Finding somewhere to stay was not a problem in India. The rule is that the students of the IIT live on the campus in hostels. Prof. Subramanian – who was responsible for the exchange students – organized four hostel rooms where we could stay. A difference is made between girls and guys hostels. Just two female hostels exist meanwhile about 15 male hostels belong to the IIT campus.
Sharavati girls hostel
The Sharavati Hostel where Judith, Mara and me were living was close to the middle of the campus and to the department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Sharavati hosts about hundred female students – almost all of them are Indians. André was staying in the Cauvery where the exchange students from other European countries were hosted too.
Before entering the hostel visitors have to register at the reception with name, date, time, purpose of visit, relation and signature. They also have to hand over their student identity card – it is a long and strong supervising process. Guys are not allowed to enter the girls hostel.
The room has a size of about eight square meters. The Hostels offers a bed, a desk, a fan and a cupboard, sometimes a chair. Moreover every room has its own internet connection which is essential for studying and keeping contact with the family, friends and the professors.
The first impression of our accommodation was disappointing and we all were all a little bit shocked. Especially the barred windows had a deterrent effect but this precaution is necessary because of the free-living monkeys which used to steel private food and belongings.
Even if the room is provided very simply it is pleasant to stay for a couple of months. The bathroom which is large and very clean for Indian standards must be shared by about ten students. It was also a great luck that Sharavati tenders washing machines which can be used by all hostel residents. Moreover our hostel commands a small romantic sunny garden in front of our rooms which eases the learning process for exams. Furthermore our hostel mates, the cleaning ladies and our warden were always polite, friendly and helpful relating questions and problems.
The only problem which couldn’t be solved was the absence of a fridge thus we were forced to eat every day in a restaurant or in the mess.
For using the room, internet, water and current we had to pay 750 Rupees (14 Euro) a month.
To summarize – the cost and quality of accommodation was exceptionally good and better than most of the Indians will ever have.