Hall of Residence 2 (Hall-2)  is one of the oldest among the hostels at IIT Kanpur. It is situated at center zone of IIT Kanpur campus. The hostel has seven blocks, A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. Every block is a three storey building consisting 10-14 rooms in a row on every floor. It has a capacity of about 600 students. Each room is well spaced with 2 almirahs, 2 beds ,2 tables and 2 chairs, making it ideal for two people. The hall population consists of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year B-tech students.
Hall 2 mess provides fine messing facilities to students far from their homes. The mess is a large hall, to seat the 500 residents of Hall2. Hall2 mess serves meals three times each day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also there is the facility of room service in certain special cases.
Hall 2 mess is the first and only hostel mess in IIT Kanpur to have a automated computer application developed by its own residents for carrying out transactions for extra items in the menu. The administrative work is handled by a Mess Manager along with the Hostel Mess Council which is the student body comprising of two Mess Secretaries (Mess Secretaries). The mess council tries assiduously that the hostel residents get delicious and nutritious food.
The menu is updated frequently based on popular opinion, taking into account the tastes of all the diverse cultures present in the hostel. New dishes are tried out so that the best food is available for the students.The supplies are checked regularly by the mess council to ensure that there is no discrepancy in the supply and the bill made.
Juice and Ice-cream corner is also available inside the mess. Place is well maintained and quite hygienic . Almost every variety of juice,shakes and ice creams are available. One can even buy raw fruits as per need.
What makes mess so good is the cleanliness. Mess workers work hard to keep it clean. Apart from regular menu,hall 2 mess also provide extra items in almost every lunch and dinner.If you are sick you can have khichadi.You can also get your food delivered to your room in more serious cases.
This is the place to get all the food stuff other than mess. Hall 2 canteen timings are from 2 pm to 2 am. It attracts most of the hall junta for evening snacks and popular late night munchings. A plethora of varieties are available to cater to your taste buds. Additional facilities like LCD tv are also available to draw the crowd, especially on match days.
Hall 2 has an exclusive room for keeping the newspapers, periodicals, magazines, along with some novels, called the Reading Room. It has comfortable couches, ample chairs and a table for comfortable reading. Many leading national dailies are kept in the reading room for the benefit of the residents.
We have also subscribed to few magazines, which are also stored in the shelves of the reading room. Textbooks and novels gratefully donated by the outgoing seniors also fill those large shelves. The room remains open 24 hours a day. No membership is required to avail the facilities of the reading room.
The administrative maintenance of the Reading Room comes under the FMC (Films and Media Council), which has an elected FMC Secy.
Located behind the mess, this shop serves as the medium for catering to the basic amenities for the residents. The facilities include but are not limited to basic stationery items, sim cards, mobile recharge, printing and photocopying.
A wide screen, wall mounted, LCD TV, one of the best luxuries provided, is housed in the large TV Room of Hall2. This is the place to catch all the not-to-be-missed matches: cricket, football, tennis! Its surely everyones favourite haunt on the night of any final! The room remains open round the clock and you can drop in any time to watch any channel of choice.
But the utility of the TV room doesn't end here. It proves to be a multi-purpose room: It is also the Dance Room of Hall2. For this reason, a major portion of one of the walls has been mirrored. Hall level classes by the Counselling Service and Hall level lectures of the tech clubs are also conducted here. It is also the venue of some Quad Sessions during the winters.
Hall 2 provides sports facilities of various games like volleyball , badminton, Table tennis etc with well maintained courts and latest equipments. The Hall also has the facility of an indoor gymnasium with new machines and other equipments.
The rich culture of the hall has always ensured overall development of its residents, with a number of events organised for the first year students the students get a taste of almost all the activities organised in the institute.Students are allowed to find their passion and pursue it. With a healthy interaction between the students and the seniors the barrier among friends and seniors fades away building a strong relationship between the hall residents.The games courtyard is almost always filled with students playing with their friends and seniors.If one so wants to spend sometime close to the nature, he could always go to the lush green quad and feed the peacocks roaming there.