Swati Singh, who belongs to Allahabad and lives in a rented accommodation in north campus, likes the fact that her landlord does not impose too many restrictions on her and gives her enough space to live peacefully. A third-year student of English (hons) at Lakshimibai College, she is quite happy with her living arrangements.
You’ve been living here…
For about two years
How much are you paying?
Rs. 8000 per month
When does your agreement/contract run out?
It has to be renewed every year
Do you like the place/facilities?
Yes the place/facilities are nice
Who does the dinner?
Can you cook?
Yes of course I can sometimes ,but if I don’t do it regularly I can use the veggies etc that my landlord uses, otherwise I have to get all the stuff for cooking myself
Who does the laundry?
No one, we need to do it ourselves. There are washing machines so it’s not a big problem.
Two easy recipes
What could be as easy as a bowl of tempting Maggi and a cup of hot coffee?
Do you have to clean up your apartment?
No, there are maids appointed for that. They clean our room every once a week and if we want to do it regularly we do it ourselves
Where can students like you find easy rentals?
It depends on your college. Mine is in Ashok Vihar but I didn’t like what people were offering there so I decided to shift. Otherwise Vijay Nagar, Mukherjee Nagar, Kamla Nagar and Hudson Lane are popular with students hunting for budget rentals close to north campus.
Do you get homesick?
Yes I did for a month and then it was okay
Is it easy to share rooms with others? Do you have fights?
Initially, of course, one has to adjust with new people who are mostly seniors but as time passes you get close to them – after all you have to live together. You don’t have to fight if you are mature enough to sort things out in a better way. Of course once in a while we have differences and arguments, but these are more or less normal and compulsory for a better understanding of one another.
Who does the shopping?
Since I am living in a PG, I don’t really have to shop for anything other than my personal stuff.
Do you have disagreements with your landlord/landlady?
Yes I do but it is for the betterment of our accommodation so it’s justified.
Is there a curfew?
No it is not needed.
How much time do you get to study?
Well if you are in a PG away from the responsibilities of looking after your own apartment, then after college hours you have a lot of time.
Is it easy to live in PG accommodation or is a college hostel better?
There are very few colleges in Delhi University that offer hostel facilities and on top of that some are only for boys. The seats in the residence are limited and are given on the basis of merit so most of the students opt for PGs or flats.
What do you do on Sundays/weekends?
It depends upon person to person. As for me, I spend it as I please to and according to the next day’s schedule.
Do you have a fridge?
Yes, there is one in our kitchen.
Does your landlord/landlady inspect the room regularly?
No, they give us our space, something that I really like.
Any ideas, tips you’d like to share with students who are moving into rented apartments this year?
Be humble and nice to everyone; try to get open up and converse with people because that’s the only way to survive when you’re away from home. Don’t worry at all if you have to make some adjustments first. It is the beginning of a new journey and, trust me, it’s going to be great.