Most suitable areas for student accommodations

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    Most favorite areas for student accommodation:

    • 1st Seminyak
    • 2nd Legian
    • 3rd Batubelig
    • 4th Umalas
    • 5th Kerobokan
    • 6th Canggu
    • 7th Jimbaran



    Kuta

    Are you a party animal? If yes, then Kuta is the perfect place to stay. To Jimbaran campus it is only a 20-min drive and to Seminyak area a 5-min drive. Kuta is Bali's NIGHTLIFE central! You'll be surprised what Kuta has to offer, because Kuta has been the centre of mainstream tourism since 1970 and it has everything you need! Beach is on Jalan Pantai Kuta, while clubs, bars and restaurants are centered in Legian Street. Poppies & Benesari areas are the accomodation center. And souvenir shops are spread basically everywhere. Kuta has a variety of accommodation, from high-end accommodation to budget accommodation. High-end accomodations are stretched mainly along Kuta beach. Budget accomodations are everywhere in Poppies area and Benesari. These are backpacker areas since a long time ago! Long story short, Kuta has everything from expensive accommodation & restaurants to budget accommodation and restaurants. If you wanna try local food, there are a lot of options of which Warung Malang is the best! Some students were staying in this area few years ago but not so many now, because accommodation prices in Kuta are quite expensive compared to other areas. Nevertheless, a lot of nice budget accommodation is still available. But it's not the best option if you stay for 4 months or especially when you come for studying because it's very noisy and crowded, but it will be perfect if you want to stay for short time only. Everyday thousands of tourists come and go from Kuta, the backpacker area. Don't worry, not only nightlife and madness, Kuta offers white sandy beaches, some of the best sunset spots and great waves for beginner-level surfing, and of course this is the best spot for meeting travellers from all over the world. Nearest supermarkets are Gelael on Jalan Raya Kuta (3 minutes drive from Kuta centre/Legian Street), Bintang Supermarket in Seminyak (5 minutes away) and Carrefour on Sunset Road (10 minutes away). And if you are studying at Udayana University in Jimbaran, its 20 minutes away by scooter, while the Denpasar campus is 40 minutes away. All the distances mentioned are when driving by scooter. Driving with a car can be double the time because of unpredictable traffic, don't be surprised that traffic jams happen all the time!


    Legian

    Legian lies between Kuta and Seminyak both of which are a walking distance away. From the map, you can see that Padma Beach (Legian area) is in between Kuta beach (Kuta area) and Double Six beach (Seminyak area). There is a lot of budget accommodation in Legian which is why students like to stay in this area. Legian holds the second favorite position for accomomdation by student standards. It's less crowded compared to Kuta, but still in the center of everything. Easy to understand why as it's only 3 minutes from Kuta nightlife, 20 minutes from Jimbaran campus and 3 minutes from hip Seminyak. There are a lot of options for eating : Italian, international and local food from budget to expensive., Padma beach is a good place to learn how to surf, you can find local beachboys renting out surfboards as well as offering surf lessons. Padma beach is facing to the west so it's always nice to catch sunset here too. Looking for supermarket? Just drive to Bintang Supermarket or Bali Deli in Seminyak, only 5 minutes away. You can also drive to Carrefour on Sunset Road in 5 minutes. If you are studying at Udayana University in Jimbaran, it's 20 min away, and the Denpasar campus is about 40 minutes away. All the distances mentioned are when driving by scooter. Driving with a car can be double the time because of unpredictable traffic, don't be surprised that traffic jams happen all the time!


    Seminyak

    Seminyak is Bali’s trendiest area & home for long-term expats!!! Lets say this is the area where most of the students stay. Easy to understand why as Seminyak has a bit less traffic and is less crowded compared to Kuta and Legian but you can still find anything you might need. And it is only 5 minutes away from Kuta's nightlife. All of these make Seminyak a convenient area for long-term stay. Seminyak is the most happening area; you will find many chic boutiques, dozens of fabulous restaurants, bars, clubs and of course beaches: Double Six beach and Seminyak Beach! Seminyak Beach and Double Six beach are perfect spots to enjoy sunset while sitting on a bean bag during the happy hours between 6pm - 9pm. Surfboard rentals are widely spread on Double Six beach. If you're thinking about taking surf lessons, enlist the help of the local beachboys; they are affordable and have a lot of experience. Every 2 weeks, there is a beach party at La Plancha bar on Seminyak beach, one of the must-dos in Bali, and of course FULL MOON PARTY. The beach bars are right next to each other so bar hopping is highly recommended. For a "different party", try Jalan Dhyanapura, known as the gay bar street. There is a party every night at the bars stretched along the street! For your daily needs, try Bintang Supermarket, Bali Deli and Gourmet Cafe. They are just a short drive away. What's best, they have a lot of European standard products (imported), too. If you are studying at Udayana University in Jimbaran, it is 30 minutes away by scooter as is the campus in Denpasar. All the distances mentioned are when driving by scooter. Driving with a car can be double the time because of unpredictable traffic, don't be surprised that traffic jams happen all the time!


    Oberoi/Petitenget (parts of Seminyak)

    Imagine being only a short 3-minute drive from hip Seminyak and surrounded by the best restaurants and upscale clubs in Bali? That's Petitenget. The restaurants are stretched along the beginning of Oberoi street; There lies Ultimo, Pepenero, T Junction, Kaizan, Mykonos, and many more delicacies from around the world. On Petitenget street you can find famous and expensive restaurants such as Merah Putih, Metis and Sardine. For reasonably-priced food, you can try Warung Sulawesi, Warung Murah and Warung Eropa. Warung Kolege -highly recommended by expats- is one of the best cheap lunch spots. These few restaurants are always the favourites of the students too. This area also has Seminyak Square Shopping Center and dozens of boutiques along the streets. Kudeta, Potato Head and W Hotel are the best spots for sunset drinks to the tunes of great DJ's worldwide. For clubs try Mint, Hu'u Bar and Mirror; music and drinks there are excellent. Gym bunnies will be happy to know that Petitenget is the host for the newest and hippest spot, SOHAM Wellness centre, which offers gym, yoga, fitness classes, a pool and a sauna to mention a few things. Despite the party scene, this area is still considered quiet compared to Kuta, and for sure you you will be positively surprised of what Petitenget has to offer. It's really nice place to stay, highly recommended! For grocery shopping, drive to Bintang Supermarket in Seminyak (5 minutes), to Sunset Point on Sunset Road (5 minutes) or to Carrefour (10 minutes). If you are studying at Udayana University in Jimbaran, it is 30 minutes away by scooter and the same goes for Denpasar campus as well. All the distances mentioned are when driving by scooter. Driving with a car can be double the time because of unpredictable traffic, don't be surprised that traffic jams happen all the time!


    Batu Belig (Part of Kerobokan)

    Most people have never heard of Batu Belig. But the rapid development of Bali has reached this area and transformed it into "The New Seminyak". New villas are being built, restaurants, spas, bars and of course boutiques opened. The beach here is great for enjoying sunsets and this is a laid-back area, not too touristic! You can even walk to the beach! Along Batu Belig street, you will find some great restaurants with VERY REASONABLE PRICES, try for example Warung Sobat & Warung Satya. For the best pork ribs in town, try Wild Hog's. These laid-back restaurants are very famous among previous students and good places for dinner with friends. There are a few accommodation favourites of the students in this area because prices are lower compared to Kuta, Seminyak and Petitenget. There are a few mini markets, and a traditional market for fresh vegetables and fruits. For grocery shopping, drive to Bintang Supermarket in Seminyak (7 minutes), to Sunset Point on Sunset Road (7 minutes) or to Carrefour (15 minutes). What makes this area great is because it's located conveniently close to the more lively Seminyak, Petitenget, Kuta and Canggu while still keeping it's calm and quiet atmosphere. If you are studying at Udayana University in Jimbaran, it is 30 min away by scooter and the same goes for Denpasar campus. All the distances mentioned are when driving by scooter. Driving with a car can be double the time because of unpredictable traffic, don't be surprised that traffic jams happen all the time!


    Kerobokan

    Kerobokan is a huge area. You need to check on the map where exactly the accommodations are located as the distances can be quite big. Basically, Kerobokan starts from Batu Belig and continues up to Umalas and Canggu and on the other side until the border of Denpasar. Kerobokan offers rice field views and it won't be a long drive to beaches either beach. This unique area has been home for expats, long-term tourists and students alike and that's why a lot of budget villas and apartments have been built there. There are no clubs in Kerobokan, only a few bars but the cool places in Canggu and Seminyak are only a 10-15 minute drive away. Restaurant-wise you can find a lot of good and cheap warungs (Like Warung Sobat2, a long-time student favourite), mexican food, sushi, pizza, burgers and great brunches at D'Angelos. For grocery shopping, drive to Pepito on Jl Raya Canggu or Jl Raya Kerobokan or to Frestive on Jl Raya Kerobokan. If you are studying at Udayana University in Jimbaran, it is approximately 35 minutes away while the Denpasar campus is 20 minutes away. All the distances mentioned are when driving by scooter. Driving with a car can be double the time because of unpredictable traffic, don't be surprised that traffic jams happen all the time!


    Umalas

    This laid-back area is home for many expats. Surrounded by rice fields, Umalas still remains unspoiled. It's an area where birds are chirping and flying free. There are a few hotels, but as far as you can see it's mostly villas. Yes, this is prime area for a villa. If you are looking for a longterm place, Umalas could be it. Perfect place to chill, read your book and enjoy the real Bali. Students also like this to stay in this area and it's easy to understand why; It is quiet, green and less touristy the air is fresh, lot of affordable restaurants can be found and it's and close to the beach. Students can find affordable accommodation here. For grocery shopping, drive to Bintang Supermarket in Seminyak (8 minutes), to Pepito in Petitenget, Canggu or Jl Raya Kerobokan or Frestive on Jl Raya Kerobokan. It only takes 5 minutes to drive to Seminyak and Petitenget, and 15 minutes to Canggu's nightlife. If you are studying at Udayana University in Jimbaran, it is 40 minutes away and it takes 20 minutes to drive to the campus in Denpasar. All the distances mentioned are when driving by scooter. Driving with a car can be double the time because of unpredictable traffic, don't be surprised that traffic jams happen all the time!


    Canggu

    Canggu is a surfer's and hipster's paradise! Batu Bolong beach, Echo beach and Berawa beach are just around the corner. Wax your surfboard, paddle out and embrace the waves! Because of the surfing 'invasion' coming from all over the world, a lot of new backpacker bungalows and surf camps have been built to accommodate the high demand. There are also plenty of villa options and the area is getting more and more popular as time passes. Restaurants are spread along Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong and most of them offer great price-quality ratio. For sunset sessions you can head up to Echo beach for the perfect BBQ! Party people are spoiled with options such as Old Man's, Pretty Poison, Deus and Sand Bar. The most popular party on the whole island is nowadays Dirty Old Wednesdays at Old man's. For grocery shopping, drive to Canggu Station or Pepito. Both are only a 5-8 minute drive away. If you are studying at Udayana University in Jimbaran, it is 45 minutes - 1 hour away and it takes around 30 minutes to the Denpasar campus. All the distances mentioned are when driving by scooter. Driving with a car can be double the time because of unpredictable traffic, don't be surprised that traffic jams happen all the time!


    Jimbaran

    Jimbaran is the area of the campus for most exchange students. To drive to the campus in Denpasar it will take approximately 45 minutes.Jimbaran area to Denpasar area are separated 45 minutes away. Jimbaran lies on the neck of the southern peninsula in Bali, side by side with Nusa Dua. It has a few nice beaches and a big surfing scene. Nightlife is almost non-existent, but you only need to drive 10-15 minutes to Single Fin in Uluwatu to get your groove on. Nice restaurants can be found here and grocery shopping can be done at Nirmala Supermarket or Pepito. Some students prefer to stay in Jimbaran because its only 5 min away from campus and the beaches are only a 5-15 minute drive away. All the distances mentioned are when driving by scooter. Driving with a car can be double the time because of unpredictable traffic, don't be surprised that traffic jams happen all the time!


    Pecatu and Uluwatu

    Uluwatu lies on the south east peninsula of Bali. A number of Bali's very best beaches are located in this area, such as Balangan, Green Bowl, Nyan Nyang, Padang-Padang, Bingin and Dreamland. The surf scene is big here but nightlife is almost non-existent except for Wednesdays and Sundays at Single Fin. There are numerous small & cheap bungalows close to the main surf spots and some nice villas can be found as well. It is not too far from the Jimbaran campus; only 10 - 15 minutes drive, but Denpasar campus is already around an hour away. If you wanna focus on surfing and chilling, this area could suit you. During the past semesters more and more students have chosen this area but some consider it to be too boring; Recently a number of small restaurants and "warungs" have opened serving western food with very reasonable prices compared to Kuta. For grocery shopping you need to drive to Jimbaran area. All the distances mentioned are when driving by scooter. Driving with a car can be double the time because of unpredictable traffic, don't be surprised that traffic jams happen all the time!


    Nusa Dua

    Nusa Dua lies in the southwest peninsula of Bali and is famous for the whitest sandy beaches in Bali. Unfortunately the best beaches are taken up by big resorts. Don't forget to visit Geger Beach, Nikko beach and Pandawa beach which are perfect for sunbathing, swimming and have good waves for surfing during most months. From Nusa Dua, it is about 1 hour to drive to Seminyak, and 40 minutes to Kuta. There are are a few cheap accommodation options, but so far not many students have been staying here. Nusa Dua is more like a family destination, not really offering much for students ;) If you are studying at Udayana University in Jimbaran, it is 10 minutes away, and it takes 1 hour to get to the campus in Denpasar. All the distances mentioned are when driving by scooter. Driving with a car can be double the time because of unpredictable traffic, don't be surprised that traffic jams happen all the time!