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Gear up for hostel life

education Updated: Jul 20, 2011 10:51 IST
Garima Upadhyay

You are leaving your hometown this year and moving into a Delhi University college. You’ll be seeing a new place, meeting new people and experiencing an entirely new lifestyle minus all the comforts of home… Being alone and managing life all by yourself in a place like Delhi are reasons enough why you should be well prepared while packing. So, what should you be doing?

Don’t overdo it, advise wardens and seniors.

“Make sure you don’t carry even the simplest of things in your bag. Things like soaps, shampoos, shaving kits are better bought (once you are here) than carried all the way from home. The same applies to curtains, bed sheets and stationery. There are many markets from where you can get these things at extremely reasonable prices,” advises Ruchi Dayal, an ex-DU student.

This year, many students will move into the refurbished rooms which were done up during the Commonwealth Games held last year in Delhi. Since these rooms are semi-furnished students might not even need to get curtains or mattresses, says Sakshi Arya, hostel president, Lady Shri Ram College.

However, if you do get a room for which basic essentials are required, please check with the hostel for the ‘things to carry’ list. “Seniors often leave behind belongings in hostels for juniors to use. Don’t fuss over what to carry and don’t fret if you forget something essential. There are markets galore for the former and courier companies for the latter. Everything is available at reasonable prices – you only need to know the markets,” adds Arya.

On the dos and don’ts, Kasturi Kanthan, hostel warden, Lady Shri Ram College, says, “Students are advised not to carry very valuable items with them. There is no need to carry expensive cell-phones or branded accessories when you come to the hostel. Just keep it simple. I’d like to conclude by saying that you should come with your values and not with valuables. Make the most of your time here to compensate for staying away from your family. A place like Delhi has a glittering social life but you need to find your own place here. Don’t get carried away.”

Look out for
Kamala Nagar Market
For clothes, books, upholstery, daily grocery etc
Lajpat Nagar Market
For clothes, books, upholstery, daily grocery, cutlery etc
Daryaganj (Sunday) Market
For stationery and books
Sarojini Nagar
For clothes, upholstery
Chandni Chowk
Sumptuous food, clothes, shoes, upholstery
Dilli Haat
For things to decorate your room

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