You’ll want to call Bloomington your second home too. Parents love visiting our community of 80,000, which is regarded as one of the top college towns in the nation and offers more to do than you might imagine. The weather here is mild. Extreme cold is rare, snowfall is limited, and we generally have long, beautiful autumns and early springs, which are particularly pleasant because there are more than 100 types of flowering trees and bushes on campus.
Learn more about our campus below and in Student Life.
Arts and Cultural Events
Throughout the year, students attend Broadway touring productions and contemporary music concerts at the IU Auditorium; operas, concerts, and ballets at the Musical Arts Center; and student theatre productions at the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center. IU is also home to the Jacobs School of Music, which is regarded as one the finest schools of music in the world. Students and faculty from the school put on more than 1,500 performances annually, most of which are free.
More than 40 religious denominations are represented in Bloomington. There are dozens of Protestant churches and three Catholic churches in town. A mosque serves the Muslim community, and the flourishing Jewish population has access to a campus Hillel organization, a community synagogue, and a strong program in Jewish studies at the university.
Shopping and Restaurants
Bloomington has a shopping mall with more than 90 specialty stores, a number of eateries and shops a few blocks from the southwest edge of campus, and a charming downtown square. Many fine restaurants present a wide array of choices. Bloomington is home to a variety of ethnic restaurants in addition to the usual assortment of fast food establishments and national chains.
The Great Outdoors
Lake Monroe, the largest lake in Indiana, is just a few miles south of campus and one of three lakes near Bloomington. The picturesque Brown County State Park and Hoosier National Forest, also in the immediate vicinity, are popular sites for hiking and horseback riding. There are four golf courses in town, including the IU public course and the PGA-ranked Eagle Pointe Golf Course. In addition, biking, camping, and downhill skiing are available in the surrounding area.