Whether you're an alumni 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 IU campus. On this page are some helpful tips for planning your visit and some additional resources that should also be helpful.

  • Check our event calendar or contact our Visitors Center when planning your trip to make sure there's not a major event in town. 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. Hotel rooms 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Get a map of campus at the Bloomington Visitors Center or the IU Visitors Center 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.

  • Speaking of the IU Visitors Center, if you're a prospective student you can contact them to set up a guided tour of campus.

  • 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.

  • Campus map

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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