The City of Pearls: Hyderabad

Hyderabad is a hub of students, just like New York in the United States. However, when we compare the living standards in both the cities, Hyderabad wins the hearts of students primarily for its low-cost factor. Living in Hyderabad as an international student is 75% less costly than living in New York. Moreover, the city offers plenty of budget-friendly options for rental housing, food services, shopping centers, etc., that make staying in this city a comfortable experience for students.

Here’s a brief guide on where and how you can live in Hyderabad as an international student:


It is very rare in Hyderabad that you may find migrant students struggling to find accommodation or a place to live in their budget. From hostels to PGs, residential apartments to flats/house sharing, there are plenty of options for international students. What’s more is that you can easily book yourself an accommodation of your choice and budget, online, much before leaving your home country.

When we talk of best places to live for students in Hyderabad, most international students mark areas like Mehdipatnam, Tolichowki, Banjara Hills, Madhapur, Ameerpet, and SR Nagar among the best-suggested places.

Groceries & Utilities

Supermarkets, grocery stores, wholesale and retail stores are available almost at every corner of the Hyderabad city. These stores sell goods at the market price, adhering to consumer satisfaction goals.

For students who find it difficult to run store to store to buy their essentials or groceries, service providers like BigBasket, Grofers, Amazon, etc. come to the rescue. You can shop for all types of groceries at these stores at offer prices, right from the comfort of your home.

Meal Facilities

While students who know to cook may never face difficulties anywhere across the globe, what about those who don’t? Hyderabad has ample solutions for this. There are restaurants here that offer monthly meal packages and daily meal packages. You can register for food services with them and get your meal delivered at your doorstep every hour before your mealtime.

Also, there are options like Swiggy, Zomato, etc. that list down the best restaurants around you from which you can choose your favorite food and get it delivered to your doorstep, all under food safety norms.

Cost of Living in Hyderabad (Approx. Values as of March 2020)

Factors Cost for Individual Students (in INR, p.m)Cost for Couple Students (in INR, p.m)
Meals & Food5,000-7,00014,000-16,000

Disclaimer: These are approx. values given for the basic understanding of living expenses in Hyderabad, and not to be misinterpreted as final values. The data is subjected to change from time to time and differs from place to place.

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