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Moving to college is exciting, but it’s natural to be a little nervous. IU will be your home away from home, helping you thrive in your first year and beyond. We offer lots of housing options so you can find a place to live that’s just right for you, and you’ll have plenty of people to turn to for guidance, from resident assistants (RAs) to the staff at the Academic Support Center’s three locations.

Residency Requirement

First-year students live on campus at IU. This is our policy because we know students who live in our residence halls do better in their classes, are actively involved on campus, get the most out of their college experience, and are more likely to graduate. Learn more about our residency requirement policy and exemptions.

Housing and Dining on Campus

IU’s 11 residence halls are clustered into three neighborhoods, each with academic support services and a distinct blend of programs, dining options, resources, and amenities. Each residence hall provides furniture, high-speed Ethernet connections and wireless access, resident assistants on every floor, and more.

IU also has several on-campus apartment complexes that are designed for sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, and students with families and children.

Our extensive dining service offers something for everyone—vegetarians, students observing religious traditions, meat lovers, and carb counters—and the flexibility to eat at any dining location on campus, including cafeterias, food courts, cafés, coffee shops, convenience stores, and kiosks.

Learning Communities

Learning communities located throughout our residence halls help you start your IU career on the right foot and offer unique experiences, social and recreational programs, and the opportunity to live with other students who share your interests.

Off-Campus Options

There are numerous affordable off-campus housing options for sophomores, juniors, and seniors and graduate students—single rooms, apartment complexes, houses, and condos—and plenty of rental properties in student and family neighborhoods near campus.