Hostel Life and How to Survive it
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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 cots, mattresses, chairs, study tables, 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 which isn’t used as much.
First-year year students have 10:00 PM as their curfew, except during sessionals, end semester examinations, college fests or any other university-organised event, during which the curfew is extended up to 11:00 PM. Fingerprinting on the biometric attendance system is compulsory, and in case of absence or failure to punch in on time, the parents of the defaulters will be notified by the caretakers. If a student is absent from the hostel more than twice, his/her name will be put up on the watchlist and it can lead to the debarment of the student from the hostel.
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 on the campus. 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.
This block is a sublime reflection of a traditional college experience. Ranging from shared bathrooms to a clothesline across the corridor, it offers a taste of the college life your parents may have cherished.
Perhaps the most advantageous aspect of this block is its proximity to just about everything—the academic blocks, Food Court 1, Student Plaza, and the campus stores. Sharing a single bathroom among several people might be looked upon as a slight drawback. However, the bathrooms are cleaned multiple times a day and are well-maintained.
Blocks 16 and 17
They are among the newer blocks on 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 is 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.
Blocks 19 and 20
These deluxe, yellow coloured blocks, located right behind the 16th and 17th blocks, are the highly luxurious hostels in the campus. They have an additional, but small, kitchen space apart from the good furnishing, which accounts for the high hostel fees. Students living here have to deal with the daily morning ordeal of a quarter-hour walk to the academic area. Block 18 offers only non-AC rooms while Blocks 19 and 20 have both AC and non-AC rooms. The rooms have a tendency to get stuffy, owing to the poor ventilation within the room itself.
Hit and Run, 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
The girls’ hostels do not have washing machines but a laundry service (not affiliated to the college) is commonly utilised in the hostel. Students can get their rooms cleaned every alternate day and any utility problem in the room is dealt with as soon as possible, once you register the complaint with the hostel caretaker. 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 block equivalent of the girls’ hostels. These are the non-AC blocks, and 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.
Block 7 can be found right down the street from the new Student Plaza. This block offers non-AC double rooms with attached bathrooms. While the lack of AC isn’t very troublesome in the odd semesters, the even semesters do send the mercury soaring.
The main advantage that this block offers is its location, which lets you avoid the arduous journey that the residents of some of the other blocks face. Also, its proximity to Apoorva Mess and the Student Plaza will ensure you don’t have to go very far for anything you would require.
Block 21 (New Ladies Block)
NLB, or the New Ladies Block, is located further ahead from the 6th block. It 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, 19 and 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 can 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 Student Plaza.
Block 22 is the newest block for girls on the MIT Campus, with two batches of students having occupied it so far. This block consists entirely of double-sharing AC rooms and is very well furnished. Each floor is themed a different pair of colours with the furniture of the rooms reflecting the same. With a laundry service located on the ground floor, cleaning services and water dispensers on each floor, the block is very convenient to live in. It is also equipped with gym rooms.
The block occupies an enviable location on campus, immediately adjacent to the new Student Plaza. Also in the near vicinity are the Food Court and the Auto Stand, which makes this a very convenient place to live in your first year.
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A complete list of the hostel rules and regulations can be found here.
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.