CCR is highlighted in red and OCR is highlighted in yellow

A Quick Guide to the Districts in Singapore

Confused as to the districts in Singapore? What do RCR, OCR and CCR stand for and mean? Does the Marina Bay area count as a part of the central district? Where do Districts 9, 10 and 11 encompass?

If you are already sweating buckets over all these questions, fret not! Here is a really quick and easy-to-digest guide to the elementary points you must know about the districts in Singapore.


Let’s begin with what the terms stand for:

CCR – Core Central Region

The core central region covers districts 9, 10 and 11, Sentosa and the Downtown Core Planning Area which is essentially the areas of Anson, Cecil, Clifford Pier, Maxwell, Phillip, Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar, Bayfront, Central, Bugis, Marina Centre and City Hall.

OCR – Outside Central Region

As its name suggests, this is the region that borders the CCR where it is still within the Central Core but outside of the CCR. These districts include Bishan, Bukit Merah, Bukit Timah, Geylang, Kallang, Marine Parade, Novena, Queenstown, Toa Payoh and the southern islands excluding Sentosa.

RCR – Rest of Central Region

This is all other areas outside of the OCR and CCR.

How about Districts 9, 10 and 11?

“A luxury development located in prime District 10”

A phrase commonly seen in property ads, other ads aimed at attracting the eyes of potential investors would have the district number changed to either 9 or 11. It seems like there’s something real special about these 3 districts, no doubt about that, but where exactly are these located at?

District 9 includes Orchard, Cairnhill and River Valley

District 10 is in the areas of Ardmore, Bukit Timah and Holland Road

Singapore Botanical Gardens located along Bukit Timah Rd

District 11 encompasses Newton, Novena and Thomson

United Square in Novena by Terence Ong (Own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Whether you are an interested buyer of local properties or a property agent new to the industry,   we hope this guide has proved useful in giving you the essential information on the different districts in Singapore. Do continue to visit Aiden Real Estate for more useful guides we have in store for you.