Many people consider living in Solo cheaper than anywhere else in Indonesia. The living cost is about IDR 2,000,000 (no more than USD 200) per month for one person’s living which covers housing, meals, local transportation, and other daily necessities.
There are a lot of housing accomodation choices which suit all lifestyle and could be considered low-budget. Either you wish to live downtown or in the popular student suburbs such as Jalan Surya, Gang Kabut, Ngoresan, and Gulon, you will just be a short walk, ojek or a bus ride away from campus.
As one of popular culinary travel destinations for people all around Indonesia, Solo offers a lot of different types of food that are available around the campus. The average price of each meal is IDR 5,000 – 15,000. You can get a portion of Soto (soup dish) or rice with vegetables and an egg for around IDR 5,000 – 7,500. Meanwhile a portion of meat, chicken or fish costs around IDR 10,000 – 15,000. There are also some cafes around the campus area which have various menus – both Indonesian and Western food. The prices vary between cafes, starting from IDR 15,000 – 30,000.
There are various forms of transport available to take you to campus. You can choose ojek (motorcycle taxi), campus bus, or just go on foot, since convenient sidewalks are available in all campus area. The price of taking ojek starts from IDR 5,000; it depends on the distance you will reach. Meanwhile, if you take the campus bus you can just pay some money on a voluntary basis, but normally students pay IDR 1,000 or 2,000. If you intend to live around the city centre, far from the campus, Batik Solo Trans bus will always be ready to take you to the campus. You would only need to take one bus ride to get to the campus.
For those of you who are in a hurry and in need for an instant and fast mode of transportation, you could download Go-jek application, which is technically the Uber version of motorcycle taxi. Go-jek fare may start from IDR 4,000/km, and it could travel up to 25 km.