Hostels. That is a veritable question that comes into everyone’s heads. Even before you’ve embarked on your academic journey to become an engineer, you wish to know about the accommodation provided by the college, the comfort quotient, whether it’s worth your money and most importantly, if you’re ready to call it your second home. MTTN has brought you a comprehensive guide to the blocks available exclusively for first years. Make the correct choice, because you’re about to move into this place for an entire year. Here at MIT, you will make memories to treasure for a lifetime.
Rooms: All rooms have a well-functioning AC, though it may require occasional repairing. There are well-spaced wardrobes, shelves and an attached western washroom. The room does not come with any electrical appliances; one would have to notify the caretakers should they bring any. After emptying two buckets of cold water, hot water is available round the clock.
Location: A few metres from the Venugopal Temple, and far away from the Academic Blocks, this block boasts of lush greenery around it. In spite of being comfortable, and exclusively for freshers, this block is at a distance from academic blocks and campus stores alike. It takes about 15-20 minutes to reach the academic blocks and about 5 minutes to reach the food court. Rickshaws can be caught occasionally from the entrance near VGT.
Wi-Fi: In spite of one router being shared by both the 11th and 12th block, the WiFi is mostly strong. Albeit occasional erratic drops and random fluctuations, at its peak, it is reasonably fast, maxing about 150 kbps.
Discipline: The recent implementation of the biometric scanners allows the caretakers to keep track of when the hostel-dwellers enter and leave the block. The caretakers are friendly but don’t attempt to bend the rules around them. Adhere well to the curfew time (10:00 P.M. on normal days and 11:00 P.M. on examination days), and you’ll stay out of trouble.
Utilities: The undisputed best utility of this block are two lovely dogs that occasionally come onto the field and keep you company for as long as you need it. It has an attached mess called Aradhana that serves the same food as the food court but since it has an attached kitchen, the rotis and food items are served hot. There is an open field inside perfectly suited for midnight jam sessions and an open basketball court in the block. The security is efficient and the block is well-ventilated.
Rooms: The students residing in the block can avail Aradhana mess of the 12th block. They can use the Badminton court and the basketball court of the 12th block.The hostel rooms are provided with long mirrors, cupboards and have a western washroom attached. It has both single bed and double bedrooms and common washrooms as well. The security is well maintained and the block is very well ventilated.
Location: Situated behind the 12th block, the block has three floors and a TV room as well.
Wi-Fi: The connection here is fairly decent, with very rare surges.
Discipline: The warden and caretakers are responsible and always available in case any help is required, although strict action will be taken if you don’t follow basic rules. No pranks in poor taste, the obedience of the curfew, proper handling of hostel facilities is necessary.
Utilities: These blocks have no AC. There is limited corridor space to dry clothes in. A lot of space is used up in placing the drying stands. Much like the 12th block, the food court, academic block, shops and auto stand are at a distance.
New Ladies Block (NLB)
On the slightly pricier end, NLB is a semi-luxurious block equipped with a gym and a recreation room.
Rooms: Each room has a soft board and whiteboard along with the tables provided. The rooms have a common entrance (lounge) which then leads to the two individual rooms and a common kitchen and washroom attached. The availability of kitchen helps in cooking and cleaning. It has well-spaced cupboards and storage space.
Location: It is located opposite 7th & 8th Blocks and is close to the shops, auto stand, and the Food Court each at a 5-minute walk, and about 7-8 minutes from the Academic Blocks. It is very well guarded and well ventilated.
Discipline: This block requires greater surveillance owing to greater chances of interaction with seniors. Although there have been no incidents of bullying or ragging, for the first two months of college freshers are restricted from interacting with the seniors. This gets overruled during TechTatva. The caretakers and warden are both responsible and helpful, as long as they are respected.
Utilities: It comes with a stove and avails most electric appliances. It is NON AC for first years. It does not have a mess of its own and the only option is the food court/ Apoorva Mess. It does not have single bedrooms.
Rooms: The rooms are primarily non-AC, double attached, and are sufficiently spacious. The cupboards and shelves ensure enough available storage, and though the room has a half-sized mirror, it lacks a full-length one. The corridors are amazingly well-ventilated and breezy, on account of them being open (covered only by a grill) on both ends, though that increases the chance of insects (and spiders) to enter. All floor have a full-length mirror in the corridor, and there is a spacious TV room on the top floor. The only water cooler, sadly, is located on the far end on the ground floor, the pain of which you only understand on a hot, lazy day.
Location: Located opposite NLB and beside the 8th block, this is much closer to the Academic Blocks when compared to the 11th and 12th blocks. KC is your nearest hope for an auto, which is barely a minute away while walking to NLH would take you about 7 minutes.
Wi-Fi: Depending on the location of your room, the Wi-Fi connectivity varies. If you get a room not close to any of the routers, be prepared to spend a lot of your time out in the corridor or by the staircase.
Discipline: This being a relatively small block, it doesn’t take much time for the caretakers and the guards to personally recognize you by your face. They’re very particular about perm timings but friendly otherwise.
Utilities: Though each floor is equipped with one washing machine each, their functionality is never certain. In any case, the laundry lady from NLB comes almost every evening to collect clothes. The block has no mess exclusive to it, and the nearest one is Food Court. If you don’t mind walking the extra distance, you could also join Annapoorna (they probably have the best mess food on campus). If you need to buy something but don’t want to walk till Campus Stores, you can also stop by at the shop outside blocks 5 & 6.
Word of advice— be wary of the dogs outside that can tend to bark ceaselessly in the middle of the night.
Block 1 & 2
Rooms: The rooms may get a bit cramped, but they have well-spaced wardrobes and a study table. There are common washbasins and 10 shower stalls for both the blocks. Social life is thriving in these blocks, however since it is a three sharing room, the rooms can become excessively noisy at times.
Location: The most conveniently located in terms of distance from the Academic Blocks (1-2 minutes walking), they stand facing greenery midway between them and the Food Court. They have the same entrance and have two floors. They are a triple bed and common bathroom blocks and have a common courtyard.
Utilities: The attached mess is Ananya. The mess is pure vegetarian. It is located very close to the food court, campus store, shops, academic block and auto stand. The food is wholesome, with better rotis than food court and fruits instead of eggs. They are NON-AC Blocks. You have to stand in a line few mornings to share the washrooms. They do get extremely hot in the summers, but a bit of acclimatisation should help in surviving this block.
Rooms: These rooms are similar in layout to the NLB rooms, with a desk and a floor-to-ceiling cupboard provided for each occupant in the double room. All of them have an attached bathroom, and there is a provision for air conditioning. The bathroom is well-sized. The rooms branch off from long corridors on either side of the entrance. Since the block is newly constructed, aesthetics is not a problem.
Location: Conveniently located just off the Student Plaza and opposite Blocks 5 and 6, this block has the added advantage of the Food Court being a hop, skip and a jump away. Its third facade opens onto Kamath Circle, where auto stands and chicken rolls await. It’s also a straight road to the academic blocks from here, and the block is equidistant to the Badminton Court.
Utilities: This block is as close to the Food Court and Student Plaza as it’s going to get. There’s always a puppy or two hanging around for your daily dose of adorableness.
Each hostel provides a cot, a mattress, a study table and a chair in addition to the cupboards and other basic electrical items. Other hostel staff includes the cleaners and caretakers. Hostels cannot be changed in between the semesters unless there is a genuine reason along with a vacancy.
It might take you quite a while to get accustomed to staying in one corner of the room which you will make your own, but hostel life has its own charm. Being worried about things like who’s going to be your roommate, whether you can adjust with her, will you like the food and so on will take a backseat when you start living your life here. Embrace hostel life, seize the chance to make some amazing friends, have those 3 am conversations, let yourself feel the adrenaline rush to make it by perm time and definitely make all those experiences count. Hope this helps you make your decision. For any queries, ask us in the comment section below or on the Freshers’ group.
– by the MTTN Staff