The definitive resource for freshers. All your questions about the campus answered in one place. But before we actually get around to answering them, allow us to offer our congratulations- you've come a long way. Also let us welcome you to a part of history...
First things first. How do I get to Roorkee?
Well, the nearest airhead to Roorkee is Dehradun, around 70km away, but we usually find Delhi a more convenient airport. Delhi is about 180km away .The best way if you're coming from a long distance away is to get here from Delhi. You can come either by road or by rail. There are regular buses from Delhi- most buses that go to Dehradun pass through Roorkee. Buses can be obtained either from I.S.B.T. Kashmere Gate, Delhi or from I.S.B.T. Anand Vihar Ghaziabad. A taxi is also an option of course, but you should be warned that the road isn't exactly an expressway. Trains also run regularly from Delhi- a Shatabdi service to Dehradun passes through Roorkee. The journey should take around 4 hours by Shatabdi and a little more by other trains.
What about once I reach? Will there be acommodation for my parents and me?
The hostel room is made available to the students on their arrival. However accompanying parents have to make their own stay arrangements and the parents are not allowed to stay with their wards in the hostel. Very limited accommodation is available in IIT Roorkee guest houses for the parents. For the same, the guest houses are to be contacted directly in advance.

IIT Roorkee Guest House Reservation System
Yeah, speaking of hostels, which one will I get? How is allocation done?
All first-year B.Tech and B.Arch students are given rooms in Rajendra Bhawan. (I'm talking about boys, of course, the girls are put in Kasturba Bhawan). After a year, the boys will be transferred to one of the other six bhawans. Most rooms in the first year will be on twin sharing basis, though some of you may get a single seater. This allocation is done based on the AIR Rank in JEE.
What will be there in my hostel room? What should I bring?
You'll have a cupboard, a table, a bed and electrical fittings like a fan, already provided to you. You need to bring bedding yourself (you can buy it in Roorkee of course). As for the rest, what you bring is up to you.
How about registration? What items need to be brought and what are the procedures?
As far as registration is concerned, you need to bring whatever is specified in you offer letter. All those forms need to be filled up. Once you come here, there'll be a day of "Orientation" when you'll be introduced to the department. The next day, you'll have registration. This will involve opening an account at a bank, and your subject and hostel registration. Once this is done, you'll be issued an Identity card (keep it carefully, it is your identification on campus for at least 4 years!) Congratulations! You're now a student at IIT-R!
Waitaminute! What about the banks? Give me some details!
OK, there are 2 major banks on campus: Punjab National Bank and State Bank of India. You have to open an account with one or the other. They both have A.T.M.s on campus. To see the locations of the A.T.M.s you should check out the institute maps and also the details of the facilties here. With your account you'll get online banking and A.T.M. cards.
Will there be any other formalities afterwards for registration?
There will be, a little later, an online registration for which a notice will be put up. That's a simple process which you'll be guided through...
What is the campus like in general?
The campus is a plush green one and is well maintained throughout the year. We have got excellent sports facilities catering to every sport you can think of. You name it, we have it. Overall personality development is given a lot of importance here. Student groups are extremely active here. Everything in the campus is decided by the students. In fact, our site is itself maintained and developed by the students!
What about the recreational and sports facilities?
As I mentioned earlier, we have got excellent sports facilities. Well-maintained stadiums for each and every sport are available. We have an Students' Club dedicated to recreation. Several student magazines and clubs are there. There is a Hobbies Club and a Cultural Council here. And then, of course, there is the Internet!
How about the Internet facilities?
All the hostels are WiFi connected. Apart from that you have the Computer Centre and Bhawan Computer Centres. You'll also be connected by Wireless LANs through WiFi.
Do I need to bring some winter clothes now?
Probably you should bring them in the mid-semester break. It starts getting cold around November and the mid-sem break is in October. It's a week-long break, so you'll probably have enough time to go home.
Finally, if you still have unanswered questions, look around this website, which offers a wealth of information about the campus, including the academic structure of your courses, the way your life will be, and all the things you will have access to here. Once more, welcome to the most modern part of history!