As capital of Indonesia and the most populous city in Southeast Asia, Jakarta is a bustling metropolis boasting a diverse cultural heritage and a buzzing atmosphere: think glittering skyscrapers and palm-lined boulevards, rooftop bars and must-visit clubs.
Transport in major cities usually involves complicated, stuffy subway lines, but these don’t exist in Jakarta. Instead, the city boasts a far simpler (and more comfortable) way to get around in the form the Transjakarta system: air-conditioned buses that sail breezily along their very own traffic lanes. If you’re looking for a more authentic cultural experience, you could hop on a three-wheeled, pedal-powered becak, or hail a delman, a traditional horse and cart. Of course, this being a major city, you could always jump in a cab (which by western standards are very inexpensive), rent a moped, or take to a bike.
On Sunday mornings, pedestrians enjoy the lion’s share of Jakarta’s main streets. The city’s famous, weekly Pedestrian-free day sees two of Jakarta’s largest thoroughfares, Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Thamrin, totally closed to vehicles. From 6am until 11am, before the heat of the midday sun, these main arteries are alive with street markets and an overwhelming sense of freedom.
When it comes to delicious food, Jakarta really spoils you for choice. From fine-dining restaurants to simmering street carts, the dining options are almost endless; you’ll find a plethora of international alternatives. Take the hip Kemang district, where you’ll find a host of critically-acclaimed eateries and Ben Hil, where Dutch-inspired restaurants serve up delicious coffee and cakes.
Other obvious attractions here include the museums, art galleries, shopping malls, festivals, churches and mosques, but in the evenings, Jakarta comes alive with a heady mix of glossy bars and impressive nightclubs. Immigrant and Social House are two of the city’s most well-known haunts, with impressive line-ups, DJ’s and designs. Or if you want a cocktail with breathtaking views, try Skye Bar on the 56th floor of the BCA Tower.
SSR launched in Jakarta in 2011 - and it hasn't taken long for us to establish ourselves in this dynamic city. Here, technology, music and media are big business. We've forged strong links with the local industry, so you get the very best opportunities when it comes to experience and future careers. Our collaboration with Indonesian X Factor saw us playing host to the national auditions and the 'boot camp' rounds of this world-renowned TV talent show. Don’t forget that when you’re in Jakarta, you’re in the tropics – you can cool off in one of the city’s plush outdoor pools; we even have one in our campus.
If you fancy venturing further afield, you’re in close reach of stunning coastal destinations like Lombok and Bali, where you can scuba, surf or simply relax on dreamy beaches. All this makes it a pretty exciting place to study.
With its burgeoning arts and culture scene and leading position in Southeast Asia, it was natural to choose Jakarta for our first non-UK SSR campus. Study here and before long, you’ll understand why.