What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city?
When searching for a place to live, some important factors to consider are safety, location preference and individual needs. Depending on your preferences, you may want to find a place close to work, school, shops, medical facilities and, most importantly, an area that is secure and safe. Choosing the right place to live is essential to having a pleasant and safe stay in Bali.
What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?
Many expats live in and around Seminyak and the Kerobokan area, which is part of Legian Beach.
There are also many rentals in the Sanur area. Houses are both one and two stories; some have Balinese flavor; some even have pools.
For more information on popular neighborhoods contact Crown Bali.
Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?
Most expats choose to rent.
It is good to know that accommodations in Bali are very reasonably priced compared to other top tourist destinations around the world. Hotel rates in Bali range from about US$50 for a basic but clean, air conditioned room to over US$800 per day for a beautiful Balinese cottage with a private pool and polished 5-star service around the clock.
Private villa rentals are also becoming very popular in all parts of the world and prices for fully staffed villas in the Caribbean are about two to three times higher than in Bali.
Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common?
The standard lease is paid in advance for a minimum of two years for houses and one year for apartments. For a home, a security deposit is not required, but for an apartment you are required to pay a security deposit equivalent to one month’s rent and sometimes more.
Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?
No, utilities are an extra expense.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
It is recommended that you check out local police reports before deciding on an area to live. These reports provide factual information on types of crimes and how often they occur. This will most likely be a determining factor on whether you choose to live in a certain neighborhood or not. For the most part, Bali is a safe city, but break-ins and robberies of residences do happen. It is good to know that most residential compounds and apartment buildings have security guards. If you intend to live in a house, consult with your neighbors about hiring a security guard.
I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city?
The electric current in Bali is 230 volts. The electrical Hertz (Hz) is 50. Some smaller cities in Indonesia are still using 127 volts, but this will eventually change.
If you are coming from the U.S. or an area that uses a different power system, you will need to use a transformer. Kitchen ranges and refrigerators are often supplied by landlords, but washing machines are not. Most houses and apartments are fitted with air conditioning units, because most foreign residents usually need them in order to get through the hot months.
Note: If your TV is not PAL-compatible or a multi-system set, it will not receive local stations.
Televisions from the United States can be used for viewing NTSC videos when connected to a compatible VCR. These videos are available at the American Club and at some private vendors.
Below are examples of the types of plugs that are used in Indonesia:
Type C - Round pin attachment plug
NOTE: Type C plugs can also be used with E and F and some L receptacles. This type of plug is very common in most universal adaptor sets. (Though the diagram shows a circular plug, quite often Type C plugs have a rectangular shape, as in the photo above.)
Type F - "Schuko" plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts
NOTE: Type F receptacles will also accept Type C and E plugs. This is formally known as a "Schukostecker" plug, commonly shortened to "Schuko."
Type G - Rectangular blade plug
Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?
Please contact Crown Bali with any additional questions or concerns.
Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.