‘Mera campus better hai!’ ‘Nahi, mera campus better hai!’ -You’d hear a lot more of this in any debate on which Delhi University (DU) campus is better- North or South.
For foodies, North Campus has an edge due to Tom Uncle ki Maggi, the Bhelpuri waale bhaiya next to the Patel Chest bus stop, and Momo point in Kamla Nagar market. However, South Campus does not lag behind either. Satya Niketan ke cafes, Yashwant Place ke food stalls and fruit beer, and the bhelpuri wale bhaiya outside Lady Shri Ram College for Women poses a tough competition!
When it comes to college canteens, both campuses fare the same. Hindu College ka pocket friendly canteen, Ramjas College’s three-storey canteen, Lady Shri Ram College’s multi-cuisine canteen, and Kamala Nehru’s mini food court – the options are endless.
South Campus students boast about shopping havens such as Sarojini market and Lajpat Nagar market. For those who love to splurge, there is always Vasant Kunj, Hauz Khas Village, and Saket. For students of North Campus, the options are limited to Kamla Nagar market, or K-Nags as it is popularly known, and Tibetan Market.
Another point where North Campus wins over South Campus is the convenient metro accessibility. Since most of its colleges are not scattered, it is easy for students to get to their college via the Vishwavidyalaya metro station. South campus colleges, are situated in various areas and aren’t as well connected by the metro as North Campus colleges are.
While the debate will never end, students from both campuses battle it out and tell us what makes their campus cooler.
Shubham Vaish, Ramjas College: Who has higher cutoffs? North Campus. And colleges are closer and more clustered in North Campus than in South where colleges are quite a distance away. It’s where the VC stays. Three of the oldest colleges Hindu College, Ramjas College, and St Stephens College are in north. Food joint are more or less the same everywhere, for shopping purposes, south might be better though
Sukrita Singh, Hindu College: North campus is way cooler. Unlike South, where colleges are so scattered, it’s actually an university campus with a plethora of colleges located side by side. It’s like a mini universe booming with energy and liveliness and is also the home to V-Tree Pooja, Lover’s point, Sudama ki chai and the most amazing college fests!
Dan Thomas Kirori Mal College: DU ki feel toh North campus mein hi hai yaar! Also, all the colleges are closely placed to each other, unlike South Campus where all colleges are scattered in different areas. This makes our campus very student-friendly. And better metro connectivity kaunse campus ki hai? Obviously, North ki!
Karina Sharma, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College: Our campus is way more cool. We have Satya Niketan, the hub of south campus which has innovative cafes like Café Pipeline, Scooter on the Wall, and Roof-Top-Café. These are much more fun than the usual McDonalds, Dominoes or Dunkin Doughnuts in Kamla Nagar. It is also in close proximity to all happening locations that make up for a everyday party after college. Shopoholics can straight head to Lagpat or Sarojini Nagar and we have Hauz Khas, GK and Saket to make up for cool and sophisticated lounges for all party addicts. Since the colleges here are fairly newer, we don’t follow a hierarchial order in our cultural societies like students from North Campus Colleges do.
Kashish Minocha, Sri Venkateswara College: Why I think South Campus is better than North Campus is because all south campus colleges are close and well connected with the best hot-spots to hang out in Delhi, be it Hauz Khas Village, Greater Kailash, Vasant Kunj or Saket. You can easily study hard in your college and party harder in all of these places! After all, every now and then we need to move out of Kamla Nagar and Satya Niketan and South Campus delivers that in the best way.
Mayank Garg, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College: South Campus toh cool hoga hi yaar! North Campus mein Kamla Nagar aur Tibetan Market ko chhod ke hai hi kya? Satya Niketan, Vasant Kunj, Greater Kailash, Saket – everything is so much closer to South Campus colleges. Subah classes, sham ko masti. We study also and get to chill also acche se.
What makes North Campus cool:
1. The Vice Chancellor’s office, once the Viceregal Lodge, is where Lord Mountbatten had proposed to his wife Edwina and where Bhagat Singh was confined in a dungeon like room.
2. Hindu College, Ramjas College, Indraprastha College for Women and St Stephen’s College are three of the oldest colleges.
3. North Campus is home to amazing food stalls like Tom Uncle’s Maggi Point and bhelpuri waale bhaiya at Patel Chest.
What makes South Campus cool:
1. Colleges are very well connected to popular hangout spots. Pocket-friendly markets such as Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar, and posh markets such as Saket and Vasant Kunj are a stone’s throw away.
2. Satya Niketan is home to some cool and innovative food cafes that offer pocket-friendly food.
3. Paying guest accommodations in South Campus areas are much cheaper than those in North Campus.