While most students want admission in North Campus colleges, only a few manage to get in. But even for them, a seat in the college and course of their choice is only half the battle won.
Finding accommodation is another challenge. While most colleges in the north campus have hostels, the demand is way beyond the supply.
“There is stiff competition for a seat in the hostel. We can accommodate only around 220 students. The facilities, however, are very good. Since the hostel was done up for the Commonwealth Games, students can live even more comfortably,” said Chandrachur Singh, warden, Hindu College hostel.
In fact, most colleges in the area were revamped ahead of the Games. They were given up to Rs 3 crore to
make the hostels fit for guests to stay in. Though the response from tourists was very dismal, students stood at an advantage as they got refurbished rooms.
“The rooms and facilities are much better after the Games. Also we don’t have to carry bedding and curtains with us as they are now provided by the college authorities. Our hostel was always good but now it has become world-class,” said Shilpi Sharma, a second-year student at Miranda House.
But not all students get the chance to live in hostels. Most have to make do with a PG accommodation in nearby areas like Mukherjee Nagar, Hudson Lane and Jawahar Nagar.
The rents in these areas is lesser than that in South Delhi and a student can get an independent Air Conditioned room for around Rs 8,000.
The rates fall and rise according to the facilities being provided.
Food is not much of a problem as tiffin services that offer home-cooked meals for around R1,000 per month are easily available.