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Not just admission, DU students also race for rooms on rent

Room of one’s own: Many paying-guest accommodations, like Feather’s PG for girls (left) and boys (right) try to woo students by promising access to amenities like laundry, Wi-Fi, lift services and a lounge to study. This, besides stressing security with presence of CCTV cameras and daily attendance.

Room of one’s own: Many paying-guest accommodations, like Feather’s PG for girls (left) and boys (right) try to woo students by promising access to amenities like laundry, Wi-Fi, lift services and a lounge to study. This, besides stressing security with presence of CCTV cameras and daily attendance.  

Students are left to worry about budgets as rents at most PG accommodations on North Campus are sky-high and vary anywhere between ₹10,000 and ₹25,000

For most students, getting admission to Delhi University is not the only concern. What follows is the scramble for accommodations, given the limited number of seats in college hostels.

As more and more outstation students look to study at DU, finding a room of one’s own is no mean task.

Problem of plenty

Interestingly, with a number of paying guest accommodations trying to woo students with a host of modern facilities and comfort living, it is a problem of plenty for some students.

However, the rents at most PGs are sky-high. They vary from anywhere between ₹10,000 and ₹25,000, leaving students worried about their budget.

Tough time for NCR kids

It was on a hot, humid afternoon that Ayushi Sharma, a DU student from Ghaziabad, was seen hopping from one locality to another in North Campus.

“The college and university hostels do not accommodate students who are National Capital Region (NCR) residents. This limits my chances at these hostels, which are more economical. Now I need to look for private accommodation, which will see my budget shooting upwards. However, I have no other option but to stay in one of these as travelling from home everyday will be difficult,” said Ms. Sharma.

With advertisements galore all over campus, students find it difficult to zero in on one PG accommodation that would meet all their requirements and be within their budget.

Pay more, get more

“I have looked at almost 15 PGs, but I am still not happy. The ones that are comparatively cheaper are either in the interiors of Kamla Nagar or are not well-maintained. The ones I liked are asking for almost ₹15,000 a month for a room I will be sharing with another person” added Ms. Sharma.

A newly constructed girls’ PG near Malka Ganj Chowk in North Campus has only double-sharing rooms on offer. These start at ₹16,000 a month.

“The rent includes food, but not electricity costs. All rooms are air-conditioned, for which students need to pay separately” said Kunal Yadav, co-owner of Feather’s Girls PG.

“The rent is on the higher side, but students here have access to amenities like laundry, Wi-Fi, lift services and a lounge to study, among others. We ensure proper security with CCTV cameras and a curfew time of 9 p.m.,” added Mr. Yadav.

Curfew time debate

However, Mr. Yadav pointed out that the curfew time at the boys’ PG he runs was 10 p.m.

Asked about the difference, he explained, “The restrictions are more from the parents’ side. It is not something we impose. If the parents tell us that they are comfortable with their daughter returning late, we won’t have a problem.”

Security concern

On the other side of the spectrum is a private hostel registered under DU, where the rent start from ₹6,500.

Aparna Girls’ Hostel houses close to 450 students and assures budget living. “We have all kinds of rooms, from single seaters to four seaters, with the rents varying accordingly. The rent includes food and a bus service to the colleges on campus. We are very particular about security and record daily attendance after the curfew time of 8 p.m.,” said Kusum Chaudhary, the owner.

“We try to offer comfortable living at an affordable price. Most PGs these days have unrealistic rents. The university should look into this and some regulations must be introduced to help students,” added Ms. Chaudhary.

Meanwhile, students on the hunt for PGs have complained of a bias against certain States.

“When I was looking for PGs, I was asked many times if I was from Haryana. They claimed to have asked me that because of my appearance. They let me stay after I convinced them that I was from Kolkata,” said Shaunak Dutta, a DU student.

Bias against States

“Following recent incidents, where a group of boys created ruckus in Mukherjee Nagar, we are a little more cautious. We are not too inclined to admit students from Haryana and the neighbouring areas. We make it a point to find out where the student is from before taking them in,” said the owner of a boys’ PG on condition of anonymity.

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