Living in Bandung

1. Accommodation

It is not very difficult to find an accommodation in Bandung. Students usually live in homestays, the quality of which varies according to the rent level. Several students also find local housing in around the campus.

Favorite homestays are usually those close to the campus such as those in Cisitu, Tubagus Ismail and Pelesiran area, only 5 – 10 minute walk from the campus. The rate of a standard room ranges from IDR 700,000 to 2,000,000 per month for a simply-furnished one. Students in homestays generally provide their own meals as meals are not normally provided by the landlords.

2. Cost Of Living

Bandung is a relatively inexpensive city. A typical Indonesian student spends IDR 1,000,000 – 1,500,000 (US$ 100 – US$150) per month depending on your lifestyle. This figure includes meals, lodging, transport, and some entertainment.

3. Public Transports

Bandung is rather prone to traffic jam, and this is due to the public transportation system which relies heavily on the-so-called “angkot”- minibuses which travel to all corners of the city. The fare is about IDR 2,000 – 5,000. You can hop in and out anywhere, not necessarily at a bus stop. You will not take the bus so often, as the bus routes are not as many as those of angkot.

4. Health Matters And Insurance

Should you ever get ill, you can visit a nearby public health centre or general practitioners available on almost every street. For more serious cases, there are a lot of specialists practicing around the city. The campus is close to one of private major hospitals, the St. Borromeus Hospital. Other major hospitals are the Hasan Sadikin General Hospital, Immanuel Hospital, and the Adventist Hospital. The cost of consultation in a hospital or a doctor’s surgery is roughly IDR 50,000 or more for specialists. Public health center costs less.

ITB students enjoy a much lower rate at the nearby ITB Family Clinic (Bumi Medika Ganesha). The clinic is staffed by general practitioners and a dentist. Specialists also visit the clinic regularly.

Unfortunately, Indonesia is still formulating regulation regarding health insurance especially for students. It is advised to take health insurance from private enterprises which are easy to access in Bandung city.