The startup is offering off campus student housing for Amity University and launching properties in Noida with a capacity of 1000 units
The Noida-based Rental Stay Private Limited, (brand named as Placio), a branded student housing facility and an Amity Innovation Incubator incubated company is launching its network of properties for student housing with 1000 units or beds capacity near the Amity University campus in Noida near Delhi.
Rohit Pateria, Co-Founder and CEO, Placio said, “We are working strategically and building capacity around Universities to provide modern infrastructure for student housing. The current set of properties are walking distance from the Amity University Noida campus. Our major emphasis is to build clean, hygienic and secure properties with emphasis on community and independent living. Rohit further emphasized. PLacio properties are designed to suit the comfort and needs of student housing with modern infrastructure facilities of boarding and lodging including food, security, air-conditioning, internet, and house-keeping besides provisions for health and fitness.
Placio is using technology as an enabler to render services in most efficient and seamless manner which includes both customer relationship management (CRM) and property management platform. While a student can book a room or bed online by paying a token amount for the session on the company’s website by logging through one’s Facebook or Linkedin account. The website showcases property pages with full description of the chosen property, its amenities, pricing, distance to nearest hospitals, markets, police station, bus stand, railway station, and airport, and rules of living and payment, among others. Additionally, through the registration section, one can sign up to create one’s profile and upload identity card and Aadhar card for verification. The company would soon launch its mobile application with integrated CRM, which would facilitate the resident student to lodge complaint regarding any services/maintenance, interact with customer care executive, besides sharing feedback about the quality of services.
Prioritizing personal safety in any real life situation, especially when students are away from parental help, Placio is working on a 24X7 student emergency helpline in collaboration with 24Response, India’s 1st on demand safety service provider, and provides quick response and immediate assistance to the users. The smart phone app would track the resident’s location and connect him/her with the 24Response command and control centre besides sending an alert to the nearest team for assistance. Similarly, Placio understands the various concerns of the parents when young children are away from themselves, especially for the first time, and is launching a ‘parent helpline’ through which they can know about their child’s wellbeing in case they want to get them connected through Placio. Dedicated community manager would keep in touch with the residents and help in case of any distress or difficulty. Parents could have direct connection with the community manager to know anything about their child.
Placio living is about happy living. Placio properties provide a diverse range in menu to suit the food habits and nutrition needs of students coming from different part of India and abroad. The company would also allow residents to make their own menu in consultation among themselves. The recreation aspects have been especially taken care of with cable television and sport lounge where students can play several indoor games like Pool, Table Tennis, and Fook Ball. Keeping in mind that health and fitness is a prime concern for youngsters these days, some Placio properties have an in-house Gymnasium. Placio also focuses on other vital aspects of student’s life like adjustment to a new place, performance in studies, home sickness, and exam time stress, among others, and plans to provide mentorship or consultation services as per the need.
While the University campus is at a walking distance, the nearest market and hospital are in the range of three to five kilometers. The students can keep one’s vehicle in the premises; however, Placio provides pick and drop facility. The company works with several third party service providers like cycle and bike rental services, guest houses and hotels for visitors of students who need to stay overnight.
Priced between INR 10,000 and INR 25,000 per month, Placio properties have three categories namely Placio Dorm, Placio Prime, and Placio Luxe. The company incorporated in 2016 is disrupting the student housing services sector in India with its first set of properties at Noida. In its next phase of expansion, Placio aims to bring similar network of properties to other cities including Gurgaon, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ghaziabad, Pune known for leading educational institutions, where a significant number of students come for studies.