Confused about what to bring to college? Fret not. Here’s a list of things you need will need in your time here, and directions on where to find them. So, take a pencil and start ticking off those check boxes.
Things available at college
Beds: Many vendors set up shop during admission time selling beds and pillows at fairly reasonable rates. Gurunath (in-campus Big Bazaar) also stocks them throughout the year.
Cycle: This is the most common form of transport in this large campus, and every student is advised to get one. Many shops set up cycle sales which are open for at least a month after college opens. However, we would advise students to arrange for a separate cycle lock.
Buckets, mugs and a dustbin: Gurunath and Chintamani (at the Shopping Complex) offer buckets and mugs of all sizes and colours. They also sell dustbins, brooms, and dustpans – essentials for every room.
Hangars, clips, and clothesline: Hooks are present in every room (if they are not, you could contact the Estate Maintenance Office). A clothesline is present in the corridors, but one could be set up inside the room for the monsoon.
Lab uniform and shoes: The tailoring shop at the Shopping Complex (SC) offers works on a first-come-first-serve basis. Lab shoes are also available in SC.
SIM card: Students who aren’t from Tamil Nadu are advised to procure a local SIM card. Many service providers (Jio, Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone, Idea etc) set up shop in the SC and offer deals.
Bank account: SBI has a branch inside the campus at the SC where students have the option of opening a bank account. The campus also has 2 SBI ATMs and one Canara Bank ATM inside.
Other miscellaneous items: Stationery, toiletries, doormats and insect repellant (you need this!) can all be obtained in Guru or Chinthamani.
Things to get from home
Clothes: Trichy is a hot and dry place, so carry plenty of comfortable cotton clothing. Also carry a couple of sets of formal clothing in case the need arises. We celebrate a lot of festivals here at NIT-T, so make sure you carry at least one set of ethnic wear!
Passport-size photos: After completing all the admission formalities, it is useful to have a set of passport sized photos. This would be necessary while getting a bonafide certificate and other admin related documents.
Food: Without giving too many spoilers about the quality of mess food, a stash of home food always comes in handy (this can be written better)
Folders: Carry a folder with you to store all your important documents like identity proofs, fee receipts, grade cards etc.
Medicines and first aid: The campus is equipped with a 24×7 pharmacy, but it is advised that you carry a small first-aid kit with some basic medication like Crocin, Avomin, Lopermide, Gelusil and Volini (for the physically inclined).
Locks: Despite being available at Gurunath, we strongly advise you to bring locks from home. You will need:
– 1 room lock with at least 3 keys
– 1 cupboard lock
– 1 cycle lock with spare keys
Scientific calculator: Everyone requires a calculator, so it becomes impossible to borrow one during exam time. We recommend the Casio FX-991.
Shoulder bag: Make sure you have a strong, waterproof shoulder bag to carry your books, assignments, and electronics.
Laptop: It isn’t compulsory to bring a laptop, especially for the first few months. The Octagon (computer center) is open 24 hours and is more than sufficient for most needs.
Multi socket hub: Most rooms are equipped with only one plug point per person, having a multi-socket hub becomes very useful.
Umbrella/jacket: It gets pretty wet in the ‘winter’ months, and one can never predict the rains in Trichy.
Sports shoes/equipment: The campus is equipped with plenty of facilities for most sports. There isn’t a shop which sells sports gear in campus, so students are expected to bring that from home.
- Pen drive/hard disk
- Bathroom chappals
Well, that’s all you might require for the time being!