Campus and Beyond

Methods School participants have access to all the cafeterias, restaurants, and cafes on the NUS campus. In UTown, you can find Starbucks, Subway, Pizza Hut, two food courts – Koufu and Foodclique Flavors – and a variety of casual international, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, and other restaurants. The main campus offers many more food courts, cafes, and a few fine-dining restaurants (e.g., The University Club).

In addition to the eateries on campus, there are several budget-friendly eating options close to campus along Clementi Road, West Coast Road (West Coast Market Square and West Coast Plaza), and around the Clementi MRT station (Clementi Market & Food Centre and Clementi Mall). If you want to venture beyond the campus and its immediate neighborhood, just ask a local member of the Methods School team for suggestions on where to go for the best tastes of Singapore and how to get there.

All campus residences come equipped with a basic kitchen (fridge, microwave, but no kitchenware) should you prefer to prepare your own meals. There are a convenience store, drug store, and small supermarket in UTown and several larger supermarkets (Cold Storage, Sheng Siong, and FairPrice) close to campus. In addition, there are two covered market halls nearby that specialize in fresh fruits and other perishable items.


Computing

Participants can connect their WiFi-enabled laptops, smart phones, tablet computers, etc. to the NUS wireless network and access the internet anywhere in UTown, on NUS' main campus, and even on board the NUS-internal shuttle buses. In addition, all Methods School participants have around-the-clock access to the UTown Computer Commons, equipped with PC and Mac computers as well as printers.

Most Methods School courses require the use of computers for hands-on training. Where necessary, the Methods School provides temporary licenses for the required software packages (e.g., R, TOSMANA, and z-Tree) so that participants can install and use the software on their own computers.


Reading

We strongly encourage you to buy the Core Readings for your respective course before the start of the Methods School and to bring them with you to Singapore. Several of the core readings are available as eBooks from Amazon's Kindle store.

All registered Methods School participants have access to the NUS Library. With over 2.5 million books and 50,000 periodicals, you should be able to find almost anything you are interested in. Books relevant to the Methods School courses have been put on reserve in the Central Library's RBR collection.

If you want to buy books after arriving in Singapore, you can do so at the Methods School book fair. We have also asked the NUS Coop and UTown BookHaven to stock up on Methods School-related books, and there are two Popular stores close to campus and many more bookstores all over Singapore (e.g., Kinokuniya, Times, and MPH).


Shopping

Singapore is the ultimate shopping destination in the Asia-Pacific. In other words, there are endless opportunities for you to make good use of your credit card. Most of the 'real' shopping happens in the world-famous shopping malls along Orchard Road (ION, Ngee Ann City, Paragon, Mandarin Gallery, and many, many more) and at Harbour Front (Vivo City) and Marina Bay (Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands), but there are countless malls (e.g., Suntec City, Star Vista, Jurong Point, JCube, and Bugis Junction) and specialized shopping centers (e.g., Sim Lim Square and Mustafa) that cater to every budget and taste all over Singapore.


Entertainment

You are here to study research methods! ... but there will be enough time for you to participate in talks, info sessions, and social activities organized by the Methods School and to explore Singapore on your own. For inspiration on what to see and do while in Singapore, visit this, this, this, this, this, or this website, look for event tickets at SISTIC, or just ask a local member of the Methods School team.


Miscellaneous

Methods School participants have access to the gym and recreational pool in UTown's Stephen Riady Centre.

There are ATMs, a post office, drug store, health center and hospital, multiple hairdressers, art and natural history museums, and an arts center on the NUS campus.

The National University of Singapore has a strict non-smoking policy – indoors and outdoors!

 

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