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Where will I live?
‘Where will I live?’ is the first question that all ACICIS candidates have. The good news is that arranging accommodation in Indonesia upon arrival is an easy matter.
Homestays are a second, albeit more expensive option. Whereas the kos is simply a furnished room, a homestay entails all meals and incorporation into the routines of the host family. Options are more limited than the ubiquitous kos. ACICIS can advise on options once you are in-country.
Rental properties are the third option, and are more suited to families. Rental properties are generally difficult to find due to the fact that there are no listing agencies. They are found via word of mouth and surveying. Payment is upfront and contracts for less than six months are often difficult to secure.
All accommodation options are affordable. A basic kos in Yogya or Malang may cost as little as Rp.500,000 a month (3x4 furnished room with a bed/mattress, wardrobe, and desk. Rp. 800,00-1,500,000 is the norm however, as little luxuries such as ensuites, wifi, and cable TV are added. Rp. 1,500,000 is a starting point in Jakarta, where strategically located kos with all mod-cons can cost as much as Rp.5,000,000 a month. Bandung sits somewhere in between. Rental properties vary widely according to location and size. A house in Yogya can range from Rp. 7 million a year for a basic dwelling in the outskirts, to Rp. 40,000,000 a semester for a large, strategically located house close to university. Apartments in Jakarta range from Rp. 10-25 million per month.
Your host university international offices and ACICIS will provide you with detailed accommodation guides upon arrival. For Jakarta program candidates, these will be provided in advance for the purposes of making bookings if that is a preference. We also maintain a student buddy system whereby all ACICIS students will be shown around by local counterparts during the orientation period to survey accommodation options. Virtually all ACICIS students find suitable accommodation by the conclusion of the orientation period. So we implore, do not worry about where you are going to live, it is an aspect of the program that ACICIS and your host universities are very experienced in managing.
The majority of students choose to live in a kos:
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