Apartment Hunting in Pune

#1 Nov 16th, 2008, 18:16
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Oct 2008
  • oxidizer is offline
Hi all

I'm still trying to find some sort of stable accommodation in Pune. As of late, one of my fellow students and I have been trying to land a payable and decent 2BHK apartment within reasonable distance of FTII. The experience has been rather... ummmm... interesting... especially in terms of the prices quoted. The last place we looked at, for example, was quoted at 20000 rent, 1 lakh deposit and two months broker fee. The broker indicated that there would be some room for negotiation on the rent and the deposit (albeit not much), but the broker fee would be non-negotiable.

Other experiences with brokers have been similar and I get the feeling that foreigners simply don't stand a chance to get a square deal in this town. From the Indian perspective we're made of money and can hence afford anything (i was pretty much told as much by one broker).

well i really can't afford to throw money out the window, as I'm a student on a budget. So what to do? I've been trying to find a place to stay for about a month now and the absence of stable housing is really starting to grate on me.

Does anybody know of some reputable fair playing brokers out there? I'd greatly appreciate any such contact information.

#2 Nov 18th, 2008, 23:24
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Mar 2008
  • xiaojie is offline
well..I think I can relate to what you are saying...cos I am an Indian now living in China...& I am paying almost twice or more the rent as what a local chinese person pays.

However I guess things should be a bit easier in India mainly cos english is widely spoken.

You could refer to listings in the classifieds sections of local english news papers like Times of India, Indian Express etc..& then get in touch with the posters directly

also, would the institute that you would be doing your course with have a hostel..? another good idea would be to get in touch with other students/ alumni. Lot of students also opt for "Paying Guest ( PG) accomodation" with local families.

If all else fails, maybe you can get an Indian friend/ co-student to help you with the negotiations with the landlord/ agent...

Inspite of all the IT boom/ increase in property rates in Pune....I still think 20 k is a bit too much..

Maybe you could/want to stress to the estate agent about you being a student & not an expatriate with a fancy salary or company paid accommodation/housing allowance to boot.
#3 Dec 21st, 2008, 12:06
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Dec 2007
Delhi, India
  • doczenith is offline


hey there, saw ur accomadation problem. Well one of my roomates is moving out soon. So hit me up on pallav.barah@gmail.com if you are still looking for a place...

Its a Big 3.5 Bedroom apartment- 4 bathroom in new locality aka Brahma Sun City for very cheap price. Has all facilities like swimming pool, new gym, squash courts, internal departmental store, power back up , solar water heating. Need 1-2 roomate from mid-Jan as roomates are leaving. The exisiting roomates are very accomaditing/working and house is already furnished with fridge, couch, sofa, dining table etc.,

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