Lunch at the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia
Lunch at the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia
Lunch at the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia

Cost of Living in Indonesia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is the cost of living in Indonesia? Hear what expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Indonesia have to say about the cost of housing, health insurance and general living costs.

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Housing Costs in Indonesia

"Much higher and not justifiable in my opinion! Average cost of housing is US$3,000/month, payed 24 months in advance, lump sum, and in US dollars. Most houses are built with inferior material and shoddy methods. They look good when newly built or renovated, but they are not meant to last more than 15 years (when they are gutted and renovated). Many owners paid more for the lot than they did to construct the house," said another person in Jakarta.

"My housing cost is lower here. Not sure about the average housing costs in Houston, TX," remarked another expat in Jakarta.

"Right now, we've just continued the leased from the previous family but the ball park would be $1,000/month with 3 security guards on 8 hours rotation provided by the company. $1,000-2,000/month is the average cost of leasing a house. Apartment, I don't know," explained one expat living in Jakarta.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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