Thinking about moving to Jakarta? Here is everything you need to know about the cost of housing, shopping and more in the Big Durian
We’re sure you’ve done heaps of research before your move to Indonesia’s bustling capital, and we’re here to help. Calculating the cost of living in Jakarta can be a tricky thing, but here are some pointers to keep in mind:
One of the biggest factors that trip newly arrived expats is housing. It is customary to pay rent months, sometimes even years, upfront. This can blow an unexpected hole in your finances and leave renters in an unfair position, but unfortunately it is pretty much the norm in Jakarta. Before you make the big leap, check out our neighbourhood guide to narrow down which part of the city you would like to set up in.
Everyday essentials in Jakarta can be summed up in this pretty accurate report. It gives you an idea for groceries, entertainment, and other items that you can use as a good starting point. For example, a dozen eggs will run you about Rp. 22,023 (US$1.65), a fast-food value meal is on average Rp. 45,705 (US$3.43), a bottle of red wine goes for Rp. 303, 682 (US$22.77) (a note: alcohol, especially imported wine can get quite pricey in the city thanks to high taxes on the luxury items), and a nice summer dress from a high-street brand like Zara and H&M will set you back around Rp. 444, 952 (US$33.36).
Check the site for even more essentials to get an accurate view of your expenses in Jakarta. Also, if you’re moving to another city in Indonesia, you will find that your cost of living will be significantly lower than in the Jakarta.
It’s hard to give a general cost of living for Jakarta when there are so many different experiences. Just for food options, you can go to the local street canteens, known as warungs, and spend as little as Rp. 8,000 (US$0.60) or go big at a high-end fine-dining establishment where your bill can total into the hundreds. The same goes for housing, depending on size, type of accommodation, and location, you’re looking at a wide gamut of possible rent options.
While you have options for getting around town, they aren’t nearly as many transportation options to choose from and each have their own pros and cons. We go in depth about this topic here and have everything from private cars to taxis to public transport covered.
Don’t get overwhelmed, the great news about having all of these options for Jakarta is that you can pick and choose what’s important to you and play with your budget to best suite your needs. Welcome to Jakarta!
This article is sponsored by Crown Relocations.