Hostels. A new, exciting, and slightly terrifying prospect to explore that comes into everyone’s heads as they enter their undergraduate years. 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 the 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 wardrobes, shelves, and an attached washroom in each room. The cupboard space is limited, so avoid carrying a lot of items for lesser clutter. After emptying two buckets of cold water, hot water is available round the clock. All the repair issues are taken care of reasonably quickly, and cleanliness is maintained at all times.
Location: A few meters from the Venugopal Temple and far away from the Academic Blocks, this block boasts of lush greenery around it. Despite being comfortable and exclusively for freshers, this block is far 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.
WiFi: 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, it is reasonably fast, maxing about 150 kbps at its peak.
Discipline: The biometric scanners’ implementation 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: 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: Consisting of non-AC double sharing rooms, block 11 is a comfortable block having an in-block mess, prompt caretakers, and a wholesome, friendly environment. During the even semester, the non-AC rooms become slightly difficult to adjust to. The water coolers and rooms have occasional utility problems, which can be brought to the block wardens’ attention. Cleaners are regular and maintain the block in a hygienic state. Laundry is conveniently collected within the block to avoid long walks to the student plaza.
Location: Situated behind the 12th block, the block has three floors and a TV room as well.
WiFi: The connection here is fairly decent, with very rare surges.
Discipline: The warden and caretakers are responsible and always available if 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. Most often resort to drying clothes outside after a few weeks (apart from rainy days). Much like the 12th block, the food court, academic block, shops, and auto stand are at a distance.
Residents of 11 and 12 can avail of the Aradhana mess facility, with friendly servers and hot, fresh food. Students registered in the food court can also swipe their mess card at Aradhana at a nominal extra charge.
New Ladies Block (NLB)
NLB is a semi-luxury block consisting of apartment-style rooms. Each unit has two individual rooms adjoined with a common living area, a kitchen counter, and a bathroom intended for two people’s shared usage. Due to the added privacy and kitchen amenity, this block ranges on the pricier end. The kitchen cum living area is provided with two comfortable armchairs. The individual rooms are spacious, featuring large study tables with a whiteboard and cork board. There is ample storage in the form of shelves, drawers, and a large cupboard. In-block gyms and recreation rooms are an added perk.
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 bullying or ragging incidents, freshers are restricted from interacting with the seniors for the first two months of college. This gets overruled during TechTatva. The caretakers and warden are both responsible and helpful, as long as they are respected.
Utilities: The first-years only have the option to opt for NON-AC rooms. There is no in-block mess. However, Apoorva mess serving delicious food is only a few metres away. There is a water-cooler on every floor, dispensing hot and cold water. Solar-powered water heaters ensure a 24/7 hot water supply. Any utility or repair issues are attended to promptly and conveniently.
Rooms: Seventh block rooms are exclusively non-AC and double attached. Each room is equipped with a bed and a small desk, as well as an attached bathroom and sufficient storage. Corridors are well lit and breezy, although several students place their laundry racks along them. A walk through the seventh block will almost always find you catching up with a friend or running into a classmate as many individuals choose to leave their double doors open. Each room has a large window, and there is no lack of ventilation. There are small issues with insects and spiders if you choose to leave your window open. Extra care must be taken to keep your belongings in a dry and safe place to avoid fungi that the humid Manipal weather invites. Some rooms have frequent issues with bathroom clogging, which can be brought to the attention of your caretaker. Each floor has a water cooler as well as a full-length mirror.
Location: Located opposite NLB and beside the 8th block, this is much closer to the Academic Blocks than 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.
WiFi: Depending on the location of your room, the WiFi 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: The water dispenser is always functional, and you can drop off your laundry right away in the in-block laundry service. There is no attached mess; however, you can always avail of Food court or Apoorva facilities, both of which are hardly a minute away. This block has no parking space for bicycles, so you have to park it in block 22’s parking area if you have one.
Block 1 & 2
Rooms: Best suited for social butterflies, block 1 and 2 have triple sharing rooms with communal bathrooms and no AC facilities. The rooms are airy and well ventilated; however, storage space is a bit of a problem. Having two other roommates may get noisy at times, but the library is just a couple of minutes away when you need some peace. The communal washrooms do take some time to get used to but are hygienically maintained and frequently cleaned.
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.
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. Non-vegetarians could avail Ashraya mess, which is between 3rd and 4th block, and is just a minute away. They are NON-AC Blocks. You have to stand in a line a few mornings to share the washrooms. They get extremely hot in the summers, but a bit of acclimatization should help survive this block.
Rooms: The most-recently constructed girls’ block, Block 22, provides comfortable facilities that never fail you after a long day of classes and labs. The block consists of double sharing AC rooms with attached bathrooms. Each floor has a shared lounge area with a sofa and table-tennis facilities for after-perm time relaxation. Rooms are provided with a shelf-stand, a cupboard, and a desk. The bathroom also has inbuilt shelves. Each floor has a two-tone color scheme for the furniture, providing you with creative decorating opportunities and aesthetics. The AC is always functional and a huge help in surviving hot Manipal summers.
Location: Conveniently located just off the Student Plaza and opposite Blocks 5 and 6, this block has the added advantage of the Food Court is 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: Each floor has a water cooler and 24/7 hot water. This block is as close to the Food Court and Student Plaza as it’s going to get. The Maggi station right opposite the block is a lifesaver on days when you just can’t be bothered with the mess food. WiFi is considerably fast unless your room is far from the router. 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, cupboards, and other basic electrical items. Other hostel staff includes the cleaners and caretakers. The cleaning staff makes sure that your room is cleaned every alternate day and are always available around in case of unexpected messes and spills. Hostels cannot be changed between the semesters unless there is a genuine reason and a vacancy. You are permitted to change your mess facility only at the end of the month for no extra fee.
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 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 A.M. conversations, let yourself feel the adrenaline rush to make it by perm time, and definitely make all those experiences count. We 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
– updated by Pahal Duggal for MTTN