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Since acceptance rates in most college hostels run very low, the next best option for most students is a private paying guest accommodation. The sheer number and variety of PGs may be daunting, but it all boils down to shrewd PG-hunting. Here are a few tips to guide you through the process:

  • For starters, approaching brokers is unnecessary.
  • Begin by collecting phone numbers and addresses of PGs. Many put up posters and distribute business cards.
  • Contact friends and relatives who may have studied or are studying in DU to ask for their opinions.
  • Take a day or two and visit as many PGs as possible. Don’t finalise your choice instantly. Evaluate the pros and cons of each establishment with your parents and then make a decision.
  • While evaluating PGs, check the toilets, kitchens and balconies properly. For those who are unfamiliar with the area, check the proximity of the PG to your college on Google Maps.
  • Strike up conversations with PG residents for honest opinions. Be sure to ask them about the security of the place.
  • Ask the PG owners about your potential roommates who may have already booked their seat. If you find yourself too dissimilar to them, you may want to rethink your choice.
  • Never take PG owners’ promises at face value, as they’re shrewd businessmen.
  • Sometimes, PG owners lower tariffs as the admission season ends. You may strike a good deal at the last moment.

It is pivotal that you find a decent PG, as you’ll be spending a considerable amount of time here. Having said that, pangs of homesickness may sometimes be unavoidable.


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