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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 Balikpapan. Also, it’s important to select an area that suits your lifestyle.
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What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?
Some of the popular areas are:

  • Villabeta
  • Batakan Housing Complex
  • Kuala Batakan Cottages
  • Balikpapan Baru
  • The Hills
  • Pupuk streets
  • Palm Court

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Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?
Expatriates usually rent rather than buy. Balikpapan's rental housing is not cheap, but compared with Singapore, it is still possible to find very attractive housing at a reasonable price.
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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?
In most cases, you will have to pay a minimum of two years' rent prior to moving in for houses and one year for apartments. For homes, a security deposit is typically not required, and for apartments it is normally equivalent to one month’s rent.
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Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?
Utilities are considered an extra expense.
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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 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, Balikpapan 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.
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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 Balikpapan 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 it in order to survive 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.
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Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?
Please contact Crown Balikpapan with any additional questions or concerns.
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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.


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