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Batam, Indonesia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 07, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Batam, Indonesia is 1.2 million people. People describe Batam as a vibrant and bustling city with a diverse culture and plenty of attractions. Expats love living in Batam for its low cost of living, friendly locals, and easy access to Singapore. The weather in Batam is typically hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 75-90°F (24-32°C). The average cost of living for an expat is relatively low, with basic expenses such as food, transportation, and utilities costing around $500-$700 USD per month. A one bedroom apartment in Batam can cost anywhere from $200-$400 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost around $400-$600 USD per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Batam?

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

"Before retiring in Batam, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is generally lower than in other parts of the country. It is important to research the local healthcare system and ensure that adequate medical care is available. Expats should also familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs, as well as the language, to ensure a smooth transition. Additionally, expats should be aware of the visa requirements for staying in Indonesia, as well as the tax implications of living in the country. Finally, expats should research the local job market to ensure that they can find suitable employment opportunities," remarked one expat living in Batam, Indonesia.

"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," wrote one member in Batam.

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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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