Batam, Indonesia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Batam, Indonesia: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Batam?

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

"Think very hard, it's interesting to see the local culture and be so close to Singapore, but you will be living in second or third world standards. Power cuts, dirty water, trash everywhere, poverty, unreliable internet...the benefit is that it is cheap and expats can own land here. But the corruption makes that an expensive goal," added another expat in Batam.

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How do I meet people in Batam?

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When we asked people living in Batam about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Not hardly anything here. A few people informally meet up. There is an English-speaking international church with lots of expats...otherwise it's up to you to meet others," added another expat in Batam.

What is life like in Batam?

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When we asked people living in Batam what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Everyone revolves around work. All the large manufacturing companies have compounds outside of the city where their people live. Interaction is difficult with everyone all spread out. For the nationals, this is such a transitional city. People come for two years of work then go home," commented one expat who made the move to Batam.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Batam accepting of differences?

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"It has a boom-town feeling, fast development and lots of jobs for the local workforce. Almost all locals or Chinese/local mix. Very young population as this town has many factory jobs open. As mentioned before, since it is far from where people are from they come here, work for a few years and go back," said another expat in Batam.

What are the schools in Batam like?

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"Sekolah Global Indo-Asia is the only IB World school in Batam, and has a well-deserved reputation for being the best school for international curriculum," commented one expat when asked about Sekolah Global Indo-Asia in Batam.

"If you are considering relocating to Batam, then this is the school for your child. The curriculum used is from Singapore and the USA and the school is accredited by the USASD. The facilities are outstanding and there is an open environment in which teachers and parents regularly communicate. Check out the school's website at www.sekolah-djuwita.com," remarked another expat living in Batam with children attending Sekolah Djuwita (Djuwita School).

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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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