Ever feel like being a social influencer and have those instaworthy photos on your profile? Want to have 300 likes in a day? Within the walls of these schools, there are 10 instaworthy places that are known only to the students’.

From ulu Pulau NTU to the hipster-in-town SMU, you can now find a legit reason to travel down to these universities in this article. We have kindly attached a map of the universities in each section, so you won’t have to be daunted by the huge and confusing campuses.

Simply click on the name of the schools in each section and be ready to transform your Instagram! Goodbye insta filters!


Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

1. The Hive

Just like how people go to China to visit the Great Wall or Paris to visit the Eiffel Tower, when you come to NTU, you have to visit the Hive. It is indeed the center of attention in the campus! We’ve mentioned about the Hive in our first article of this uni freshie guide, so you can head over to find out more about the Hive!

One of the very popular shots whereby even professional photographers would come all the way would be the one taken at basement 5 as seen below.

Picture from NTUsg

Come use the beehives concept and uniqueness of this architect structure to boost up your Instagram! Bzzzzz!

Directions:

By Campus Bus

(Red Line – alight at the Innovation Centre)

(Blue Line – alight opposite the Innovation Centre)

By Public Bus

Take Bus 179/179A from Pioneer Mrt (Exit A) or Boon Lay Bus Interchange and alight at Innovation Centre

Nearest Bus/MRT Stop:

Innovation Centre (Bus Stop ID: 27251)

2. Chinese Heritage Centre (CHC)

Heritage…. Sounds boring let’s skip.

HOLD UP don’t scroll down just yet, there is so much more to this heritage centre. Not only is it rich in Chinese culture, but it is also full of brick walls and can even pass off as one of the houses you see along the countryside.

Founded in 1995, CHC works towards promoting the awareness and understanding of the ethnic Chinese communities in different parts of the world. They have a vision to be the leading research and resource centre about the Chinese outside of China.

Don’t think that being “chingchonglinglong” is not cool. It might just be the next new thing and YOU could be the trendsetter!

Directions:

By Campus Bus

(Red Line – alight at the Innovation Centre)

(Blue Line – alight opposite the Innovation Centre)

By Public Bus

Take Bus 179/179A from Pioneer Mrt (Exit A) or Boon Lay Bus Interchange and alight at Innovation Centre

After which, take a less than 5 minutes’ walk down and you will arrive at CHC. It’s a huge traditional pagoda-like roof building so you definitely won’t miss it!

Nearest Bus/MRT Stop:

Innovation Centre (Bus Stop ID: 27251)

3. School of Art, Design and Media (ADM)

The ADM school never fails us when it comes to looking good. Not only do their students dress uniquely, their building structure is so unconventional that it can pass off as our very own Marina Barrage.

You get to view NTU as a whole if you are willing to climb all the way up to the top. The school is also known as the “green roof” of NTU as its literally green grass on the roof which helps to cool the building down during hot days! Especially in sunny humid Singapore.

Yu Xuan and I climbed up and got greeted by the sprinklers watering the grass. Yes. we were nearly drenched… So be ready to run off when the sprinklers comes up!

Take a shot like the above if you want your legs to look taller – very important to make you your legs “stretch” especially if you’re closer to being 160cm like me.

Picture from Sidetrack Productions and HEY! NTU

This is one of the hotspots for graduation and even wedding photoshoots! I wonder if we can slide down the grass patch like how people do in the Australian sand dunes hmm…

Directions:

By Public Bus

179/179A – Take all the way till Canteen 2

199 – Take to Blk 41

From Canteen 2, walk all the way straight down in the same direction as the bus travels. You will send the school of ADM just right up ahead. If you have alighted at Blk 41, you will just have to cross a pedestrian crossing and you’ll arrive!

Nearest Bus/MRT Stop:

Blk 41 (Bus Stop ID: 207069)


National University of Singapore (NUS)

NUS can be quite daunting especially if it is your first time there because of the many stairs and huge campus space. But like we said, we are here to help you out. Just click on to the map link above and follow the directions for each location.

4. YaleNUS Centre

Founded by two of the great universities – Yale University and NUS University, Yale-NUS College is a residential college (RC) located in Singapore with the aim of redesigning education in liberal arts and science for this interconnected world.

This RC is one of the nicest buildings in NUS and has many places for you to your trip down worthwhile. Though I may not be from NUS, but every time I pass by this campus to visit the alumni house for my dad’s monthly alumni membership dinner, I can’t help but to be wow-ed at the architecture of this building.

Perhaps it’s the serenity of the RC or the feeling of a home away from home. Yale-NUS is one place you have to drop by while in NUS.

Directions

Nearest Bus/MRT Stop:

 Yale-NUS College (Bus Stop ID: 17099)

University Town (Bus Stop ID: 19059)

 5. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum strives to the leader in Southeast Asian biodiversity – in research, education and outreach. Being the green building of NUS, it is home to over 560,000 catalogued lots and over a million other specimens from around the region.

I actually thought that part of the building is from the movie, Jurassic Park because of its huge variety of plants outside. Just look at how realistic these are – tell me you guys think likewise. 

Picture from LKCNHM NUS

In fact, the museum houses three diplodocid sauropod fossils right here in the biodiversity gallery! Being more than 80% complete, these majestic creatures were among the largest and heaviest animals to ever roam the earth.

Look out for the heritage gallery and museum gardens while you are here too! The museum is open on Tuesdays from 10am – 7pm to both the public and students at an admission fee.

 Directions:

 By Campus Bus

A2, D1, D2, BTC — NUS Shuttle Bus

(Reduced NUS shuttle bus services on Sundays & Public Holidays)

By Public Bus

151 — SBS Transit

Alight at Museum

96, 151, 151E — SBS Transit

Alight at NUS Raffles Hall (B16169)

By Train

Kent Ridge MRT

Transfer to NUS Bus D2 (no service on Sundays & Public Holidays)

Clementi MRT

Transfer to Bus 96 at Clementi Bus Terminal

 Nearest Bus/MRT Stop:

 Museum (Bus Stop ID: 16161)

NUS Raffles Hall (Bus Stop ID: 16169)

6. UTOWN

University Town is an educational hub completed with facilities such as residential spaces, teaching facilities as well as study clusters.

Our very own scholar, Charmaine meets many of her friends here and loves how UTOWN adds happiness to her NUS experience. She actually spends most of my time in UTOWN’s Starbucks to study as well as having her meals at the various cafes and Cheers.

Come down here to have your very own unique NUS experience!

Directions and Nearest Bus/MRT Stop

7. University Cultural Centre (UCC)

Re-opening just recently in March, the UCC underwent a $20 million renovation that lasted six months. What can we expect now?

Both the performers and the audience can be comfortable in the new multi-purpose atrium space that can hold 120 seated or 220 standing. The UCC also includes a 1,700 seater UCC hall and mid-sized UCC Theatre seating just over 400 as well as a 22m by 15m dance studio.

Many of the Singapore Youth Festivals (SYFs) are held right here at the UCC.

Directions and Nearest Bus Stop 


Singapore Management University (SMU)

 Let’s move away from the west and to the most happening university in Singapore because they’re located near at Dhoby Ghaut. Needless to say, it is SMU!

8. Concourse – Bencoolen MRT Exit

The Concourse is underground and the majority of the students travelling to SMU will walk through this pathway as it links to two MRT lines.  The exit from Bencoolen MRT is one you have to stop by.

Discover colourful walls or the golden shiny ones to brighten up your Instagram feed! You will come across many people especially the dancers from the school, shops and even study rooms.

If you want to find out more about what to shop, study and eat, look back at our uni freshie guide series written by Charmaine on SMU! One heads up as you attempt to take your #instaworthy shots – be prepared to get many stares by the passerbys… 🙂

 Directions:

Alight at Bencoolen MRT exit towards SMU.

 9. School of Information Systems

If you think that IT is just about boring numbers or codes and that the school is going to be just as boring, SMU has redefined boring.

This school is designed to be an open space – allowing students to take a breather from studying or have their discussion conducted outside instead of the usual cold classrooms.

 Not to forget that this space provides the right amount of the sun when captured at the right time and also the atmosphere of freedom from your books. Gather some props like our camera above to make your photo more #instaworthy!

 Directions:

 The ground floor facing the National Museum of Singapore, cross across the concourse and take the escalator up towards the School of Information Systems.

 Nearest Bus/MRT Stop:

SMU (Bus Stop ID: 07509)

 10. Campus Green

 There are 3 key facilities in Campus Green – “The Curve” CCA area, an amphitheatre and a fitness centre. The urban design of these facilities will help to encourage an active, comfortable and accessible student life here in SMU. It also helps the uni to integrate into the city better. 

This place is so green and spacious that if you are looking for a more woody, rustic, “autumn” kind of photos, this place is for you. Despite the sweltering heat, I personally feel that one can do a lot with empty grass. 

 Even goofing around for your photos sometimes can help to make things more exciting in your feed!

 Directions:

 Follow the directions for the School of Information Systems and walk straight down. You will be greeted with the park.

If you are coming from the School of Accountancy, cross over Stamford Rd to the Li Ka Shing Library building. After which, walk past the building and you will be able to find the park!

 Nearest Bus/MRT Stop:

 SMU – School of Information Systems (Bus Stop ID: 07509)

SMU – School of Accountancy (Bus Stop ID: 04121)

MRT Station (Bras Basah)


 Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

 11. Building 2

If you are wondering what is that statue behind, it is apparently a statue of Beethoven! Come down to the campus to check it out for yourselves.

Directions:

The spot is taken at the lobby of Building 2! When you enter the school from Upper Changi MRT station (Downtown Line), you will see the building on your left. It’s purple in colour so very easily identifiable.

12. Auditorium (Building 2)

While you are on your way towards the auditorium, you will see this huge figure from afar. It is none other than the Pokémon – Snorlax! Instead of running across roads or hogging the playgrounds under the HDBs to catch it on your Pokémon Go app, why not catch the life-sized Snorlax that is pieced together carefully by the students in SUTD.

Now, moving onto the auditorium, you might be greeted with talented students playing away at the piano. If you do get to hear them, just locate the piano – it is really near the entrance of the auditorium – and go to the stairs beside.

Take a candid or even another goofy shot!

Directions:

This area can be located right from the taxi stand in the school. You can see some exhibitions on displays as the various pillars (also known as faculties in other unis) would put up their students’ works as an exhibition for the students and professors.

Walk towards the area where you can find a piano and beside it would be this spiral staircase!

 13. Behind Auditorium

Every angle of this school gives you an opportunity to take photos, even the stairs that leads you to the canteen. So if you’re hungry from walking or smiling too much, just walk up and you’ll find SUTD’s canteen!

Directions:

When you come out from the Auditorium, you will be in the direction of the residential hostels. Look out for this wooden staircase to your left right away. It leads you up to the school’s canteen.

Nearest Bus/MRT stop:

By Train

Upper Changi (Blue Downtown Line)

Expo (Green East-West Line)

14. Pavilion of Kindred Sprits (知音)

One thing that you have to lookout for when you are here in the SUTD campus would be to visit their four antique Chinese buildings that were donated by Jackie Chan. Yes Jackie Chan, the Hong Kong martial artist, actor, director etc.

A team of 24 craftsmen were specially brought in to restore and reconstruct from Suzhou, China, They are from China’s southern Anhui’s province and even date all the way back to the Qing and Ming Dynasty.

 

This pavilion right here is in fact the community opera stage who gets funds that are donated by the local gentry. So why not come down here and experience being a part of the opera community for once?

Directions:

Located right in the middle of the campus. Walk towards the hostels and you will find the Pavilion just in front of Block 59.

Nearest Bus/MRT Stop:

By Bus

Upp Changi Station/SUTD (Bus Stop ID: 96049)

By Train

Upper Changi (Blue Downtown Line)

Expo (Green East-West Line)

15. Hall of Uprightness (堂正堂)

Another building donated by Jackie Chan would be this house! The main hall is named as such because it is hoped that the name will inspire the university community to be honourable, righteous and conscientious. It originates from Datong Town, Jiande City of Zhejiang Province, China.

The story behind the two houses Da Tong and Du Zhe is that the original residence consists of the entrance hall (above), main hall (band rear hall. They belonged to the Chen family whose forbearers were of a literati class which means well-educated people who are interested in literature.

Through this glass door would be the main hall of this house. I really like this concept that SUTD has put in place for their students.

How often do you get to see buildings donated by Jackie Chan, brought all the way from China and restored to their original state? Only here in SUTD!

Not to forget that these buildings are also so culturally rich, it gives a fresh and nostalgic kind of atmosphere in the uni!

Directions:

From the Pavilion of Kindred Spirit, walk towards the hostel residences of Block 51 and 53. Before you reach Block 55-59, you will see this garden and lake area on your left.

Walk through the garden filled with a huge variety of plants and you’ll be able to find the old house right ahead! It is hard to miss because of the traditional buildings amidst the modern architecture of SUTD.

Nearest Bus/MRT Stop:

By Bus

Upp Changi Station/SUTD (Bus Stop ID: 96049)

Changi Business Park Bus Terminal

By Train

Upper Changi (Blue Downtown Line)

Expo (Green East-West Line)


Here we are, the end of this article! I hope you guys got helpful tips and ideas for taking your next Instagram photo. If you have more places to recommend us apart from this limited list of instagrammable shots, do comment below and let us know!

  • Janice

 

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