There are several different routes you can take with housing if you are in need of a place to stay when you leave your family/married home:

  • Renting
  • Paying Guest
  • Hostels
  • Shelters



Remember, a local women’s shelter or women’s organisation may also be able to help you with a temporary house, or advise you with all you need to know about renting a flat. The National Commission for Women may be able to provide assistance with putting you in touch with relevant people.


Magic Bricks and 99 Acres have details of real estate buying, selling and even rentals available geographically, square footage and from prices lower to higher. Sites like quikr have details of apartments or houses available for short or long term lets.On most real estate websites, you can choose the State, City, and locality of where you would like to stay. Remember that in many cities there are expensive and cheaper localities so don’t get discouraged or stressed if you find the cost of rent is too high! Look around the different kinds of localities and identify one that is within your price range, is safe, and has good transport links.Important to remember:

  • You may need a guarantor or someone to co-sign the lease if the landlord needs it as a precaution in case you can’t pay rent. Do you have someone who can help you with that?
  • Make sure you know how much the deposit is. You will get the deposit back when you leave.
  • Make sure you read through the contract completely and understand it before signing.
  • Make and keep a copy of the tenancy agreement!
  • Take photos of the flat on the first day that you move in. This way, if there is already damage, the landlord can’t make you pay for it when you move out.


Here are some websites with tips for first-time renters. The websites are for American readers, but renting tips are usually universal:
Apartment Renting 101: What Every First Time Renter Should Know
What Every First-Time Renter Needs to Know


Renting a room as a Paying Guest or PG is an inexpensive option. Make sure you do your homework on the place you will be renting, and try to get a place by referral (someone has recommended it to you). When you meet the landlord, make sure you feel safe and comfortable. If you do not feel comfortable, then do not rent this space!

There are many PGs and hostels just for women, which will be better for you. You can browse through them here:
Housing Website

Alternatively, you can simply type into Google Search: “Women’s Paying Guest [city]”.


Please note that we strongly advise not going to shelters unless there is no other option left.
You can view an exhaustive list of shelters in most cities of India here.

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