Hostel life and How to Survive it
MIT Hostels have, over the years, come to develop a reputation of providing a variety of options for incoming students seeking accommodation in the campus. While guaranteeing basic necessities such as a cot, mattress, chair, study table, 24 hour electricity, Wi-Fi, and solar heated water supply among other things, they too have their share of problems.
MIT hostels also give you the option for an attached/common bathroom, AC/ Non-AC room and single/double/triple sharing rooms. The blocks also have a recreation room, but aren’t used as much.
All first year students have 9:30 PM. as their curfew, other than during sessionals, end semester examinations, college fests or any other university organized event, during which the curfew is extended up to 11 PM. Signing in the attendance register is compulsory, and defaulters are charged a fine of Rs. 250 per instance.
Along with amenities, hostel life perhaps most closely emulates everything you see in books and movies about it. Since most blocks for first years are exclusively meant for them, your first few weeks will include knocks from fellow students looking to introduce themselves. Within the first month of college you will have identified that one person on your floor that always has food and by the end of the semester you will have started referring to your room, as home. You’re going to make a lot of worthwhile friends in the hostel and will make enough memories to fondly reminisce them. So, gear up for one of the best and most memorable experiences of college life.
OPTIONS FOR BOYS:
The boys’ hostels accommodate the majority of the students in campus. Unlike girls’ blocks they have no washing machines, but a laundry service (not affiliated to the college) is available. Rooms are usually cleaned once in two days and any utility problem in the room is dealt with as soon as possible once you register the complaint with the hostel caretaker. In case of any medical emergency, the caretaker will call for an ambulance to KMC, once he is informed.
- Blocks 5 and 6
These blocks are what comes to mind when you think of a typical boys’ hostel, complete with old, wrought iron furnished hostels and common bathrooms. The main advantage of these blocks is their central location in the campus. With the provisional store, ATM, Food Court, auto stand all in the vicinity, these blocks are the most conveniently located boys’ hostels, and are closer to classes than the other hostel options.
There is one common bathroom on every floor, which is regularly cleaned. There have been reports of leakage and seepage in the topmost floors though, which the authorities have not been as quick in addressing. Aditya mess is inside the compound of these blocks. Though there are no night canteens, other canteens deliver to these blocks.
- Blocks 16 and 17
They are among the newer blocks in campus, and also among the farthest from the academic blocks. The blocks house a major chunk of the first year students. These eleven-storey apartment-like hostels are located downhill, and provide for a scenic view of the Manipal landscape. With attached bathrooms and wooden furnishing, these blocks are arguably the best to live in – their only con being the long uphill climb to classes and the food court
These blocks have water coolers on every floor to provide students with drinking water. While the functionality of these coolers on some floors are questionable, the lack of normal temperature drinking water in the hostels gets very irksome. Both blocks have a night canteen usually open till 12 AM every day and till 1 am during exams.
- Block 18
This deluxe, yellow colored block located right behind 16th and 17th blocks is a highly luxurious hostel in campus. It has an additional but small kitchen space apart from the good furnishing, which accounts for the high hostel fees. Students living here too have to deal with the daily morning ordeal of a quarter hour walk to the academic area. Though the path uphill is being repaired, it becomes a pain to climb uphill, especially during the rains in the odd semester.
The rooms also have a tendency to get stuffy, owing to poor ventilation within the room itself.
Campus Grill, a small restaurant will cater to your midnight hunger and is located among the hostels downhill. They provide hostel delivery to every block.
OPTIONS FOR GIRLS:
Most of the girl’s hostels do not have washing machines but a laundry service is commonly utilized in the hostel. Students can get their rooms cleaned every alternate day. Here too, the caretaker will call for an ambulance to KMC Hospital, once informed about any medical emergency.
- Blocks 1 and 2
Hostel blocks 1 and 2 are situated closest to the academic area. These hostels are the 5th and 6th block equivalent of the girls’ hostels. These are the non-AC blocks, with the common bathroom (present on each floor) cleaned almost thrice a day, these blocks are well kept. There is a small garden in the middle of the block which is watered using recycled water.
They have a provisional store located close by and also have the availability of both vegetarian (Ananya) and non-vegetarian (Ashraya) messes within the hostel campus.
- New Ladies Block (Block 21)
NLB is located further ahead from the 6th block. NLB or the New Ladies Block is also among the more expensive hostels. It has gym equipment, but no night canteen. The rooms are pretty well furnished and you can get it cleaned on alternate days. NLB, like blocks 18-20, has a small sink and shelves. The block has a nice garden in front with benches to enjoy it. The furnishing is top notch with good beds and big desks. These blocks also get stuffy during the even semester, owing to bad ventilation and the general humidity. The ground floor of this block provides an AC option but is one of the most expensive hostel options. This block is also fairly close to the food court and Kamath Circle.
- Blocks 11 and 12
Block 12 has all the rooms furnished with an AC whereas block 11 provides only non-AC accommodation. Block 12 has a basketball court out front, a garden and a badminton court in the in the middle of the block. Although they are among the farthest hostels in campus from the academic area, they also have their own mess (Aradhana) and have been built on level ground, unlike the 16-20 blocks which are downhill. These have a huge garden and the Venugopal Temple in the vicinity. Festivals like Diwali and Garba are usually celebrated in the garden nearby. The MIT Hockey and Football grounds are also located in proximity. The back gate entry to MIT is just a few steps away from these blocks.
These are also small blocks with decent furnishing. The only set back is that in block 11, the cupboards are very small and most students find themselves living out of their suitcases.
For additional information:
If you want a change of accommodation from one category to another, it will be allowed only at the beginning of the quarter of the calendar year. A remission in the hostel facilities fee will be given if you move into a lower category of accommodation. Similarly, the difference in hostel facilities fee would be collected if you are allowed to move into a higher category of accommodation. You must submit to the hostel accounting office the prescribed form for shifting into a different category of hostel accommodation duly signed by the Chief Warden.
Tips to successfully navigate hostel life
- Do not be rude to the caretakers. They take care of you when you’re unwell. They also have the TV remote, and the sign in register. It will be in your best interest to be nice to them.
- There’s no such thing as ‘mine’ in hostels, especially when it comes to food.
- While laziness often wins this argument, get your room cleaned regularly, or by the end of the semester you won’t have space to study, or sleep.
- Be willing to compromise for your roommate. They’re the ones that cover for you when you need them to and the first people your parents call when they can’t get through to you.
- While theft in the hostels is a rarity, look out for your belongings. If you lose them, you probably won’t be able to get them back.
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