How to find housing in Jakarta
So you’re moved to Jakarta, lucky you! The capital is a fun, welcoming city filled with delightful surprises for curious, open-minded people. But first you need to find somewhere to live! Here are a couple of tips to help you get settled:
One of the most shocking things about renting an apartment or house in Jakarta is that landlords expect six-months’ to a year’s worth of rent paid upfront. Some landlords will accept monthly rent payments but the amount will be higher.
Jakarta has tonnes of apartment high-rises all over town in a range of price ranges, making it overwhelming to find the right place. Apartments are usually owned by different people, so what you’re paying might not necessarily be the same as what your neighbours are paying.
We recommend you get an agent or broker to help sort through the options. Agents take your price range, desired location, and accommodation must-haves into consideration, then shows you a couple of places. Another benefit is that after the deal is done, you can still contact your agent about housing issues that might pop up afterwards.
The best way to find a tried-and-true agent is to ask friends and acquaintances, you’ll get the best recommendations this way. Another good listing can be found in the American Women’s Association’s annual Jakarta Shopper’s Guide.
Houses are harder to come by and usually not located in the center of town, but there are vibrant neighbourhoods scattered around – some closer to the center of the city than others – so you can try to narrow down your daily commute. While houses are great (we’re envious of our friends with their own pools!), they come with their own problems, including trying to find good tukangs (repairmen) to fix things. Searching for these services online can a bit hard as information is piecemeal. We recommend that you ask your neighbours or household helpers, if you have them. Again, you’ll get tried-and-true recommendations.
These are usually rented rooms, with a shared kitchen, living space and sometimes bathroom area, which are popular with university students and office workers. Prices and amenities range widely so don’t automatically write them off. Kosts give the option of paying month to month, so they make a great home base when you are looking for something more permanent.
Location, location, location
With Jakarta’s infamous macet, you might want to look for accommodations near your office or an area of town that you like and could see yourself really taking advantage of (Check out our neighbourhood guides for a taste of what the city has to offer). That being said, many, many people commute to the office everyday. There are commuter trains that run daily and many Jakartans accept that rush-hour traffic is just part of their daily routine.
This article is sponsored by Crown Relocations.