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In spite of North Campus taking away most of the public eye, the allure of South Campus can’t be ignored. South Delhi is covered with hangout spots for all kinds of people, with colleges like LSR, Gargi, Venky or JMC and places like Hauz Khas Village or Satya Niketan.

Being an outstation student, I had always been hunting for places to hangout for the past two years and now that I have lived in South Delhi for almost three years, I’ve exhausted almost all of the places from my bucket list, and I think I’m in a position to bring out a list of places you should definitely visit at least once before graduating.

Satya Niketan

Never mind the narrow, crowded lanes of Satya Niketan (popularly Satya). Can be called the ‘Knags’ of South Campus, Satya, located opposite Sri Venkateswara College, is one such place where in you will find pocket friendly food joints like Big Yellow Door or simply BYD (My favorite!) and QD’s or stalls selling momos, maggi, Chowringhee rolls and what not. You’ll always find students of Venky, JMC, MNC and ARSD, chilling out in one or the other cafes of Satya.

Hauz Khas Village

No matter how pocket-pinching this place is, it has always been DU students’ treasure. Full of wide ranging cafes; Raasta, Social Offline, Fork You and Amour, to name a few, this place is one of the biggest crowd-pullers (but be sure to check out the price list before placing the order). Hauz Khas fort makes it all the more famous among the college-going crowd.

Central Market, Lajpat Nagar

I couldn’t find any other market in South Delhi that brags of having so many cheap restaurants where you can hang around with your friends. Youngsters prefer the street food vendors selling gol-gappas, aloo chaat, pav bhaji and much more over the restaurants.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Campus

If you’re a big time foodie, then this is the place to be. The dhabas and canteens; 24×7 Food Court, Ganga Dhaba, North Eastern Dhaba, serving Chinese cuisine, Library Canteen, serving South Indian cuisine and Mughlai Junction inside the JNU Campus perk as favored hangout spots for both, the students staying inside the campus as well as for others. The JNU Night Canteen is what people eagerly look forward to! Don’t forget to visit the Parthasarathy Rocks (PSR), a hillock in the campus itself!

South Campus Canteen

South Campus Canteen is a little less of a paradise for students looking for hygienic and affordable food. With minimal prices, the menu ranges from South Indian to Chinese and North Indian food. The quantity is wholesome and plenty for an individual. Even though the entry is restricted in the campus around elections, one can find ways to sneak in and grab a quick bite.

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Shaily Sharma
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With inputs from Geetika Varshney

[email protected]; Studying in Gargi College, a final year B.Com(Hons.) student, she is currently the Associate Editor at DU Beat. She hates being idle and loves flexibility in life. She totally agrees with James A. Michener in his saying: “I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”

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