Wikipedia Definition: A college town or university town is a community (often literally a town, but possibly a small or medium sized city, or in some cases a neighborhood or a district of a city) which is dominated by its university population. The university may be large, or there may be several smaller institutions such as liberal arts colleges clustered, or the residential population may be small, but college towns in all cases are so dubbed because the presence of the educational institution(s) pervades economic and social life. Many local residents may be employed by the university - which may be the largest employer in the community, many businesses cater primarily to the university, and indeed the students population may outnumber the local population outright.

The objective of my study is to analyse the effects of recession on college towns. Ideally, they should be recession proof in terms of housing demand and hence rentals. As there is a negative correlation between recessionary sentiments and college admissions, demand for housing near universities and colleges should increase during economic downturns.

While we find many examples of studentification and corresponding college towns in USA, I was wondering if people can help me with examples in India.

1. Kharagpur - Being a 100% residential campus, the institute does not lead to increase in student population in the town, but definitely contributes to a workforce which is involved in running the campus.
2. Manipal
3.

Can you guys suggest more names in India?

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With the current expansion plans and increase in student intake, the population of IIT Kharagpur is going to increase from the present 15,000 to 22,500 by 2011 and to 37,000 by 2018

I think BHU is the the best example of a college town. It is bigger than IIT Kharagpur in terms of both Campus area and population
Abhi, What do you think - Investing in residential options at KGP outside campus would benefit? or is the campus large enough to create residential options for all? And the IIT management would not allow the students to look for residential options outside.

IT BHU is a good example. But isn't that too a 100% residential campus?

Abhishek Kumar said:
With the current expansion plans and increase in student intake, the population of IIT Kharagpur is going to increase from the present 15,000 to 22,500 by 2011 and to 37,000 by 2018

I think BHU is the the best example of a college town. It is bigger than IIT Kharagpur in terms of both Campus area and population
Yeah I agree, both IIT Kharagpur and IT BHU have campuses large enough to accomodate any future expansion. You may want to look at Vedanta University http://vedanta.edu.in/ . When complete, it will become the largest university in India with a campus area of more than 6000 Acres and a student population of 100,000 . It is being developed in the small town of Puri and thus, may have a potential for Real estate developement.

Himadri Mayank said:
Abhi, What do you think - Investing in residential options at KGP outside campus would benefit? or is the campus large enough to create residential options for all? And the IIT management would not allow the students to look for residential options outside.

IT BHU is a good example. But isn't that too a 100% residential campus?

Abhishek Kumar said:
With the current expansion plans and increase in student intake, the population of IIT Kharagpur is going to increase from the present 15,000 to 22,500 by 2011 and to 37,000 by 2018

I think BHU is the the best example of a college town. It is bigger than IIT Kharagpur in terms of both Campus area and population
10,000 Acres. USD 3.2bn. That is incredible. Although Anil Agarwal's fortune has dwindled recently, an extreme philanthropic leap.

I came across another educational investment albeit belittled in size and investment. Who says recession hits all? Education is really recession proof. Or is it not?

GUJARAT TO GET RS 3,500-CRORE 'EDUCATION CITY'
Ahmedabad
The Economic Times

New Delhi-based infrastructure developer Anant Raj Industries will set up an "Education City" at Mehsana, about 90 km from here, on an investment of Rs 3,500 crore, the company said on Monday.

The township project, which is to come up on 750 acres, will have universities, colleges and schools besides multiplexes, service apartments, hostels, auditoriums and hotels, company executive director Amit Sarin said in a statement.

The project will be completed in three phases over two years, with the first phase taking off in about two months, Sarin said.

Universities and colleges will be allocated between 10 to 20 acres for developing infrastructure at Mehsana Education City, Sarin said, adding that his company has begun contacting institutions in this regards.

The company is in the process of developing special economic zones (SEZs), IT parks, hotels, commercial complexes, malls, residential projects, service apartments and infrastructural facilities across the country, he said.



Abhishek Kumar said:
Yeah I agree, both IIT Kharagpur and IT BHU have campuses large enough to accomodate any future expansion. You may want to look at Vedanta University http://vedanta.edu.in/ . When complete, it will become the largest university in India with a campus area of more than 6000 Acres and a student population of 100,000 . It is being developed in the small town of Puri and thus, may have a potential for Real estate developement.

Himadri Mayank said:
Abhi, What do you think - Investing in residential options at KGP outside campus would benefit? or is the campus large enough to create residential options for all? And the IIT management would not allow the students to look for residential options outside.

IT BHU is a good example. But isn't that too a 100% residential campus?

Abhishek Kumar said:
With the current expansion plans and increase in student intake, the population of IIT Kharagpur is going to increase from the present 15,000 to 22,500 by 2011 and to 37,000 by 2018

I think BHU is the the best example of a college town. It is bigger than IIT Kharagpur in terms of both Campus area and population

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