A home away from home

A home away from home

Pressing Concern

A home away from home

Results are out, college admissions have started and by the end of June, colleges will be all set to welcome a new batch of enthusiastic students.

But for several students coming from other cities as well as those Bengalureans who are looking for accommodation close to their hostel, getting a good hostel or paying guest facility is a herculean task.

Living in Bengaluru is an expensive affair and being on a budget doesn’t help. Rohan Kushalappa of Christ University says “Students generally look for a PG where they can have a hassle free life with good food and not too many restrictions. However, a decent twin-sharing room costs between Rs 7,000 to 10,000 per month.”

Earlier hostels and paying guest accommodations were very few in number in the city and were mostly situated in and around  the IT hub area, namely ITPL and Marathalli.  But today, a luxury PG
or hostel can be found mostly everywhere in the city, including densely-populated  areas like Koramangala and Indiranagar.

And with Bengaluru  being recognised for the multitude of opportunities it provides to young entrepreneurs, hundreds of students and fresh graduates pack their bags and land in the city to pursue their dreams every year, an inflow not supported adequately by the existing infrastructure.

“I have been living in a rented apartment for about two  years now. Initially I found it very difficult to get a place to stay in, without any major restrictions. Since I  am studying filmmaking, I have to take up projects that require me to work late into the night, so I find it very difficult to manage  with the hostel curfews,” says Sidharth Menon, a  student of St. Joseph’s College.

He adds that it is quite difficult to find a good place in a decent  locality without the assistance of a broker, who charge exorbitant rates. And the houses themselves aren’t cheap.

“I pay around  Rs 12,000 per month from my pocket as rent. But frankly, I don’t mind since I have got a good place for that amount, considering this is Bengaluru,” he adds.

However, students needn’t be disheartened as there are quite a few hostels that provide good facilities at reasonable prices, recognising the gap in demand and supply.

One such accommodation is Serenity hostels. A representative says, “We provide fully furnished rooms for the students of a  reputed college in the city and have tried to address both the  diverse needs of students  and the discerning taste of their parents. They have  access to a swimming pool, gym and lots of other amenities that are all in house.”

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