After reeling under the high cut-offs stress and getting through the tedious admission process, students have either joined their new colleges or are waiting for the final cut-off list. But for outstation aspirants, hurdles are not over yet as many are still searching for the right accommodation.
While universities and colleges have their own hostels, unfortunately they have limited seats, which leads most students to search for a rented accommodation or put up in a Paying Guest (PGs) house. Unfortunately, brokers charge hefty commission with no guarantee of safety.
In this scenario, many students are seeking the Internet’s help to find the right accommodation and roommate. “Almost five years back, my sister faced a terrible time in searching for a rented space. Besides running around to unknown gallis, she had to settle down to an average room. She was overcharged and the facilities were below standard,” says Neha Sharma, a Delhi University student.
So Sharma did her research before coming to the city. “I found a couple of websites promising clean and decent place to stay. I spoke to a few of them and finally zeroed in on one in Mukherjee Nagar,” adds Sharma.
One such website is Student Acco which brings all PGs and rental-flat accommodations under one roof. Viren Jain, founder, says, “Apart from basic facilities like fully furnished co-sharing rooms that are tastefully furnished with curtains, wall-art, wi-fi, DTH etc, the kitchen has all equipments to help them cook by themselves.”
According to a recent survey, every year, nearly 50 lakh students enroll for admissions in the top 20 cities in India. Approximately, 54 per cent are outstation students who need accommodation services. They want value for their money and also do not want to run from pillar to post to rent a room.
Therefore, online platforms are slowly emerging and organising the industry. Many of them do not charge any brokerage from the PG seeker. Vikrant Khare, CEO, Rentaluncle.com says, “We only charge a minimal brokerage from the property owner. Globally, the prominent players in the home search portal industry are focusing on facilitating contact share between the property owner and the seeker for hassle-free service.”
Some websites also have a comparison tool which allows students to compare accommodations side-by-side. These websites also narrow down the minute details of the PG seeker. Rentmantra founder Sumit Gupta says, “We have an option of flatmate and seeker profile where one can post as well as search for their roomies to stay with according to the habits and preferences.”
So some want their roommate to have similar drinking and smoking habits, few wish they should be pursuing the same course so that it can benefit mutually.
The demands for gymnasium and swimming pools are common, boys and girls alike want the liberty of staying out late in nights. They also want entry of their male/ female friends in the rooms.
Gupta says, “Students want no gender and time restrictions. Also, demand for night parties are growing among them.”
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