Living in Yogyakarta
The University is located in The Special Region of Yogyakarta, one of the smallest provinces in the country, which has been widely known as a center of Javanese culture as well as a center of learning. It has 3,200,000 inhabitants, 511,000 of whom reside in the city of Yogyakarta.
UGM at this moment does not have a special dormitary for foreign students. Nevertheless the students are offered with various choices of local dormitory where they can mingle with local students and also local residents of Yogyakarta with the range of price between $27-100 per month depends on the location, facilities and size of room. These local dormitories are also surrounded by many kinds of warung, local small restaurant for students with cheap prices. As a special province, Yogyakarta has been one of the alternative for students to study culture as well as their major study.
Jogja Way of Life
The “JOGJAKARTA never ending Asia” is a brand name of Jogjakarta (well known and can simply be called as Jogja) as a main second tourist destination city in Indonesia after Bali. Jogja Special Region is well known as the tourist destination and the center of Javanese culture. Prambanan temple or Sultan Palace is one of many tourist objects the tourist visit. Jogja is almost like a heaven for archeologist to learn about temples. Another enchanting tourist object is Malioboro Street (named after the legendary English General Marlborogh) with the long walking-distance vendors selling their crafts along the side walk. In the harmony circumtances you will meet the real javanese;tradition wich is far from stressful metropolitan city. It is what some people say; you only have reached java when you enter jogja.
The ancient city of Jogja is one of the small numbers of cities that has retained its reputation as a peaceful place up to this day. Jogja is, therefore, considered as the safest place among major cities in Indonesia.
A single student living in Jogja would need approximately US$ 172 / month to meet basic living expenses such as boarding; (US$ 27, single room), food (US$ 95), daily fares, transportation (US$ 50), medical cover, and other necessites. It should be stressed, however, that these figures are all approximate and how much you actually spend will depend a lot on your personal life-style. Some people may be able to live moderately; others might find it hard to maintain their usual standard of living.
You will also need some money to follow interests beyond your academic studies. If you have no plans to go out for cinema or cultural event performances, Jogja itself has many ‘hidden’ interesting cultures and social aspects to be observed