Co-living spaces are the next big trend in Bengaluru
Tavarakere is something of a mecca for millenials working across Bengaluru, who need a cheap place to live. The locality, in the south east of the city, is a warren of narrow, congested roads, with apartment buildings standing cheek by jowl with budget restaurants, grocery stores, salons and realtors’ offices.
At 8 pm on a warm Thursday, working executives and students stroll about grabbing a bite from a corner kebab store, headed to a dive bar for a beer or bought eggs for breakfast the next day. On the streets, residents buzz about amidst the waft of deep fried food and fresh fruit being sold off hand carts.
The locality is a hub of millennial executives and students, being close to Christ University, a large education institute, and under half an hour from Electronic City, home to the campuses of Infosys and other marquee names in tech. The startup hubs of Koramangala, HSR Layout and Bellandur are also close by.
At nightfall, they will all cram into rooms in one of 500 hostels and paying guest accommodation that cram the neighbourhood. Most of these places offer residents a room and sometimes food, charging upwards of Rs 3,000 per bed per month.