Survey: 1 in 4 S'poreans wants to live with parents after marriage

Survey: 1 in 4 S'poreans wants to live with parents after marriage

SINGAPORE - One in four Singaporeans wants to live with either set of parents after he or she gets married.

This is according to an ongoing survey on the Ministry of National Development's (MND's) microsite.

And the reason?

To look after their parents and have their parents look after their children, said Mr Kish Singh, 32, a civil servant.

He said: "And by living under one roof, you save on groceries and utilities. Plus, I get home-cooked meals regularly since my wife and I will be working."

MND is using the survey results to understand how it can do more to help extended families who want to live together.

But not everybody is keen on the idea of living with their parents.

Auditor Agnes Ng and her boyfriend have already applied for a Build-To-Order (BTO) flat near their family homes. Both families live in Jurong now.

Ms Ng, 25, said: "We can go to our parent's home for dinner since we don't have time to cook. When we have kids, we can leave them at his parents' place."

But they are not thinking of living under one roof with their parents just yet.

She said: "I want it to be just the both of us, for now. Besides, I don't think I can get along with his parents."

What are Singaporean couples' thoughts on living with their parents? And what do parents think about living with their married children?

That is what MND hopes to understand with the survey, which was launched on May 25. It will end next month.

More than 1,900 Singaporeans have taken part so far and the respondents involve courting couples, married couples and senior citizens. At the end of the survey, respondents are required to provide details such as their NRIC and household income.

Housing issues involving the three groups will be discussed over the next three weeks in a new series of Housing Conversations focusing on "Closer Families; Stronger Ties".

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