The most common question I get on this site is “How can I get a job in Bali?”. The second most common question is “How much does it cost to live in Bali?” It is a very difficult question to answer, as everyone has different needs and expenses.

I hope this information can at least serve as a general guide for people wanting to live in Bali.

Some factors which influence the cost of living in Bali:

Location

The closer you are to tourist areas, the more you can expect to pay. The south of Bali is also generally more expensive than the north.

Language ability

The greater your language ability, the better ability you will have to negotiate prices. Bahasa Indonesia is good but Balinese is even better. Another option is to have a Balinese friend purchase things on your behalf to get local prices.

Local markets

If you have some language skills, you can pick up some great bargains by shopping at the local markets (pasar).

Imported goods

Imported goods, particularly alcohol carries high import duties.

Housing

Houses are usually rented in Indonesia on a 12 month basis, with the full 12 months paid in advance. The longer you rent the property for, the bigger reduction in rent you can get.

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