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Students Hold Luggage March In Protest Of High Rent & Less Hostels

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“I have changed six accommodations in the last one year because of high rent. I study in Rajdhani College,yet I have to stay in North Campus because staying near college is not an option for me given the exorbitant prices. I have to travel 45 minutes every day to college because of where I stay but at least I can afford this,” said Sreshtha, a second year student of Political Science from Jharkhand.

A lot of outstation students joined the luggage march organised by the All India Students Association (AISA) on Saturday as part of their ‘A Room of My Own’ campaign.The students marched through various student localities including Vijay Nagar, Gurmandi,Malkaganj and Kamla Nagar.DU currently offers 4,000 hostel seats for more than 80,000 undergraduate hostel aspirants.

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Kawalpreet Kaur,AISA DU Vice President told Indian Express, “We met several students who had earlier enrolled in outer campus colleges and due to lack of hostels had to live in expensive PGs.  To cover their expenses they had to do part time jobs which forced them to fail and drop out of their courses.”

AISA has demanded that DU must “immediately start the construction of new hostels to ensure seats to all who need it,” and provide House Rent Allowance (HRA) to students living in rented accommodations till the time the hostels are constructed. They have also demanded that the government must implement Room Rent Control for private student accommodations

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