Cost of living In Jakarta, Indonesia – Medium Budget

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    Cost of living In Jakarta, Indonesia – Medium Budget

    Last week a Friend of mine in the states asked me how much it would cost for her to live in Jakarta, Indonesia. Not an exotic lifestyle eating at the Ritz Carlton and drinking Crystal nor the starving expat life ether – more like the “average Joe or Jane” expat lifestyle.

    My lifestyle is a bit on the “not average” expat scale now so I asked a British friend of mine whose lifestyle better represents the average independent expat to break down his monthly expenses. He is an English teacher for a private school here in Jakarta and also makes some money with a website and freelance photography.

    The following is presented in US Dollars:

    Rent: 250 Dollars a month including utilities
    He rents a guesthouse room in central Jakarta. In Indonesia small apartments are called “guesthouses”, in the US they would be called “Bachelors Apartments”. They are basically a medium sized apartment (usually in a 2 or 3 floor building) with a living room/kitchen and a small bedroom. This also includes utilities and maid service 3 times a week. They have more than enough room for you, your stuff and for company.

    Food: 200 Dollars a month
    This is a combination of street vendors, small restaurants, bar food and groceries

    Transportation: 75 Dollars a month
    He has a moped (gas expense) and uses taxis. If you didn’t have a moped you would probably spend around 100 a month for transportation.

    Phone: 50 Dollars a month
    This is for a mobile (cellular) phone, he does not have a home phone

    Internet: 75 Dollars a month
    Internet is pretty expensive in Indonesia

    Booze: 200 Dollars a month
    Combo of beer and liquor purchased at stores and bars. Yes – booze is almost as expensive as food. This also goes under entertainment expenses

    Cigarettes: 18 Dollars a month
    Two cartons (24 packs a month), smokes are only 9 bucks a carton in Indonesia

    Miscellaneous Expenses: 100 Dollars a month
    TOTAL: 968.00 Dollars a month total expenses

    That’s only 11,616.00 Dollars a year!

    Could you pay for an apartment, utilities, cell phone, maid service, transportation, food, hang out at bars, have high speed internet and eat out for less that a thousand bucks a month in your home country? I doubt it

    Now this only represents one of many types of expat lifestyles, you could spend less or allot more. It will just depend on the lifestyle you want, but this one represents the Medium Budget independent expat lifestyle.


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    Lee Ridley

    Excellent information!

    Now wouldn’t it be great if we could collate something similar for loads of other places.

    Although, I guess it’s an ever changing figure for most of these elements.

  • #9610

    Actually I have been collecting interdependent expat cost of living info for years, I will probably put it on one of my websites


  • #9611


    Well, do it soon, James – that info is gold.

  • #9612


    Cool James. Let me know which site you post this stuff on.

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