Hostel life has a charm of its own.
It is almost a parallel culture, an experience that takes you out of your comfort zone and exposes you to several experiences. Living by some stringent rules is one of them. Getting to know a host of students from diverse backgrounds at very close quarters, is another. At IIM Calcutta, the idea is to make one as comfortable as possible in this parallel culture.
Within the 3 major hostels, Old Hostel, White Hostel and New Hostel, there is plenty of scope for interaction and developing relations. While the Old Hostel is a co-ed hostel, with separate wings for girls, the White Hostel and New Hostel are both male hostels. All the hostels are equipped with all the facilities of a modern hostel. The newest hostel, which is in the last stage of its completion, will be operational from the next session. The facilities at the newest hostel are of international standards. Spacious rooms with French windows opening onto your own spacious balcony, gives you a feeling of luxury and comfort as soon as you walk in. State of the Art architectural design, cutting edge technology and luxuriant materials combine to form a wonderful new hostel for the students of IIM Calcutta.
Apart from the infrastructural soundness, all the hostels provide sufficient scope for interaction and relationship-building. There are common rooms, games rooms and courts for various sports in all hostels, where the students can relax and cool down after a hectic day of work. There is freedom of movement and students constantly interact with one another. This gives the new students full scope to know their seniors, learn from them, leverage their knowledge and build lasting relations with them. It is also a common sight to find study groups and project groups working away into the night in the hostel common rooms. These interactions play an especially important role in a student’s life during placements and examinations.
Each hostel has a life and culture of its own. There are inter-hostel sports competitions where the culture of each hostel comes out at its brightest. Festivals all celebrated in the hostels throughout the year, whether it be through conducting pujas and yajnas in the hostel courtyard or serving delicious and sumptuous feasts in the mess or through community activities like bursting crackers and flying kites on the hostel rooftop. A common sight during the year is second year students setting up kiosks in the hostel to sell an assortment of things as part of their marketing projects and first year students devouring on the delicious golgappas being sold or purchasing handmade crafts work created by under privileged children.
Hostel life at IIMC is full of vibrance and gives one a chance to relax, unwind and discover oneself constantly through interaction with peers and participating in the cultural, sports and community activities.