Should You Opt For A PG Accommodation?
Saniya Prakash, a 17-year-old student from Rajasthan, came to Delhi for her graduation early this year. This was the first time Prakash was staying away from her family and her hometown. Jittery about staying in a new city on her own and also, the expenses of living in a rented accommodation, she was worried about whether or not she will be able to live all alone. But then, during her first visit to Delhi with her father after her admission she was suggested to live in a PG accommodation, an affordable alternative to a regular rented apartment. Today, Prakash lives in a PG accommodation close to the North Campus of Delhi University and shares her new address with seven other female students, all studying at various colleges in the vicinity.
So, what makes a PG accommodation a perfect option for those looking for an affordable renting? MakaaniQ explores:
The urban population is on a constant rise across India. With many migrating to cities for better educational and work opportunities, the need for rental properties is much higher. But, options are limited. PG accommodations are a way of promoting co-living, especially among young students and professionals, who otherwise would have rented an apartment to live alone. In a PG accommodation, they can share space and also, not live alone.
Providing affordable living
Imagine the expenses you will incur living in a rented apartment alone. This includes costs incurred for furnishing the apartment, hiring domestic help, maintaining the property, utility bills and the rent you will be paying. All of this is going to cost you more than 30 per cent of your monthly income if you are employed or a large part of the money you get from your home in case you are a student. At a PG accommodation, you don't have to spend on all of this. You have to pay your monthly rent and spend on your groceries and other utilities and the rest is taken care by the ones that run the accommodation.
Advantage of proximity
PG accommodations are generally run keeping in mind the target audience. You will find them close to commercial hubs and educational institutions. This becomes an advantage for those who live in these accommodations. Proximity to your destination of work or education ensures that you are not spending much money or time on travelling. Moreover, most of the time, the localities these are located in offer a good social and civic infrastructure, too.
Living with a group of people from different walks of life, different states and different opinions give you room to learn and develop yourself. Mingling, having discussions and indulging in creative activities can help you have a good time after work or college.
Safe and secure
Some of the best PG accommodations ensure that you have a safe stay. Moreover, with many living in one place, the safety factor is reassured. In case of emergency, you are surrounded by people available to help.