Kolkata might be renowned for its cuisine and cultural heritage, but not many of us are acquainted of the fact that the place is also the seat for modern education and performing arts. In fact, being the biggest city in Eastern India, flocks of students visit the city every day for education, seminars, job-hunting and other related activities. However, finding a cheap accommodation in the 2nd largest metropolitan in India isn’t a matter of joke. So, here we’ve brought to you the names of few places where students can put up with ease without burning a hole in their pockets—
6. Ashreen Guest House
Located in one of the busiest hubs of Kolkata, near Esplanade, Ashreen Guest House offers the students a basic but comfortable stay in the metropolitan without killing their pocket money. Due to its brilliant location, the place remains packed throughout the year; so, if you’re planning to stay over there on your next visit to Kolkata, then it’s advisable to book in advance. The price for a Non AC room is around Rs. 500 whereas that for an AC room comes around Rs. 800.
Address: Hartford Ln, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700016
5. Salvation Army Red Shield Guest House
Located off Chowringhee, on Sudder Street, the Salvation Army Red Shield Guest House offers a basic and comfortable stay at very reasonable prices. In fact, it is a very old and popular guest house in the city which is simply loved by the budget travelers to the city. The location, availability of transport and well maintained interiors are an added bonus to the place. Dormitory facilities are also available at around 65-70 rupees per bed with an attached bath to each room. Two AC bedrooms are also available for which the price may increase to as much as Rs. 700. The guest house is devoid of any restaurant facility.
Address: 2, Sudder Street, Kolkata – 700 016
Telephone: 033- 22861659
4. Paragon Hotel
Again located off Sudder Street, near Esplanade, this is a classic place where you can meet different kinds of travelers to the city. Generally known as the depot of foreign tourist, this place is very well known for their hospitality as well as neat and comfortable rooms. And, you get all these at extremely friendly quotations. Other than single, double and quadruple rooms, they have dorm facility too where each bed costs around 80 rupees per night. The rooms are priced at Rs. 140 onwards.
Address: 2, Stuart Lane
Phone no.- +913322522445
3. Hotel Maria
This is one of the most preferable ones for foreign tourists and Indian students alike; in fact, it is one guest house which the volunteers of Missionaries of Charity prefer. Clean and simple rooms with a roof top garden for a nice chitchat with friends, a one-night stay at this place comes at very cheap rates—the price goes upwards of Rs.150. However, this place has enforced a “no drug” and “no alcohol” atmosphere—so, be sure to abide by the rules before you step in.
Address: 5/1, Sudder Street
Phone no.- +913322520860
2. Youth Hostel, Kolkata
The most preferable, safe and “cool” place for students and young working professionals to stay in the city is the Youth Hostel. In fact, Kolkata’s youth hostel, unlike other government youth hostels, provides a proper hotel-like atmosphere at much cheaper rates. Located opposite Rabindra Bharati University, opposite B.T. Road, the hotel offers amenities such as laundry, wake-up service, provision of TV, games and luggage storage among others. However, unlike the other ones, the price is a bit steep, at the per-room rate scaling upwards of Rs. 900, making it quite impossible for students of all classes to accommodate in.
1. Paying Guest Accommodation
Due to the flurry of students from North Eastern part of India and from other parts of Bengal, innumerable PG accommodations have propped up in every corner of the city and are the most common and reliable places to stay in for the students. Home cooked food, homely atmosphere and safety, you get everything in these places. Just do a back check of the area before checking in.