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Life away from home

Bonding with roomies, mess ka khana, no mom or dad around to pamper you... life in a college hostel can be a life-changing experience

education Updated: Jul 03, 2012 16:29 IST
Gauri Kohli

Many of you lucky enough to get admission to Delhi’s top colleges and universities must be packing up to leave home if your families stay in other towns and cities.

Though leaving home is not so easy and adjusting with your campus buddies and roommates can take time, hostel life can be great fun… as we found out when we visited some students living on campus at Hindu and Miranda.

Gang of girls at Miranda
A gang of five lively young ladies greeted us at the Miranda House hostel. Neha Walia, who joined the college two years ago, says “I can adjust better and have become more responsible. I have fallen in love with this home and it will be very hard to leave it and move on.” A final-year student, Walia adds that though she misses her family back home in Faridabad, she has a whole lot of interesting things to look forward to over here – from the Wednesday and Friday lunches, when they get sambhar-aloo and kadhi, to being actively involved with the hostel mess community. “We’re getting used to some of the luxuries here – such as access to the hostel dhaba till 11pm, walking around in the campus lawns at any time and no lights-out policy,” she says.

Walia’s younger sister is also a resident of the same hostel. “Nisha is a second-year student and stays in a separate room.

In a way it’s good because once I leave the hostel, she may face problems adjusting with a new roommate,” adds Walia. Another hosteller, Vidhi Bhat, says “We are having the time of our lives. We are lucky to be studying in one of Delhi’s best college campuses with its lovely architecture, ambience and vibrancy. We all gang up to play pranks on each other, organise activities and events and store Maggi, chips, biscuits and other yum stuff in our rooms – in fact we don’t remain confined to just one room, the entire hostel belongs to us.”

Boyzone at Hindu College
Ask what’s the best thing about the Hindu College hostel and pat comes Vivek Shukla’s reply: “You get to choose your roommate/s – something that you can’t do in any other college hostel. I have chosen my classmate as my roommate.”

Shukla, a second-year student, came to Delhi in April last year from Reva in Madhya Pradesh to join Hindu. “Before I was allotted a place in the college hostel, I lived in a PG in north campus and find a hostel to be better as it’s cost-effective and you have access to sports and other campus facilities.”

Rajat Rathi, a final-year student, belongs to Rohtak, and has posters of his favourite sports stars, cars and bikes on the walls of his room. Helping him clean out his room for a photo shoot, we chatted to him about life in a hostel and found out that it means loads of fun, discipline, and freedom. “We are given freedom to go around and there are no curfew hours. We take our bikes out at night sometimes to Pandara Road and India Gate to eat,” says Rathi.

Vote for...
* The Hindu College hostel, which has a table tennis room and a TV room
* The Hans Raj hostel where students are registered with the WUS health centre of the University of Delhi
* St Stephen’s College, for three common rooms
* Mess menus at some hostels, which have special meals

Girls like...
* The Miranda House hostel, which has an in-house launderette with fully-automatic washing machines, dryers and ironing facilities
* Lady Irwin College, where each hostel suite is shared by six students
* The International Students Hourse for Women for its air-conditioned gym