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Traveling to Bloomington and IU

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By Plane (top)

The Indianapolis International Airport is recommended as a destination for air flights. Limousine and bus shuttle services are available to Bloomington from Indianapolis, which is approximately 50 miles away.

By Car (top)

From the North

From Indianapolis, take Indiana State Route 37 South, which is accessible from I-465 on the South side of the city. Bloomington is about 50 miles south of Indianapolis. Take the first Bloomington exit (College Avenue or Business 37). Continue south on one-way College Avenue into downtown Bloomington. Turn left at the traffic signal at Seventh Street and College Avenue. Continue east on Seventh Street (10 blocks) to the Indiana Memorial Union. Turn right at the guard's gate into the circular drive that leads to the pay parking lot.

From the West and Southwest

Take Indiana State Routes 45 or 48 to Indiana State Route 37. Turn left onto the State Route 37, and continue north to Indiana State Routes 45 and 46 (the Bypass). Turn right onto the Bypass. Turn right at the second traffic signal(College Avenue). Turn left at the traffic signal at Seventh Street and College Avenue. Continue east on Seventh Street (10 blocks) to the Indiana Memorial Union. Turn right at the guard's gate into the circular drive that leads to the pay parking lot.

From the Northwest

Follow Indiana State Route 46 until it intersects College Avenue. Turn right at College Avenue. Turn left at the traffic signal at Seventh Street and College Avenue. Continue east on Seventh Street (10 blocks) to the Indiana Memorial Union. Turn right at the guard's gate into the circular drive that leads to the pay parking lot.

From the South

Take Indiana State Route 37 around Bloomington until you reach the intersection of State Route 37 and State Routes 45 and 46 (the Bypass). Turn right onto the Bypass, then right at the second traffic signal (College Avenue). Turn left at the signal at Seventh Street and College Avenue. Continue east on Seventh Street (10 blocks) to the Indiana Memorial Union. Turn right at the guard's gate into the circular drive that leads to the pay parking lot.

From the East

Take Indiana State Route 46. You will enter Bloomington's residential and shopping area; State Route 46 becomes East Third Street. At the College Mall shopping plaza, continue straight through the traffic signal on East Third (State Routes 45 and 46 Bypass turns to the right at this intersection). Continue on Third Street (through traffic signals at High Street, Jordan Avenue, and Woodlawn Avenue) to a signal at Indiana Avenue. Turn right on Indiana (one-way north). Go four blocks north to the intersection with Seventh Street. Turn right onto Seventh Street. Continue east on Seventh Street (four blocks) to the Indiana Memorial Union. Turn right at the guard's gate into the circular drive that leads to the pay parking lot.

Parking (top)

Parking on campus is restricted. Visitors may park at a parking meter or in an attended parking lot, or they may purchase a visitor parking permit at the Indiana Memorial Union hotel desk. Hourly parking is permitted in the two Indiana Memorial Union lots ("VH" on map). A "Visitor A" parking permit entitles the visitor to park at any of the garages or surface lots marked "V" on map. Parking on many neighborhood streets near campus is restricted between 8 am and 5 pm; these areas are marked by City of Bloomington signs.

Time Zones (top)

Bloomington has joined most of Indiana in observing daylight savings time, and is now on the same time as New York City (Eastern Time) year-round.

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