It’s the season for acceptance letters! Are you coming to IU in the fall? If so, congratulations! The next few months are going to be exciting and hopefully not overwhelming. Don’t worry – you have time to prepare for what’s ahead, and we have some resources to help you.
Ahmed and Kuang have provided some great tips on finding housing (scroll down to check them out). If you’re still looking for options and you’re interested in communal living, you might want to consider Bloomington Cooperative Living.
The Coop has several houses – the largest is home to 14 people and the smallest is home to 5. Meals and chores are shared, and it can be a great way to save money and instantly become part of a community in Bloomington. They also sublet rooms for the summer, which might be a great option if you want to arrive in Bloomington early and get to know the town and people.
That brings me to my next point. When should you schedule your arrival? In my experience, most leases in Bloomington start between early and mid August. Many students, however, are looking to sublet their rooms for the summer, and you can rent a room for a an extra month or two if you want to arrive earlier. It’s always nice to have some time to settle in. If you sublet for the summer, you could also use that time to search for a permanent housing arrangement for the school year. Being able to check out your options in person definitely has its benefits.
To help you in your housing search, here’s another neat resource: myBloomington. This tool lets you type in a Bloomington address and gives you information on resources in the area such as parks and neighborhood associations. I just discovered my neighborhood association has a blog!
Still have questions? IU’s Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) has a checklist for new students with lots of great information. And as always, you can send us an email anytime with questions about IU or Bloomington. Just click on the link in the sidebar at the left.