Ah, the sweet smell of freedom. You pack all your things in labelled boxes, put them in the auto, and drive away from perm time and wardens asking you to sign in the register. You settle into your new house, arrange everything meticulously, and realize without a shade of doubt that you’re unstoppable. You have dinner at night, and smile as the clock strikes 10:31pm with you still in the restaurant.
A month passes by and the bills roll in. You see the electricity bill and regret that extra hour of AC last night. Then follows suit the internet bill, cook’s salary, maid’s salary, and the house rent. In the rush of paying these bills you check the AMS for your attendance status because you might miss a class while paying them. And you’re one class short of 75%.
Moving out is a big step in college life – really rewarding if done right, and a good way to practice handling your own money once you do start earning. But like all big decisions, it pays to be well-equipped beforehand and to get a peephole into the life hereafter.
The purpose of this article is not to discourage students from moving out. Neither does it serve to inspire a mass exodus from MIT Hostels. It is to give you all the tools necessary to make an informed decision, and to answer two key questions about shifting out – Should I? and How Do I?
- Freedom from the hostel perm time: this part speaks for itself. You don’t have to eat a rushed dinner just to make it back in your block on time.
- Closer to class: If you choose to live in an apartment near campus, chances are that you’ll be a stone’s throw away from class. Pavithra Residency is bang opposite the AB-5 Back Gate, and you can make it to class in 5-10 minutes flat. More on apartments in the next section.
- Food: Many have cried against the Food Court, and feel the tug on their purse-strings after countless dinners had outside. When you do move out, you’ll have your own kitchen with a cook ready. And if you’re inclined to, cooking your own food occasionally can serve as a good way to eat what you feel like and spend smart. (Again, mind you this can go both ways. The food court of MIT strives to maintain a high standard of hygiene and nutrition. Outside, all that will depend on you.)
- Independence: You live on your own terms, and that’s a blessing in its own way. Tired of ION? Choose your own WiFi connection. Tired of the food being served? Choose a different cook.
- Attendance: Though it sounds comforting when you’re living five minutes away from class, many students who stay outside have rued their attendance shortage. There’s no gainsaying how seriously our institution handles attendance matters. Still, we won’t hold this completely against the idea of moving out; those who have the discipline and will to be punctual would come regularly regardless of where they stay. However, we sincerely recommend having a vehicle for those who stay farther away; long walks everyday can weaken the strongest of legs.
- Money, and a drastic change in lifestyle: Independence may be a pretty picture at first, but ditch those rose-tinted glasses. If you are in the hostel your roommate is just a person you share a room with. But a flatmate is also a partner in financial expenditure. The norm is that every month one person handles paying the bills, and everyone else pays their end to him. Now this may seem easy at first, but let two months pass before debates fly on who used more AC and more data on the internet plan. Make sure you move in with someone level-headed enough to handle these matters professionally.
- The Security Deposit: While most flats ask you to pay 50k in the beginning as a security deposit note that chances are you’ll be getting lesser than 42k back at the end of your stay. The owners and managers can provide the reasoning that the extra money goes in changing the AC coolant, painting the house, and readying it for you. But it can get worse. If they claim any possible damages done to the house – maybe a spoilt TV that you never used but which they blame you for anyway – you can get as much as 20k cut from your 50k.
- Possible safety issues: You may not realize it, but MIT Hostels do a lot to keep you safe and secure. Living outside, well, we’ll leave it to your imagination.
Regardless of whether you’re staying within or without college, it never hurts to not be naïve. You might think that the college overcharges certain aspects of your stay here, but remember that it is primarily an education institution. However, when you move out, you’re not dealing with college authorities anymore – and that’s a whole different ball game.
Handling matters like the security deposit dispute (“I didn’t break the TV, it was already broken!” “That’s what they all say!”) won’t be sweet. However, the plus point of this is that your examination Admit Card won’t be held back if you don’t pay dues. The downside is that you could be facing the business end of a law suit.
In your interest, follow the advice below:
- Do Your Paperwork! Read all the documents carefully, and be confident in standing up to the manager in case there’s a dispute. Keep scanned copies of all bills, receipts, and especially the lease agreement.
- Store the numbers of all the repairmen. You always need “the guy”. It’s possible that the guard of the apartment complex already has these details, but it never hurts being prepared.
- Be very smart with finances. In fact, we suggest keeping all the house money safe somewhere – not to be touched under any circumstances. Maintain a record of all the house expenditure, and split it even.
- Learn how to cook basic meals. There’s nothing like a chocolate pancake you can whip up when you desire. Noodles do serve as the deus ex machina in this case.
If you’ve analyzed all the sides of shifting out, and if you’ve decided to go for it, congratulations! You’re one step closer to living on your own terms. Now for the next step – how to go about it.
How Do I?
Shifting out essentially is a three-step process.
- The ‘Moving Out’ form: Go to the Student Welfare department in AB1, and ask for said form. They preferably hand out forms to only third or fourth years, and if you’re not in either then procuring the document itself will need the Associate Director’s (Student Welfare) permission. This is what you’ll need to enter in the form.
- Your basic details like name, branch, and CGPA, along with a stamp size photograph.
- Reason for moving out.
- Details and contact information of your parent/guardian.
- Other details like vehicle information (if any).
- Your permanent address, and address of the local guardian.
- Address of the place you’re shifting into, along with name and contact details of the landlord.
- Written consent of parents (by letter or email)
- Permission from the following college authorities: Take both the documents mentioned above for approval from –
- Your HOD
- Chief Warden
- Associate Director (Student Welfare)
And now you’re all set to shift out. Do invite us to that housewarming party.