6 Best Websites for Kos Kosan Hunting in Jakarta
To most Indonesian people, kosts are an affordable housing option compared to an apartment. You get to maintain your freedom and privacy without having to busy yourself with maintenance, which you can hand over to the landowner. That is especially true when you’re looking for affordable housing options in Jakarta.
To help you get started on kost hunting, we have a list of the best websites for kost-hunting in Indonesia. Whether you’re in Jakarta or Manado, these websites can provide you with references to help with your next move (and budgeting!).
Mamikos is Indonesia’s biggest online kost marketplace. This app is especially useful for people looking for varied accommodations from apartment units to budget kosts below 1.500.000.
Browsing this site requires basic knowledge of Indonesian.
What it does: Mamikos helps students and employees look for kost rooms according to their budget and facility preferences. They have a built-in chat room on listing pages, so kost hunters can extract detailed information directly from landowners (or virtual assistants if landowners are not available).
What we love: The filters on Mamikos are basic but detailed enough for kost-hunting, making it a good website for beginners or people who prefer simpler search options. Mamikost’s map is also very accurate.
What could use some improvement: Some listing pages don’t have enough user reviews, so you can’t judge the rating of a property unless you look elsewhere.
Search tip: Mamikost directly manages kosts known as Mamirooms, high-quality kosts with affordable prices. We especially recommend this feature for those who want hassle-free rent.
Infokost.id is another up-and-coming online kost marketplace that can help students, employees, and even expatriates find kosts and apartments. They offer online payment for further practicality and safety.
Knowledge of Indonesian required.
What they do: Infokost is extremely practical and straightforward in terms of UI. They also have bonus filters for people looking for kosts with executive facilities (cleaning service, etc.) They are also partners with other kost management sites, adding more to their search repository.
What we love: They provide room type details on every listing page. Therefore, you can get detailed information about room types without having to contact the landowners directly.
What could use some improvement: Some listing pages don’t have enough facility details. There are also cases when facilities on the main info contradict the details on room type info (ex: main facilities list outside bathrooms while room type mentions attached bathrooms).
OLX is an Indonesian online marketplace for your every need. You can choose from different categories, including kosts in the Property category. OLX has been around from the mid-2000s, which means that it has an extensive kost catalog across Indonesia.
Knowledge of Indonesian required.
What they do: OLX invites kost management to put up a listing. That means you can have a wide range of choices from privately-run kosts to rooms managed by co-living companies.
What we love: Not unlike Craigslist, it’s not that hard to filter through listings and find accommodation that’s a perfect fit for you and is managed by trustworthy landowners. You need to find additional information for less detailed listings, though.
What could use some improvement: the website itself doesn’t handle chats or payments, so you need to be extra careful when making deals with individual landowners.
SewaKost is another online marketplace that combines the openness of OLX and some of Mamikos’ basic filters and facility details.
Knowledge of Indonesian required.
What they do: SewaKost is an online marketplace where you can look for kosts with different facilities and amenities at the same price point. It’s especially useful when you want to compare kosts at a limited budget.
What we love: The listing pages are simplistic, but the facilities are surprisingly finely detailed. The more attentive landowners list nearby points of interest and additional services they offer (if there are any).
What could use some improvement: Every chat and payment occurs directly between you and the landowner. Therefore, it’s best to look up as much information as possible elsewhere before you decide to book accommodation on SewaKost.
Orento is a hidden gem among kost-hunting websites and apps. It’s a partner to multiple property management companies as well as a co-management to some individually-managed kosts, so you won’t have to worry about the quality control of their listings.
Site available in English and Indonesian.
What they do: Orento is a website that doesn’t only advertise listings, but they also handle booking and payment (monthly option available) directly on their website.
What we love: Orento is particularly helpful for kost hunters who want to look for accommodations around universities, office buildings, and malls. Their listing pages are also finely detailed, telling you points of interest around the area such as transport stops, lifestyle shopping malls, culinary spots, and educational institutes.
What could use some improvement: Orento’s catalog isn’t as extensive as Mamikos or Infokost, so you may not have as much selection when you look for accommodation using the map.
RoomMe is a new online kost marketplace that also handles the operations of their partnered kosts. On the website, you can pick high-quality accommodations starting from as low as Rp 1.000.000 to more than Rp 6.000.0000.
Site available in English (although listing details are in Indonesian. Ask the customer service for language assitance).
What they do: RoomMe, aside from managing kosts and connecting landowners to tenants, also fosters a community in which tenants can meet new friends from other kosts under RoomMe management through events and activities. The RoomMe community offers all the benefits of co-living on a friendly budget.
What we love: RoomMe accommodations, at the very least, will always have standard facilities such as air conditioning, TV, and water dispenser. Therefore, you’ll still be landing a good deal even when renting rooms at a lower price point. They also have a centered method of payment, so your banking details will always remain safe.
What could use some improvement: The listings still aren’t very many, so it’s still a challenge to find kosts in less populated neighborhoods or kosts with slightly different price points when compared to others in the area.
Hopefully, all of those websites will help you to find your dream kos-kosan for your stay in Jakarta. Happy kost-hunting!