Once you get admission into your college of choice, there comes a fundamental question of
whether to live in a hostel or not. Some students want to enjoy hostel life while others want to
remain day scholar.
Everyone has different taste and situations, depending on one’s condition, they make decisions,
so the same is valid for choosing a hostel life or day scholar life.
If you recently had admission to a college or are planning to take admission in this session and
haven’t decided on staying part, let us ease your decision by giving a brief introduction of both
hostel life and day scholar life.
Let’s discuss a few pros and cons of staying in a hostel or becoming a day scholar, by giving a
a broader perspective of two stayings.
Benefits of getting a hostel:
There are numerous benefits to living in a hostel. Let’s take a look one by one.
A comfortable life:
You may feel comfortable in the hostel because once you deposited your fees there, you don’t
need to run here and there to collect basic amenities such as a bed, almirah, table chair, etc.
You’ll get food at specific intervals. Mostly Hostels are situated near the college campus so you
don’t need to wait for long for public transport and you can utilize your spared travel time in
If you are living in a hostel, your plan will be corrected, because they serve at a specific time
and you have to adjust your schedule around your hostel timings. In that way, hostel disciplines
a student’s life.
Bonding with other students, a friendly atmosphere:
College hostels have an amiable atmosphere, where you get lots of students similar to you.
Initially, when students are feeling homesickness, they start to bond over various things.
Common problems bind them together. You’ll make good friends there, who will be there for you
in every situation throughout your stay in the hostel and beyond.
Mostly, hostels organize multiple activities, and for example, you may have a welcome party where
you get an opportunity to meet and greet your seniors and at the end of the semester, your
the hostel organizes a hostel night. These events are fun-filled and leave a mark in a student’s
Apart from these hostel specific activities, different activities go on
throughout the year, you need to take part in them.
Mostly, hostels are situated inside the college campus or very near to your college campus.
Thus, it’s a great time-saver, and you can utilize the time in productive activities that otherwise could
have wasted in commutation.
Disadvantages of being a hosteler:
Everything comes at a cost, and your hostel life cannot be untouched by this proverb. There
might be few disadvantages of being a hosteler, let’s find out :
Too many restrictions:
sometimes, you might feel that there are so many restrictions in the hostel. Especially girls
hostels have strict timelines, hostels set these timelines to make sure students safety, but
sometimes it becomes so harsh that students feel suffocated.
Most of the time, hostels have fixed food menu. Initially, students like hostel food very much but
after some time, they start to get bored with repetitive food items. Sometimes, you might get
very pathetic food and sometimes it may taste perfect. Instant noodles and coffee become a
student’s favourite snacks as they do not require much effort and resources. If you are going to
stay in a hostel, don’t forget to bring a thermal bottle and electric kettle.
Usually, four students live together in one hostel room. Sometimes you might feel privacy
breach issues. Sometimes, you want to spend alone time, but if you are staying in a hostel,
then it’s not possible.
Perks of being a day scholar:
There are some advantages of a day scholar life; let’s take a look.
If you are not staying in a hostel, and you are living with friends or in a PG, then you are called a
day scholar. Day scholars have fewer to no restrictions. This is the biggest perk of being
a day scholar. You can decide on your schedule.
It can make you a better cook:
If you are staying with your friends or in a PG, then you might have to cook sometimes. Slowly,
you’ll learn how to cook food for your survival.
You can cook whatever you like most. You could have varieties of food and twist it according to
No long queues to the washroom:
It seems funny, but it’s not, and it’s an immensely important issue. Because you cannot
understand the pain of standing in long queues of washroom without staying in a fully occupied
As a day scholar, you have this luxury of not waiting outside a washroom for 1 hour or so.
A sense of freedom:
Day scholars could exercise freedom. They don’t have to give attendance twice, once in college
and second time in the hostel. They can come and go to their stay without any restrictions.
Challenges of a day scholar:
Everything has its pros and cons. Let’s take a look into challenges faced by a day scholar.
Sometimes, you may miss information:
You may miss useful information if you are not staying in a hostel. Hosteler is the one who gets
the news first. Sometimes, you may miss the story related to project work or schedule of a
Arranging things on our own could be a challenging task:
If you are not staying in a hostel, you have to make arrangements for your food. If there is some
issue in your room such as electricity or plumbing related issues, you have to take care of this
on your own.
If your friends go to their native place, you might feel lonely because you don’t have anyone
else to talk. In the case of a hostel, the hostel can never be utterly vacant in everyday
scenarios. Sometimes, you may feel utterly bored due to lack of activities.
It’s quite challenging to decide whether hosteler life is better than the life of the
scholar and vice versa. It depends on your interest and conditions. Whether you stay in a hostel
or in a PG, enjoy the golden period of your life and make lots of good memories so that you
can rejoice them in your whole life.