When living in America, it was basically impossible for us to find rent for under $500 a month. Our rent in Rexburg, Idaho was $22 a day, around $660 a month! So, how much is the rent in Bali?
The rent we paid in downtown Ogden was $17 a day for a studio apartment with NO STOVE OR OVEN and a mini-fridge! (And for the first minute or two, the water in the shower would come out brown! Yuck!) That’s $510 a month!
If we were paying rent that high to live in these crappy apartments nowhere close to a beach, we couldn’t imagine that for LESS THAN HALF of that, we would be within walking distance to some of the most beautiful beaches we’ve ever seen!
But hey, that’s Bali for you!
How Much is Rent in Bali?
The cost of rent in Bali is going to totally vary depending on your style of living, area, and whether you’re booking long-term rentals or short-term.
Rent in Bali can be as low as $300 per month for super budget accommodation, $700-$800 for a 1-bedroom, and above $1000 if you’re getting a villa.
If you’re renting monthly, expect your rent to be slightly higher. It will also depend on the amenities that the accommodation provides.
Some rents in Bali may include scooter rental, a chef to cook certain meals, or even someone to clean your apartment.
You can almost guarantee that rent in Bali will be cheaper than in your home country, since the cost of living here is much lower in most cases.
So here’s the breakdown of 6 months’ rent in Bali:
Cost of Rent in Bali Month 1: Canggu
5 minutes walk to the beach with hot water and air conditioning, and wifi fast enough to teach! The Airbnb we rented only cost us $16 a night, or $504 total. We spent more this month because we had never been to Bali before and wanted to scope out other cheaper places once we got there.
For those who might want to work online here, sometimes when it rained the internet would need to be restarted. Besides that, it worked well!
Rent in Bali Months 2 & 3: Legian, Kuta
Three minutes walk to the beach, with high-speed wifi, hot water, and air conditioning! Our first place cost us $10 a night, or $314.50 USD per month! This place was a little small (since it was a studio) and the kitchen was outside.
However, since it was so close to the beach it encouraged us to go outside more and enjoy the area we lived in instead of staying cooped up in our apartment!
Plus, the owners of this Airbnb are super friendly and were helpful whenever we had problems.
Rent in Bali Months 4, 5 & 6: Kuta
We wanted to move to a different part of Bali, but were unable to find a place with fast enough wifi! Our second apartment had high-speed wifi, air conditioning, and hot water! It is a bit farther from the beach, about a 15-minute walk to the same beach as before.
It cost us $250 a month plus $30 a month for electricity. Totaling to be about $9 a night or $280 per month! Our cheapest rent so far!
A few downsides:
In order to get the fastest wifi, you need to be plugged in with an ethernet cable. Not all rooms have this option, so make sure that you ask before booking if you need the best wifi.
Also, this side of Kuta has a few mosques that have prayer calls every morning. They varied but sometimes would start at 3:30 am and go on for over 30 minutes.
For a light sleeper like me, this wreaked havoc on my sleeping schedule. But if you are a deep sleeper or have good earplugs, this place could be great!
Our Grand Total: The Cost of Rent in Bali
The Grand Total for 6 months of rent in Bali was $1,973. I know people who spent that much on ONE month’s rent!
You could definitely do this for cheaper if you stayed in one place for a longer period of time, searched out deals from locals instead of using Airbnb, or were a solo traveler.
We also needed Wifi that was fast enough to work on and if you don’t need that, there are lots of cheaper options!
If you are looking for a more luxurious option then check out these villas that are all under $100 per night in Bali!
MORE POSTS ABOUT BALI THAT YOU SHOULD READ BEFORE YOUR TRIP:
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- The Cheapest Restaurants in Bali (Under $5 per Meal)
- How to Get from Bali to the Gili Islands
- The Famous Instagram Bali Swing For Cheap
- How to Get to Komodo Island from Bali
Dayna Brockbank is a travel and language-learning blogger who has lived around the world but has now settled in Nice, France. She speaks 3 languages at varying levels of fluency: Spanish, Italian, and French, and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Spanish Education. She and her husband focus on making travel part of life by living cheaply and traveling on a budget.