Living in Yogyakarta


YOGYAKARTA (also called Yogya or Jogja) is located in the middle of the island of Java. It is a very affordable place to live as a student. With only $20 per-day, you are able to stay, eat famous, authentic, delicious food, and rent a motorbike to explore the pure beaches and thousands of years old ancient temples.

A thousand years ago, Yogyakarta was the center of the ancient Syailendra kingdom which was prosperous and highly civilized. This kingdom built Borobudur Temple which was the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, 300 years before Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Some other relics are Prambanan Temple, Ratu Boko Palace, and dozens of other temples scattered throughout Yogyakarta. The Ancient Mataram Kingdom moved its central government to East Java in the 10th century. The magnificent temples were abandoned and partially buried by the eruption material of Merapi Volcano. Slowly, Yogyakarta region became a dense forest. Six hundred years later, Panembahan Senopati established the Islamic Mataram Kingdom in the region.

Once again, Yogyakarta witnessed the history of a great kingdom that ruled Java Island and its surrounding areas. The Islamic Mataram Kingdom left a trail of ruins of fortress and royal tombs in Kotagede which is well-known as center of silver handicraft in Yogyakarta. The Giyanti agreement in 1755 divided the Islamic Mataram Kingdom into Kasunanan Surakarta (based in Solo) and the Yogyakarta Sultanate (founded in Yogyakarta).  The Kraton (Palace) still exists today and functions as the residence of the Sultan and his family as well as hundreds of abdi dalem (the servants of the palace) who faithfully serve the palace voluntarily and run the tradition in the midst of changing times. At the palace, there are many cultural performances such as wayang kulit (puppet shadow play), gamelan (Javanese orchestra), and Javanese dances.



Living in Yogyakarta is relatively cheaper than other big cities in Indonesia. During your study at Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, you can find various types of boarding house (rumah kos) that are affordable in price.

There are many boarding houses located near the campus. Mostly, this kind of accommodation is gender specific (female or male only). The boarding house price varies from around IDR 200,000 to IDR 1,000,000 per month depending on its facilities.

UMY also provides a dormitory for its students called UNIRES (University Residence), available for graduates and exchange students as well as the university visitors. The location of UNIRES is within a walking distance to the campus.

The UNIRES provides a good atmosphere for fostering personal development, broadening Islamic knowledge, and improving English and Arabic proficiency. The UNIRES also has other activities for the students to spend their leisure time such as arts and physical exercises. UNIRES is also equipped with 24-hours security.


Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta encourages students to have a good balance between personal and professional life. For this purpose, we help students to set up various student organizations known as student clubs. These student clubs are engaged in both academic and non-academic activities. They are named after their activities: Football Club, English Club, Band Club, Choir Club, Entrepreneur Club, Nature Lover Club, and many others. All students are most welcome to join a club they are interested in.

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