For all students who want to look trendy on a budget, here is the DU students shopping guide for assistance. College life is all about fun, hangouts, and partying. Hence, looking stylish and acing the perfect outfit for day-to-day classes and even college functions are what students want. So, even if the students are low on budget, there are amazing budget-friendly markets that can always come to the rescue.
Delhi is famous for both, high-end designer malls and classy boutiques to several wholesale bazaars and flea markets. However, exploring the roadside flea markets and the vibrant bazaars has its own craze. Thus, even amidst a vast number of options, DU students shopping mostly take the affordable market routes.
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Sarojini Nagar – the paradise for DU students shopping
This place receives immense love from both people in Delhi and even outside. Hence, Sarojini Nagar witnesses an influx of shoppers from all over India as it is the most popular thrift market in India. Pondering about why Sarojini Nagar attracts a huge crowd is the affordable rates and variety offered here. Thus, the market has almost everything ranging from ethnic wear, western wear, jewelry, home decor, bags, footwear, utensils, and a lot more.
Also, it is quite hard to believe that clothing pieces at Sarojini start from Rs. 20 and 50 and jewelry from Rs. 10. Hence, DU students shopping under budget can be easily done from here. It is a fact that the rejected export pieces of various brands are sold by street vendors at Sarojini at throwaway prices. Hence, students can easily get their hands on branded pieces from Zara, Mango, H&M, and more for 100 or even less. Another good thing students can enjoy about this market is that the shops here always update their collections as per the ongoing trends.
Also, a lot of food options are available here ranging from street food to an entire mall dedicated to cafes and restaurants. Hence, after some tiresome hours of shopping, students can attend to their pangs of hunger as per their mood and budget. Thus, for DU students shopping, Sarojini Nagar is a must-go.
- The cheapest mode of transportation: Sarojini Nagar metro station on Pink line or INA metro station on Yellow line
- Average cost: INR 200-500
Kamla Nagar market: best budget friend market for North campus DU students shopping:
Kamla Nagar market is the heart of Delhi University’s north campus. Also, most of the north campus colleges are situated near Kamla Nagar. Hence, it is a foregone fact that the market stays inundated with the student crowd. Thus, it has it all, affordable food, amazing hang-out places, cheap and good quality shopping, and a lot more. Hence, it is appropriate for Delhi University students shopping and hang out.
Kamla Nagar Market is very famous for good quality economical shoes and sandals. Also, bags are one of the famous items found here. These accessories are available in abundance as per recent trends here and can even be a very good gifting material. Also, the market is filled with cosmetic shops, kids wear shops, unstitched fabric stores, etc. The street vendors outside offer a great opportunity for a bargain and are the real deal breakers here. Also, a lot of items are imported as well as sourced from home productions. So, a huge variety of items are available and even the shop owners target audiences like students and professors.
Kamala Nagar Market also has book shops which is the most essential thing for students. From course books to novels, the market has numerous markets and a diverse collection of books. Hence, if DU students shopping for books come to Kamla Nagar, they will easily find amazing new reads. Apart from books, cute items like trendy phone covers and pop sockets are available here at a low price of INR 100. Also, talking about cute and affordable items that attract the girl crowd, Kamla Nagar had shops like Ximi Vogue and BECCOS. Here, shoppers can find soft toys, key chains, bags, gift items, makeup products, and other stuff.
- The cheapest mode of transportation – Civil lines metro station on Yellow line
- Average cost -200 to 500 INR
Daryaganj market: The ultimate place for all book lovers
DU students shopping is incomplete without including books. Hence, Daryaganj Sunday Market is a paradise for all bibliophiles. So, the market is inundated with books from textbooks to novels. Even stationery items are available at this place. Thus, all shoppers need is to get ready on Sundays with some 100 rupees notes in hand.
The charm of this market is the 2nd hand books that are available at half prices or even less. Thus, it is a steal deal as Delhi University students are often low on budget. Also, original new books are available here at a discount ranging between 10% to 30%. Apart from academic books, novels from all genres possible are available at Daryaganj. Also, after digging into the stack of 2nd hand books, it is possible that people can find some hidden gems, i.e. amazing books that too at a throwaway price.
- Cheapest means of transportation: Delhi gate metro station on Violet line
- Average cost – INR 100 – 200
Lajapat Nagar Market: DU students shopping is incomplete without it!
This market is not only about the expensive branded showrooms as students find their way towards cheap affordable stuff. Thus, Lajpat Nagar has a plethora of inexpensive shops, stalls, roadside vendors, and more. Also, this place is well known for its amazing food that has the potential to attract lots of students for hanging out. From affordable cafes to expensive ones to even roadside food stalls, name it and it’s available at Lajpat.
Wondering about the things to buy, Lajpat offers unstitched clothing fabrics, dress material, shoes, salwar suits, utensils, home decor, and a lot more. Hence, with the festive season around the corner, no place is better than Lajpat to build an ethnic wardrobe. One good thing is that Lajpat has both, expensive branded stores and even roadside affordable stalls. Thus, all types of shoppers can visit.
Coming to food, Nagpal Chole Bhature, Dolma Aunty Momos, Shivam Suresh Chaat Vala are the popular street food options. DU students shopping is incomplete without street food. So, the affordable cult favorites are the best options here. Lajpat Nagar Market is also known as the Central Market and has a vast range of items for shopping. However, the bargaining skills of a person also matter a lot.
- Cheapest means of transportation: Lajpat Nagar Metro Station on Pink line
- Average cost: INR 400 – 800
DU students shopping? Janpath Market and Connaught Place goes hand in hand
Janpath market is one of the go-to places for Delhi University students. A lot of markets surround Janpath including Connaught place and Palika Bazar. Thus, students get huge options to choose from, ranging from the local affordable at Janpath to the brand outlets at Connaught Place. Also, a lot of food options are available which is the best after a long day of shopping.
Talking about Janpath Market, it is one of the most amazing Tibetian flea markets. Thus, it has a wide range of Tibetan vintage stock along with Indian stuff. Junk jewelry, be it earrings, necklaces, anklets, and a lot more attract a huge number of female students. Also, Janpath Market is well known for its huge footwear stock which is trendy and very inexpensive. DU students shopping needs to be pocket friendly and Janpath can be your best friend. Here, jewelry starts from as cheap as Rs. 20 and even the most amazing footwear starts from Rs 200. Clothing items also are cheap and even good novels are available at throwaway prices.
To quench one’s thirst, the amazing Depaul’s Coffee coffee is the best option in this market. Also, DU students shopping is incomplete without momos and Janpath serves one of the best momos.
Coming to Connaught Place, it is one of the biggest and crowded places, situated in the heart of Delhi. It has a white, horseshoe, circular-shaped architecture which is very beautiful. Also, the Palika Bazaar is situated within the vicinity of Connaught Place.
Name it, and CP has everything a student would want. Stunning Jewellery, Handicraft items, electronic items, fashionable clothes, amazing books, and almost everything is available in CP. The local street stuff here is very cheap with jewelry starting at Rs. 30, clothes for Rs. 200, and books for Rs. 200. Also, electronic items like phone covers, pop-sockets, earphones, etc start at Rs. 100. Connaught Place also has several brand outlets in case some students are in a mood to splurge and get their hands on expensive clothes, shoes, and bags. Hence, these brands include popular ones like H&M, Levis, Crocs, Van Heusen, Louis Philippe, US Polo, Nike, and many others.
CP also houses many eating joints with a wide variety of cuisines. Amazing cafes like Indian Coffee House, Wengers, Cha Bar, Open House Cafe, The Immigrant Cafe, Chai Story, The Big Chill, etc are in CP. Hence, this place is perfect for both shopping and dining. Also, for exploring CP has some amazing places like the Oxford Book Store, the museum of illusions, the Dhoomimal Art Gallery, and others.
- Cheapest Means of transportation: Rajeev Chowk Metro Station
- Average Cost: 600-1000 INR