world cities.

It is undeniably more expensive to rent than to buy in Singapore if you qualify for HDB grants. This is also due to the fact that the supply of rental property is artificially inflated due to the strict rules on renting out HDB property, what with the five year minimum occupation period and all.

It’s not my intention to provide a cost-benefit analysis of living elsewhere because, let’s face it, there are too many intangibles at play. One person may value char kway teow, another may prefer to work fewer hours per day while a third may be crazy about a certain culture. There are also other costs involved such as taxes, general expenditure, etc.

But it’s interesting to compare how much it would cost to keep yourself off the streets in various places around the world. What do you think? Does this affect your opinion on where you’d like to live? Or have the prices shocked you into giving up on ever living in other major world cities?

Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.

  • ky chua

    the size of a 3 bedroom in the singapore city can range from 500 sq ft to 3000sq ft onwards. so wat is your basis of the rent comparison? did u check the accuracy of the facts from the rental market in the city has already gone soft for the past one year and rental has gone down 10-20 percent at least. pls verify your facts before u publish it and mislead everyone.

  • ky chua

    so Joanne. ppl feedback on your article and u dont write back to clarify? so u really dont bother to check on the facts and publish for the sake of filling up spaces?

    • Hi KY, the Singapore information on is based on data collected from over 600 different contributors to the website in the past 12 months. The numbers presented in our article are an average calculated by the website. Thank you for your feedback.

  • ky chua

    tq Joanne. so your rental comparison ($6055.17) of a 3 bedder in the city is based on what size?

  • ky chua

    no point having a discussion section if u guys are not interested……….