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!
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!
So here’s the breakdown of 6 months rent in Bali:
rent in bali Month 1: Canggu
5 minutes walk to the beach with hot water and air conditioning, and wifi fast enough to teach! This Airbnb 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! This place cost us $10 a night, or $314.50 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! This place has 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 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!
Remember, there are huge discounts for staying at an Airbnb when you book for a month!
MORE POSTS ABOUT BALI THAT YOU SHOULD READ BEFORE YOUR TRIP:
- Should You Move to Bali?
- 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
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