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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a student in the pursuit of a college degree must be in want of good food. It is not essential, however, that the food simply satiate our taste buds; it must also form a balanced diet. With each one of us being busy round-the-clock, it is imperative that we do our best to maintain our health. The university, well aware of this fact, offers to its students a plethora of messes to choose from. One can make their decision based on parameters such as their location, cost, and ambiance.

Here are the various messes that the MIT campus harbours.


Vibrant and happening, the Food Court offers the best atmosphere compared to all the other established messes. The air conditioning, which becomes akin to a basic human necessity in Manipal come the even semester, is an added bonus. Regular food quality checks are performed to make sure that all health regulations are adhered to. The menu is fixed for each day of the week with minor tweaks here and there on special occasions. The food court offers non-vegetarian food on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

The main advantage of the food court is its location in the campus. Situated opposite Kamath Circle, this mess is easily accessible to all the hostel blocks as well as the academic area. It is also well-equipped to handle the large crowd that it annually attracts.

Although efforts are made to keep the menu fresh and interesting, the food can get a little monotonous and repetitive. In these cases, the ‘Chef on Wheels’ stalls situated upstairs offer a variety of dishes which can either be paid for with direct cash, or with the help of a SmartCard (terms and conditions applied).

So considering all the parameters, the Food Court is considered a convenient option for most students.

USP:  The pastas, Korean dishes, kebabs, schwarma and the biryani from the stalls are highly recommended.


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Situated near the ninth and tenth hostel blocks and opposite to the cricket ground, Annapoorna mess offers a wider variety of food choices when it comes to breakfast. The location is a little better suited to the boys’ block, and it can be quite a long walk on a full day to this mess from the academic area. The food offered, as a general consensus, comes closer to home cooked food when compared to the food at the food court, the disadvantage being that there is no air conditioning. It is a general misconception that this mess is only available for guys. It is actually a mess for everyone, and although it may seem inconvenient for many girls, the food at this mess is definitely worth the walk.

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Non-vegetarian food is offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sunday afternoons.

USP:  The varied food with its homely nature adds to the appeal of Annapoorna.


Adithya mess falls between the 5th and 6th blocks. The location is well-suited for the residents of this boys-only mess. Hi-Tea is served at the Food Court instead of on its own premises. This non-A/C mess offers non-vegetarian food on all days but Tuesdays and Saturdays.


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USP:  The mess isn’t usually overcrowded and is comfortable to dine at.


Anuradha mess is reputed to be the best, from among all the others established solely for the girls. Given its position in the 12th block, it is used by 12th’s first years, generally along with those residing in the 11th as well. The mess staff is extremely warm and friendly. Much smaller than the others, this mess has good food and a pleasant ambiance.

USP: With only first years eating here, the atmosphere is comforting and compels all the freshmen to feel part of a close-knit family.


Ananya mess for girls is found in the space between the 1st and 2nd blocks. It serves only vegetarian food.  Generally, it draws small crowds, making it ideal for those who like to avoid the hustle and bustle of the food court. The proximity to the blocks and the academic area is an added advantage.


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USP:  Dosas, served twice a week, are considered to be the highlight of the menu.


Located within the 13th block campus, this is the definitive non vegetarian mess for girls, especially those staying in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 13th blocks. Like the other block messes, this mess also offers a cozy ambiance. The food, which has the same menu as that of the food court, consists of hand-made chapathis and is quite good. With it being very close to the academic blocks, the location is very convenient for those living nearby.

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USP: Chicken kebabs served on Tuesday night are worth waiting the whole week for.


Located on the road leading to Kamath Bookstore, this mess used to serve lunch and dinner only. It’s open for breakfast too now. It is open six days a week, the day off being Sunday. Non-vegetarian food is available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights. Although this mess falls short on the ambiance scale, it definitely makes up for it with its food. The meals are delicious and the quantity is unlimited. It is reasonably priced too, with a vegetarian meal available for Rs. 75 and a non-vegetarian meal for Rs. 95. If one joins the mess on a monthly basis, the cost comes up to about Rs. 120 per day.

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USP: The dal is considered delicious, and the lemonade is reportedly unlike any other on camp.

Cover Image: Vartika Jain