Having completed their admission formalities in Delhi University (DU) colleges, several outstation students are now scouting for accommodation around the Vishwavidyalaya area. Residents in and around North Campus say the area is home to a large number of outstation students, thanks to paying guest (PG) accommodations with tailor-made facilities and flexible tariffs.
The Sahnis have been running two PG accommodations for girls on Mall Road and Lucknow Road. With luxurious facilities like central air-conditioning, solar heating, round-the-clock Internet connection, four meals a day, with non–vegetarian food twice a week, an attached bathroom, a refrigerator and a lobby with couches, both PG accommodations are available for Rs 6,000.
Laundry and daily drop service charges are inclusive. Today, about 90 girls are staying in these PG accommodations, the most popular in the area. “The Metro is a minute’s walk from here in case we need to go to other parts of Delhi. The Sahnis are very nice. They organised a Delhi darshan for us. On birthdays, we celebrate in the hostel with other girls and the Sahnis. It is a home far from home,” said Rinki Phukan, a final year B.Com student of Daulat Ram College.
Ruchika Bansal is the owner of two PG accommodations for girls — Amity Mansion and Bansal Villa in Hudson Lane. She believes in providing a hospitable atmosphere with strict discipline. A well-furnished room can be rented at a modest price of 2,000 rupees per month. The facilities include a refrigerator, a reverse osmosis mineral water cooler and three toilets, shared by six girls.
“I believe in discipline, but strictness does not mean a compromise on facilities. This is their home, and all homes have rules, students must be back in the building latest by 10 at night,” she said. Ruchika Bansal has engaged a tiffin provider for the students. Students can relish home-made food by paying around Rs 1,300 per month for three meals a day.
A bigger food package would mean a marginal rise in prices. Flashy banners and pamphlets advertise various PG accommodations all over North Campus. Safe, hygienic and close to auto-rickshaw and bus stands and the Metro station, most accommodations make good hostels. Tulika Sridhar, a first year student at Ramjas College, said: “If you want good accommodation, this is the best time to start looking, anytime later would be too late.”