Life in Bloomington
Bloomington is a town of 70,000 nestled in the rolling hills and wooded countryside of southern Indiana. It is within commuting distance of Indianapolis and only four to five hours from Chicago and two hours from Louisville. Special attractions include Big Ten sports, a wide variety of international cuisine, and a full array of arts programs including classical music, drama, dance, opera, jazz, folk music, art studios, and galleries. The IU School of Music alone stages almost 1,000 performances a year. Bloomington also hosts the famous Lotus World Music Festival.
A variety of housing options, on and off campus, are available in Bloomington. Students interested in living on campus should call, write or visit the Halls of Residence. There is a great demand for campus housing. If you want to live in the dormitories or campus apartments, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible. The advantages of on campus housing include a direct connection to the Internet through the university network and free university cable television. Most utilities are also included in the price of rent.
Students interested in living off campus are advised to visit Bloomington personally to find accommodations. For fall leasing it is best to search during late spring. The university owns a number of off campus properties, but the availability of these for fall is usually unknown until late April or early May. For more details contact Halls of Residence, Indiana University Real Estate or the Bloomington Herald-Times.