After 50 baht (S$2) meals in Thailand, the high prices in Singapore can be jarring.
Staying at a hostel in Singapore means you don't get the privacy of having your own room, but it also means you save a ton of money. Here are some of the cheapest hostels in Singapore.
Cheap hostels in Singapore (2020)
|Hostel||Price per night||Nearest MRT|
|Central 65 Hostel||$14||Farrer Park|
|Footprints Hostel||$16.50||Jalan Besar|
|Beary Best Hostel||$20.70||Chinatown|
|RedDoorz Hostel||$22||Clarke Quay|
|Blue Jazz Hostel||$26||Jalan Besar|
|7 Wonders Hostel||$27.84||Farrer Park|
|Five Stones Hostel||$28||Nicoll Highway|
|Coo Boutique Hostel||$28||Havelock|
|Capsule Pod Boutique Hostel||$42||Chinatown|
|Westwood Hostel||$43||Boon Lay|
Disclaimer: Prices are accurate at the time of writing. However, depending on the demand at the time of booking, the prices may change. This table is meant as a guide only.
Central 65 Hostel - $14 per night
Central 65 Hostel address: 134 Jalan Besar Singapore 208852
Central 65 Hostel doesn't look like much from the outside, but actually features quite a chic interior.
There's also a nice rooftop jacuzzi, which you can pay to use ($15 for 3 hours).
The bunks are equipped with curtains for privacy, reading lights and lockers. Prices are kept low thanks to the fact that the biggest rooms accommodate up to 16 people.
Footprints Hostel - $16.50 per night
Footprints Hostel address: 25A Perak Road Singapore 208136
Footprints Hostel's cheapest rooms contain 12 beds, and are as basic as they come, but for the price and rather central Little India location, it's not bad.
Those on a budget will be pleased to know that there is also free, if basic, breakfast.
Beary Best Hostel - $20.70 per night
Beary Best Hostel address: 16 Upper Cross Street Singapore 058331
Located in the Chinatown area and just a short walk away from the business district, Beary Best Hostel offers basic dorms containing up to 10 beds.
They've also got sleep pods offering slightly more privacy for those who don't mind paying more.
RedDoorz Hostel - $22 per night
RedDoorz Hostel address: 33B Hong Kong Street Singapore 059672
RedDoorz Hostel has the distinction of being located in the Clarke Quay area, which is ideal for partygoers and people who want to be close to the business district. Their rooms are kitted out with basic bunks, nothing fancy.
Blue Jazz Hostel - $26 per night
Blue Jazz Hostel address: 243 Jalan Besar Singapore 208916
Blue Jazz is a very basic hostel in the backpacker enclave of Jalan Besar.
The cheapest beds are in 12-bed mixed dorms, but they also have 16-bed female dorms that cost a tiny bit more.
Each guest gets their own personal reading light and locker.
7 Wonders Hostel - $27.84 per night
7 Wonders Hostel address: 257 Jalan Besar Singapore 208930
7 Wonders Hostel, located a stone's throw from Little India, offers sleeping capsule bunk beds equipped with curtains for privacy and power sockets so you can charge your devices.
They also use high quality mattresses and offer free towels and free breakfast. That's a pretty sweet deal considering the relatively low prices.
Five Stones Hostel - $28 per night
Five Stones Hostel address: 285 Beach Road Singapore 199550
Five Stones Hostel offers 10- 8-, 6- and 4-bed rooms as well as an entire floor dedicated to women.
Rooms are equipped with basic bunks and lockers.
This is one of the most popular hostels in town, mostly due to their low prices and location close to the Kampong Glam and Bugis areas.
Coo Boutique Hostel - $28 per night
Coo Boutique Hostel address: 259 Outram Road Singapore 169056
Coo Boutique hostel has a stylish in-house bistro and offers a rather fancy experience.
Dorm beds are equipped with curtains for privacy, lockers, reading lights and power sockets, and the dorms themselves have an industrial chic aesthetic.
Capsule Pod Boutique Hostel - $42 per night
Capsule Pod Boutique Hostel address: 38 Upper Cross Street Singapore 058341
If you want to save money and still enjoy a modicum of comfort, this boutique hostel offers a comfortable middle ground with its capsule-style rooms equipped with curtains for privacy and personal reading lights and power sockets.
Capsule Pod Boutique Hostel also has house cleaning, which is a relief when you've been slumming it, as well as a music room, kitchen and TV lounge.
Westwood Hostel - $43 per night
Westwood Hostel address: 15 Jurong West Avenue 5 Singapore 649490
Westwood Hostel is located in the far West of Singapore, and is targeted at people studying or working at Nanyang Technological University and visitors staying for a longer period of time, rather than tourists in town for two days.
They offer 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments equipped with kitchens and living rooms, on 1-, 3-, 6- and 12-month contracts.
The 12-month contract is $1,300 a month, which works out to about $43 a day.
The kitchen facilities make this a good option for those who want to prepare their own food.
This article was first published in MoneySmart.