Apartment Hunting

In Bangalore you can still rent a single-bedroom apartment (or “flat” as they say in India) very cheaply in all but the most exclusive areas.

Bangalore Apartment Hunting

Location: Bangalore is a sprawling megacity of 8.5 million people. While looking for a home in Bangalore, you should first and foremost seek out areas that are well connected to your place of work or study. On top of that, make sure it’s easy to own, drive, and park a car or motorcycle (‘bike’ in India) in the area. Though the city has high hopes for the new overhead railway, Namma Metro, public transport in Bangalore is nothing to write home about yet.

Here are a few popular places for young people to live:

· Indiranagar: This historic, yet trendy neighborhood in the heart of Bangalore boasts all the expected amenities, conveniences, and luxuries. You can find a one-bedroom apartment here for about Rs 15,000 ($220) a month.

· BTM Layout: Popular with those commuting to Electronic City, BTM Layout boasts average rents of less than Rs 10,000 ($150) per month, and a diverse, young demographic. Similar rentals are available at Electronic City itself.

· Frazer Town: Located on Mosque Road and with many colonial style buildings, Frazer Town is a geographical and cultural meeting point in Bangalore. Coles Road is a great hub for foodies. Monthly rents are typically around Rs 15,000 ($220).

Finding Your Apartment: Before looking for a broker, you should do some research to get a good idea of the going rates. Websites like 99acres, MagicBricks and Makaan are good resources and you may even strike gold. Then there are forums, like those on Facebook, which can help you cut out the middleman altogether.

Once you have found a potential apartment, there is still some information you should definitely get from your broker/landlord before you seal the deal:

·       Most Bangalore neighborhoods don’t have too much trouble with water and electricity. However, it’s wise to check with neighbors/building watchmen about this anyway.

·       Check for a gas connection to the kitchen.

·       Does the apartment come with locked, covered, or open parking, or any parking at all?

·       Does the society (building management) have rules about parties, guests and visitors?

·       Check the exact security deposit amount and return policies.

·       Check how close your nearest train station, bus stop, and auto-rickshaw stand is.

·       Also check whether domestic help—a maid to clean your apartment, a guy to iron your clothes for the week, etc.—are close at hand. These might sound like luxuries in the Western world, but they are fixtures of daily life in India!