OK, so for the next four or five years, your address will read something like this:
Room # ___, Hostel __
IIT Bombay, Powai
Mumbai — 400076
Hostel life at IIT Bombay is quite an integral part of your stay here. Although, for some of you, it might seem a little difficult to adjust to at first, you will soon fall in love with your new home. You can find some more information in the section on Hostels.
As the hostels are within the campus, your entire life will be usually contained in the campus itself with the occasional outings in search of good food or for treats. Consequently, the campus is well fitted to address all of your needs, be it your daily necessities or regarding your health. We also have a couple of guesthouses which you can avail of (probably) in case you have someone coming over to visit.
We hope these pages answer some of your questions and give you a basic picture of the hostel life. We look forward to have you amongst us and hope that you look forward to it too.
For more information, you can contact:
General Secretary, Hostel Affairs (GSHA)
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Here is a video showing the beautiful campus of our Institute
Room allotment for first year students are done in following manner :
For Boys - They will be allotted 2 wings of hostel 15 and a wing in hostel 16. On each floor, there are three subsections (also called wings!) - each wing has 6 rooms, each of which will be shared by 2 students.
For Girls - A separate wing of Hostel 15 (Hostel 15 C) is allotted to girls, again on a twin sharing basis.
You get the room right when you reach IIT Bombay (on the day of registrations - July 20, 2017), as well as in the hostel warden’s office.
Each room has a pair of beds, tables, chairs, ceiling fans, tube lights, cupboards and are equipped with 24x7 high speed internet connectivity. There are 2 washrooms per 6 rooms with 24x7 running water (both hot and cold). Each Hostel has a mess (dining hall), a computer room, a gym, a TV, sports grounds and indoor games like Table Tennis, Carrom, Chess, the equipment for which can be availed against your ID Card. Also, stationery and xerox shops are present in Hostel 15 and 16 for fulfilling basic requirements.
The procedure of shifting rooms basically goes through the warden of the hostel through a written application citing the reasons for the change. It will be a great experience to have a new guy as a roommate which will eventually help you in making new friends which you'll cherish for your life. Though, definitely if both of you agree, it will make things easier.
Parents are not allowed to stay in the hostels without prior permission from the Hostel Coordinating Unit. Till 10 PM, female visitors to boys hostels and boys wings in Hostel 15 and male visitors to girls hostel and girls wing in Hostel 15 are allowed after entering details in a register kept with the security at the hostel entrance and after depositing the host's I-Card. After 10PM, entry is restricted only to the common areas — Mess, Lounge and Canteen.
There are a plethora of activities that go around in the hostel which makes life fun. Lot of intra hostel events and competitions (among your hostel inmates) or practice for inter hostel (with other hostels) competitions in sports and cultural activities take place all year round. Also, a variety of festivals like Lohri, Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Janmashtami, Dussehra, Diwali etc. are celebrated in the hostels, along with flag hoisting on Republic Day and Independence Day, keeping the atmosphere in the hostels vibrant and full of life all year round. Do participate in whatever interests you, of course after having devoted enough time to academics. It helps in breaking the ice and socializing with your batchmates and seniors.
The hostel council is divided into Cultural (Cult), Maintenance (Maint), Mess and Sports. Each of these councils is headed by Hostel Councillors (or Cos - generally third year students or thirdies) with Hostel Secretaries (Secys - second year students or sophies) assisting them in the administration of the hostels. All cultural programs and activities are the responsibility of the Cult Council; likewise all sports events are managed by the Sports Council. The Mess Council looks after mess and canteen while the Maint Council ensures proper working of the common areas and the hostel maintenance. All the councils are supervised by the Hostel General Secretary (GSec - a fourthie or fifthie = big daddies). To oversee hostel funds and the Student Council, every hostel has a Hall Manager and a Warden and to assist them, there are Warden Nominees. Every hostel also has an Alumni Secretary to maintain cordial relations with the hostel alumni. Computer Secretary (Comp Secy) takes care of the Computer Room and Internet connection problems while Technical Secretary (Tech Secy) manages the Technical Events at hostel and institute level. More details on the specific functions of each council member would be conveyed to you once you reach here
This is perhaps the best part of the whole deal. With time, all inmates become the part of one big family. For nothing else but the sense of belonging, you are expected to support and cheer for your hostel and other inmates in inter hostel events (this includes hooting for your hostel during the freshman orientation programmes for various clubs, of which you will come to know in due time :P). Blocks of some 10-15 rooms constitute a wing in each hostel and your wingmates (wingies) will be your immediate support group in more ways than one. We cherish the time we have spent with our wingies and we hope you do so too. Your wingies might be people from very diverse backgrounds but do not let that hinder interaction in any way. In fact, use it to your advantage. You would go with your wingies on intra hostel volley and cricket matches, treats (birthdays, crack acads, mentor's placement et al), treks, tours, hang-outs etc all the time. At the same time, socialize with other hostelers - batchmates and seniors alike - all the time. Also, ragging, simply, is a strict no no! Strict actions (expulsion from IITB) are taken against those found guilty.
Every Hostel has a xerox shop which is normally well equipped to handle basic stationery needs such as notebooks pens, print outs etc. If you don’t find something in your own hostel, you should most probably find it in the neighbouring hostel. Hostel 8 and Hostel 12 shops are best stocked, in that regard. If you're looking for coloured or A3 sized print outs, H8's printer shop would be the place to be. Most hostel xerox shops start at around 10 am and close by 9 pm. Hostel 5 shop is open till a little later (10 pm), while the Hostel 8 shop is the first to open in the morning (8 am). If you are closer to the academic area, you can visit the shop in Main Building on the ground floor, right opposite the library for notebooks, lab coats, bags, lab files, xerox, print out and most other stationery items. During midsems and endsems, xerox shop timings for some hostels are extended.
For buying books, we have a shop called Book World on campus on the ground floor of the Gulmohar Building where you can get discounts on course-related books. Alternatively, you could go to “Popular Book Store” at YP Gate. You can also buy second hand books from the Jay Ambe bookshop in the lane right opposite Main Gate, next to Mahavir. He also accepts books back at the end of the semester at half the price at which they were bought.
For the most basic of amenities such as toothpaste, toothbrush, pens, soaps and other such items (which one should use daily), one can go to the hostel Xerox shop itself . Another alternative would be the Hostel 12 shop which stocks almost everything one would need and more- from slippers to stationery to biscuits and towels, with servings of Computer RAM and MP3 Players on the side. One can also go to Haiko or D-Mart in the Hiranandani Complex for these. Alternatively, the shopping complex at the Y-Point Gate can also take care of most of your needs. The YP market has a post office, a dry cleaner and a tailor as well, just in case.
Sim card stalls of different operators are set up in the campus during the first week of the academic year. It is also a good idea to check out all the schemes available for different connections before settling on a cellphone service provider. Otherwise Airtel and Vodafone connections are easily available at Main Gate. Reliance has a store in Hiranandani near Subway. Vodafone has a store near the Delphi Building (next to the Cafe Coffee Day outlet). In case of prepaid connections, you need to submit a photo ID card and documents to prove that your address is what you have written in the form. If you do not do it within 2-3 days of buying the SIM, it will be disconnected. If you need passport sized photos for any forms (you should always keep some handy) you can go to the Navrang Photo Studio (Galleria) or the one right opposite Main Gate and get them clicked. For recharging your cell phone credit account you can visit your hostel shop. H3, H8 and H12 in particular have shops where you can get almost all kinds of top-ups or recharge cards. Alternatively, if you have a debit card, you could also recharge your account online.
Two major banks operate inside IITB: Canara Bank and SBI. The Canara bank branch is located on the first floor of the Gulmohar building. There are two canara bank atms inside the campus. One located on the ground floor of Gulmohar building, while the other is located opposite hostel 7. There are two SBI atms as well. One located between Hostel 5 and Tansa, while the other is right outside the main gate. On the orientation day, both banks set up temporary stalls in the lecture hall complex to ensure smooth and hassle free opening of accounts. Debit cards are provided on the spot as well.
Internet is one of the first things you want to get sorted out once you are on campus, be it to upload your stories on Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram, or to get your lecture notes and books, and get down to studying. So how and where can I access the Internet? Hostel LAN Access The most preferred option. All hostel rooms have a LAN Port which you can use to connect to the IIT Bombay network and to the Internet, provided you have a computer. Just hook your computer up to the LAN port with a cable, and you should be connected to the network. Once that’s done, there are two ways to access the Internet.
Go to https://internet.iitb.ac.in, log in your LDAP ID(roll number) and password, and you're good to go.
In case, proxyless internet does not work, you will need to change the proxy settings of your browser.
For Google Chrome
Worried about what to do if you get sick while you’re in IIT-B? You don’t need to at all. The great thing about IIT-B is that it has a hospital inside the campus which will take care of almost all common medical problems you might face. To give you more insight, let me break down how the healthcare works at IIT-B:
You are eligible for medical facilities as soon as you are admitted to IIT-B. As you get admitted, you are required to fill in your medical details in a booklet and get yourself vaccinated against certain diseases (I’ll mention about these later). The IIT-B hospital (or “hospi” as we call it here) maintains a medical file for each student to document all of their consultations, prescriptions and medical history. Every time you visit the hospital, you will need this file. In case you choose to keep it with you at your room (which is alright too) don't forget to bring it along.
There is a 24/7 ambulance facility available for all students. For calling an ambulance you can call 1110 from any internal phone. One is placed at the security guard’s desk in every hostel. If you are not in an emergency, you will be required to visit a GP based on a token system or through appointments. Based on their medical evaluation you will be recommended to a specialist if need be.
All of the medical facilities including prescription medicines are free for IIT students, covered by the annual insurance that you pay with the fees in the odd (Autumn) semester. This insurance also covers you for an amount of close to Rs 50,000 in medical expenses in case you need to be referred to an outside hospital. Even the cost of medicines purchased from a chemist and charges for lab tests can be reimbursed when prescribed by a doctor from the IIT hospital (or from a hospital recognised by IIT - the list of which can be found at http://www.iitb.ac.in/hospital/index.html)
If you fall sick and are advised rest by the doctor and hence cannot attend lectures or write examinations, the doctor will give you a "pink slip". This slip is the only trusted proof that you were sick and advised rest. In case you missed an end semester exam, you will be given an II grade. This means that you are eligible for a re-examination. Presenting the pink slip to your professor will let him allow you to take the exam again. This system is unremittingly strict and a recommendation from any other doctor or hospital will simply not do.
There are 4 vaccines which you need to be administered with during your stay here. These are :
Hosting an overnight guest at IIT Bombay is not a cakewalk. True that the guest houses at IITB are extremely pocket-friendly and are known for their cosy atmosphere, but getting oneself booked for it is the greatest pain as they are rarely available and the procedure for the same is also too long!
There are quite a few options for guest accommodation in and around IIT Bombay.
If you are planning to book someone for an overnight stay at IIT, here's what you should know:
IIT Bombay has 2 Guest Houses :
The charges per night for parents are Rs. 1000/- for double occupancy and Rs. 600/- for single occupancy while for other guests, they are Rs. 2000/- and Rs. 1200/- respectively. The charges include the morning cup of tea and the newspaper.
To book rooms, you need to get a form from the first floor office of Jal Vihar filled and duly attested by the Head of your Department (HOD) after approval by your Faculty Advisor (or Fac-Ad). The filled form must be deposited at the Van Vihar office. Rooms booking can also be done through the online portal here No advance payment is required. Room charges are to be paid, as applicable, upon check-out. We suggest you to book well in advance to avoid any rush.
Since the Guest Houses have limited capacity and IIT Bombay plays host to many dignitaries from time to time, rooms can also be booked in Hostels.
However, in hostel rooms, you have to make arrangements for mattresses and other basic things on your own. Mattresses might be available for rent with the Hall Manager office. We suggest you look around in your wing and you might find someone who can lend you an extra mattress.
The charges for the room (without mattress) per night for parents are Rs. 100/- while for other guests are Rs. 300/-
For booking, forms are available with the Hostel Coordinating Unit (HCU) in the Main Building (MB) or you may print the attached PDF, or fill the form on the online portal
After filling out the particulars, submit it to the HCU along with a photocopy of your I-Card. Take the copy of the approved form from the HCU to the Hall Manager of the allotted hostel and you are done.
You may later collect the key from the Hall Manager office a day prior to the arrival of guest.
In emergency situations also, guests can stay in the hostel rooms after entry in the Guest Register kept with the security at hostel entrance. The formalities can be completed on the next working day.
1) The HCU or Hall Manager office is open from 9am to 5pm (with lunch break from 12-2pm) except on weekends and holidays. On Saturdays, the office is usually open in the first half. Plan accordingly.
2) During the orientation period, neither of these might be available due to rush. It is advisable to make alternate arrangements.
If you fail to book a room at the guest house and don’t want to make your guest crash at a hostel room, here’s a coveted list of hotels around the institute that are known for their good service and student-friendly rates. Check them out!
New Ram Niwas Lodging House
11, Gandhi Sadan,
New Nagardas Road,
Near Pinky Talkies,
Tel: (022) 28372422
Non Attached Single: Rs. 300/-
Attached Single: Rs. 500/-
Non Attached Double: Rs. 400/-
Attached Double: Rs. 700/-
Extra Person Charge: Rs.200/-
Imperial Guest House
1st Floor Chimatpada,
Andheri East Mumbai -400059
Tel: (022) 28503258
Non A/C Room: Rs.500/-(single) , Rs 800/-(double)
Hotel Raj Jog
Sardar Pratap Singh Industrial Estate,
No. 3, 2nd floor,
Tel: (022) 25668047, 25663096
Non A/C Room:Single Room (Two Bed & common Bath): Rs.500/-
Double Room (Two Bed & Attached Bath): Rs.600
Deluxe (Attached Bath): Rs.700/-
Double Room (Three Bed & Attached Bath): Rs.800/-
A/C Room: Rs.700/-(Two Bed & common Bath)
A/C Delux: Rs.1000/-
Extra Person Charge: Rs 200/-
Ganesh Palace Pvt. Ltd.
Opp. Railway Station,
Tel: (022) 25133484, 25133455
Fax: (022) 25125403
Non A/C Room: Rs.800/-(double)
A/C Room: Rs.1100/-(double)
Extra Person Charge: Rs 400/-
Jasneel Hotels Pvt Ltd
Near Mehul Cinema (Opposite Arya Samaj),
Mulund (W), Mumbai 400080
Tel: (022) 25612369 , 25610047 , 25601239
Non A/C Room:1100/-(double)
Extra Person Charge: Rs350/-
824/A, CST Road,
Opposite Police Station (Next To Hotel Vandana),
Mulund West, Mumbai 400080
Tel:(022) 25641466â€Ž , 25677465â€Ž , 25680810â€Ž
Mob: +91 9223332406
A/C Room: Rs.1050/-(single) , Rs 1150/- (double)
Extra Person Charge:Rs.300/-
Opposite Ghatkopar Railway Station ,
Ghatkopar West, Mumbai 400086
Tel: (022) 25149672â€Ž
A/C Room: Rs.1250/-( double)
A/C Delux: Rs.1550/-(double)
Extra Person Charge: Rs 500/-
New Haven Guest House
B-8 Ground Floor,
Near Tolani College Naka,
Andheri East, Mumbai - 93.
Non A/C Room: Rs.1200/-(Double)
Extra Person Charge : Rs200/-
25 J.B. Nagar,
Tel: (022)2837456, , 28374567
A/C Room: Rs1800/- (double)
Extra Person Charge: Rs.500/-
Platinum Bhagat Singh Apartment,
Charat Singh Colony,
Andheri Kurla Road,
Andheri East, Mumbai- 400059
Landmark: Opposite Kohinoor Continental
Tel : (022) 28205918
A/C Room: Rs.2500/- (single, including breakfast and dinner)
Rs.3500/-(double, including breakfast and dinner)
Hotel Sahar International
Sahar Cross Road,
Opposite Andheri Railway Station,
Tel: (022) 26837012 , 26837013
Fax: (91-22) 26842661
A/C Room: Rs.2750/-(single) , Rs.3300(double)
Extra person charge: Rs.500/-
Hotel Imperial Palace
45, Telly Park Road,
Tel: (022) 26841739 , 26841762
A/C Room: Rs.3000/-(single) , RS.3700/-(double)
Extra Person charges: Rs.700/-
We at IIT Bombay like to do things differently and we even have small language “Mods” called the IITB Lingo. Here is a list (albeit not an exhaustive one) of the slanguage used at IITB, that would help you to get started and not feel alienated in the campus. With time though, this language would seem very natural
Arbit - /ar-bit/ - adj - Short for arbitrary. Something you say when you can’t think of anything else to say.
Bandi - /bun-dee/ noun - A word used for all girls, which is generally a rare species in IITB
Chamka - chum-ka/ - verb - Used to specify understanding anything be it a new word, a joke or any abstract concept
Craxxxx - /craks-ks-ks-ks-ks-ks/ - verb - Any achievement (Big or Small) is the activity of “Craxx”. In text, the number of suffix x’s denote the level of achievement
DAC - /dack/ - noun - Disciplinary Action Committee. Something that you don’t want, it’s a committee to decide the punishment for a person who breaks the rules.
Dadda - /dudd-AA/ - noun - Dual Degree students
Daya - /the-YA also the-YAAAAAA/ - adj. – (Something that can not easily be explained) A Substitute for any term/action with a negative/positive connotation you might/might not want to use. Eg. “Kya daya aadmi hai!”, “Kya daya kar raha hai!”, “Dayaaaaaaaa!”
Ditch - /d-ich/ - excl. – Like the literal meaning, it signifies dropping the old plan (and starting to work on a new one!)
DoSA - /dosa/ - noun - Dean of Student Affairs. (Almost) Everything under the sun comes under his discretion.
enthu - /enthu/ - verb - One of the Most famous words of IITB Lingo - Enthusiastic. Eg "Kaun hai enthu"
Fart - /fART/ - noun, verb, adj. excl. – One word which we are unable to define, simply because of the fact that it has so many different meanings (It is rumoured that the word is the topic for a PhD thesis). We stop at giving you the most common way it is used – “Kya fart hai!”
Farra - /fu’r-rah/ - noun. – FR. A grade you totally, desperately, insanely want to avoid
Fight - /fite/ - verb, also noun - Inspired from its literal sense - To try very hard for something. Eg "Bahut fight hai" "Fight maar. Give up mat maar."
Freshie - /fresh-ee/ - noun - First Year student.
Funda(e) - /fund-aa OR fund-ay/ - noun -Very important tricks of the trade, usually passed on from the seniors to the juniors
God - /gawd/ - adj. - as in Tu God hai (meaning, you are awesome, or you are The One)
Infi - /in-fee/ - adjective - This word is used INFI (Okay, this is meta now :P) - Short for infinite. An overused prefix. e.g. infidayamax. (See infinite, daya, -max)
insti - /in-stee/ - noun – Our Beloved Institute <3 . Yes, this one.
junta - /jun-taa/ - noun - You want to address a group of people and don’t know how? No issues - call them junta (Fun Fact - Even some profs do :P )
Kat - /cut/ - verb - Lose out (esp. sarcastic usage). E.g. "Kat raha hai be" "Kat le!"
Liby - /lie-bee/ - noun – The Library. A source of knowledge, wisdom and cool air(Very important in the summers).
Lukkha - /look-kha/ - verb – To do some time-pass that takes you somewhere. Anywhere. On second thoughts, even nowhere. Especially Nowhere!
Macha - /Much-AA/ - excla. - often followed by any number of x’s (as in “MACHAXX!”, “MACHAXXXX!”, “MACHAXXXXXXXXX!”) – to infinitely crack something (See infinite. See craxx)
Matka - /mutt-kaa/ - noun - MTech student (also, matki) or for any generaal PG (see Generaal). Not to be confused with dadda or daddi (See dadda)
Max - /maex/ - adj. - suff. - also, maxx or maxxxx, superlative degree of anything, as in "CRACKMAXX!"
mug - /mug/ - verb – To study or to pretend to study :P
nightout - /nie-tout/ - noun – A very intuitive word - avoiding sleep throughout a night in a bid to mug, watch a movie, or for nothing in particular. Lukkha is often cited as both the cause and effect of nightouts
PAF - /pahf/ - noun - Short for Performing Arts Festival - A festival where all students put in huge amounts of effort for enacting plays (including making the sets themselves). Very widely known as “PAF GOD Hota hai” (See God)
Pain - /payn/ - noun - Anything bad (Literally anything) - Something that makes you give-up (See give-up)
Polt - /polt/ - noun - Politics. Also, poltu.
RG - /ar-jee/ - noun - Short for ‘One who tries to improve his grades, taking unjust advantage of ‘Relative Grading’
SAC - /sack/ - noun - Student Activity Center
Scope - /sko-p/ - excl. - A very counter intuitive word (No one knows how it got adopted in the lingo) - No chance in hell!
Sophie - /so-fee/ - noun - Sophomore or Second Year student.
Sorry rahega - jury still out on it being a verb or noun, it means something will not get done. Used stand alone or in conjunction with "nahi ho payega"
Tumtum - /tum-tum/ - Little CNG buses that ply in the insti to take you places
Valfi - /val-fee/ - noun - Valedictory Function. A time in April when the beans are spilled on each and everyone passing out.
YP - /why-pee/ - noun - Nothing to do with calls of nature. It’s actually short for the Y-Point gate. Your one-stop solution for everything from stationery, books, bicycles to hair-cuts