A Guide to finding accommodation in Pune

#1 Jun 27th, 2011, 13:45
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Since IM has stopped threads and discussion on specific enquiries for accommodation, I thought it might be of help to put in a thread to guide someone new to the city on how to go about looking for a comfortable stay.
You could either be a traveler or moving in to the city for work/education.

The below will help identify the options. The options are not limited to the below, but trying to cover as many options as possible.

Classified stays in the below categories
  • Short Term (lesser than 6 months)
  • Long term (6/8 Months and above)

Short Term -

Travelers I assume you would largely fall in the Short term category who is seeking accommodations for duration anywhere between a day to a few months.

Hotels - If you are looking for a hotel, then suggest call up just dial (020-22222222 or www.justdial.com) and enquire about hotels within your budget. You can also check hotels and the offered packages on tripadvisor.com or even try out the hotels section on IM.

Service apartments - Pune does have some new service apartments coming up in the zones which have IT biggies. But these are not like the ones which are found in the west. You will not find a kitchen attached to it. They are good if you want to stay on your business visit, but be prepared that there will be no facility to have a private kitchen. A few service apartments who provide kitchen facilities are very expensive and beat the entire purpose of the service apartment.
You should be able to Google them or find them on tripadvisor.com

Short term rentals in specific localities - Koregaon park does have short term lease apartments available. You will have to scout around a bit and try to find out what suits you best. I do not think there are any short term leased apartments available in other areas. It could be hard to find an apartment for 2-3 months in any other localities.

For students/employees - The best bet to find a short term accommodation would be to discuss with fellow students/HR of the organization/colleagues. A lot of midsized/large companies have internal classifieds which will help you find some good leads.


Long term -

I assume most of the long term accommodation seekers would be either moving to the city for work/students/relocating. I am not discussing the avenues of purchase of property in the thread as that is a different discussion altogether.

First steps for Employees relocating -
  • A lot of companies offer temporary stay option upto a week or two, so you can look around and lease out a place to stay. Discuss this with the organization. If your company does not offer this facility they might have tie-up with some hotels which give some discounts. I suggest utilize these facilities so you can check out a few options before leasing a place.
  • Another good way can be to start looking within the organization for classifieds or check with friends in the city to check their internal classifieds. This can really fetch you a good deal and eliminate brokerages to agents.

Pointers searching for leased apartments -
  • A good way to find out the market rate for fully/semi/not furnished apartments is to check out websites like www.magicbricks.com or www.99acres.com
  • Brokerage usually charged by agents is around 1-2 months of the month’s rent of the apartment. They usually try to get around
  • 12-15 K INR from each contract. This could vary and can also depend on your negotiation skills.
  • Check out on the clauses of who pays for electric bills, maintenance charges with the owner while discussing rent.
  • Check with regular agents with HR of your organization, if applicable.
  • A lot of Societies do not allow bachelors or expats and only let families lease out apartments in their housing societies.
  • A lot of housing societies do not allow free usage of pool or gym to non owners. Check this out before assuming you will get the gym and pool for free.

Localities -

For Expats - A hot spot for expats Koregaon Park and now developed Kalyani nagar have some options for expensive and luxurious living. You can find apartments which also have facilities of swimming pools and gyms, there are also lesser expensive apartments in these localities without a pool or gym. A lot of expats also stay in other areas so you can also check out other areas which fit in your budget and are nearer to your workplace.

Students - Pune is known as the oxford of the east, you can find shared/non shared accommodations near your colleges. Prabhat road/Law college road/Sinhagad road/Ashok nagar/Bhosale nagar/Sangvi/kothrud and every other area near to any college have lots of options for students/Bachelors.

IT walas - All IT employees who have offices in Hinjewaadi or SB road or Baner. The aundh/Aundh road/Baner/Wakad are the hot spots. You will find large residential complexes with all facilities which are also closer from your work place. Let me not discuss the traffic and the nuisance of the autowalas in this area.

Points to consider while selecting the locality -
  • Commute - Pune has a weak public transport system and hence you will have to depend on your own vehicle/company provided commute or the autowalas. Try to select a locality which is nearer to your workplace/college so as to avoid the everyday hassle of commuting.
  • Auto - The autowalas rarely go along the meter and are a huge menace. I personally hate to even think of hailing an auto in pune.
There are a few honest autowala's too and let me not scare you too much on the rickshaw part.

This should give you some idea on finding a comfortable place in Pune.

Have a pleasant stay !
#2 Jun 28th, 2011, 02:36
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Very Informative

Very Informative Thanks a Lot
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Nice guide !! Would be really helpful to fellow IMers.
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Originally Posted by patilsushant001 View Post Nice guide !! Would be really helpful to fellow IMers.
Thanks Sushant- If I am missing anything you can add it up.
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Angry Broker menace is becoming dangerous!

Pune now a days is coming to the hold of the ruthless and unethical so called brokers. The networked among themselves and clearly isolate the owners and people who seek for accommodation and loot money from both sides. The slowly increased the rate and now almost made 1.5 month rent as brokerage and went to the extent of that they need 1.5 months rent every 11 months.

In simple terms these unethical brokers makes 3 months rent as brokerage for every 11 months. 1.5 from owner and 1.5 from tenant. They clearly make sure to cook-up stories on both end and make sure they make the tenant vacate and get another one for another round of brokerage.

The owner who invested lakhs of rupees in the property is not getting much as he clearly in loss of 3 months rent for every 11 month. 33-40 % money goes to these brokers who does nothing but being in between increasing the rates making it dearer to the tenant and making it a loss to the owner.

These brokers earning lakhs and lakhs of money every month and never pay any income tax, do all nasty things in jacking up the price of properties as it is directly connected to their brokerage. They create a virtual value increase by saying it is increasing... increasing... run.. run... else it will be taken by someone.

The owner, government and the tenant are in huge loss because of this menace. Government, Income tax department, media, real estate regulatory authority (RERA) should take very serious action on these unethical trade practice and for manipulating the market.
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Originally Posted by msramkrish View Post Pune now a days is coming to the hold of the ruthless and unethical so called brokers. The networked among themselves and clearly isolate the owners and people who seek for accommodation and loot money from both sides. The slowly increased the rate and now almost made 1.5 month rent as brokerage and went to the extent of that they need 1.5 months rent every 11 months.

In simple terms these unethical brokers makes 3 months rent as brokerage for every 11 months. 1.5 from owner and 1.5 from tenant. They clearly make sure to cook-up stories on both end and make sure they make the tenant vacate and get another one for another round of brokerage.

The owner who invested lakhs of rupees in the property is not getting much as he clearly in loss of 3 months rent for every 11 month. 33-40 % money goes to these brokers who does nothing but being in between increasing the rates making it dearer to the tenant and making it a loss to the owner.

These brokers earning lakhs and lakhs of money every month and never pay any income tax, do all nasty things in jacking up the price of properties as it is directly connected to their brokerage. They create a virtual value increase by saying it is increasing... increasing... run.. run... else it will be taken by someone.

The owner, government and the tenant are in huge loss because of this menace. Government, Income tax department, media, real estate regulatory authority (RERA) should take very serious action on these unethical trade practice and for manipulating the market.
I agree but will not limit this to agents for housing, it is same for job agencies, agents for RTO or any other govt office, For rickshaw walas etc.

For housing if you have the means then avoid brokers but in case you do not have the access to corporate classifieds ,news papers, magic bricks etc then one has to go to a broker.
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I wonder if I can request to make this thread sticky , or other IMers have to suggest that.

The pune forum is not too active and whatevever activity it see's is mostly for finding accomodation. I think this thread might help people in some way to start hunting for a new place to stay in Pune.

Mods - Can this be made a sticky thread?
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Originally Posted by new_traveller View Post I wonder if I can request to make this thread sticky , or other IMers have to suggest that.

The pune forum is not too active and whatevever activity it see's is mostly for finding accomodation. I think this thread might help people in some way to start hunting for a new place to stay in Pune.

Mods - Can this be made a sticky thread?
I have only just noticed this excellent thread new_traveller. It is now a sticky
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Originally Posted by JuliaF View Post I have only just noticed this excellent thread new_traveller. It is now a sticky
Thanks Julia
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Thanks a lots for such valuable information !!!
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Thank you for this sticky,
I still have a Question if you mind?
My HR's are looking to locate me in Nigdi or Chinchwad area (I'll be working in Chakan), how good are these areas, since I haven't seen any reviews on these and don't wish to end-up isolated from places where I can have extra-work activities, such as sports and bars. Thank you
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im a "expat" and i want to live in either KP or kalyani nagar or even viman nagar...i talked to 3-4 brokers and they all said my price range (16K) is way to low for a fully furnished apartment with AC...in those areas and need to be atlease 18k+ 20k ill find something really nice.
Could you help me out with near by areas near KP that might be in that range ? i am a nighlife,bars,clubs, lounges and eat out at nice resturants daily kind of person so i want to be near by so its a comfortable safe auto commute back home at night
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questions... is it really 2 month brokers fees for singles in pune or am i being fooled ?

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