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Studying and living in Chennai

Published On: 31 Jan 2012 | Last Updated On: 31 Jan 2012

When it comes to pursuing management studies in India, an MBA aspirant has an array of options to choose from. South India housing commercially and technologically well known cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Trivandrum has always been fascinating educational destinations for MBA aspirants. The post graduate program in management assures a secured future to graduates with exciting career opportunities. Chennai has recently emerged as a red hot spot attracting large number of management aspirants across the country. Before taking admission in any college, it is very important for aspirants to understand the city where that college is located. Different factors to be considered are accommodation options, cost of living, cultural diversity of the city etc.

Accommodation in Chennai

Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu with an area of 174 square kilometers and a population of 4,681,087 offers several accommodation options. The city interspersed with a large number of sophisticated houses to modern apartments, offers gracious lifestyle to the degree holders willing to lead a well balanced life right from the educational level. The common choice for all students to reside in an unknown city is college hostel, but due to seat limitations many students have to arrange for the accommodation on their own. Other options left to the students are independent furnished apartments, PGs, flats with varying capacities and other independent lease or rented houses.

Since the purpose of residing is to study, we need peaceful ambience and centrally located place to stay. A downtown location can be one of the most preferred choices in terms of serving the integral and other interim interests of students such as shopping, eating out habits, cinema and leisure or recreational activities. Chennai has an exuberance of institutes and B-schools to fulfill the student’s needs.

The city has a number of paying guest facilities. The downtown localities such as Valasaravakkam, Koyambedu, Chepauk, Saidapaet, Metha Nagar, and Palavakkam provide accommodation options ranging from sharing basis to single house and paying guests. The well decorated facility of accommodation with various amenities such as TV, Refrigerator can be availed at a cost of 2500-3000 per month if you are staying on sharing basis. If you are looking forward to set about an individual living in downtown localities like Triplicane and Perur you can still manage it with the same expenditure as many PG accommodations are available.

If you are ready to spend a little more amount and looking forward for a single occupancy you can select the localities such as Chemmencherry, Royapettah, Besant Nagar, Injambakkam or T.Nagar as various single occupancy options are available at a little extra cost ranging between Rs. 3000-4000.

Transportation in Chennai  

In Chennai, one can easily commute by private and public buses, maxi cabs and auto rickshaws. Metropolitan Transport Corporation serves for providing public bus services in Chennai which runs as many as 1029 buses in the city. The city is well connected through local trains.

Cultural diversity

Chennai as a technologically and commercially rich city is home to a large number of migrants such as Telugus, Marwaris, Punjabi, Malayalis, Anglo-Indians, Bengalis and Kannadigas which make it a cosmopolitan city. Chennai has a rich cultural heritage which is depicted in the form of Classical Dance, Traditional Carnatic Music, and Bharatnatyam. The major festivals of Chennai are Pongal, Deepavali, Eid and Christmas.

Cost of Living

Chennai is the fourth largest metropolitan city of India offering various common facilities at a relatively low cost as compared to other metros such as Mumbai or Hyderabad. Students can enjoy north Indian as well as south Indian meals in the city at various restaurants at affordable prices. The daily expenses such as milk, fruits, meals, vegetables, and transportation are not too expensive for the students to afford for.

Places to hangout in Chennai

The city with a number of educational institutes accommodates for leisure, entertainment and recreational facilities as well for its residents. Students can go for movies in multiplexes such as Sathyam Cinemas, Devi Cineplex or Inox. You can even opt for an amusement park called Queens Land. If you are an art lover then National art gallery will be a good place to refresh yourself. If you want to experience natural beauty, then you can go to Ubbalamadugu falls or Besant Nagar Beach or Marina Beach. Places such as Rangnathan Street, Sow carpet and Mylapore are the shoppers stop.

 ‘Saravana Bhavan’ is one of the places with ever growing popularity for south Indian food. An Italian cuisine lover can opt for’ Mmmafia’, the only place offering authentic Italian delicacies at reasonable rates. Chinese items with an already existing popularity in India can’t be forgotten, so Mainland china can play a vital role to appease your palette. Malayalis with the growing population all across the world can prefer Ente Keralam for the proper Kerala style food. Kebab lovers have the best option to prefer is ‘The Great Kebab Factory’.     

The large number of management colleges emerging in Chennai, have contributed in making the city cosmopolitan. Students will find Chennai a good educational destination with all favorable amenities.

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