SIM to open hostel

SIM to open hostel


430-bed hostel believed to be biggest off-campus facility, monthly rent of $500 to $900


FROM today, students at one of Singapore’s biggest private education providers – SIM – will have their own hostel.


By Karen Wong



02 July 2008


FROM today, students at one of Singapore’s biggest private education providers – SIM – will have their own hostel.


It is believed to be the first private education organisation to have its own hostel facility here.


The hostel is at 100 Ulu Pandan Road, the former army camp for the School of Military Medicine, opposite Pandan Valley condominium.


It is a five-minute drive from the school’s Clementi Road headquarters.


The hostel is owned and managed by EM Services, a property management company whose core business is managing Housing Board estates, under its hostel brand Yo:HA (Your Habitat).


Speaking at the site yesterday, EM Services marketing director Andy Low said the company had invested more than $8 million in developing the hostel.


However, Mr Low, while revealing that the company is inking a deal with an educational institution to take up the hostel space, declined to say which institution is involved.


The New Paper understands that it is SIM Global – the arm which offers undergraduate and graduate programmes with partner overseas universities.




When contacted yesterday, SIM declined to reveal details of the hostel, pending its official opening in September.


But sources told The New Paper that SIM has been searching for hostel space for the last couple of years.


It has more than 3,000 international students.


A check on the school’s website found that details of the hostel are already uploaded, so that students can book their accommodation.


According to the website, students taking triple-sharing rooms will pay a monthly rent of about $550.


The rent will go up to $900 for those in single rooms.


It is understood that students will be moving in as early as today.


Sitting on a land area of about 4.5 hectares – or the size of six football fields – it is believed to be the biggest off-campus hostel in Singapore.


It will have six blocks of accommodation, with about 430 beds in single, double or triple occupancy for full-time students, as well as four studio apartments for visiting parents and lecturers.


There will also be sports and leisure facilities, including a fully-equipped gym and a dance studio.


Other facilities include tennis courts, a touch rugby field, a cafeteria and a mini-mart.


EM Services, which runs a student hostel in Boon Lay, beat six others in the tender for the site in January.


A Singapore Land Authority spokesman said: ‘This state property had attracted an impressive seven bids at tender closing, with four other hostel tenants putting in bullish bids that were higher than guide rent and those by (international) and commercial schools.’


She added that there is a growing interest by hostel tenants to provide more student accommodation on state properties.





Other hostel spaces


·  Former Alexandra Fire Station at Queensway: Being developed into a student hostel by the same company that runs Katong Hostel.


·  Former National Environment Agency district office at 333 Clementi Avenue: Being developed into a student hostel.


·  Former Upper Aljunied Technical School at Upper Aljunied: Re-developed into two schools and a student hostel.


Source: The New Paper


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