A-Z of the COEP Boys’ Hostels – Gaurav Chandak

The hostel campus for both the boys and girls is situated in Shivajinagar right where the JM Road starts and at about half a kilometre distance from the college.

Admission and fees:

Unfortunately, unlike the girls, the boys hostel infrastructure cannot accommodate all the boys who get admission to COEP. Only 55% of the applicants can be allotted a room. Thus, admission to the hostel is on merit basis with fixed number of seats for each department. Reservation system applies during seat allocation in hostel as well. Boys having family residences in Pune city cannot avail hostel facility.

The fee for the academic year 2016-17 was 23,000 INR including all charges (except food and laundry) for regular students. For students who have taken admission to COEP by the Gulf/NRI/PIO quota, the hostel fee is approximately 70,000 INR. Every student must make a safety deposit of 5,000 INR during admission to hostel which gets refunded when the student ceases to avail hostel facilities.

For the first-year students seeking admission to hostel, the form release dates and other formalities get published on the college website. For senior batches, application forms for the subsequent year admissions come out when the current academic year is about to end.

Accommodation:

A total of 7 blocks are available for boys, namely C, D, E, F, G, H and I blocks. H Block is for first years with its own mess Aaswaad. I-block is for second year students while E, F and G blocks are for third year students. C and D blocks are for the final year B.Tech students.

These blocks have been decently maintained. All the blocks have 4 boys sharing one room together with common bathrooms and toilets on each floor. Hot water facilities exist in all blocks but with questionable supply consistency. The same goes about cold water supply in the bathrooms.

Admission being on a merit basis, applicants with better CGPA/CET Rank get preference in room selection at the time of admission. For General category students, it is highly advisable to maintain a decently high CGPA to avoid risking the loss of hostel seat. Given that finding alternate accommodation in Shivajinagar is difficult and can turn into an expensive alternative, securing hostel seat by getting decent grades makes good sense.

WiFi facility with 4 LAN Ports in every room is available in all blocks. However, internet is not available on weekdays from 9 am to 6 pm in hostel. With the exception of F-block, every block has bunk beds to accommodate 4 boys in each room. The number of available cupboards, trolleys and chairs in each room varies from block to block.

A mess for each batch is available to cater to the hostelites’ need of food. The first years have Aaswaad mess on the ground floor of H block. The other 3 messes namely Fusion, Abhiruchi and FX Cosmo for second, third and final year respectively are housed separately in the campus.  Aaswaad is a veg-food only mess while the other three serve both veg and non-veg food (Non-veg being served only on Sundays). The cuisine and preparation is dominantly Maharashtrian.

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Fusion, Abhiruchi and FX Cosmo messes together form a giant hall

The hostel campus also has an in-house private laundry facility with reasonable rates. Besides, the hostel campus also has a Xerox center and a general store for meeting students’ daily needs. There is also a cooperative store that sells stationery and commodities required for daily use.

 

 

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