The island of Bali is one of the most famous tourist destinations among domestic and international tourists. In addition to having a variety of natural, cultural, historical attractions, Bali is also home to hotels, resorts, and beachside restaurants that are favorite for tourists.
This makes many people think that living in Bali is very comfortable because they can work as well as vacation. Therefore, it is not surprising that many people migrate to Bali to work as well as settle down.
Not only that, many students also migrate because Bali is home to several well-known campuses in Indonesia such as Udayana University, STP Bali Nusa Dua, and Bali International Flight Academy (BIFA).
However, many think that the cost of living in Bali is expensive because it is a tourist area. So, what is the actual cost of living in Bali per month in 2022? Let’s look at the details first.
Of course, the most important thing you have to think about when going to Bali is where to live. The cost for accommodation in Bali varies greatly depending on the location, type, area, and facilities provided.
The cost of housing will be cheaper in areas such as Denpasar and Singaraja than in tourist areas such as Kuta, Sanur, Seminyak, and Canggu, even up to half the price you know.
For example, villas with swimming pools and complete facilities in the Sanur area reach Rp. 8,000,000 per month, while in Denpasar it is only Rp. 5,000,000 you know!
Meanwhile, in the Batubulan Village area, Ubud, Gianyar Regency, the price for renting a boarding house with complete facilities, including private bathrooms, ranges from Rp. 800,000 to 1,000,000 per month.
Options for accommodation in Bali for nomads are boarding houses, villas, or rented houses. For your information, in Bali there are no tall apartment buildings like in other big cities, so the choices are quite limited.
To rent an unfurnished or empty room, a minimum of Rp. 400,000 per month. Meanwhile, the most expensive accommodation can reach Rp. 12,000,000 per month with facilities such as apartments in tourist areas.
On average, the price for renting a boarding house in the Denpasar area with complete facilities, including private bathrooms and wifi, ranges from Rp. 1,000,000 to 2,000,000 per month. For elite boarding houses with swimming pools, it can reach Rp. 4,000,000 a month!
For immigrants who want to stay for a long time, bring their family, or live with friends, renting a house can be the right choice because the place is wider and the price can be divided equally.
2. Utility Bill
By owning or renting a place to live, of course, utility bills become another expense that cannot be avoided every month. The amount depends on the usage and the facilities in your place of residence.
The cost of electricity will increase if you have a lot of electronic equipment, especially swimming pools. Reportedly, if you rent a villa with a swimming pool, electricity costs can reach Rp. 2,000,000 per month you know!
Some boarding houses have included the utility bill in the monthly rental fee, so you don’t have to pay separately. However, for those of you who rent a rented house, utility and cleaning costs must be paid separately every month.
3. Eat and Drink
Another basic need that is no less important for survival is food and drink. The cost for each person’s meal can vary, depending on lifestyle. Of course, the cheapest option is to cook it yourself.
To eat out, at least you will spend as much as Rp. 25,000 per day at standard eateries. Meanwhile, if you cook yourself, you can only spend Rp. 15,000 per day you know!
4. Transportation Fee
To support mobility in daily activities as an overseas child, of course you will need transportation. There are two options, namely using public or private transportation.
For your information, there are not many choices for public transportation in Bali, there are only online vehicles, or conventional taxis. Buses and city transportation only pass in the Denpasar area. Some tourist attractions even prohibit online motorcycle taxis from entering, you know!
Therefore, if you are a worker or student with a high level of mobility, it is highly recommended to have a private vehicle, at least a motorbike. You don’t have to have it, you can rent it too!
To rent a motorbike in the class of Vario matic and Scoopy, the price range is Rp. 600,000 to 700,000 for one month, not including gasoline. Meanwhile, the price for renting a motorbike like Nmax can reach Rp. 1,300,000 to 1,500,000.
In order to stay connected with family and friends back home, of course, you also need to pay for a data package for your cellphone. The cost for this also depends on the provider, the range is around Rp. 50,000 to 100,000 per month.
However, the cost of data packages can also be reduced by utilizing the use of wifi in various public places, even in boarding houses. If you want to subscribe to wifi at home, the cost ranges from Rp. 400,000 to 650,000 per month.
6. Study Needs
For active students, you need to pay semester fees for tuition. The cost for each person’s education also varies, depending on the university, study program, and the number of credits taken.
Apart from tuition fees, you also need money for daily necessities related to campus such as photocopying and printing. At least, you need to set aside Rp. 20,000 to 30,000 per month.
For the cost of books, everyone will be different and can actually be reduced by buying used books or borrowing from the library.
7. Monthly Shopping
As an overseas child, you also need to shop for basic necessities such as cooking ingredients, snacks and instant food supplies, as well as various cleaning supplies.
The budget for each person can be different, as well as the shopping system. For food supplies for a week, at least you need Rp. 300,000 to 400,000 if shopping at traditional markets.
Meanwhile, if you want to shop at the supermarket, it is reported that your expenses can reach Rp. 4,000,000 per month!
8. Entertainment and Recreation
To unwind from your daily activities as an overseas child, most of you definitely need entertainment and recreation. The cost for this also varies, depending on the lifestyle of each person.
Bali has many tourist attractions that you can explore in your spare time, especially in the areas of Tabanan, Badung, Gianyar, and several places in South Bali. For traveling, at least you need Rp. 4,000,000 per month.
Besides traveling, Bali also has malls and cafes or restaurants to hang out on the weekends. Well, of course, places located in tourist areas will be more expensive!
If you want to hang out the cheap version, at least Rp. 100,000 to 500,000 per month!
9. Unexpected Costs
As an effort to anticipate unwanted things such as illness, you need emergency savings. There is no absolute number for this, but at least set aside some of your monthly salary or pocket money, okay?
10. Total and Conclusion
So, the minimum amount of money needed for living expenses in Bali is Rp. 4,720,000 per month. For those of you who often hear stories from Kaskus or other social media that the cost of living in Bali is very expensive, now you know the details!
So, when compared to Jakarta vs Bali, is it cheap?
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