Each year, lakhs of students come to Delhi to study in various renowned colleges in the city. This number, combined with that of second and third year students sums up to a really big total. The question is where do these students stay? Considering there are people preparing for IAS examinations and those working away from home, as well.
This is where paying guest accommodations come into the picture. There is only a limited number of students who get admission in the college hostel (especially in Delhi University) so they have to resort to living as a paying guest.
As the name suggests, paying guests live in houses of residents turned into mini hostel-type structure where each room has 2-3 beds and the food is prepared a dedicated cook. PGs usually do not have more than 15-16 students living in them so the quality of food and facilities is naturally better than college hostels where more than 200 students live under the same roof. Unless it's a JNU hostel, do not expect entry of opposite gender into your hostel or PG permissible. If you wish for that kind of freedom, you must rent a flat and state your expectations to the owner or the broker in the beginning itself.
North Campus: The major hub of PGs
While there are PGs in every part of the city, north campus of Delhi University been a major hub and understandably so. The PGs in this part of the city are quite affordable with a lot of options to choose from.
If you choose to live in the Jawahar Nagar area of the north campus be ready to pay anything between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 15,000 for food (breakfast and dinner), electricity, Wifi, CCTV Cameras and monthly rent. Hudson line is bit cheaper. The range goes between Rs.8500 to inclusive basic facilities there.
Not very far is Kamala Nagar which is slightly more expensive. Prices for PG starts from Rs. 12,000 here and go to Rs. 20,000 and above. The market complex has both, flee market and brands for students.
Lack of options in South Delhi
Finding a PG in South Delhi might turn out to be a bit challenging as this area has less number of options which are also very expensive. With so many DU colleges around, most of the PGs in the area are usually already full by July first week. As soon as the first cut-off is declared, the owners say they started getting request for accommodation.
A room with two beds in an average PG will cost anything between Rs. 8,000-9,000. If you are going for a single-bed room, the prices increase even further.
Most people, and especially men, choose to live in a flat because of the high rates of PGs in comparison to the facilities provided.
Flats spring up as an option for outstation students
A fully furnished 2BHK in South Delhi would cost between Rs. 21,000 to Rs. 25,000. Usually 4 people choose to live in a flat like this so that the rent and cost of other facilities is divided equally among everyone and the burden becomes less. Additionally, there is no restriction in terms of bringing friends to the place which is a big bonus.
Here's the break-of flat rent in Delhi
Unfurnished flats (2BHK) - Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 21,000
Semi-furnished flats (2BHK) - Rs. 23,000 to Rs. 25,000
Full-furnished flats (2BHK) - Rs.26,000 to Rs, 30,000
Unfurnished flats (2BHK) - Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 15,000
Semi-furnished flats (2BHK) - Rs. 16,000 to Rs. 20,000
Full-furnished flats (2BHK) - Rs. 21,000 to Rs. 25,000
2 months security deposit+ 1 month rent+ broker commission
Other than these, you can choose to stay in NCR if travelling to Delhi isn't much of a problem for you. Rent in Noida is comparatively less and with amazing metro connectivity, reaching any part of the city is easy. Same goes for Gurgaon which accessible through yellow line of the Delhi metro and can be a good area for renting a flat for people who are studying in South Delhi or Saket.
Help on social media
Finding flats can be a slightly tricky being someone who is not from Delhi. There are groups on social media which can help you with exactly that. Groups like Flat and flatmates North Campus chapter, Flat and flatmates North campus and South campus, Flat and flatmates North Delhi (north campus), Flat and flatmates South Delhi on Facebook will put you in direct contact with the sellers and those who need a flatmate.
This was the basic information on accommodation facilities in Delhi. There are other areas like Laxmi Nagar and Patel Nagar in West and East Delhi, respectively which are favourites of students due to low cost of living.