Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal and is an important center for Carnatic Music. Each year the city hosts a large cultural event, the annual Madras Music Season, which includes performances by hundreds of artists. The city has a vibrant theatre scene and is an important centre for the Bharatnatyam, a classical dance form. The Tamil film industry, one of the largest film industries in India, is based in the city; the soundtracks of the films dominate its music scene.
BCA students live on campus in student housing in air conditioned rooms that are furnished with a single bed, closet, desk and chair. Women are housed in Martin and Margaret Hall while men are housed in Thomas Hall. Each Hall has a Warden who is in charge of the hall. Students take their meals in the common dining room at each Hall. Any snacks or additional meals students want to prepare outside of the dining hall are the responsibility of the student. They will also have a small kitchenette to use as needed.
Students are encouraged to bring a laptop for their school work and also staying in touch with family and friends. BCA will provide a USB Internet devices for each student. The USB internet device will work with most operating systems. An alternative is the library on campus which has computers for use. However, these are in high demand and may not have all the software students are accustomed to.
Students use the many forms of local transportation available at their doorstep—suburban train, share autos, buses—to travel to their placement sites or across the city with their friends and explore Chennai’s offerings.