Hundreds of hostels have mushroomed across Chennai to play host to students, job seekers and employees belonging from other parts of India and abroad. The wide array of options makes it challenging to select the most suitable place to stay. However, here are few tips to choose the right place for you:

Proximity to workplace

Proximity to workplace

Consider yourself lucky if you can manage to find a hostel that is located close to your workplace. This saves travelling time as well as cost. Vehicle traffic in Chennai is high during peak hours and time spent on the road can stretch into hours. If the office is located in a posh locality where the rental costs is sky-high, then scout for the closest area with reasonable rates.

Safety

Safety

With women working night-shifts and travelling late nights, it is better to look out for hostels that have a round-the-clock security system in place. Also, it is quicker for one to reach the hostel if it is located close to a main road rather than a far-flung corner down a lonely lane.

Connectivity

Connectivity

Choose a hostel that has access to public transport facilities such as the bus, share autos and local trains. It makes travelling more convenient. It would be better if there is an auto stand or taxi stand, nearby.

Facilities

Facilities

Check for facilities such as hospitals, supermarkets and restaurants nearby for convenience. It would be nice if a shopping mall or a cinema hall is close by to visit during weekends. Also, it is safer to live in a hostel located on a busy street than a secluded area.

Hygiene

Hygiene

While visiting hostels, insist on inspecting more than two rooms to check for general cleanliness of bathrooms and the bed space. Do visit the kitchen to check the conditions under which the meals are prepared. If possible, have a friendly chat with the cook to understand if the food will suit your taste.

Budget

Budget

It is one of the most defining factors while selecting a hostel. However, if you find a place that meets all your requirements and overshoots your budget by a small margin, you should still consider moving in. After all, you need a cozy place to rest after a hard day’s work. So, pay attention to details and don’t skimp on the costs. Good luck in hostel hunting!