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Jakarta Post

In search of the perfect 'kost' in Jakarta

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, April 15 2008   /  11:37 am

Leaving home and seeking employment in the capital is tough. For me, however, it is much harder to find a rumah kost, or boarding house. It's like finding your groom-to-be, who, according to Javanese belief, has to meet three requirements: comes from a good family, has a good attitude and is either smart or has financial security, although both are preferable. During my search for a place to stay in Jakarta, I also had to take other things into consideration, including the house owner's background, other tenants' attitude, offered facilities and, of course, the price of the room. Since this is Jakarta we are talking about, being close to your place of work is obviously the number-one requirement. Furthermore, I also wanted my boarding house to be presentable enough to show to my friends and relatives and comfortable enough to imbue me with security and wa...