IIT Hyderabad started functioning from August 2008 form its temporary campus located in Medak district. IIT Hyderabad wishes to make a dream campus, a campus that is built on state-of-the-art professional strategies of planning, architecture, design and construction, with equal emphasis on aesthetics, safety and comfort. It must stand befitting the status of a premier institute, offering a role model for other campuses to emulate. The infrastructure of the campus shall be so developed that it allows natural opportunities for interaction between academics of different disciplines to come together and undertake research on cutting edge interdisciplinary domains. IITH is planned as a residential campus built on an area of 576 acres to accommodate a total population of 30,000, including 20,000 students with a total built up area of 2.1 million square meters. The campus consists of academic area, residential area for students, residential area for faculty and staff and other support facilities. The growth of the campus is planned in three phases with a corresponding increase in the physical infrastructure and support facilities to accommodate an increase in the number students in established programs and new programs of the future. With about 30,000 persons living and conducting on this campus, a township is envisaged that will be self-contained and based on concepts of sustainable development and living.
The master plan for IIT Hyderabad campus has been developed with modular flexibility for expansion to accommodate the future growth. The initial phase of construction to be completed by July 2013 is planned to accommodate 2000 students, and 200 faculty and 220 staff on the permanent campus. This will be further expanded to accommodate 6000 students and a total population of 10000 by July 2017. Vision for building design is inspired by rapid growth of urban India and is reflective of rising confidence in the sustained growth and progress.