Preparing for Arrival


Pre Departure

  • Apply for visa and book your tickets in advance.

  • Buy a Health Insurance or get a health certificate from your doctor.

  • Packing Checklist: There are some very important items you will want to have handy at all times. These  are:

    • Passport & Visa

    • Tickets

    • Prescription medicine

    • Glasses

    • Money in Indian Currency

    • Health Certificate with proof of required vaccinations or
      health insurance

    • Other official documentation (e. g Offer Letter from IITK, transcript, degree, etc.)

  • Keep multiple copies of important documents in a safe place
    separate from original documents.
  • Keep all necessary items you will require during your stay in
  • Inform IR office in advance about your travel plans and for pick- up service from Kanpur railway station/ Lucknow airport.



After Arrival

  • International  Relations  Office:  Foremost,  visit  the  IR office  to  complete  all  required  admission  formalities. Please bring a copy of your passport, visa, offer letter and CV along with 4 passport size photographs for registration.

  • Counseling Service: The IR office will arrange a visit to the IITK Counseling Service.   The Counseling Service ensures that IITK is not just an institute, but a home away from home for you. An Orientation Programme for the freshmen is arranged at the beginning of the session to acquaint them with the facilities, services, personnel, rules and regulations of the Institute. Student Guides and Volunteers affiliated with the Counseling Service, help newcomers to settle in the new environment. For more information, log on to


On Campus life at IIT Kanpur

  • Accommodation: Accommodation is provided to all students on IITK Campus. For degree students, accommodation will be provided in one of the student hostels. The fee for these hostels is included in the total fee for each semester. Non-degree students will be provided accommodation in Visitor Hostel 2, which are air-conditioned and fully equipped. Charges for these rooms will be INR 15000 per month.

  • Meals: Meals can be a little challenge. Everyone has different eating habits, likes and dislikes. Plus, you need to give yourself and your stomach time to get used to of new and spicy food you will be eating in India. For students who like Indian food, there are plenty of options available. You can eat in visitor hostel’s dining hall, messes or canteens of different Halls, and food court in the new SAC area. For coffee and snacks Cafe Coffee Day is also a nice lounging option.

  • Extra Curricular activities: IITK houses many extra-curricular activity centers where you can advance your hobbies or develop new ones. Electronics, photography, music, aero modeling and robotics clubs are only a few amongst many clubs. You can contact various club coordinators to join these clubs. For more information, log on to

  • Health  Center:  We  have  a  Health  Center  on  campus  that provides emergency and primary healthcare facilities to the campus residents.

  • Safety and Hygiene: While in India, safety and hygiene might be a concern for you. However with some care and little precaution, you can enjoy a perfectly healthy stay in the country.

    • Avoid drinking tap water and carry bottled water instead.

    • Avoid  the  lip  smacking  India  street  food,  or  practice

    • Visit only recommended places.

    • As a general rule, dress modestly, especially if you are in a
      small town.

    • Do not get offended if you find yourself being stared at. It’s simply curiosity. However, trust your instincts as well.

    • Travel in large groups and be careful while choosing the mode of transport, especially at night.

    • Outside campus, do not carry valuables especially important documents in your wallet.



Learn well, Enjoy the experience in India and stay safe!