House Hunting in Delhi: Tips for First-Year Students


The biggest concern for DU aspirants hailing from far-off places and different states, after the admissions, is probably finding a decent place to live in. A place which will provide them with good food, security and basic amenities for a nominal price.

The people owning PGs and those who are willing to rent out flats to the newbies (freshers) are definitely advertising geniuses. They purchase the best spots to advertise their places- you can find huge hoardings around North and South Campus- pamphlets are given out to the students who have come for admissions- hell, they have kept up with the changing times and can be found on social networking sites as well, commenting on random news articles, detailing their competent prices and facilities, luring the clueless first-year students with promises of “kam paison mein best accommodation”!

All this can be a bit- okay, a LOT confusing.

No need to worry though. Here we are, giving you some tips on how to choose the best place:


  • Imagine paying a ridiculous amount of money, say, anywhere around Rs. 14,000 per month, for a cramped up room, with absolutely no ventilation- and if you have a low-budget, you will have to share the room with another person. Most PGs are open till 10.00 pm. Rules are strict, and students have to sign in and sign out their timings on a register maintained by security guards.
I had to search for PGs in Kamla Nagar, and even the best of them had tiny rooms, which was definitely a big issue. Rent too, was off the charts. I then picked Vijaynagar because it’s a residential area, and thankfully, there is more space here”, Avali Khare, a Kirori Mal College student

TIP: Don’t compromise on the room size. Ask the landlord for the rent break-up. Some places even require you to pay for electricity and wi-fi separately, apart from the rent.


  • Food in PGs can be described in one word: BAD. The food is average in most places, bordering towards not being eatable. Some places boast of providing both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, but charge for each plate. And it’s impossible eating out every single day.

TIP: If you are adventurous enough, carry a sauce pan from home when you shift to Delhi that can cook anything- from rice to instant noodles. Cooking at home is much cheaper than taking dabbas or eating out. If you go out to eat with roommates, always ensure that the cost is divided between everybody equally. You don’t want to be broke for the rest of the month, now, do you?


Flats are a popular choice among the students. Some feel that flats are much safer than PGs, with no time restrictions or interference from the owner(s). Food can be an issue, but everyone can pitch in for arranging a cook or a maid, or a tiffin-service.

“Living in a flat makes you more independent unlike the PGs, where you don’t have to fend for yourselves, be it cleaning your room, clothes or food! When you move into a flat with your friends, you begin a whole new journey of co-operation and understanding with the people around you.”

But this is a pretty expensive option with rents starting from Rs. 18,000 for unfurnished, all the way to Rs. 30,000 for fully-furnished flats. The only advice would be to find flat-mates who can be trusted. And of course, go for flats only if you are able to afford the high rent.

Choose wisely, live well.

Happy house-hunting!

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