High rent, small spaces, nosy neighbours — we put up with A LOT of things to live where we love. Small towns, peaceful life, higher savings –  we give up A LOT to move into better standards of living. Through this article, we try to peek inside the homes and lifestyles of the coolest people  we know, from tiny spaces and bustling streets to airy houses and quaint neighbourhoods, and ask the real questions like, “Wait, HOW much is your rent?”

The truth is millennials graduated during a time of an economic boom and recession. We’ve seen the highs and lived through the lows. City rents have skyrocketed, career opportunities have seen their ups and downs and we’ve moved out of our comfort zones to discover who we really are.

Splitting expenses, new social circle, living alone, laundry and house help, the financial strain with our lifestyle while living in another city is hardly spoken of. Of course, living in another city comes with its fair share of expenses but the whirlwind of experiences are worth it.

To make the job easy for you, we’ve spoken to people right from various cities and asked them how they’ve spent their hard-earned money on their cost of lifestyle. Taking you through their way of life.

Quality of life from 1 to 10:

I have lived in Bombay, Surat, Chicago, and now Goa and I admit that my quality of life has been best in Goa. I have almost everything I could ask for and I would say that currently, my quality of life would be rated at about a 7-8 out of 10.

Biggest takeback from your current lifestyle:

I personally think that everyone should live on their own at some point in their lives. It’s important to face the challenges of living on your own and managing your house while you have to work/study. My advice is to try a stint in a different city at some point, even if it is only for 1-2 years.

Living alone can be quite difficult in a new city, particularly if you don’t know anyone in that city to start with. I would say that setting up your social circle is arguably the most important thing to do when you move to a new city. The one thing I miss about Bombay is the convenience of being able to take an Uber or a Kaali Peeli anywhere at any point in the night.

The point is though, that every city has its challenges, which is why it is so important to set up a good social circle.

If not Panjim then?

If not Panjim, I’d like to live in Mumbai.

Quality of life from 1 to 10:

Living in a good part of Bangalore ensures a good lifestyle, where the environment/food/drink etc is top quality. From my current standpoint, I would rate it a good 9 out of 10.

Biggest takeback from your current lifestyle:

It’s good to have more independence from family to learn more life skills. It also helps a lot that I have friends as good flatmates, and male privilege when travelling at night, but overall being in the centre of the city does feel safe. One of the biggest learnings is self-control and how to not spend on takeaways every time we’re bored of cooking.

If not Bangalore then?

I would consider Mumbai.

Quality of life from 1 to 10:

To be honest, not too good, not too bad. My Salary is too low, especially since I am living out of my home. I can’t save as much as I’d like to. I would rate it a 5 out of 10.

Biggest take back from your current lifestyle:

It’s been great to live out and move out of my home. Great learning and exposure. Yes, the take out and going out for meals is expensive but when living in a city like Mumbai, it is hard to resist. I wish offices paid asper the living of that city and takes into consideration people who comevfrom outside vs people who are from the same place and live at home. Start-ups require quite a bit of work from us and don’t pay us that much, which is where my issues for a living lie. But I can’t leave the job because I’m dependent on the salary and I want to be financially independent.

If not Mumbai then?

Bangalore would be a nice city to live in if not Mumbai.

Quality of life from 1 to 10:

I ride my own bike so my commute expense is reduced. Living in Pune gives me a chance to get away from the city for a good getaway once in a while. I’d rate my lifestyle a good 8 out of 10.

Biggest take back from your current lifestyle:

Pune is such a versatile city to live in during your young age. Having my bike is a blessing in disguise. Not only that, the food is delicious at a nominal cost. Because of my work life, the chance of making good friends hasn’t been difficult, exposing me to a nice social circle and weekend breaks.

If not Pune then?

I would like to live in Bangalore if not Pune.

Quality of life from 1 to 10:

Living in Delhi comes with its fair share of advantages like cheap public transport, a plethora of party places & cheap alcohol. I’d rate my lifestyle a 7 out of 10.

Biggest takeback from your current lifestyle:

Living alone has not been a problem, the only issue in Gurgaon was the safety which somehow made me uncomfortable at times. The capital city can be daunting at times! Also with so many expense sharing apps and staying with liberal mindset individuals, my experience has been quite pleasant.

If not New Delhi then?

I’d live in Pune, if not Delhi.

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