A Coveted Neighborhood A Guide to Living in Ang Mo Kio
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A Coveted Neighborhood: A Guide to Living in Ang Mo Kio

Ang Mo Kio is arguably one of the most coveted areas in the Northeast Region of Singapore. It boasts many things to do as well as a variety of housing options, which is why many people are interested in living here. 

I don’t live in Ang Mo Kio, but I do have family and friends there, so I come to this area quite often. And based on my experience, I can totally understand the hype that it gets.

If you’re curious to know why living in Ang Mo Kio is great, this article is for you. Here, I discuss the benefits of living in Ang Mo Kio as well as the possible housing costs and more, so hopefully by the end, you can decide if this can be your new home. 

What’s so special about Ang Mo Kio?

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What’s so special about Ang Mo Kio is the fact that it’s a highly urbanized area with a fascinating history. 

The land of Ang Mo Kio used to be uninhabited in the 19th century, but during the turn of the century, settlers started coming here. It was also around this time when rubber production in the area boomed, resulting in various rubber plantation estates. 

The area was eventually named “Ang Mo Kio” because many of the people living here were foreigners. 

In the Hokkien dialect, “Ang Mo Kio” means “red-haired man’s bridge.” “Ang Mo” is also a colloquial term for Caucasians.

What makes Ang Mo Kio a good place to live?

Fast and Efficient Public Transport System 

Fast and Efficient Public Transport System

Ang Mo Kio is very much well-served by a multi-modal public transport system. For starters, there are four MRT stations in the area, which are part of the North-South Line and Thomson–East Coast line:

  • Yio Chu Kang
  • Ang Mo Kio
  • Lentor
  • Mayflower

In addition to these four, there’s another one coming soon that will be part of the Cross Island Line: Teck Ghee. This station is set to open to the public in 2030.

Bus services are also abundant in Ang Mo Kio. These buses can take you everywhere in Singapore, be it the city center or any of the other regions on the island.

Because of this, it’s easy for residents to commute to work or just get around Singapore in general.

Walkable Neighborhood

Walkable Neighborhood

What if you’re not in the mood to ride a bus or train? Then, you can choose to walk instead!

The great thing about Ang Mo Kio is that its layout is incredibly well thought-out. Amenities, such as stores and groceries, and entertainment options, such as malls and restaurants, are all within walking distance. 

Because of this, you’re motivated to walk to your planned destination whenever you want. It’s so convenient, and you also get to stretch your muscles for a bit—it’s a win-win situation!

So Many Fun Things to Do

So Many Fun Things to Do

When you live in Ang Mo Kio, you won’t run out of fun things to do in your spare time. And that’s simply because this neighborhood features countless entertainment options. 

To be more specific, Ang Mo Kio has three malls with a total of 223 shops, 109 restaurants, and six nightlife options. Surely, with these amenities, you can find an activity that you’ll like. 

What are some of the best things to do in Ang Mo Kio?

What are some of the best things to do in Ang Mo Kio

Here are a few of the best things to do during your spare time in Ang Mo Kio:

  • Shopping. With 223 shops, you’ll definitely get the retail therapy that you deserve. 
  • Going on a food trip. From affordable hawker centers to fancy restaurants serving international cuisine, this neighborhood can satisfy your every craving.
  • Partying in a lively nightclub. Make most of the night partying and dancing with your friends.  
  • Hanging out in a park. Ang Mo Kio has a few parks where you can stroll, hike, or simply lie down on the green and take a nap. These options are Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Ang Mo Kio Town Garden (East and West).

Mellow and Tranquil Neighborhood

Mellow and Tranquil Neighborhood

Even though Ang Mo Kio boasts countless amenities and fun things to do, its overall atmosphere is still pretty mellow and tranquil. In other words, you don’t have to worry about drowning in city noise all the time. 

Because of this characteristic, Ang Mo Kio attracts mostly couples without kids, empty nesters or retirees, and families. So long as you’re the kind of person who wants a quiet lifestyle, this neighborhood is for you. 

Great Selection of Schools

Great Selection of Schools

If you have a family, you’ll be delighted to know that there are many great schools in Ang Mo Kio—primary, secondary, and even tertiary! And if you’re a foreigner, you can also find a few international schools here.

Because of this, you don’t have to worry anymore about where to enroll your kids in the future.

To give you an idea of what the education system is like in Ang Mo Kio, here are a few schools found in the area. 

Primary Schools 

Primary Schools
School Name Gender AddressContact Information
Anderson Primary School  Co-Ed 19 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9, Singapore 569785
  • Website: https://www.andersonpri.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6564560340
  • Ang Mo Kio Primary SchoolCo-Ed20 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore 569920
  • Website: https://www.angmokiopri.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6564520794
  • CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School (Primary Section) All Girls Ang Mo Kio Street 13, Singapore 569405
  • Website: https://www.chijstnicholasgirls.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6563541839
  • Jing Shan Primary SchoolCo-Ed5 Ang Mo Kio Street 52, Singapore 569228
  • Website: https://www.jingshanpri.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6564566305
  • Mayflower Primary SchoolCo-Ed200 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Singapore 569878
  • Website: https://www.mayflowerpri.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6564520849
  • Teck Ghee Primary SchoolCo-Ed1 Ang Mo Kio Street 32, Singapore 569299
  • Website: https://www.teckgheepri.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6564548769
  • Townsville Primary SchoolCo-Ed3 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 569730
  • Website: https://www.townsvillepri.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6564574345
  • Secondary Schools

    Secondary Schools
    School Name Gender AddressContact Information
    Anderson Secondary SchoolCo-Ed10 Ang Mo Kio Street 53, Singapore 569206
  • Website: https://www.andersonsec.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6564598303
  • Ang Mo Kio Secondary SchoolCo-Ed6 Ang Mo Kio Street 22, Singapore 569362
  • Website: https://www.angmokiosec.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6564548605
  • CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School All Girls Ang Mo Kio Street 13, Singapore 569405
  • Website: https://www.chijstnicholasgirls.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6563541839
  • Deyi Secondary SchoolCo-Ed1 Ang Mo Kio Street 42, Singapore 569277
  • Website: https://www.deyisec.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6564561565
  • Mayflower Secondary SchoolCo-Ed2 Ang Mo Kio Street 21, Singapore 569384
  • Website: https://www.mayflowersec.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6564577783
  • Presbyterian High SchoolCo-Ed5209 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Singapore 569845
  • Website: https://www.presbyterian.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6564543722
  • Yio Chu Kang Secondary SchoolCo-Ed3063 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Singapore 569868
  • Website: https://www.yiochukangsec.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6564560669
  • Tertiary Schools 

    Tertiary Schools
    School Name AddressContact Information
    Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central2 Ang Mo Kio Dr, Singapore 567720
  • Website: https://www.ite.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6518002222111
  • Nanyang Polytechnic180 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, Singapore 569830
  • Website: https://www.nyp.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6564515115
  • Anderson Serangoon Junior College4500 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Singapore 569843
  • Website: https://www.asrjc.moe.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6564596822
  • International Schools 

    International Schools
    School Name Address DescriptionContact Information
    The Grange Institution449 Yio Chu Kang Rd, Singapore 805946Offering both the Cambridge Primary Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
  • Website: https://www.thegrange.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6568173630
  • International French School (IFS)3000 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore 569928Delivering a unique bilingual French-English education
  • Website: https://www.ifs.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number: +6568050000
  • BMC International College715 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, #02-4000, Singapore 560715College offering courses in engineering, accounting, business, psychology, computing, hospitality, and English
  • Website: https://www.bmc.edu.sg/
  • Contact Number:
  • Special School 

    Special School

    Ang Mo Kio has Pathlight School, a special school that’s dedicated to high-functioning children with autism in Singapore. 

    Founded in 2004, this school teaches the students the mainstream curriculum subjects as well as social and life skills. Basically, Pathlight aims to prepare their students for employment in an autism-friendly environment. 

    How much does housing cost in Ang Mo Kio?

    How much does housing cost in Ang Mo Kio

    The housing options in Ang Mo Kio are mostly apartments, condo units, and HDB flats, so it’s possible to find a property that’s within your budget. 

    Whether you’re looking to rent or buy your own property in Ang Mo Kio, the cost will depend on the size of the unit and the number of extra amenities it has. Here’s a breakdown of the possible housing prices in Ang Mo Kio. 

    Property Type Estimated Rent Costs (Monthly) Estimated Home Price

    How do I choose a house in Ang Mo Kio?

    How do I choose a house in Ang Mo Kio

    Have I convinced you that Ang Mo Kio is a great place to live? Great! Now all that’s left for you to do is find your dream home here. 

    To help you choose a house in Ang Mo Kio, here are some factors that you should consider:

    • Where your place of work is located. Are you working in the city center—or maybe even farther than that? You might want to select a house that’s near where you work for convenience’s sake.
    • How near a house is to an MRT station or bus stop. Speaking of convenience, it’s also a great idea to choose a house that’s near public transportation. That way, your commute will be a breeze. 
    • Do you have a family? When you have a family, the ideal residential unit should be one with multiple rooms. Also, you might want to pick a unit near amenities and schools because that will make your life easier here. 
    • Your budget. Housing in Ang Mo Kio can get really pricey, so you need to consider how much you’re willing to spend. Once you’ve determined what your budget is, it shouldn’t be too hard to find the right property for you.