Lahore is known for its iconic educational institutions. Every year thousands of students from all over Punjab and beyond move to Lahore to enrol in these institutions, and they all need a place to stay.
Ideally, universities should provide lodging facilities to out-of-city students but this isn’t always possible due to budgetary constraints or capacity problems. As a result, students have to look for accommodation somewhere close. If you are such a student looking for a place, read on to find the best options you have.
Universities on and around Mall Road
King Edward Medical College, National College of Arts, Punjab University Allama Iqbal Campus, Government College University, and University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences are some of the top educational institutes in this locality.
To cater to housing demands of students in this area many small hostels have popped up. They focus on affordability, and the living experience is exactly what you would expect from an affordable place.
One option you have is Syed Hostels on Abdali Road in Islampura. The monthly rent of a room is around PKR 5,000 – PKR 7,000. They have small rooms, but you get good value for money. There are some other hostels with similar quality of living and price points, such as Ali Imran Hostel, M. Umer Hostel and Ishaq Hostel.
A slightly expensive option is MashaAllah Hostel near Ganga Ram Hospital. This isn’t far away from the university area either. Here a room can be acquired for a monthly rent of PKR 9,500.
House on rent
Another option is to look for a small house or portion on rent. Being close to these educational institutions, Islampura is ideal choice for students. You can rent a 2-bedroom apartment and live with your friends. The rent of a 4-5 marla house with two bedrooms lies between PKR 15,000 – PKR 20,000.
Keep in mind that when you rent a house, the monthly dues for electricity and gas can escalate your expenses, something you don’t usually have to worry about in a hostel. However, in a hostel you don’t have any privacy and you have to follow rules of the administration.
University area around Canal Road
Punjab University (New Campus) and Allama Iqbal Medical College are located along Canal Road. In Garden Town, not far from these two, are Leads University and SKANS School of Accountancy. Additionally, there are many academies for preparation of competitive examinations in this locality.
The out-of-city students of these institutions, who don’t live in university lodges, look for accommodation in Barkat Market and Garden Town.
Apartments on rent
If you can afford it, Barkat Market has some apartment buildings with studio and 1-bedroom apartments, which offer comfortable living. Central Plaza and Azam Heights are two of the prominent residential buildings in Barkat Market. The monthly rent of a studio or 1-bedroom apartment lies between PKR 15,000 and PKR 20,000.
In Garden Town, many houses have been converted into hostels because there are a lot of students looking for affordable lodging, and it makes more sense to convert your house into a hostel instead of renting it out.
The monthly rent of a single room is around PKR 10,000, whereas in most hostels you have to share a room and the rent comes down to PKR 7,000 – PKR 8,000.
This was a guide to find an accommodation near some of the main educational institutes of the city while keeping a check on your expenses. Hope it helps students in their search. Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below.