Looking forward to settle in Ahmedabad? Here are some tips to help you find accommodation in this big city.
Ahmedabad, which is the State of Gujarat's major city, is found in North-west India. It is deemed to be one of the country's biggest cities, with more than 7 million inhabitants in 2015. Nicknamed the "Indian Manchester" due to the presence of several textile industries in the region, Ahmedabad has rapidly developed into a big economic and trade center. In fact, on its own, it makes a significant contribution to the national economy.
In 2012, Ahmedabad was named the best Indian city for quality living by the Times of India. Indeed, it has become a very popular destination with expatriates thanks to its developed infrastructure via massive government investments. Moreover, its rental market is wider than that of several other cities, hence providing a range of accommodation options for all tastes.
Ahmedabad is divided into several neighborhoods, namely Old City, Jodhpur, Vastrapur, Sattelite, Vejalpur and Bodakdeo, among others. In fact, these are the most appropriate neighborhoods for expatriates, especially for the range of modern and spacious housing units that are available there. Note that Ahmedabad, unlike other major Indian cities, has several parcels of land which are currently being developed by well-known real estate promoters.
Moreover, you are likely to find huge skyscrapers, as well as huge commercial and residential complexes, shopping malls and multiplexes, almost everywhere across the city. You will also find smaller apartments, as well as villas in some neighborhoods. CG Road and SG Road, for their part, are deemed to be Ahmedabad's posh neighborhoods and are ideal for foreign investors. But this also means that rent prices are higher there than in other neighborhoods.
As regards the Old City, which is also known as Shahibaug, it looks rather traditional with large folk style houses. Note that the Old City is close to the airport, the train station and the country's biggest civil hospital. Finally, Bopal, Shilaj, Prahlad Nagar and Paldi, which are found in the outskirts of Ahmedabad, are also undergoing residential development projects.
Although Ahmedabad is a widely developed city, the cost of living there is lower than in several other major cities. Consequently, rent prices are also quite affordable outside upscale neighborhoods. For instance, to rent a single-bedroom apartment, you will need an average of INR 8,500 per month in the city-center and an average of INR 5,000 per month in the outskirts. For a three-bedroom apartment, you will need an average of INR 19,700 per month in the city-center and around INR 14,500 per month in the outskirts.
In general, you will find housing offers on the Internet thanks to several real estate websites. Consider checking out classified ads in local newspapers as well. Word-of-mouth can also help if you have friends and contacts on the spot.
To find accommodation more rapidly and according to your criteria and budget, it is best to register with a real estate agency. However, you will have to pay a commission which is usually equal to a month's rent.