Campus of IIT Madras

IIT Madras is located in the city of Chennai which is also the state capital of Tamilnadu, a southern state in India. Chennai is the fourth largest city in India and comparatively a new city, about 350 years old (1639). The city was formerly known as Madras and was renamed Chennai, which evolved from old name ‘Chennapatnam’. Chennai is a coastal city with the second largest beach in the world known as ‘Marina’ beach. The climate is generally hot and humid. In summer (May – July) the temperature reaches up to 42° C (107° F) while in winter (Dec. – Feb.) it is slightly less hot, 18° C (64° F). The Monsoon season starts in September and lasts till November IIT Madras is situated on Sardar Patel Road and is flanked by Adyar, Taramani and Velachery. The campus is opposite to the Central Leather Research Institute and Anna University. The campus is spread over 250 hectares of lush green forest, which is midway between the Chennai Airport and Central Railway station, and is well connected by buses and local trains.
The campus is around 14 km from the Central Railway station. Adyar is the nearest bus terminus to the campus. The Institute in itself is located around 2.5 km inside the campus. Two parallel roads, Bonn Avenue and Delhi avenue, lead you through the residential zone, under a canopy of green, to Gajendra Circle (otherwise called GC) and the administrative block. Buses ply between the gate and other locations on campus at regular intervals. Named after mountains, the IITM buses take you to the GC, academic zone and hostels (named after rivers) for a nominal fare. (This has infact led to the joke that IIT is the land of moving mountains and stationary rivers!)


The institute has two banks situated in the campus, State Bank of India and Canara Bank. Both the banks are regular branches in the campus and are housed in separate buildings. Application forms for important national level exams such as JEE, GATE and CAT are sold in these banks.

State Bank of India : Institute employees have their salaries credited to the State Bank of India. State Bank of India has two ATMs – one located in the bank premises and the other near the Taramani Guest House.
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 9400 (Office)

Canara Bank : The Canara Bank is located near the shopping center close to the residential area. One ATM is located in the bank premises.
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 9405 (Office)
In addition there is a ICICI Bank ATM located in the Hostel Management Office for the benefit of students.

Bus Transport

The Institute provides Bus transport to facilitate commuting within the campus. There are four regular buses and 10 battery-powered vehicles. These buses are named after mountain ranges & peaks in India. These Buses ply to and fro, every 20-30 minutes between the IN-Gate and Gajendra Circle (GC), Hostel Zone and Department Zone. The Bus-Shed is located near the Staff Canteen.


The campus has a couple of food joints, frequented more perhaps by hostelites looking for a change from hostel grub than the occasional visitor. The Campus Cafe is open from 8.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M. on all working days including Saturdays. A wide variety of South Indian and North Indian dishes are available. During lunch time Meals are available at very nominal rates.

“Basera” located between Godavari and Saraswati hostels is open from 6.00 P.M. to 2.00 A.M. A variety of North Indian dishes are available here.

Guest House

The Institute has two guest houses within the campus. The guest house near the Admin Building is called the Bose-Einstein Guest House and the guest house in the hostel zone is called the Taramani Guest House. The Bose-Einstein Guest House has altogether 18 A/c Suites with a telephone and a TV in each room. VIPs, Institute guests and invited guests are usually accommodated here.

The Taramani Guest House has 83 rooms in total. Out of which 18 are Suites and 65 Air-conditioned rooms, Housed in an imposing double storeyed building and located at a central place, TGH provides boarding and lodging facilities for the Institute guests and Visitors, newly appointed faculty, staff members, delegates and participants attending various Conferences, Seminars, Symposia and Workshops. TGH is operated as a non-profit activity to mainly support the academic and research activity on the campus with a homely atmosphere and ambiance traditionally acclaimed for its environs of hygiene and food of homely relish and richness.

Post Office

The campus has a Post Office and a Telecom Centre. The IIT campus comes under a separate postal zone and it is a postal delivery office. There is a separate Telecom Centre meant for sending telegraphs, fax messages and making long distance telephone calls. The telecom centre is located in the Management Science building near the Library. The post office is located near the State Bank Of India and works on all weekdays from 7.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. and from 9.00 A.M. to 2.00 P.M. on Saturdays.


There are two schools located inside the campus.

Kendriya Vidyalaya IIT

Vanavani Matriculation Higher Secondary School

Kendriya Vidyalaya IIT follows the syllabus prescribed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and comes under the purview of the Central Government of India. The school admits students for Std I to XII.
Vanavani Matriculation Higher Secondary School is run by the IIT Campus Educational Trust (CET) and follows the Matriculation syllabus of the Tamil Nadu State Government. The school admits students for Std I to XII. It also has a primary school for LKG & UKG and a newly built ‘Creche’.


The campus has two shopping centres which cater to the needs of the students and residents. The Students’ Facility Centre (SFC) located opposite the Narmada hostel has the following

  • Gurunath Departmental Stores
  • Gurunath Patisserie
  • Hair Cutting Saloon
  • Xerox Shop
  • Telecom Centre

The TUCS shop is located in the residential zone and supplies groceries, provisions and other essential items. It also has a book store, xerox shop and a telecom centre. A separate Telecom Centre with fax and telegram facilities is located near the Central Library.


There are three temples on campus – the Sree Durga Peeli Amman Temple, the Jalakanteswarar Temple and Vinayagar temple. The Sree Durga Peeli Amman Temple, known for its serene atmosphere and picturesque surroundings, has the shrines of Lord Vinayaka, Lord Murugan and the Navagrahas. The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Peeli Amman. The temple organizes the ‘Aadi Thiruvizha’ in the Tamil month of Aadi. Elaborate ceremonies are performed during the Navarathri festival when the Goddesses are taken out in procession. The temple is located on Delhi Avenue.

A stone’s throw away from the Adyar In-Gate is the Jalakanteswarar Temple. The temple houses the shrines of Lord Jalakanteswarar and his consort Goddess Kathyayanee, Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman and the Navagrahas. Navarathri, Mahashivarathri and other festivals are celebrated with great splendour at the temple which is also the venue for music concerts by upcoming artistes.

The Vinayagar temple is situated behind Taramani House. The temple has the shrine of Lord Vinayaka and a Shiva Lingam.

Catholic Mass is conducted at the NCC Building every Sunday at 8:30 am. All campus residents attend the mass. Priests and students from Satya Nilayam, a seminary located in Tiruvanmiyur, Chennai, assist in conducting the mass. The church has an active youth group called Genesis which organizes activities, picnics, get-togethers etc. for its members. Visits to orphanages and old-age homes are arranged by the members of the church on a regular basis. A variety of programmes are organised during the Christmas season and for Easter. The church is affiliated to the Adyar Parish.

The House of Prayer is situated on the Sardar Patel Road, just outside the campus. A Protestant Mass is held on Sundays, in different languages, at different times of the day. The House has a choir, which performs carol services during Christmas and Easter. Choirs from other churches are also invited to perform at the House of Prayer.

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