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Indiana University Bloomington

Life at IUB

Indiana University at Bloomington is located some fifty-five miles south-southwest of Indianapolis amid the rolling hills of southern Indiana; the beauty of the heavily wooded 2,200 acre campus was evident in the movie Breaking Away. The large enrollment at the university — over 30,000 — and the distance from any urban center have combined to make Bloomington a cultural center. There are widely varied musical offerings, from the famous operas presented by the Jacobs School of Music and the programs of visiting soloists and symphonies, through jazz concerts on campus and in clubs in town, to rock performances downtown and in the 17,000 seat Assembly Hall. Broadway shows and modern dance and ballet companies appear in the Auditorium, complementing the offerings of the Department of Theatre and Drama and the different dance companies on campus and in town. Several campus film series featuring American and foreign classics add variety to the current releases playing on some fifteen commercial screens. The Art Museum, designed by I.M. Pei and completed in 1982, houses one of the best academic collections in the country. Recreational Sports facilities include basketball and racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, weight rooms, an indoor jogging track, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and a challenging golf course.

Located one hour’s drive south-west of Indianapolis, among the gently rolling hills just north of the Hoosier National Forest, Bloomington offers easy access to major urban centers. We are 4 hours by car from Chicago to the north, St. Louis to the West, or Columbus, OH to the East, and to the south, 5 hours from Nashville, TN while only 2 hours from Louisville, KY. Though offering as many activities and cultural events as cities ten times its size, Bloomington is still surprisingly affordable, even by Midwestern standards; see for example the following websites which allow one to compare costs across US cities: >> >>

Bloomington has been rated one of the 50 best places to live in the US. (here). IU’s campus remains among the 20 most beautiful in the nation as you can see here.

Housing and Visiting

Bloomington offers several housing choices, both on and off campus. On-campus housing includes apartment housing (usually for married couples or families) and dormitory housing. Students interested in campus housing should visit Residential Programs and Services. You may also e-mail that office at for more information.