Leaving home for higher studies, for work, or just to start off independently can be quite an exhilarating experience. As exciting as it can be, it can also bring a certain amount of trepidation. Leaving the nest can be quite as stressful for young boys and girls as it can be for parents. Now many of those who come to Mumbai to study or work look for 1BHK in Lower Parel for rent, some look to share flats with friends, but a vast majority look for PG in Andheri West Mumbai or some happening suburb. This allows them ease of connectivity while also keeping the accommodation within budget. Living in a hostel can throw up a number of challenges but here are some tips to make it easier.
One of the best ways to make your hostel days fun and memorable is to make a lot of friends. Living in such close quarters naturally makes it easier to get acquainted but it also blurs the line between being friendly and unnecessarily intrusive. Do not ask uncomfortable, personal questions. Wait for others who live in the hostel to feel at ease and open up. Always give others some privacy when they are on the telephone/on a call with family or partners.
Back home, you may be used to your own room, bathroom, etc. Even some of the best hostels in Mumbai may require renters to share rooms or bathrooms. Set your boundaries. If you do not like sharing personal toiletries, towels, and such, have a frank conversation with your roommate. Also, draft up a list of housekeeping guidelines for the room and bathroom that will help all of you stay clean and comfortable.
One of the things that most people living in hostels miss is home-cooked food. If you are travelling back after a vacation at home, it is best to carry some extra home-cooked food for your friends to enjoy. There are also those days when the hostel food may not seem very appealing and you may want to get something delivered or go out with others in the hostel. Always go Dutch and share expenses, so it doesn’t seem a burden to any one person. It is also a good idea to stock up on biscuits and tidbits for late-night hunger pangs.
You may be living in a hostel for a long time and may have come to trust everyone around you but it is never a good idea to leave a lot of money, jewellery, or valuables in your hostel room. Most hostels offer locker facilities. If you do not wish to avail of these, it may be a good idea to lease a locker in a nearby bank and deposit your valuables (even important documents that you do not need too often) in a locker.
Living away from home may give you a sense of independence. With it, however, comes the responsibility to take care of your health and wellbeing. Eat healthy food, do not overindulge in junk food, alcohol, or unhealthy habits.
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