As mentioned above, all fellowships include tuition and housing support. Costs of additional purchases (if any) will have to be borne by the learners themselves. To prevent unnecessary wastage, learners may be required to pay for any excessive or abnormal use of utilities such as electricity and water at their accommodation. Fines may also be levied if there is damage to property.
However, living in Bengaluru will have additional expenses that learners will need to prepare for.
(a) Food: Learners will be expected to provide for their own food. IIHS offers a subsidised meal plan which includes breakfast and lunch on all weekdays for Rs. 2,530 per month. In addition, the cost of basic groceries (cereals, vegetables, and milk) for remaining meals falls within Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 4,000 per person per month on average. This does not include the costs of eating out at restaurants, which can vary.
(b) Transport: The cost of transportation in Bengaluru can vary greatly depending on the mode of transport as well as distance travelled.
Typical modes of transport include public buses (managed by the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation or BMTC); metro rail (managed by the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Ltd or BMRCL); autorickshaws; and private cab operators such as Uber and Ola.
Buses are usually the most economical way of travelling around Bengaluru. Bus fares are calculated on the basis of “stages” travelled, where each stage is around 2 kilometres length. At present, a 6-kilometre trip (3 stages) costs Rs. 14, while a 10-kilometre trip (5 stages) costs about Rs. 23. Monthly bus passes are available starting at Rs. 1,050 per month which includes non-AC bus travel on any route in the city.
These are approximate calculations – please refer to the BMTC website for details and more accurate estimates.
The metro-rail is another relatively economical travel option. However, the metro-rail in Bengaluru is not fully operational yet – only certain sections have been opened to the public and most operational stations are not very close to the IIHS BCC. At present, the closest operational station is Sampige Road Station on the Green Line, about 2.5 kilometres away. The Green Line runs in the north-west direction, from Sampige Road to Nelamangala. The other operational line is the Purple Line, running from Byappanahalli to M.G. Road. The closest station on this line to the BCC is M.G. Road, which is about 5 kilometres away.
Please see the BMRCL website for details on fares for both lines.
Autoricksaws are relatively expensive in Bengaluru. The minimum fare (between 5 AM and 10 PM) is Rs. 25 for 1.9 kilometres and Rs. 13 for every additional kilometre. This means that a 5-6 km auto ride costs between Rs 64 and Rs. 77. Between 10 PM and 5 AM, there is an additional night charge which amounts to 1.5 times the meter fare.
Private taxicabs such as those operated by Uber and Ola are relatively expensive. Not accounting for surge prices, cabs usually charge a base fare between Rs. 35 and Rs. 40 with additional charges of Rs. 7-8 for every kilometre and Re. 1 for every minute. A 5 kilometre trip may cost between Rs. 90 – Rs. 100 while a 10 kilometre trip may cost between Rs. 140 -160.
These are approximate costs. Please check with relevant cab operators for better estimates and more details.
(c) Other living expenses: Other living expenses which learners may want to prepare for include personal phone bills, eating out at restaurants and cafes, intercity travel (except immersion trips), personal leisure and recreation, memberships to gyms and fitness clubs, shopping for clothing and other essentials, and personal book purchases. None of these expenses are covered by the Programme.