Monday, December 09, 2013

Directions to Stephen Riady Centre, NUS University Town

In response to a need to direct friends to the Stephen Riady Centre in NUS University Town, this is a post that attempts to consolidate two of the posts that I have published several months ago. I have included a few minor updates in this post.

In essence, there are two more popular ways to get to Stephen Riady Centre. These are:

  1. The weather-proof way: For those taking bus services 96 (from Clementi MRT station) or 151, and for those taking the Internal Shuttle Bus Service D2 from Kent Ridge MRT station. If you intend to take the Internal Shuttle Bus Service during the non-peak hours, University Vacations and on Sundays, please take note that the frequency of the shuttle bus service is at least 15 minutes.
  2. The scenic way from Buona Vista MRT station: For those who are taking MRT to Buona Vista MRT station or taking bus services 196.

The weather-proof way

This method is possibly suitable for people who prefer sheltered pedestrian walkways which will prove to be helpful during wet weather condition. It is also suitable for people who are familiar with getting to the University Cultural Centre and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, yet have no clue how to get to University Town. Soon you will learn how to get to University Town!

Getting to Stephen Riady Centre, University Town, NUS:
1) Take bus service 96 from Clementi bus interchange and alight at bus stop #16169 opposite the NUS University Cultural Centre and on the same side as NUS Raffles Hall. Then cross to the other side of the road to the bus-stop #16161.

1b) Alternatively, take bus service 151 and alight at bus-stop #16161, just after the NUS University Cultural Centre.

Bus stop #16161. After University Cultural Centre, and opposite Raffles Hall.

2) From bus stop #16161, you can choose to walk along the sheltered pedestrian walkway until you get to University Town. The walk is approximately 10 to 15 minutes from bus stop #16161 to University Town, Stephen Riady Centre.

2a) Alternatively, depending on the schedule of the NUS Internal Shuttle Bus Service, you can take the internal shuttle bus service D1 as well as D2 from bus-stop #16161 and alight at the next stop. 

Bus service D2 ply between Kent Ridge MRT station and University Town. If you are heading to University Town from the Kent Ridge MRT station, walk to bus stop #18339 which is on the same side as National University Hospital and take bus service D2 to University Town. It will be five bus-stops away.

The schedule of the NUS Internal Shuttle Bus Service can be found here:

Please take note that the frequency of bus service D2 is about 15 minutes during the University Vacations and about 30 minutes on Sundays. Given that this is the case, if you intend to travel to University Town using the internal shuttle bus, please set aside 30 - 60 minutes to wait for the internal shuttle bus. The good news is that travelling on the internal shuttle bus is free!

Walk under the shelter of the sheltered pedestrian walkway.
This is the weather-proof way to get to University Town.

On the way to NUS University Town, enjoy the sceneries and the experience of walking across an expressway.
In the background is a glimpse of NUS University Town.

Congratulations! You are in University Town, NUS.

3) Look for directional signs or simply walk forward towards the direction of the Stephen Riady Centre, formerly known as the Edusports. Along the way, you will pass by Subway, Fish and Co Express and Koufu Food Court.

Koufu Food Court on the left.

4) After Koufu Food Court, look ahead and you will see the Stephen Riady Centre. Walk towards the Stephen Riady Centre and you will find yourself on the second level of the Stephen Riady Centre.

Stephen Riady Centre.
5) Take one of the nearby lifts or the stairways to get to your designated level of Stephen Riady Centre.

Second level of Stephen Riady Centre.
There is a Food Court on this level.
The toilets in this centre are gender-neutral.
Please expect to find doors to the Gents painted pink and doors to the Ladies painted blue and vice versa.

Level One. Stephen Riady Centre

The scenic way from Buona Vista

"Scenic" is relative. Anyway, using this way to get to NUS University Town, you may come across a World War II heritage marker if you are observant enough.

Getting to Stephen Riady Centre, University Town, NUS:
1) Take MRT and alight at Buona Vista MRT station.

2) From opposite Buona Vista MRT station, next to the MOE Building, take bus service number 196 towards Clementi bus Interchange. The journey will take about 10 minutes, and there will be 6 stops along the way before reaching the designated bus-stop.

3) Alight at bus-stop #19059. It is opposite the New Town Secondary School.

4) You will see a glimpse of the University Town, NUS.

5) Walk on the pedestrian foot-way that is somewhat parallel to the construction site to get to Stephen Riady Centre. The walk will take about 10 - 15 minutes depending on your pace. Along the way, if you see anyone, you may choose to say 'hello' to the strangers that you would see. The NUS community is generally friendly and you can also asks for verification that you are walking in the right direction.

6) Before reaching the Stephen Riady Centre, you will pass by the Education Resource Centre. There is a 24-hours Starbucks Coffee outlet at the Education Resource Centre. If you do not need a drink from Starbucks Coffee, continue walking ahead. You will see the Yale-NUS College (which is now under construction). After that, you will see the Stephen Riady Centre about less than 1 minute walk away.

On the left of this photo: Education Resource Centre. University Town, NUS.
On the right of this photo: Yale-NUS College under construction.
In the middle of the horizon: Stephen Riady Centre.

7) When you are at Stephen Riady Centre, find your way to your designated level either via the stairways or the lifts. On the ground floor (i.e. first level), you will find NTUC Express, Fortune Village and the Dance Studio.

Stephen Riady Centre.

Facilities nearby Auditorium 2, Stephen Riady Centre. University Town, NUS.

Level One, Stephen Riady Centre. University Town, NUS.

Stephen Riady Centre.

Dining and retail options:
There are various dining options in University Town. 

For example, there is a food-court, Flavors@U-Town at Stephen Riady Centre, on the second level. Flavors@U-Town opens daily from 7.30 a.m. - 10 p.m. At Flavors@U-Town, one can find a variety of food from Western food, Chinese style soups, Chinese food, Malay food, Indian food. 

For more dining and retail options in University Town, please visit:

No comments: