Life in Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington attracts students from around the globe who want the ideal college experience—great traditions, a gorgeous campus, international culture, Big Ten sports, and an active academic climate.

Founded in 1820, IU Bloomington is the flagship campus of Indiana University’s eight campuses statewide. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world-class contributions in research and the arts. For our traditions  like the world-famous Little 500 bicycle race and our commitment to emerging technologies, IU was named the “Hottest Big State School” in 2005 by Newsweek, America’s Hot Colleges.

Cultural Hotspot

Bloomington is a vibrant college community located in south-central Indiana. With a population of 69,000, Bloomington is a beautiful, friendly city with a cosmopolitan atmosphere and small town charm. The scene in Bloomington is lively and extremely diverse, boasting a variety of restaurants, shops, and galleries. Nearby cities include Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Chicago.

Community and Culture

A thriving live music scene, coffeehouses, open-air organic markets, eclectic restaurants, more than 30 festivals, and picturesque scenery are just part of what makes Bloomington, Indiana, the cultural center of the Midwest.

Bloomington’s lush rolling hills, limestone heritage, and gorgeous seasons are a perfect setting for the state’s oldest and largest winery, the country’s only Tibetan cultural center, and the annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival.

Web Sites of Interest

Bloomington Convention and Visitor's Bureau
City of Bloomington, Official Website
Bloomington Transit
Downtown Bloomington
Arts in Bloomington
BEAD (Bloomington Economic and Arts District)