Expate, outsource, automate and disappear: how to spend less and live more in Indonesia

Here’s what we’ve heard over the years about why single expats find that sharing a house near the business district with other expats makes sense in a city like Jakarta.

“I like the fact they’ve got a micro-brewery on board. It’s social, but in a focused way. The Jakarta serviced apartment thing was convenient, but ultimately alienating and boring. There’s just not that much going on in Jakarta on the 26th floor.”

— Development consultant, Madrid

“The kost thing was fun for a while. Sure you meet a lot of people, including Indonesians. It’s almost like a family experience. But then if your boyfriend comes to Indonesia or something . . . or you want to throw a Halloween  party, you may as well be in a hotel . ”

— Tech journalist, Palo Alto 


“My company offered me a big kontrakan [rental house]. But there were a lot of questions about who was going to look  after it. I’d just as soon not have a pool if I have to clean it.”

— Expatriate GM, Melbourne 

“I’m having enough trouble with my driver so I wasn’t really keen on having more people [maid] to manage.”

— Hydro engineer, Montreal

“Once I got the gym membership and located a few good swimming pools, there was really no reason to stay in the apartment.”

— Intern, Helsinki 

 So bagus sekali (groovy), as we say in Indonesian. But until recently, there wasn’t really anything we could do about this fabulously rewarding domestic living arrangement we had allegedly pioneered because  . . .when you think about it, houses just aren’t  scalable.

But right now — by renting the house next door — we have a clear shot at lightening fast Internet, more gourmet dinners cooked by Sharehouse staff, and better parties. Plus, it would also help get the new recycling program spinning faster, create a couple new jobs  in the neighborhood and even given sharehousers an opportunity to pool pro bono volunteer hours on weekends.

In short, if we had more people on board the sharehouse “share value” could see a substantial increase. But since this vessel is full, that’s why we’re looking at the place next door. If you’re interested, please don’t hesitate to email. And don’t forget to ask about the home brew program and weekends in Bali.

(This blog was launched to promote Jakarta-relevant lifestyles — including the sharehouse concept. So please forgive me for an on-topic post or two ; )

4 responses »

  1. wow, i never know that (a) lot of expat live in rent house, especially kost-kost-an (rent room).

    my previous boss, is kind of ‘highlited’ by the management, since he preferd to rent a room (kost) instead of furnished apartment 😀
    so he was the only expat i know who is ngekost

  2. hi there, any space available to be share monthly? or any buddy interested to share flat with me around kuningan, setia budi area please contact me 081286869xxxx, thanks – thammy

  3. hi. just nice to read your post. i, myself, an indonesian. but i like the concept of sharehouse. i mean, not kost.but rather, a rented house shared by several ppl. i’m looking for 1, actually. kost just getting to alienated. the first concept of kost was created by the Dutch where a local children (students actually) would be left by the parents with Dutch family so that they might be brought up in Dutch way of living and become more ‘civilized’. the family pay some sum of money to the host family but the child wil be treated like family member. very different from now where the kost is actually a house with rented room and there’s no contact between the lessee and lessor except for a day a month when the leasee pay the rent.

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