- Female residence.
- Cimara Lima
- Male residence.
- Wisma MMUGM
- More like a two-star hotel than a residence, Wisma MMUGM is suited for short-term stays. There are many other cheaper and better options available as Wisma MMUGM is considered to be overpriced.
Most students choose to rent a room in a "kost". A kost is by definition a boarding-house (and many can be likened to serviced apartments) and makes for a pretty affordable and cost-effective option compared to renting a house. Almost all kosts are either "kost putra" (boys only) or "kost putri" (girls only). Typically, kosts include a bed, study table, chair/stool, WiFi, en-suite bathroom (with hot water), parking, housekeeping (cleaning) service, and AC. There are no electricity or utility bills to pay other than the monthly rent. Cheaper kosts are nothing more than a tiny room with a mattress with a communal toilet and the more expensive kosts look a lot like hotel rooms with satellite TV, laundry service, kitchenette, flexible curfew, covered parking, and 24-hours security.
Kosts are usually managed by an attendant that lives there. They are referred to as the "mas kost" (for male) and "mbak kost" (for female). These attendants are the representatives of the landlord (owner) and are usually authorized to handle everything including collecting rent, signing rental agreements, maintenance, housekeeping, and providing security. Often, these attendants also enforce the curfew and guest policy.
Most students live in kosts in the Pogung area. It is easy to find a kost for rent there: simply have a walk around and look for banners indicating vacancy. Asking friends or an ojeg to scout the area for vacancies is also an option.
Kosts typically demand a minimum of three months rent paid up front. Rent is then paid on a three month cycle. Not all kosts follow this rule and it is not surprising to hear of a kost demanding six months rent payment up front. Rent is usually paid in cash. The rental price is usually not negotiable.
It is usually possible to move into a kost immediately if there's an empty room available. When searching for kosts, it is recommended to allow yourself at least a week to thoroughly search and look at all your options before agreeing. Here is a list of things to consider:
- Price. Contract length.
- Location. Distance from campus. Nearness to main roads and restaurants. Also note any gated-roads nearby that are closed every night.
- Curfew and guest policy. Most kosts have the same rules but enforce them variably. Ask other people living there for the most accurate idea.
- House-keeping. How often are the rooms cleaned?
- Laundry service included? If not, how far is the nearest laundry shop.
- Water. Sometimes a water dispenser is provided. Other times you must purchase and provide your own including refills.
- Fridge. Communal or in-room? If not provided then is there space for one in the room?
- Stairs. What floor is the room on?
- Parking. Is the bike parking easy to access, covered, and locked?
- Cell signal strength in the room.
- Bed size.
- Study table or space to put one if not included.
- Bathroom: communal toilet? includes sink? commode or squat? hot water? pay attention to the size. Check the water pressure and temperature. Some kosts use solar-heated water so they can only provide cold water in the mornings.
- Window. Not all kosts have windows and for some people it may be depressing without one.
- Living space outside the room. Kitchen, microwave, fridge, and aqua dispenser.
- Lizards, cockroaches, and mice. If the kost is fully closed (not open air hallways) and newly built, there is less chance of pests. Also look for any leaks and mould: ceiling stains, leaks below ACs, and mould in the toilet should be an indicator.
- Nearness to mosque. Unless you specifically want to be disturbed at 4:30 AM, consider the acoustics of the kost.
Similar to kosts but with more freedom, independence, and space, some students may choose to rent an entire house together (or by themselves). For houses, rent is paid to the owner upfront yearly. The electricity bill is the responsibility of the renters. Cleaning and laundry is also the responsibility of the renters.
Most students choose to live in the area known as Pogung Baru thanks to its nearness to campus, nearness to restaurants, and availability of many kosts. Pogung Baru is west of Jalan Kaliurang and north of the campus.
The disadvantages of living in Pogung Baru include:
- Narrow roads, many with gates that are locked at night. Some roads flood when it rains.
- Local religious people feeling it's their right to enforce their flavor of religion onto everybody. Students have been harassed in their vehicles as well as in their homes (kosts/houses) by these religious extremists. Since most inhabitants of Pogung Baru are young, gullible, Indonesian students, they encourage this harassment by continuing to tolerate it. So, unless you wish to live in accordance with local "sharia law", consider living outside Pogung Baru.