Safe Events

Be social, safely

Don’t feel stuck by yourself in your room, in between classes, or over weekends. We can help you make the most of your collegiate experience! In this most unusual year, there are still plenty of things to do on campus, online, and around the state of Indiana. Check out this page for some ideas, and make plans for some fun with your fellow students.


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Students wearing masks sing karaoke and dance in the Indiana Memorial Union. They are glowing and sparkling as they dance and sing.

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Students wearing masks and cream and crimson clothing celebrate IU sports events.

Students wearing candy-striped pants play bags with IU-themed gear.

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The Singing Hoosiers pose in a brightly lit hallway before a performance wearing masks.

Students decorate a room with red NCAA national championship replica banners.

A person in a red body suit poses with a student wearing a mask and holding a sign that says burritos are my love language.

A student rides a zipline in front of the Indiana Memorial Union.

Students with the IU Crimson Guard wear masks and hold signs cheering on the Hoosiers football team.

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Get outdoors . . .

Indiana weather can be unpredictable, but one thing’s for sure—we have some beautiful places for you to explore.

Feel like hiking? Indiana’s state parks have you covered. The closest ones to IU are Brown County State Park and McCormick’s Creek State Park. Don’t feel like going that far? Head just north of campus to discover the trails at Griffy Lake.

Want to learn a new skill? From canoeing to wilderness first aid, IU Outdoor Adventures has a course for you. Register now for the spring semester.

We’re no Colorado, for sure . . . but did you know you can go skiing right here in Southern Indiana? You’ll find Paoli Peaks just about an hour south of town.

And if you’re outdoors on a clear night, see if you can spot the International Space Station flying overhead.

A student wearing a mask and a vibrant dress examines a large portrait.

Visit a museum (in person or virtually)

You can explore the world without leaving campus by heading to the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art. Or check out the museum’s collections online without even leaving your room. If you’re looking for a day trip to Indy, the Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum are great options. And of course there are tons of online options, like the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, the Louvre, and the Salvador Dalí Museum.

A student works with colorful faux flowers and a glue gun.

Explore a new culture

Discover the world outside of Indiana without even leaving Bloomington. The campus and town are home to more than 150 international and multicultural student organizations, 6 cultural centers and institutes, and 80 restaurants offering international cuisine—including the famed Restaurant Row.

Masked students walk or jog on treadmills in the SRSC.

Get active

RecSports facilities and Bowling & Billiards in the IMU open in February for the spring semester. Until then, work out with RecSports at home or find streaming workouts that fit your style (and your budget), such as Alo Moves, Les Mills, or Mindbody.

A Zoom background of the Sample Gates

Spruce up your virtual space

Show your IU spirit and hide your clutter by downloading Zoom backgrounds to fit your mood. Pretend you’re at a basketball game with an IU Athletics image, go onstage at the IU Auditorium, or choose from dozens of specially created IU backgrounds.

Be well

It’s important to take care of yourself. The Student Health Center is here to help with virtual visits for medical services, counseling (CAPS) services, and more. Need some help relaxing? Check out upcoming mindfulness workshops and other events at the Student Health Center.


Student Health Center calendar

See all Student Health Center events

Have spare time? Use some of it to check a few things off of your IU Bucket List—or start your own list.

Zone out

Yeah, sometimes it’s cold and snowy, or rainy, or just plain blah. Maybe all you want to do is chill. There are plenty of options for that, too.

Attend a virtual IU Cinema screening from your couch, or watch a Jacobs School of Music performance through IUMusicLive!.

Host a Teleparty to watch Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and more with your friends (virtually).

Looking for someone to game with? Check out Gaming @ IU, or team up with your friends to find the impostor Among Us.

Catch a concert or other event online through services like Mandolin and Live Nation. Or see what the IU Auditorium has going on.

Find something new to listen to

Discover new-to-you artists, songs, and genres on YouTube. Start with one of these options and see where “YouTube roulette” takes you:

Or, got a Spotify account? Feel the Hoosier energy when you stream IU’s HomeGating Hype playlist.

Podcasts more your style? Try the Unity Broadcast, where the Union Board’s social impact committee discusses issues that affect IU students.

Level up your kitchen skills

If you have access to a kitchen, you can get a taste of IU with this playlist of cooking vids we’ve curated for you:

Keep learning

And, of course, keep doing the work that brought you to Indiana University in the first place. We have tools to help boost your success, including tips for navigating technology, caring for yourself, staying connected, and more.

Find out more at Keep Learning