A home away from home, the hostels at VIT is more than four walls and a roof. They have been designed to provide a comfortable, safe, inclusive and secure living even as they provide opportunities to form lasting friendships and ease the transition from home to college. Residential staff is always available to support the students from different backgrounds to promote community. Living on campus provides students with opportunities to:
* Connect with a diverse population of people
* Develop stronger interpersonal and communication skills
* Engage in campus leadership, organizations and activities
* Establish relationships with faculty and staff members
Hostel review committee meetings are conducted once in 15 days by the hostel administrators to address students’ queries and requirements, and to keep them updated on upgradation of services and events. Students are also given the privilege to give suggestions to improve the hostel facilities.
A spacious Visitors' Lounge has recently been added for the benefit of visiting parents/guardians, supplementing the residential guest house facilities available. The spotlessly maintained and spacious vegetarian and non-vegetarian dining halls in the hostels serve wholesome, nutritious food with the help of a unique steam cooking facility. Foreign students can also choose from a limited list of special food items. A Chinese mess is functioning separately.
For those who want to try out different cuisines, a variety of hygienic food facilities are available on campus. A popular eating spot is the 600 square meters Food Court, that serves delicious non-vegetarian and vegetarian food at reasonable prices. Fast food outlets are also attached to both the Men's and Women's Hostels.
VIT, Vellore campus has 24 Hostels. Out of which 18 blocks are boys’ hostels and the rest are girls’ hostels. The blocks, in total, cater to over 22,000 residents every year. Facilities and amenities include
* AC (Air-Conditioned) and Non-AC single and shared bed options.
* Rooms equipped with ergonomically designed furniture which includes a cot, chair, study table, study lamp, bookshelf and a cupboard.
* First aid centre, pharmacy, photocopy service, food kiosks, gymnasium (AC & Non-AC), swimming pool, sport amenities, laundry service, Wi-Fi service, beauty salon, tailoring unit, driving, dance and music classes, utility shop and visitor rooms.
* Residential Counselors, Wardens, Supervisors, maintenance staff and security guards available 24x7.
* Security guard to chaperone and safe transit students to and from the campus to the nearest railway station and bus stops for late night / early hours of the day.
* 24 hours water supply and power supply supported by stand-by captive generators.
Healthy, wholesome food and a variety of dining options are available to the hostel students. Given the great diversity of tastes and cultures, students have access to multi-cuisine catering services that serves vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Indian and International food. Students can also choose and order from a limited list of special dishes available on prior registration at the Restaurant-style Mess. Dining areas are open as early as 7:00 AM with night canteens available from 10:30 PM to 12:30 AM. The kitchens are hygienically operated and adhere to the prescribed food standards. A balanced menu is prepared every month by the Student Mess and Menu Committee in consultation with the hostel administrators.
Diverse events are periodically organised within the hostels to help the residents unwind, network, exhibit their talents and volunteer with the communities they live and study. To name a few, weekend movie screenings, DJ nights, cultural and sports competitive events are made available for residents to have a memorable hostel life. There are regular visits to old age homes and children’s homes. Workshops on Self-Defence and special lectures are regularly hosted in the hostels.