Types of Student Housings


Year on year, New Delhi is host to a tirade of overtly concerned parents and their hopeful children, looking to gain admission into one of the many reputed educational institutes, providing further studies in subjects in all three streams – arts, science and commerce. While the children visit college after college, seeking to gain admission, parents concern themselves with the arrangement for accommodation for their wards. Since college mostly represents the first time a student moves away from home, parents consider it to be of the highest priority that their child resides in a place that provides them the best facilities, safety and good meals. For these parents, student housings are the best option.

Student Housings

Student housings, typically owned by landlords, are places of residence that lie somewhere between hostels and apartments on the paradigm. Encompassed with facilities such as full meals for the students, bedding, WiFi, etc., student housings are increasingly popular among students coming into Delhi to seek admission and their parents. One of the major reasons for the resurgence of student housings has been the rise in the influx of students from other cities into New Delhi to gain admission into institutes such as Delhi University (DU), Ambedkar University (AUD), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), to name a select few. The number of students migrating to Delhi for educational purposes has increased so prominently in the recent past that businesses are considering the area of student housings as a legitimate prospective sector, as opposed to the status quo, with most student housings being owned by landlords and families. The huge number of students also render most hostels in educational institutes unviable as they only cater their services to a small number.

Types of Student Housings – Pros and Cons

While maneuvering through student housings in their bid to find the perfect one, students must take a gander at their budget, needs and expectations. These three stipulations become crucial in context of the different types of student housings available:

  1. Residential: Primarily located in apartments, these student housings are pretty much like apartments except for the facilities provided. Provisions of meals, WiFi, air-conditioning and television sets in a common room are provided to the students residing in these housings. The landlords of such housings generally reside in a room or apartment in the building. While this creates a home-sort of atmosphere and provides greater safety, it is lacking of a sense of privacy as the landlord is involved in every activity conducted in the building.
  2. Warden-controlled: While these may also be located in apartment buildings, they differ from the previous type in lieu of the fact that they are managed by a warden who acts on the authority of a landlord or the company that owns the housings. The warden is responsible for maintaining discipline among the students and for tending to any issues they might face. This type of student housings is generally well-managed and organized due to the warden’s working, ensuring a smoother run of operations and a quick solution to problems faced by the students. However, oftentimes, the warden might turn out to be too strict, barring celebrations or subjecting the students to narrow-minded dress-codes, making the housing seem like a hostel.
  3. High-end and Low-end student housing: As explained by the names, these two types of housings are differentiated by the facilities provided by them. High-end housings provide a greater number of facilities like evening snacks, different items in meals, greater access to WiFi or air-conditioning and in some cases, a television set for each room. As is expected, these housings are extremely expensive and are often unaffordable for most students. Budgeted student housings on the other hand are extremely budget-friendly in terms of rent and electricity. However, they are severely lacking in terms of facilities. It is important to note that this does not imply a compromise on the quality or quantity of meals but merely limited usage or a complete absence of Wifi or air-conditioning, a larger number of people in one room and other stipulations.
  4. Shared housing: A very popular type of student housings is a housing facility that doesn’t cater to students exclusively. As paradoxical as the statement might sound, shared housings are very prominent in New Delhi and its neighbouring cities, comprising of residents that are employed in a profession in the city. These housings are meant to give working expats to a city a means of economical accommodation. While they boast of a diverse populace enabling the students to learn life skills and hacks from their working cohabitants, parents usually do not prefer such housings on concerns over their wards’ safety. 


The different types of student housings enable a student and their parents to judge the options before them against their budgets and preferences. However, the types aren’t set in stone as a shared housing might also be a high-end housing. Students, hence, are advised to not consider merely the type of housings but also at their location, proximity to the college and other such factors before zeroing in on what will be their home away from home.