International students coming to study at Petra Christian University are given 2 accommodation alternatives, boarding house or apartment. There are a lot of boarding houses scattered anywhere around Petra, range from 1 to 5 minutes walk. They varies according to facilities and location. The nearer the location or the more facilities it has, the higher the price it usually be.


Usually, a boarding house’s facilities are:

  1. electric fan
  2. drinking water (because, unlike Japan, you CANNOT drink tap water in Indonesia)
  3. parking lot
  4. internet connection (LAN cable or WiFi)
  5. air conditioner
  6. water heater
  7. private bathroom

For boarding house with price under IDR 1,000,000 (USD 100) per month usually only has facilities number 1-3 only. If you want a boarding house with all those facilities above included, the price range is from IDR 1,500,000 – IDR 2,500,000 (USD 150-250) per month. However, please note that the price does NOT include electricity bill.


Living in an apartment is another story entirely for you will enjoy life of complete privacy. The recommended one is the Square Apartment (right across Petra campus building).



Please note that students are highly recommended to stay in a boarding house or apartment located in Siwalankerto which is within walking distance to Petra Christian University (around 1-5 minutes walk). By staying close to the campus ground, BAKP will be easier to reach you in time of needs. In addition, living in Siwalankerto gives both BAKP and the students better access to process all legal documents the students needed, such as the Limited Stay Permit (KITAS), Surat Tanda Melapor (STM), or Surat Keterangan Tempat Tinggal (SKTT).