Since Shruti Sharma arrived in Mumbai from Jamshedpur, she has been shuttling between city colleges, filling in admission application forms. Apart from worrying about securing a college seat, the outstation student has another concern — to find a suitable hostel accommodation.
“I came to Mumbai in the first week of June but many colleges stopped issuing forms in the end of May. What am I going to do now?” asked the worried student.
Though an internet search for hostels in the city lists around 40 options for girls and boys, getting into one of them is difficult as those vying for the seats include outstation students as well as those from neighbouring areas such as Thane, Bhiwandi and Panvel.
“It is difficult to find a hostel that has good facilities and is safe and then adjust in it as we stay away from home. I have started looking for other hostel options and I hope to find one that is near to my college,” said Zainab Reshamwala (17), a student from Bhiwandi who stayed at the Sophia Polytechnic hostel during her junior college and now plans to pursue commercial art or interior designing.
The coveted sea-facing Savitribai Phule Mahila Chatralaya at Marine Drive stopped issuing hostel forms on May 31.
It will soon put up its list for candidates shortlisted for interviews.
The Peddar Road Sophia College hostel, that has about 30 of its total 110 seats open to first year degree college students, is conducting a second round of hostel admissions. “Our first application round started in February and those girls had their interviews in April. The second round started in May,” said the hostel dean, Sister Ananda. She added that admission to the hostel is granted only after their admission to the college is confirmed.
A high score and good behaviour can help one secure one of the 60 seats St Xavier’s College boys’ hostel where form sales began on June 1.
The YMCA Hostel at Girgaum already has a waiting list of 100 boys. The government hostel at C road, Churchgate, has an allotted number of seats for students of colleges such as Sydenham, Government Law College, Elphistone College, Sydenham Institute of Management, The Institute of Science, State Institute for Administrative Career and for freedom fighters’ wards, admits students based on merit.