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Housing

Upon request, Manthan provides temporary accommodation (maximum 1 week) to the new students till they move into their permanent apartments.

Most Indian students prefer to choose off-campus apartments over University apartments. Here is a catalog of off-campus apartments that are common among Indian students.


Transportation

Within UTK Campus : Free ride on regular routes operated at regular intervals. More information can be seen in the transit tab of UT app. Call in and request ride from points that are not covered by these routes.

Outside UTK campus : KAT offers a wide range of bus services in Knoxville. UT students are offered a semester pass at a discounted price.


UTK students get a discounted semester KAT bus pass from ticketing office located in the university center, go to link.

Intercity (or state) :Greyhound and Megabus offer intercity and interstate bus services.

Renting a car is easy if you have a valid driver’s license issued by an US state or International driving license.


Climate

The climate in Knoxville is moderate when compared to most other American cities. The temperature will be about 90° F/35°C in summer and lows of about 10° F/-12°C in winter. Knoxville also gets snow for a couple of times in January. Since most Indians find it difficult to adapt to the winter climate, it is advisable to have protective clothing including jackets, glouse, muffler etc. While these are cheaper in India, we suggest that you buy them here, since these items are of much better quality here.


Assistantships

We recommend to check with your department administration staff or academic advisor for information related to assistantships. It varies depending on Master’s or PhD candidate and department funds availability. You may also find assistantship openings in other University offices such as Admissions office, OIT, Library, etc.


Expenses

If you are looking for a very rough estimate of expenses in Knoxville, this may be useful.

  • Average cost of a 1 BHK is $550 and that of a 2 BHK is $725/month, most cases including water.  Officially, 2 persons are allowed per bedroom.
  • Electricity charges vary from $80 - 120 per month depending on the weather conditions.
  • Average cost of groceries - $225 / month / person. Average cost per meal in a restaurant - $9.
  • $130 for bus pass, per semester (as on June 2015).
  • Internet service may cost up to $50 per household.
  • Cell phone service may cost up to $50 per person.

What to bring from India?

Dress

Formals: One suit (Optional), ties (1/2), shirts and trousers (2/3), traditional saris/kurta.
Casuals: Jeans (3/4), T-shirts & sweats (6+), cotton shirts (3+), shorts (for outdoor, indoor, sports use) (2/3).
Footwear: Sneakers, formal shoes, leather chappals /sandals, bathroom slippers.
Winter wear: Sweaters (at most 2), muffler/ scarf, woolen cap.
Undergarments: 15 sets of undergarments and socks, preferably cotton.
Miscellaneous: Towel (2+), napkins (1/2), leather belts (2+), handkerchiefs (6+).
Linen: Bed sheets (double bed size, 2), pillow covers (big, 2). Get a thick blanket. Comforters (multi layered thick blankets) can be bought here.

Winter jacket, winter gloves, caps, windcheaters, tracksuits, good sweaters, comforter are better to be bought here. Leather jackets are not needed for this place (its optional); u can buy sweatshirts (don't worry u will get to know it soon), and other winter accessories for cheap here.
Undergarments decide the frequency of your laundry, so make sure to bring a lot. The washing machines are quite big and u can do your laundry once in 2-3 weeks. So u can save both money and valuable time.

Kitchen

Cooking Utensils: Non-stick pan (1/2), non-stick tava, pressure cooker (for 2 people)(get spare gaskets and safety valves)
Others: spoons, forks, knives, cups, glasses (2 each), cutter plate, a melamine (microwaveable) set (Optional) consisting of plates, soup-bowls and regular bowls (2 each).
Condiments and spices: garam masala, pav bhaji masala, chole masala, sambhar & rasam masala, haldi, chill powder, jeera, dhania. Dhal for 1st month, coffee, tea..
Others: pickles, papad, homemade snacks etc.

Toilette: Toothbrush, toothpaste, tongue-cleaners, soap, a complete shaving kit,(all in a toiletry bag), shampoo, talcum powder etc.

Medicines: Medicines with prescriptions for standard minor ailments like fever, cold, cough, stomach-ache etc. Also personal medication and medical history papers. Antiseptic cream, relaxyl etc. Spare eyeglasses/ contact lenses. (Get the eye prescription too!) Get a complete medical checkup done before getting here, including a chest X-ray.

Study Materials & Stationary:
Your calculator, micro tip pencils + refills (2), good pens (2), eraser, stapler & staples, Indian calendar, backpack. (Most of the stationary is optional. You can also buy it here).

Other: Needles & thread, buttons, nail cutter, tool kit, umbrella, sports equipment if you play tennis, squash, swimming.

Entertainment:
Your favorite Indian/ Western music cassettes/CDs, walkman (optional), your favorite books
Personal: Family photos, 'Indian' ethnic stuff (gifts/personal use) An up-to-date address book of all your acquaintances/ friends/ relatives in the USA - Canada region, photos of deities (if religious-minded)


Also, please make sure to bring your traditional attire (saris, salwar-kameezes, ghagras, kurta-pyjamas, shervanis, dhotis etc.) to add color to the Indian get-togethers. Our festivals are a great way to showcase your talents as well. So if you are a singer, dancer, musician, anything let us know and bring along any of your equipment or costumes if possible. You'll have plenty of opportunities to flaunt your skills!


Airpot Pickup

IMPORTANT: Fall 2017 incoming students needing assistance with temporary accommodation, airport pick up, etc, please submit appropriate forms:
Fall 2017 Airport Pickup & Temporary Accommodation


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If you need any help and clarifications, just ask your seniors.