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12 best areas to live in Mumbai for students, bachelors and families.

September 25, 2020 | 11:36 AM By Bhavika Motwani

Moving to Mumbai or any other big city may seem like a difficult task. With a daily influx of migrants to this city, the population here is ever-growing and the city is now one of the most populated cities in India. With so many people in the city and so many areas to live in, it can be difficult to decide where exactly to live if you are a student or a bachelor.

One can decide where to live based on factors such as proximity to local transport, schools, colleges, healthcare facilities, malls etc.


This guide will help you decide on the finest and cheapest areas and also the facilities and amenities available at each of these locations. So, sit back, relax and read on to know more about the best areas to live in Mumbai!

1. Bandra

Bandra, located in the upscale coastal suburb is extremely famous for all the right reasons. The area is filled with many night clubs, global restaurants and cafes and is also home to Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and many more.

The world’s most expensive house, Antilla is located in Pali Hill, Bandra. Not only that, the area has two very famous street shopping sites, Hill Road and Linking Road, for all the street shopping lovers.

The popular hangout spot of the city, Bandstand which is a 1.2 Kilometre long walkway along the sea is also located here. If you have your college or office in Bandra, Kurla, Khar, Mahim or nearby areas then, you can look out to stay here. But, get ready to spend a little extra on rent.

BandraBandra (E) Rental RatesBandra (W) Rental Rates
Paying Guest (PG)10,000 – 15,00015,000 – 25,000
1BHK25,000 – 35,00045000 – 50,000
2 BHK40,000 – 65,00065,000 – 80,000
3 BHK50,000 – 90,00090, 000 – 1 Lac +

Check Out – PG near Bandra

2. Powai

Powai is another residential neighbourhood of the city situated on the banks of the Powai Lake. In case you want to escape from the city rush, Powai is the place you should head to, to calm yourself at the Powai Nirvana Lake which has an amazing view filled with mountains and the view of the lake at the time of sunset is breath-taking. The very famous Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, resides here, along with many more colleges such as SDA Bocconi, IBS Powai and Athena School of Management.

The Powai area is very spacious and also has an adventure park “Hakone” that has all the fun and adventurous things to do for a little getaway. The Hiranandani buildings which cover most of Powai, give a very modern look to this place. You can easily rent out a flat or look for PG in and around Powai.

PowaiPowai Rental Rates
Paying Guest (PG)10,000 – 15,000
2 BHK45,000 – 60,000
3 BHK75,000-90,000

Check Out- PG in Powai

3. Juhu

Juhu is one place that every Indian is familiar with. Very famous for its beach and street food, this place gets a lot of tourist attractions. Not only beaches but Juhu also consists of many cute cafes, hangout places and nightclubs. Enjoying an amazing view of the beach while chilling on your sofa is a dream come true for many.

It is also home to Bollywood Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda, Raveena Tandon and many more. The famous ISKCON temple is also situated in Juhu. If you are working or studying nearby, you can look for a PG or rent out a flat in Vile Parle which is cheaper than Juhu.

JuhuJuhu Rental Rates
Paying Guest (PG)15,000 – 25,000
1BHK30,000 – 60,000
2 BHK50,000 – 80,000
3 BHK1 lac – 1.5 lac

Check Out – PG near Juhu

4. Worli

Worli serves as one of the best areas of the city. Worli, situated in South Bombay, connects to Bandra through a Sea link known as the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. The Bandra-Worli Sea link tempts everybody with its beautiful views of the sea and the Worli skyline. Worli is also blessed with lots of Skyscrapers.

Popular tourist spots like Haji Ali Dargah and Worli Fort attract so many people that every year the number of visitors increase in heavy numbers. The area also has various restaurants and has a lot of commercial complexes. Finding a home in Worli is very expensive. You can choose to live in nearby areas if Worli is not in your budget.

WorliWorli Rental Rates
Paying Guest (PG)20,000 – 25,000
2 BHK60,000-90,000
3 BHK1 lac – 1.5 lac

Check Out – PG near Worli

5. Vile Parle

Vile Parle is one of the busiest residential areas of the city. Vile Parle is very well known because Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Airport is situated there and it also has a New Museum showcasing contemporary Indian Art. Vile Parle is not only known for the airport but the area also consists of very well known colleges and is connected to major parts of the city that keep the area busy.

It has colleges such as NMIMS, Mithibai and Podar World College. Street Markets like Agarwal markets are also well known as they sell homewares and bargain fashion. You will also find many good hotels in Vile Parle due to its proximity to the Airport.

Vile ParleVile Parle (E) Rental RatesVile Parle(W) rental rates
Paying Guest (PG)15,000 – 25,00015,000 – 25,000
2 BHK50,000 – 70,00050,000 – 65,000
3 BHK90000- 1Lac +90000- 1Lac +

Check out PG in – Vile Parel (W)

6. Andheri

Andheri is known for its premium real estate location, as it includes posh areas such as Lokhandwala and Versova, which is home to many celebrities. The demand for this area in the recent past has increased to new levels because of the busy commercial markets, places for the youngsters to hang out and because of its connectivity to major parts of the city.

The area is also home to some of the biggest entertainment production houses like Yashraj Studios, Balaji Telefilms etc. Along with Bollywood, Andheri has a lot of commercial spaces.

You can look out to rent a place in Andheri East which is cheaper than Andheri West in case budget is a constraint. Andheri, will definitely not disappoint you due to various available options in terms of entertainment, jobs and food.

AndheriAndheri (E) Rental RatesAndheri (W) Rental Rates
Paying Guest (PG)8,000 – 14,00015,000 – 20,000
1BHK15,000 – 25,00020,000 – 35,000
2 BHK27,000 – 40,00037,000 – 55,000
3 BHK35,000 – 60,00045,000 – 90,000

Check Out – PG in Andheri

7. Dadar

Dadar is a highly-populated area and is a very prominent and crowded place. Dadar is the first planned area of Mumbai. It has a huge wholesale shopping market for clothes.

The very grand and well known Siddhivinayak Temple is also located here. The famous flower market of Dadar is bustling with people and is a treat to watch in the mornings. Dadar is well connected to the central and western suburbs. By living here you can enjoy the best of both worlds. But, property rates for sure will burn a hole in your pocket.

DadarDadar Rental Rates
Paying Guest (PG)15,000-20,000
2 BHK60,000-90,000
3 BHK1 lac – 1.5 lac

Check Out – PG near Dadar

8. Parel/Lower Parel

Parel and Lower Parel don’t really have much of a distance between them. It is known for both the residential and commercial areas.

It has some of the topmost residential complexes of the city and also lots of commercial complexes including the Kamala Mills. It is one of the posh areas of Mumbai and is also considered amongst the safe areas of the city.

ParelParel Rental RatesLower Parel Rental Rates
Paying Guest (PG)8,000 – 13,0008,000 – 19,000
1BHK20,000 – 30,00030,000 – 50,000
2 BHK55,000 – 45,00045,000 – 75,000
3 BHK55,000 – 45,00060,000 – 1 Lac

Check out – PG in Lower Parel

9. Colaba

Colaba, known for its sea-facing tea lounges and the very iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel has a lot to offer.
The very famous Colaba Causeway is known for shopping and is the first reason why Colaba Causeway is famous, the next being food! From cheap, street clothes to fashionable boutiques, this lane, which houses old buildings from the British Raj, has it all. The Iranian cafes are very popular here and the area is considered really posh. If you own a home here you are probably very rich.

Check Out – PG near Colaba

10. Kurla

Kurla is a neighbourhood of East Mumbai and is centrally located. The area has a really good real estate value and the transport is affordable and convenient.

Phoenix Market City, considered as one of the largest malls in the city has all sorts of brands available. Kurla provides easy connectivity to the Bandra-Kurla Complex, the prominent commercial hub.

Kurla (W)Kurla (W) Rental Rates
Paying Guest (PG)12,000 – 20,000
1BHK25,000 – 35,000
2 BHK37,000 – 55,000
3 BHK45,000 – 95,000

Check Out – PG near Kurla

11. Malad

Malad is a suburb located in North Mumbai. It is considered one of the areas preferable to live. The easy availability of transportation is one of the best parts of this area. It is well connected to other suburbs such as Kandivali and Goregaon in the Western line.

All the essential places such as supermarkets, hotels, hospitals, shops etc are found in the area. The Infiniti Mall, which has high-end brands comes to the rescue of shoppers.

MaladMalad (E) Rental RatesMalad (W) Rental Rates
Paying Guest (PG)7000-150008,000 – 19,000
2 BHK35000-5000040000-55000
3 BHK55000-7000060000-75000

Check out – PG in Malad

12. Churchgate

One of the prominent locations of South Bombay, Churchgate is famous for its railway station.
It is also known as Veer Nariman Street and known for the 300-year-old St. Thomas Church. It is home to many business and bank organisations and has always attracted tourists for having the oldest buildings from history, and also because many films were shot in the area.

Renting a property in Churchgate can be tough due to high rental rates. Churchgate also has many famous colleges such as Xaviers, Sophia, JBIMS, HR and KC nearby.

Check Out – PG near Churchgate


To summarise, in order to choose the best area to live you will have to consider multiple factors as there is no one area for all. You can also explore staying in Thane or Navi Mumbai as these are cheaper locations, compared to Mumbai

If you want to know the cost of living in Mumbai check out our blog


Which are the cheapest areas to live in and around Mumbai?

● Thane
● Dombivli
● Kalyan
● Bhandup
● Kurla (E)
● Jogeshwari(E)
● Vasai
● Airoli
● Vashi

Which are the posh areas to live in Mumbai?

● Worli
● Walkeshwar
● Mahalaxmi
● Churchgate
● Cuffe Parade
● Malabar Hill
● Napeansea Road
● Bandra (W)
● Powai Hiranandani

Which are the best areas to live in Mumbai for college students?

● Powai
● Andheri
● Parel
● Vile Parle
● Matunga
● Malad
● Thane

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