2015-09-30 10:00:21

New Delhi, the Indian capital city, is popular amongst Indians and with expats. There is a wide range of accommodation to choose from.

New Delhi is the capital of India and is the second largest metropolitan city after Mumbai. With a population of around 27 million in 2016, the city has been ranked as one of the most densely populated urban areas. The city has been attracting people from all across the country, as well as from different parts of the world. Finding accommodation in New Delhi can be straightforward, depending on your budget and where you choose to live.

Delhi is also the administrative centre of the country, hosting several important government offices and institutions.

New Delhi's neighbourhoods

The city includes a wide array of residential neighbourhoods and localities. For expats and other new comers, the sprawling city may seem confusing, like a web of neighbourhoods. However, each of these neighbourhoods have their own charm and unique characteristics.

Some of the areas highly preferred by expats include localities in South Delhi and suburbs. In fact, many foreign nationals have settled in these neighbourhoods and have formed strong expats communities. The areas popular among expats include Jor Bagh, Golf Links, Saini farms, South extension, Chanakyapuri, Defense colony and also Vasant Vihar(it is home to many diplomatic missions).

There are other options also that you can try, namely Sundar Nagar, New Friends, Friends Colonies, Nizammuddin and Maharani Bagh. These are also quite popular neighbourhoods and include some of the most affluent localities, with several facilities in the vicinity including markets areas, restaurants, upscale beauty salons, pubs and also university and school.

To the west, you will find neighbourhoods like Dwarka, Janakpuri, Rajouri Garden, Paschim Vihar, Peeragadhi and Punjabi Bagh. These are planned developments with all basic amenities and good connectivity. Further, Greater Kailash, Green Park and Panchsheel Park are also popular expatriate neighbourhoods.

There are few options available in East Delhi, namely Mayur Vihar, Preet Vihar, Nirman Vihar and Yamuna Vihar. These are among few good, planned, livable areas in trans Yamuna area. Although accommodation is affordable here, the neighborhoods in east Delhi tend to be quite crowded and polluted.

Types of accommodation in New Delhi

There are varied types of accommodations available in Delhi. While apartments and houses are easily available in different neighborhoods, you are less likely to find studios.

Newly constructed apartments and society flats are generally spacious and well-ventilated. Individual houses and villas that are mostly away from the center of the city have verandas or small gardens that give you some personal, open space. Both furnished and unfurnished housing units are available in New Delhi.

Before you start house-hunting, take time to enquire about the different types of accommodation that are available in the city. It is also always better to compare rent prices, so as to determine which one will best suit your needs and your budget. Moreover, make sure that the housing unit is not very far from basic amenities, your place of work and your children's school.

Rent prices in New Delhi

Rent prices in New Delhi, like in most cities, vary from one neighborhood to another and according to the type of accommodation you prefer to choose. However, in general a single-bedroom apartment, will cost you an average of INR 15,500 per month in the city-center and an average of INR 8,800 per month in the outskirts.

For a three-bedroom apartment, you will need an average of INR 41,000 per month in the city-center and around INR 20,000 per month in the outskirts.

There also options of individual houses and villas in different neighborhoods at various prices.

Finding accommodation

Finding accommodation in Delhi will not be a difficult task. There are various sources that can help you to identify the availability of different types of accommodation, their benefits and the charges. You can start your search by browsing real estate websites and other related virtual platforms.

Going through classified ads in the local newspapers too can help you find something of your choice. For a faster process consider registering with a real estate agency. It is most likely to help you find accommodation as per your criteria more rapidly. However, they will charge a commission which is usually equal to a month's rent. Finally, networking and word-of-mouth may help if you have friends and contacts on the spot.

Your house search process may take some time. So, you are advised to be very patient with the entire process. You may also need to fulfill certain renting formalities along with a payment of security deposit which generally equal to a few month’s rent.

Note that the lease document is generally valid for two years, but it can be extended following negotiation with the owner if you wish to stay longer.

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