#MumbaiList: Five Awesome College Campuses In Mumbai You Must Visit Even If You Are Not A Student

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Ruia recently became the first college in the country to be granted the status of ‘excellence’ by the university Grants Commission (UGC). That prompted to take a look at college campuses in Mumbai and look beyond the academics for reasons why we would like to visit them. So here they are, our favourite five college campuses in the city that have all the makings of a beauty contest winner.

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Picture courtesy: schools-colleges.in

St. Xaviers College, Fort
A usual suspect, St. Xaviers College campus is undoubtedly one of the best college campuses in the city. Be it the Indo-Gothic style building, the chapel or the infamous ‘woods’, a lush green leisure space for students, this campus is a hit with the students as well as Bollywood. What I’d really love to see is how beautiful the campus looks during the monsoon. The main building has also been declared as a heritage structure.
Why visit: For the woods, the sprawling campus and the sugarcane juice stall outside college.
Famous Alumni: Vidya Balan, Shobhaa De, Sunil Gavaskar, Zakir Hussain, Mario Miranda
Address: 5, Mahapalika Marg, Dhobi Talao, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai

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Picture courtesy: afternoondc.in

Mumbai University, Kalina
The Mumbai University has two campuses, one in Kalina and the older one located in Fort. The Kalina campus is spread over 243 acres and houses various departments and four hostels. The Jawaharlal Nehru library and the rose garden where more than hundred varieties of roses are cultivated are noteworthy. In order to visit this never ending campus, one must be willing to walk without complaining.
Why visit: To see the Rose Garden, the Jawaharlal Nehru Library and for the ones interested in finding courses, not commonly found in colleges.
Famous alumni: B.R Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Lal Krishna Advani, Mukesh Ambani.
Address: Santacruz East, University of Mumbai Campus Building, Vidya Nagari, Kalina, Mumbai

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Picture courtesy: facebook.com/BhavansAndheri

Bhavans College, Andheri
Undoubtedly one of the largest campuses in the city, it is a tiny town in itself. Truly a treat for the eyes, the campus has a botanical garden, a lake, two amphitheatres and even a temple. Apart from these, there’s also a chemistry building, a library building and something known as the college “Katta” where the students spend their leisure time or prepare for various college festivals. The campus has also been a favourite for many TV and Film award ceremonies and concerts.
Why visit: To see the amphitheatres, the botanical garden, the lake and the Indian-Chinese eatery called Shetty’s Corner outside the college.
Famous alumni: Shrikant Narayan, Adarsh Shinde
Address: Munshi Nagar, Andheri West, Mumbai

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Picture courtesy: coolage.in

Sophia College for Women, Cumbala Hill
Sophia College has again been one of the favourite college campuses of Bollywood with many movies such as Ishq Vishk and Lage Raho Munnabhai having been shot there. The campus includes a central lawn, a chapel, the famous Bhabha hall and even Sadhana School, for the mentally challenged children. Like Xaviers, the main building of Sophia too is a heritage structure.
Why visit: To stand in the campus and say, ” Wasn’t that Bollywood movie shot here?”
Famous alumni: Shahana Goswami, Reema Kagti, Priya Dutt, Amrita Rao, Kiran Rao
Address: Cumballa Hill, Mumbai

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Picture courtesy: wikipedia.org

IIT Mumbai, Powai
Spread over 550 acres, the campus of IIT Mumbai is so huge that one needs to travel around the campus in their buses. What I really found fascinating was how these buses are known as ‘Tumtums’ in the IITian lingo. The gigantic campus after from its cluster of buildings has 15 hostels, 2 schools, 2 Olympic sizes swimming pools and much more. The campus is located between Vihar and Powai lakes and due to its proximity to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, don’t be surprised if you find a leopard along the banks of the Powai lake and run to find the closest ‘Tumtum’ (just kidding!).
Why visit: To sit in the ‘Tumtum’ and take a tour around the beautiful campus
Famous alumni: Udaya Kumar, Nitin Nohria, Ravindran Kannan, Sudheendra Kulkarni, Manohar Parrikar
Address: Adi Shankaracharya Marg, IIT Area, Powai, Mumbai

Our city colleges may not look like the sets of Karan Johar’s ‘Student of the Year’ but they are a breath of fresh air and a visual treat in this concrete jungle of a city. Be it the South Mumbai charm or the greenery, with campuses like these, the students are more likely to be seen in college instead of bunking. If you think your college has a campus to die for or if we missed out on a really picturesque college campus in the city, you know what to do, comment below and share it wit everyone.

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Aspiring writer and student. I bite off more than I can chew, literally. Also, a sporadic dancer. Willing to beg, borrow and steal for chocolates.
  • Carol Henriques

    The Somaiya Vidyavihar campus at Vidyavihar East in Central Mumbai is also really beautiful and well maintained.

    • Shikha Chawla

      Noted 🙂

  • Asha Bhardwaj

    St. xaviers college ,Fort is One of the Best Colleges Of Mumbai

  • Gimbels

    Hello! Famous alum of St Xavier’s ! Yours truly !

  • Chirag

    Ismail Yusuf College has the bigger campus than Bhavans. Missing from the list,