Paying guest accommodations around the North Campus of Delhi University are fast breaking the notions about being shabby-looking and poorly-maintained. A walk around some of them has revealed that in the wake of stiff competition, it has also become essential for them to look after the actual comforts of the students. But that now means that the cost of staying in these PGs ranges from anywhere between Rs.8,000 and Rs.15,000 depending on availability of air-conditioning, furniture, sharing of the room and proximity to colleges.

As students fill admission forms and wait for the first cut-off list, many outstation parents are no longer fretting over their children’s secure and comfortable accommodation. With over 8,000 outstation students joining Delhi University at the undergraduate level each year, and the college and university hostels not having enough space for all of them, the PGs are stepping in to fill the gap.

Located in the heart of North Campus, Roop Nagar boasts of numerous comfortable and affordable PGs. One of them, Girlsville boasts of providing “secure, comfortable and spacious PGs” to students.  Barely at a few minutes walking distance from top notch colleges like Miranda House and Daulat Ram College, the PG provides all three meals, wi-fi, air-conditioners, power back-up, comfortable and tidy rooms at about Rs.11,000.  Says its owner: “Students only have to pay the AC bills over and above the main charge.”

Shakti Sadan in Roop Nagar provides students with air-conditioned rooms but does not charge extra for the electricity bill. Here three-seater rooms come with a personal refrigerator and four time meals in Rs.13,500. “By the time the second cut-off list comes we’ll be full,” said the landlord.

Such facilities are attracting numerous students who just want to focus on their studies. Surbhi Awasthi, a student from Delhi University, said: “Hostels are very restrictive; you have deadlines and curfews. Moreover, after school you want to taste freedom and learn to live independently and PGs give you that chance.”

Her roommate Shailja Tripathi is of the same opinion. “PGs are appropriately restrictive and do not pile on you the responsibilities that flats do. These days PGs are so good, that many hostellers leave their hostels to put up at PGs.”

However, PGs in South Campus do not captivate one’s attention as those in North Campus do. Located in the dingy corners of Satya Niketan, the PGs here offer only staying charges and food in almost the same amount of money (Rs.9,000- Rs.11,000). The students themselves have to take care of other necessities such as maids, cleaning, laundry and air-conditioning charges.