PG Life


Moving from high school to college may be an exciting transition, but it is also a very tough and stressful one. It is a challenge that the student will struggle with initially, but eventually adjust to overtime.

Being a college student exposes us to a lot of freedom, but at the same time, it requires a lot of responsibility. A lot more than what is required in high school, especially for outstation students who come from regions located far away, and live by themselves in hostels, rented accommodations or as paying guests.

Initially there is a honeymoon stage that new students go through, as the newfound freedom takes on their minds as they can get up and out of bed when they please, and eat whatever they want, whenever they want. However, at the same time, the huge burden of responsibilities is also forced on their shoulders. Hence, it would be apt here to modify the popular Spiderman movie quote and say, “With great freedom, comes great responsibility.”

The responsibilities outstation students may confront range from financial ones, like utilizing money efficiently and controlling one’s desires or temptations, to daily responsibilities, like laundry, ironing clothes and arranging clothes, as well as academic responsibilities.

Most students would have already experienced financial or academic duties in school and would be used to handling them, but the daily responsibilities like cooking, laundry, ironing, etc, which were usually taken care of by their families, would appear to be a daunting task as now there would be no one to depend on.

“After shifting to a hostel, you won’t be asking, “Mom, where is my….” You will have to manage things on your own,” says Amit, an outstation second-year student from Bengal, pursuing History Honors at Hansraj College. Hence, it will be beneficial to new students if they quickly learn and get accustomed to such situations.

Learning from seniors is a great way for students to face the rapid challenges they see occurring around them during the transitionary period between school and college as well as getting a hold of the responsibilities they have been burdened with. And the advent of the internet and social media has further made it easier for outstation students to adapt.

“As an outstation student, accepting the very fact that I won’t live anymore with my parents is quite difficult. Before moving out, I didn’t know a single thing that would help me to survive on my own. But eventually, I learned almost everything with the help of my fellow seniors. Although, cooking remains something in which I’m a rookie!” opined Kuber Batla, an outstation first-year student from Rajasthan, pursuing BA Programme at St. Stephen’s College.

These responsibilities may seem to be unnerving or intimidating, but they do teach one many things like taking independent decisions and being responsible for their outcomes, managing funds, etc which end up being great memories one cherishes after leaving college.

“Looking back at the time I was in college, I realized that dealing with the challenges that resulted in my responsibilities was actually fun and I always remember them as some of my best times! There were times when I and my hostel mates ran short on funds and, hence, shared food, soaps, dresses, and many other things,” says Sushmit, a former History Honors student from Ramjas College.

Hence, although students coming from far away, may face a tough time initially, but ultimately it’s a part of their growing up and learning life lessons in a campus which prepare them for facing their futures and confronting any roadblocks which they might face during this journey called life!


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Abhinandan Kaul

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Expenses for every out-station student are what Justin Bieber is for every girl he dates: Injurious and Harmful. For the freshers of the University of Delhi (DU), here is a listicle of things you would be spending money on if you are staying away from home, whether in a Paying Guest (PG) accommodation or in an apartment on rent.

Traitor PG Owners

PG owners of Delhi are disloyal role players. Before you get admitted to their PG, they will lure you with promises of “one fruit with dinner every day” and the “best security” available. As such, they convince you to pay insane amounts of money for abominable accommodation. PG owners may charge anything in the range of INR 6000 to INR 20,000. If your college fee is INR 13,000 for the entire year, your PG might charge you the same in one single month.

Miscellaneous Things You Don’t Realize You Are Spending Money On

Although they might look insignificant, miscellaneous things such as toothpaste, shampoo sachets, sanitary pads, and detergent occupy a large portion of your monthly budget.  From buying bed linen to buying an umbrella, the most arbitrary of chores can prove to be strenuous for your wallet.


Even if your PG provides you food thrice a day, you would soon develop a thousand problems with it. Sometimes you wouldn’t like the dal and at other times, you would think the chapatis are too shriveled, thereby prompting you to order-in food every now and then. The food ordering and delivery companies such as Swiggy which operate 24*7 only add to the ever-escalating expenses. Besides, if for some perplexing reason, you do like the food at you PG, college life wouldn’t allow you to make time for it. Going out with friends, classes ending late, and tempting food trucks outside your college create a menacing hole in your pocket.


Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. had hiked the metro fares twice in 2017 and in case of certain metro lines, had doubled the same. Thus, even if you strategise that you wouldn’t be expending on traveling, that is one resolution that breaks quicker than your trust in Dharma Production’s portrayal of selfless liaisons and altruistic romances. Moreover, if your PG or flat is at a considerable distance from your college, then you would have to earmark at least INR 2000 to spend on traveling by autos and rickshaws.

Expenses Incurred While Living In A Flat

You would have a universe of expenses to deal with when you start living in a flat. Although rented accommodation is usually cheaper than PGs, the overhead costs of living in a flat are sizeable. From paying the electricity bill to buying gas cylinders, from settling your domestic helper’s bills to getting a plumber to fix the kitchen exhaust pipe, the accompaniment costs of living on rent would be almost equivalent to the rent itself.

Course Study Material

It is an irony in life that while not everyone studies in college, everyone does buy the course study material. The reading material might as well lie untouched in your table for months, but they do occupy a substantial amount of space and your monthly budget. The course in DU is extensive and there is an abundance of sources which you can refer to while preparing for the semester examinations. As a result, students end up buying piles of xerox copies of study material, even though they might not actually use them.

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Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak

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