MIT Hostels: your home away from home. When it comes to living in a college hostel, there can only be two kinds of people: those who love it, and those who have never lived in one. So as a first year it becomes very important to fully know your place of accommodation before you choose it, or as usually happens, it is chosen for you. Here are the options available for the freshers who are joining this year:
16TH AND 17TH BLOCKS
The two blocks are almost mirrored images of each other. Among the more comfortable boys’ blocks of the college, the 16th block is notorious for hosting one of the toughest wardens around, he-who-cannot-be-named. With their off-putting distance as well as the overall adherence to rules and curfews these blocks turn a few heads, but they more than make up with their quality of rooms, decent Wi-Fi speeds, and the view from their rooms overlooking the valley.
Rooms: Every room in both the blocks is exactly the same, (save for the middle ones that come with an almost obscene amount of space) with an attached bathroom, the only differences being between Single/Double and AC/Non-AC. Having ample space with newer furniture, these rooms are quite aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. The bathrooms are also pleasant, with most of them receiving hot water around the clock.
Location: The 16th and 17th blocks are conveniently located right in front of Food Court 2. So meals, whenever you’re lazing around in your room, won’t be such a hassle. Food Court 1 is a little less than a kilometer up the slope. The distance to the academic blocks, however, is a little over one kilometer, or an 18-minute walk. More than the long distance is the incredibly in-your-face walk up the steep slopes, at the bottom of which this block sits. Although, within a month or two, everyone gets acclimatized to the arduous walk.
Wi-Fi: The Wi-Fi in these blocks has its bad moments, with the random and unpredictable drops and occasional surges; but during its peak hours (maximum speed, minimum users) the Wi-Fi is fast enough to play YouTube videos at 360-720p. During the day between lecture hours and post-midnight, the speeds are reasonably fast with downloads maxing 150 kbps (upgradable to 550 kbps). A few rooms that are not close enough to the routers are doomed with permanent bad internet, but that can be fixed with a simple complain to the authorities.
Discipline: With Block 16th’s no-nonsense warden, the bending of rules is tougher and consequently more punishable. Among the other blocks, 16th is most prone to surprise checks and visits from the warden, but by no means does this entail that the amount of freedom or competence for ‘jugaad’ is diminished. It just necessitates a more careful and wary eye when indulging in pesky pandemonium. On the other hand, Block 17th is extremely chill as the warden almost never visits and the caretakers are pretty friendly.
Night Canteens: These blocks come with a good range of assorted snacks that are enough to keep immediate hunger at bay. Packets of chips, biscuits, and instant noodles are available along with other heavier snacks including a couple of rolls and a few egg items. You even get ice-creams and a few beverages. The night canteen is open from noon to 2 AM, but with most of the food arriving later in the evening, its full use is availed after dinner, during nightly hunger pangs. Apart from this the 17th block also has a restaurant in the basement that serves Chinese and Indian cuisine.
Utilities: 3 TV rooms along with 3 TT rooms are spaced evenly across each block, alternating as you move from the top down. The TV rooms are decent and more than sufficient to catch those late night, high profile matches. The only drawback is that this block does not have a modest weight room or any gym equipment unlike those present in the 18th block. The famed Spiffy crew that is in charge of all cleanliness are top-notch, with the rooms being cleaned every alternate day on request.
19TH AND 20TH BLOCKS
The two blocks are often viewed as the most chilled out blocks. They’re tucked away in a quiet corner of the campus and offer a pleasant atmosphere.
Rooms: The 19th and 20th Blocks boast of ‘Deluxe’ rooms, that is, one common attached bathroom for every two rooms, with a common room attached with a washing sink. The rooms are for single occupancy and are well fitted with new furniture, whiteboards and notice boards. Since half the rooms face the valley towards the east, one can wake up either to amazing sunrises or to the road winding up to Food Court, which isn’t that bad either given the fact they are some of the coolest non-AC rooms. The ground floor(LG) of both blocks consist of AC rooms. The common room can be used flexibly; some use it to air their laundry (and save money) while others use it to cook, given the availability of a sink. The bathrooms, needless to say, get hot water round the clock.
Location: The major drawback of these blocks is that they are the farthest from the Academic area, with the route being riddled with two steep slopes. It takes approximately 15 minutes to get to the NLH. They’re a small walk away from the new Food Court. On the other hand, this isolation also makes them peaceful blocks. But the blocks also have quick access to the 18th Block Back Gate. So if you’re ever late for class, you can always quickly take an auto from the back gate.
Wi-Fi: Since one router is being shared by only two people, the Wi-Fi speeds in these blocks are unparalleled by any other block. There are almost no server downtimes, and the speed is consistently good. Hello, 720p YouTube video.
Discipline: These are some of the most relaxed blocks ever. You can waltz in up to 30 minutes late, debilitated and yet not get penalised (not that we promote this behaviour in any form). Raids in the blocks is a rarity. The wardens are almost never seen in the block, which is good news for a certain subset of people (not that we promote that behaviour either).
Night Canteens: The blocks lack a night canteen, but thankfully enough they’re very close to Campus Grill. So if you’re hankering for a grub post-midnight, don’t you worry, just make sure you have their number. But do make sure to store up on snacks if you’re the kind of person who needs something to eat now and then. Utilize the common room available to you and your roommate, and make yourself some food.
Utilities: Being small, each block has one Table Tennis room, and one weight room with considerable gym equipment. And of course, Spiffy is in charge of the cleanliness, and will clean your room every alternate day on request.
– by the MTTN Crew