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Moving to Jakarta, Indonesia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 20, 2023

Summary: Expatriates move to Jakarta, Indonesia for a variety of reasons, including the city's vibrant culture, its diverse population, its excellent infrastructure, its low cost of living, and its proximity to other Southeast Asian countries. Additionally, Jakarta is a major business hub, offering a wide range of job opportunities for expats. The city also offers a wide range of leisure activities, from shopping and dining to sightseeing and outdoor activities. With its rich history, Jakarta is an exciting and dynamic city to live in, making it an attractive destination for expats from all over the world.

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What do I need to know before moving to Jakarta?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Jakarta, they said:

"Jakarta is a bustling city with a unique culture and a vibrant nightlife. It is important to research the city before moving to ensure that you are prepared for the climate, the cost of living, and the language. It is also important to familiarize yourself with the local customs and laws, as well as the transportation system. Additionally, it is important to have a good understanding of the local currency, the Indonesian Rupiah, and to be aware of the exchange rate. Finally, it is important to make sure that you have the necessary documents and visas to live and work in Jakarta," replied a member in Jakarta.

"My advice is to get on the internet and learn all you can about neighborhoods and available housing. Try to communicate with people already living here to survey their housing situation. Select your neighborhood based on convenient drive to work and school. Use a reputable agent, or better yet, use many agents. Be firm about your requirements so you aren't dragged to the listings they are pushing, but the properties that meet your needs. Visit your prefered property at noon or 3 p.m. to hear how loud is the local mosque's call to prayer (because you don't want to discover this on your first night in the house when the 4 a.m. call is made!). Highly recommend having a housing audit (electric, plumbimg, mechanical) before signing a contract, and get a maintenance contract from a vendor of your chosing, not the owner. In this city, it is more the rule than the exception, that having maintenance done after the owner had been paid is an exercise in frustration," commented one expat who made the move to Jakarta.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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