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Studying and living in Pune

Published On: 24 Jan 2012 | Last Updated On: 25 Jan 2012

Pune has currently emerged as a hub for the IT and the education sector. Pune attracts majority of foreign students due to the presence of large number of universities with a proven track record of academic excellence. Pune is known as the ‘Oxford of the East’ due to the presence of large number of students and educational institutes. A number of institutes in Pune are internationally recognized such as National Institute of Bank Management, Tata Management Training center and National Insurance Academy.

Apart from the world renowned universities there are other elements that attract students from every corner of the world to Pune. The pleasing weather, the bracing nightlife, IT parks, the infrastructure, and exciting places to hang out and eat out have made Pune a focal point for students.

The Symbiosis International University (SIU) heading B-Schools such as SCMHRD, SIIB, SIBM, SIMC, SCIT, SIHS, SITM, etc. have made Pune a center for management education. Pune has become a dream destination for many MBA aspirants. If you are thinking of pursuing your management education from Pune then you should know about the culture, lifestyle and accommodation options available in Pune. In this article we will brief about these points.

Accommodation in Pune

Finding a home away from home is a difficult task but Pune being an academic center has a legacy of welcoming strangers from every nuke and corner of the world. Most of the colleges provide hostel facilities to the students but seats are limited and many students have to arrange for accommodation on their own. For such students there are many options available such as Guest house, Dormitory accommodation, Hostels, PG accommodations and rented flats. Hostel and PGs are comparatively cheaper options and can be found easily. Different accommodation options available for boys are Anantchhaya Hostel, MIT Boys Hostel, Forodia Boys Hostel, Baramati Boys Hostel, Sahyadri Boys Hostel, Vidya Pratishthan Boys Hostel, Nikam House, Shree Sai Siddha Hostel, Sir Sassoon David Hostel, Oxford Hostels, Poona Boarding House, Jedhe Vidhyarthi Vasti Gruha,Badve Hostel, Aviraj Lodge, H N D Jain Hostel and Bombay Sappers Association. Different residential options available for girls in Pune are ELITE HOMES, Navnath Girls Hostel,MIT Girls Hostel, Nirmal Niketan Ladies hostel, Vidya Pratishthan Girl's Hostel, M T E Socy Ladies Hostel, Mahila Niwas, Saheli Home Ladies Hostel, L D K Girls Hostel, SHARADA NIKETAN,YMCA HOSTEL, LIMAYE GIRLS HOSTEL and LDH GIRLS HOSTEL.

Transportation in Pune

The city is well connected with all types of good transportation facilities available. The important places of the city such as Swargate, Shivaji Nagar, Deccan Gymkhana, MG Bus stand, Pune Station, Pune Municipal Corporation, Saras baug and Kothrud are well connected through public transport buses. There are other options available such as 2 wheelers, auto- rickshaws and car cabs for commuting. There are local trains in the city to reach holiday destinations like Khandala, Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar. Pune is well connected to other metro cities via air, rail and road.

Food Points

Pune is the potpourri of both international and local cuisines. The restaurant chains such as Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Smokin; Joes, Kamats and McDonalds are some of the favourite food points of the students.  You can even relish Continental, Chinese and Indian food at Pune. Students can savor cuisines from all over India at any mess on daily/monthly basis near university campuses.

Cultural diversity

Presence of large number of academic institutes, low crime rate, affordable accommodation options, and safe and secured living conditions make Pune a reliable city for students from different cultural backgrounds to take admission in masses. Par excellence academics, musical shows, arts and crafts exhibitions and theatre epitomizes the Maratha culture. The annual musical festival of Pune highlights the best artists in the city. A horde of cultural events, classical and rock music concerts, internationally admired film festivals along with a number of inter college competitions add wings to the cosmopolitan character of the city. A huge young crowd from diverse backgrounds comes to study and enjoy the hip and happening city of Pune.

Cost of Living

Pune is a decent city with affordable lifestyle. The city is not too expensive but transportation charges are very high.

The city is emerging as one of the most powerful industrial and economic zone of India and investments of IT biggies such as Mahindra-British telecom, Satyam Computers and Infosys are contributing towards making it a second Silicon Valley of India.

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