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Whether you're an alumnus who's visited numerous times or the parent of an incoming freshman, there are a lot of new experiences to be had when visiting the campus of Indiana University. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States and one of the best college towns in the country, your visit to Bloomington and Indiana University will be one that's never forgotten. This page contains helpful tips for planning your visit and some additional resources that may also assist you before your visit to campus.

  • Check our event calendar or contact our Visitors Center when planning your trip to campus. Your experience will be much better if you can find a hotel room and get a reservation at a restaurant! If you are coming for a major event, plan in advance. Hotels sell out quickly for big events like football games, graduation, and the annual Little 500. The Visitors Center keeps track of availability, so give us a call.

  • Check out the Indiana Daily Student to stay informed of what's happening on campus and in the IU community. 

  • Indiana University has a large campus with lots of amazing things to see, so be sure to allow plenty of time to explore, and don't forget to wear comfortable shoes. Get a map of campus at the Bloomington Visitors Center, the IU Visitors Center, or right here to help you navigate through the winding trails and massive buildings. Again, this is a big campus and it's easy to get disoriented. Looking for a quick walk? Check out these one-mile walks around campus. 

  • If you don't have a car but want to explore Bloomington there are several transportation options. To and from the Indianapolis International Airport, check out the GoExpress Shuttle service that runs every couple of hours. This shuttle also has service from Bloomington to Chicagoland on weekends as well. There are several taxi services, Zipcars, and Ubers available in Bloomington. Click here for more details. Bloomington is also a Gold-level "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists. There are dedicated bike lanes throughout the community and two major pedestrian/bike trails through town. Want to rent a bike? Click here.

  • Parking can be difficult for visitors, but there are options. The Visitors Center sells one-day "EM-P" permits, which allow you to park in almost any parking spot on campus (exceptions are handicapped and reserved spots). There are also several pay-parking garages you can use, on-campus and on the perimeter. See our Campus Parking section for more details. Your best bet is to find a spot and stick with it all day. You'll enjoy more of the campus by walking through it.

  • There's plenty to do on campus, but some of the local establishments are also part of the IU experience. Be sure to also check out the local restaurantsmuseums, and shops that have been favorites of IU students for decades.

Above all else, have fun and enjoy the energy that flows through the campus!  For more tips or if you have questions, contact the Visitors Center at 800-800-0037 or email our information specialists.

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