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Expat Living in Bogor, West Java

Living in Bogor | Housing | Schooling | Community Groups | Church Services | Dining Out | Shopping | Recreation

Bogor is the 14th largest city in Indonesia, with a population of approximately 950,334 (2010 census).

The Center for International Forestry Research (www.cifor.org) has foreign researchers coming for short term study and research projects and meetings in Bogor. They have some good general relocation information on their site on their What's Up CIFOR site.

Living in Bogor vs Jakarta

The temperatures are definitely cooler in Bogor than Jakarta, especially at elevated locations where you get a breeze. While living in Ciawi (South Bogor), we originally purchased two air conditioners, but never installed them. With clean air even the warmest afternoon is tolerable.

There is heavy traffic on the main roads in Bogor, where there seems to be an angkot (public transport) for every family.  There is serious congestion at the Ciawi toll road exit on those weekends when half of Jakarta tries to go to Puncak.  From near the end of the toll road in Bogor the commute to Jakarta in approximately 90 minutes (leaving before 6 am or after 9 am). The return trip takes 60 minutes (leaving before 4 pm). There are several road projects in the works that are aimed at alleviating congestion by road widening and converting to one-way streets.

There is a smaller expatriate community in Bogor (than Jakarta) which is centered around the International School (their support group publishes a directory) and CIFOR.

Another difference between Bogor and Jakarta is that the restaurants in Bogor are less varied and not as nice as those in Bandung and Jakarta.


There are nice housing areas in both Ciawi and Bogor that have easy access to the toll road. Housing areas preferred by expats include Lakeside, Taman Kencana, Villa Duta, Bogor Baru, Sempur, Sentul and Pakuan Hill Bogor (near Ekolokasari Mall). Read more on the CIFOR website (www.cifor.org).

Do a search on the Expat Forum for housing listings in Bogor, or post what type of housing you are searching for in the Home Search channel.

Schooling in Bogor

Sekolah Bogor RayaSekolah Bogor Raya
Perumahan Danau Bogor Raya (Bogor Lakeside)
Bogor 16143
West Java, Indonesia
Tel. +62251 832-5523 (Admissions)
Email [email protected]
Website: www.sekolahbogorraya.com
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Academic Advisor: Adam Marra
Enrollment: 800+

Sekolah Bogor Raya (SBR) was founded in 1995. We providing both locally and internationally accredited curricula in a green and pleasant environment in the picturesque area of the Danau Bogor Raya residential complex, near the main Bogor Toll exit.

SBR is a multi-faith school with students from many different nationalities and backgrounds. Our school runs from Playgroup up to Secondary Level and our students come mostly from the Bogor, Sentul, and Cibubur areas. A bus service is available to and from most locations.

SBR’s vision is to be a leading international standard school providing high-quality education to equip our students to excel in a rapidly-changing world.

Our school mission is to provide:

  • High quality education through the use of proven international programs.
  • A commitment to supporting language fluency in English, Bahasa Indonesia and in our students’ mother tongues, technological expertise, and inquiry-based teaching and learning, we deliver an international program that integrates global concepts with respect for national culture and identity.
  • Our programs prioritize the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of our students and encourage them to build self-esteem and always strive to be the very best.

SBR’s national and international accreditations include:

  • Indonesian Government Accredited at every level - A Rating
  • ANPS (Association of National and Private Schools) Accredited - A Rating
  • IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) PYP (Primary Years Program) Authorized
  • Cambridge International Examinations Centre Accredited
  • GAC (Global Assessment Certificate) Accredited
  • IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) DP (Diploma Program) Candidate

Intercultural School of BogorIntercultural School of Bogor

Jl. Papandayan No. 7
Bogor 16151 Jawa Barat
Tel +62 (251) 832-4360
Mobile & WhatsApp +62 816 781 927
Email [email protected]
Website www.isbogor.org
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Welcome to The Intercultural School of Bogor (ISB) located in the beautiful, green Taman Kencana neighborhood of central Bogor, Indonesia. We are authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Association t o implement the Primary Years Programme  (PYP) curriculum and for Grades 6-8, we offer the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), both are recognized throughout the world.

As an IB World School our students are given a broad exposure to an inquiry-based learning experience from early childhood through to middle school. Our bright, modern classrooms and library are staffed by experienced Expatriate and Indonesian teachers, all of whom take great pride in teaching these programs.  A core aim is to deliver a meaningful and engaging curriculum that promotes academic excellence, intercultural understanding, environmental stewardship and a strong sense of community service.

Our vibrant parent community is a supportive blend of expatriate and Indonesian families who cultivate a social network. We offer a rich after school program along with family events in the late afternoons, evenings and weekends such as horseback riding, arts and crafts, sporting activities and cultural celebrations that reflect the diversity of our families.

ISB is best experienced in person! We warmly welcome you to make an appointment to visit us and see how our school can be a perfect fit for your family.

Community Groups

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Church Services in Bogor

Bogor English Service

Graha Amal Kasih (across the Club House) Bogor Lakeside, Bogor Every Sunday at 5:00 pm. Speakers are: Rev. Mike Hilliard, Rev. Rishi Anandani, and others

Contact Person : Monica Cordelia Kaha
Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am-4:15 pm
Saturday 8:30 am-12 Noon
3rd Floor Setyajaya Building, Jl.Pajajaran 23, Bogor 16143

Interdenominational Services in English (BICF)

Held at 12:00PM on Sunday at Gereja Baptis Pabaton, Jl Sawojajar 1 (near Bogor Permai Restaurant). Contact Gusti (0823-12990979) or Rosa (0813-80802909).

The Diocese of Bogor (Roman Catholic) has English Mass Services on Saturdays at 05:30 pm at:

Susteran Gembala Baik
Convent of The Good Shepherd Sisters
Jl. Raya Pajajaran Mo. 6
SMK Baranangsiang, Bogor
Tel. (0251) 832-1270

Newcomers are invited to come and to celebrate mass and to worship together.

Dining Out

Try out Bogor Permai Bakery, Roti Unyil Venus, and Lasagna Gulung.

Shopping in the Bogor area

  • Malls in Bogor include Botani Square Mall (near the toll road), Lippo Plaza Keboen Raya (facing the entrance gate of Bogor Botanical Garden), and Lippo Plaza Ekalokasari Bogor "Ekalos" (further south on Jalan Siliwangi) with a Matahari Department Store and Foodmart grocery store, food court, and six levels of shops.
  • PT Kebun Sayur Segar (Parung organic vegetable farm)
    Jl. Raya Parung No. 546
    Parung, Bogor
    (0251) 619-915
  • Mega Surya Organic Farm
    [email protected]

Recreation in the Bogor area

One of the most famous attractions in Bogor is the "Kebun Raya", the Bogor Botanical Gardens. Officially opened in 1817, the gardens offer interesting walks and viewings of tropical foliage. The Istana Bogor, or Bogor Palace, is located in the gardens, in the northwestern corner. White spotted deer can be spotted grazing around the palace.

The Gong Factory and the Wayang Golek Museum draw visitors interested in the local Sundanese cultural traditions.

For leisure fishing, there's a little-known spot in Bogor, located in a valley with a view of Mt. Salak where people can fish. Freshwater fishing that is, carp, catfish, etc. There's a Restaurant as well, serving great Indonesian cuisine, 'lesehan style' called Fishing Valley - www.fishingvalley.net

The Sentul International Circuit offers motorcycle racing.

Jakarta Perkumpulan Equestrian Center offers horseback riding in Sentul City.

Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park

Cirata Lake - Fishing

The Graham Yallop Oval at Taman Olahraga Pancawati in Pancawati, Caringin, is available for cricket, rugby, AFL and camping. For information on cricket teams in Bogor, contact Robert Baldwin Hp 0815-92317115 or [email protected]

Vila Botani offers wonderful outdoors/adventure vacations and a destination for rustic corporate gatherings - explore the rain forest and village living!

The mountainous area of Puncak is nearby, but the traffic is horrendous on the weekends and holidays, due to the influx of visitors from Jakarta.

If you have additional information about expat living in Bogor to share with newcomers, please contact us.

Our thanks to Rederers, Karl Knapp and Brian O'Malie for sharing information on Bogor with the community!

Last updated September 25, 2019