How is IIT Madras hostel life?

Life on campus is literally cool, thanks to the green cover on campus. The sun’s rays filtering through the branches of the trees here are a treat to watch. IIT Madras offers a mesmerizing view for nature and wildlife-lovers within the campus area of about 250 hectares.

IIT Madras boasts of having one of the best infrastructures which is a mix of traditional and modern elements. Classrooms and labs are quite cosy and modern, except a few which are non-AC. You will be taught with the latest teaching methodology and techniques. It’s said that in the classrooms the interest will chase you itself. The institute has over 100 well equipped laboratories and 23 Research Centres of Excellence.


Organisation responsible for all the non-academic things in institute, ranging from sports to hostel and mess. Almost every sport in gymkhana building is free for students(only some need a paid membership card). Taramani guest house is in front of Gymkhana and it also has a bus-stop exactly opposite to it.

IC&SR Building

Home of IAR and ICSR hall. Almost every lecture or seminar event in institute happens here. This building also has NPTEL hall, NIT pallakad office and many more official departments.

Academics at IIT Madras

The first two years at the campus might be hard but IIT provides all the facilities you would need to get ahead. The classes here take only 4-5 hours and the rest 19-20 hours are to be spent helping yourself grow.

You can study in that time, play any sport or take part in extracurricular activities. You can also become a part of the CFI (Centre For Innovation) to give shape to your imagination in the form of a product.

Hostel Facility

In your freshmen year, single room will be shared by two people. From second year onwards your will be alloted new hostels where most of the people are given are single rooms and some still have shared but bigger rooms. Also you can apply for hostel change at the start of the semester with valid reason.

Other than central library there is also your hostel library where you can find some good novels and chosen books over the years by your seniors. You can issue the book here for whole semester if no one needs it.

You will find a Music Room in almost every hostel. If you are a music enthusiast and have a good feel for playing instruments then you can try a hand over here.

You wont find a place in TV room during a cricket or a football match. This room has a television set (default is bravia) and a good sound system. Also, a subscription of channels in every language is a plus point. Friendship in IIT bonds up very fast over sports. And you have a general sports equipment room so that you have some active evenings playing with your friends in hostel quadi.

Himalaya Mess

Yes the mess. Three floored building with six caterers. You have an option to choose among the caterers. A reliable an option whenever you feel hungry. Timely meal routines with heavy breakfast makes up your day. Eatery near Himalaya – You can literally find everything here from Dosa to juices and pizza. One of the best place to have your intellectual discussions after classroom sessions.

Campus Cafe

The canteen in the academic zone, on the road between Central Workshop / CFI and the Hospital. Quick save for when you have a morning free slot and have missed breakfast. Tasty (and cheap) South Indian breakfast and lunch.


Saarang is the annual social and cultural festival of IIT Madras. It is a 5 day long festival usually in the second week of the year which receives a footfall of over 60,000+ people from over 500 colleges all across the country.

Sports Facility

IIT Madras believes that a healthy mind resides within a healthy body for which students can either exercise at the Institute Gymkhana or play games like Tennis, Basketball, TT or play cricket at the Chemplast Cricket Ground. You may also participate in various other sports at Manohar C Watsa Stadium or Sports Complex.

Student Legislative Council

The newly renamed Students’ Legislative Council (SLC), formerly the Student Affairs Council (SAC) was conceived of in the Students’ Constitution of IIT Madras, written in 1982, which was a pioneering move in its time. It was the first students’ constitution which allowed elections and which defined roles and responsibilities in a clear-cut fashion. Until then, selection for positions of responsibility had been carried out by the professors.


Life in IIT Madras is brilliantly awesome and one can never forget the experience who has lived there. The campus is huge and full of nature and wildlife. Rains add to its beauty. Students and some professors use bicycle to reach the classes and back to their homes. It is really enjoying bicycling under the sun and canopies of tall trees in the campus.

Then there are classes, professors are highly qualified, you cannot grasp all the topics. Haha! Study is done through ppts and on boards.

There are 3 messes in total. Mess food is manageable but it becomes boring when we eat daily in the same mess. There is an option of changing the messes every month and there is also choice between the north menu and the south menu. Food court option is also available. Apart from messes, there are several other outlets where you can fill your tummies.

Talking about other activities, there is a wide scope of everything here. Talks by eminent personalities, seminars, lectures, workshops etc. take place frequently in the institute. Students in great numbers participate in every competition. It also hosts South Asia’s largest cultural festival ‘Saarang’ which is a 5 day long fest that is held in the month of January every year. Students can be seen building some great projects in innovation center.

There are 22 hostels in total. Inter-hostel competitions take place too. Entry of girls is allowed in the boys’ hostel but not the vice-versa.

Nightlife is enjoyable and anyone can roam around the campus freely.

Some of the amazing pics of the insti for supporting my answer are-

  1. Morning (8.00 o’clock):

2)Road to departments:

3) A deer grazing in the campus:

4) Lush green environment:

5) Beautiful nature:

6) New Academic Complex:



9)Center point Gajendra Circle:

10) Gajendra Circle at Night:

11)Central Library:

12)Mess food:

13) IITM Research Park:

14) Saarang:

Before coming here, ALL you need to pack is your clothes and some bed sheets. Rest other things you will get in the campus’ prime mart and shopping complex itself.