Accommodation Options

Like all NUS Halls of Residence, the College needs to charge room rental and meal plan fees. However, all of the educational programmes at the College — both formal and informal — are covered by your regular tuition fees.

All student rooms in the College are singles, and are identical in size and amenities. Some of the rooms are grouped into suites of six, with a shared living room and bathroom. All rooms are furnished with ceiling fans, but some are also air-conditioned. The rent for air-conditioned rooms is slightly higher.

Apartments with special needs facilities will cost the same.

Room Rental Fees (For students admitted from AY2020/2021)

Non Air-Conditioned
  Per Week Sem 1 (18 weeks) Sem 2 (17 Weeks)
Single Room $132.00 $2,376.00 $2,244.00
Single Room in Suite $143.00 $2,574.00 $2,431.00
  Per Week Sem 1 (18 weeks) Sem 2 (17 Weeks)
Single Room $149.00 $2,682.00 $2,533.00
Single Room in Suite $160.00 $2,880.00 $2,720.00

*Air-conditioning in rooms operates on a pay-per-use basis, and the cost is largely dependent on the number of hours the unit is turned on, along with the setting on the thermostat. The tariff, pegged to the current prevailing electrical rates by SP Services (Singapore Power Group), is $0.25/kWh.

For students admitted from AY2020/2021, please click here for the rates for subsequent years.

For students admitted before AY2020/2021, please click here for more details on the room rates. 

Meal Plan

The cost of the meal plan is $8.50 per day (including GST), and is mandatory for all members of the College. The estimated total cost is $918 in Semester 1 and $867 in Semester 2. Breakfast and dinner will be provided every day of the semester with the exception of Saturdays (breakfast only) and Sundays (just dinner).

Dining together with the college community is an integral part of the learning and living experience at Tembusu College. No effort is spared in ensuring that residents enjoy the best possible returns for the cost of their meal plan — with an emphasis on providing a healthy menu with adequate variety. Please do note that there are always halal and vegetarian options available.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.