Bali monthly rentals: apartments

When most people make their initial move to Bali, they can be a bit confused about where they will stay while they are searching for their new dream home. Hotels can become quite expensive after a while for anything clean and decent, not to mention the fact that they are located in touristy areas (not everyone’s thing).

The amount of monthly rentals available in Bali (besides expensive villas) are not many, so many people end up scratching their heads as to where they will stay. The good news is there are actually lots of nice little places, called a Kos that can offer you everything you need for that time period.

If you were to go around and ask a lot of the young people working in the tourist areas of Bali where they lived, a large majority would say in a Kos. A Kos, also known as Kost, or Kos-Kosan for the whole complex is basically like a studio apartment. The locals will probably live in a very basic one, sometimes without a private bathroom and share it with a friend for anywhere from rp 300,000 to rp 800,000 a month depending on location and facilities.

These sort of places may be enough for your needs, although not all of them accept foreigners for various reasons, and the owner or landlord may not speak a word of English.

Bali monthly rentals for foreigners

Over the past year or so though a whole lot of upscale kos have been going up all around Bali, and marketing themselves towards foreigners. Oftentimes these will be fully furnished with a bed, fridge, A/C and large private bathroom and sometimes even a kitchen and WiFi. The price again will definitely vary depending on location and the facilities, but you can expect to pay between 1 million and 3 million rupiah per month for the rental. If you think about this in daily terms it would be between rp 33,000 and rp 100,000. Now tell me, where are you going to find yourself a hotel at that price, with all of the same facilities?

Another good thing is that it gets you prepared to really start living in Bali. Your neighbors won’t be tourists they will most likely be expats and other locals which will give you more of a feel what life here is really like. More than that they will usually have great tips for you on where to look for a house and many other things that you should be learning about your new home.


If these places are so common, then why don’t you see more of them?

Well, most of them are down alleyways, and even the ones marketed at foreigners have their signs written at least partially in Indonesian. The first tip is to look for signs that say “Terima Kos” which loosely translates to “kos for rent”. Some rooms come completely empty, so if you are looking for something fully furnished look for the words “Lengkap” or “Komplit” both of which meaning complete or fully furnished in this case. Many will list their facilities right on the sign, often in English and if not generally in Indonesian terms that are close enough to be easily translated.


So where to actually find these places?

A lot of these sorts of spots are located on the outskirts of the main tourists areas, just far enough out to be a bit quieter and not so far that you can’t easily drive in to a night on the town. A great place to look would be the road behind the large Carrefour called Jl. Gelogor Carik. There is an extremely high density of these sorts of places on that road and most of them are new, clean and around 1.5 million per month.

With all these places popping up that don’t have to pay hotel taxes, they could become the next big thing for semi-long term travelers or those looking for a temporary spot while building or finding their dream home. You never know, you might be so comfortable in one of them that you decide to stay, and save loads of money not renting or building a huge villa!


Read more about renting in Bali: Rentals in Bali: Finding a House or a Villa



    1. Boleh pak, sepanjang jl. Gelogor Carik ada kos2an banyak. Kebanyakan ada di dalam gang2 dan menurut saya bagusan di bagian utara. Ada yang murah tapi juga ada yang mewah yang lengkap dengan AC dan air panas. Kalau mau cari kos mewah di Gelogor Carik cari aja “kos lengkap” atau “harian mingguan bulanan” di depan gang. Banyak expat yang tinggal di Gelogor Carik tapi orang lokalnya juga banyak di kos2an sana.

  1. Good tip. I stayed in a Kos for 1 year when I was there last. The shitty thing was, my landlord saw us expats as walking ATM’s. My rent kept going up from 1.5 – 1.6 – 2 million rupiahs, in less than 6 months.

    They claimed the reason was the price of electricity went up, which was true, but it was not enough to justify the price. But still, what can we do right? There are no renter’s rights in Indonesia, and we were not under any contracts. You just have to roll with the punches or move on to another place.

    It was a quiet place though, right off Jl Kerobokan, just before Umalas.

  2. numpang tanya, ada yg tahu kos dengan fasilitas kolam renang yg disewakan per bulan tapi harga dibawah 5 juta/bln? trims sebelumnya,,,

    1. Kalau kos dengan kolam renang agak susah di Bali tp ada berberapa. Menurut saya kalau budgetnya sampe 5jt/bln mendingan cari hotel yg nyaman untuk lama ditempatin. Banyak ada hotel yg 200rb/mlm tp bisa nego biar 5jt/bln. Saya sendiri tau 1 aja kos yg ada kolam renang, itu Royal Segina di Jl Mahendradatta, Denpasar. Mungkin ada lagi tapi itu aja saya tau. Biasanya full juga. Mungkin yg lain ada info soal kos yg sesuai dengan keinginannya. Makasi

    2. Ada yg nyari kost dgn private Pool? Ada di jimbaran harga 5, masih under contruction.bulan Oktober/november selesai.klo ada yg minat Info saya du

  3. pak, mungkin bisa kasih info untuk rumah sewa perbulan atau apartment yg 2 or 3 bedroom di daerah Kuta atau seminyak? harga dibawah 7juta?
    Terima kasih,

  4. Pak, dimana bisa mencari apartemen di bali dgn budget dibawah 2jt/bln, dgn fasilitas perabotan seperti lemari/tempat tidur/meja rias/kursi makan, 2 ruang kamar, kamar mandi, dapur dan ruang tamu.

    terima kasih

    1. Kalau di jl. Gelegor Carik di belakang Carrefour Sunset Rd. banyak Mbak. Ada Kos biasa dan kos mewah juga. Biasanya fasilitasnya ditulis langsung didepan gang.

  5. Halo Pak..pkbr?
    Saya Dan keluargaku Akan berlibur di Bali pada bulan Januari 2014 s/d bulan februari 2014…kita cari t4 tinggal kayak kos2an atau Hotel ..budgetnya sekitar 5 juta…

  6. I will be interested in an apartment either studio or 1 BR furnised. I am looking a moving to Bali permanantely. I will not need it for a few months. Can you help me out?

  7. I am waiting for my work visa to come through … 2-3 months. I’ve already lived in Jajarta for the last 1.5 years and am making the move here.

    I’m trying to find a Kost in the Kuta area. A local friend of mine keeps cautioning me about not living in just any kost because the government doesn’t want bules living in all the kos. I don’t know if that’s true. Do you have any recommendations for the Kuta area? I am looking for a new place starting February 1st. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

  8. hi there I am looking for a place in or around seminyak I lived there for 2 years had to go back to Australia to sell all my furniture, we will be back end of july it will be long term rental my
    partner is from florec ,I would like a fully furnished I bedroom ,with kitchen ,hot water ,and western toilet ,must be clean ,I was paying 1,5000.000rp with electricity don’t want a small place, my budget is around 2.million rp I would like a reply thanking you

    regards frances ,

  9. It wold be helpful to people like me to have much more up to date info when I have been looking 2014 this all appears irrelevant and I cant understand I word sadly of the local langue so written in baliness doesn’t help me
    Sorry just saying as have searched site after site about living in Bali and haven’t found any info that’s relevant to 2014
    thanks all

  10. saya cari studi apartment di bali buat pertengahan April sampai pertengahan July…
    harus ada kolam renang, dekat dengan pantai..
    dan safe — karena ini buat partner saya dari Ukraine…
    sementara saya hanya akan datang tiap 2 minggu karena tugas di luar negeri…
    budget sekitar per bulan.. lokasi dimanapun OK.. asal safe!

    kalau ada tolong info ke email saya ya…

  11. Hello,

    I’m a student looking for a kos to stay in for a month and a half.

    Do you have an idea where or who I could ask ?

    Thank you so much

  12. nice info..
    bisa kasih info pak saya sedang mencari info kost exclusive / studio apartment sewa bulanan untuk long term rentals di daerah seminyak & kerobokan, with public swimming pool or garden. 3-5juta perbulan. thank you.

  13. Awesome info! this article is very helpful for everyone who plan to stay longer in Bali.
    Just want to add a little more, if you want to search for Cheap Bali Accommodation for weekly/monthly/yearly there is a local site Bali Budget Housing they list house, villa and apartment.
    Hope this help! 🙂

  14. Hallo pak.. apa kabr…?

    saya mau mencari apartment atau kos kosan dengan fasilitas ( ac dan kamar mandi di dalam), deket aiport? mohon recomendationnya?? dan juga daerahnya aman pak.. saya takut gelap dan sepi.. budgetnya 2 juta’an



  15. I m seeking 2 months rental in bali june & july 2017for a single parent with 2 young children. Fully furnished with 2beds.
    Where should I look for?

  16. Looking for place in Tulamben for at least a year, fully furnished. Can you help. Would like to pay less than 5mil/mo

  17. Minta info apartemen di daerah gelogor cari,,,1kamar tidur,lalu ada dapur dan ruang tamu,kemudian kamar tidur dan ruang yang lainnya terpisah.makasih

  18. I am a 56 year old single woman, who is looking for a Kos in Bali to stay. How long cab you stay before having to leave and what sort of visa do I need

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