Local Atmosphere

Indianapolis, IN
Tuition (in-state)
$29,062 ($8,605)
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love IUPUI's campus. Indianapolis is a great area with lots to do. Shopping is a must for me, and there are a lot of stores that I regularly shop at!

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Living in Indianapolis is amazing there are so many local events that take place and also many national conferences are held here so every week something new is taking place. We also have great sports teams within the downtown area. We also have many different shopping centers and many different local shops as well.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Indianapolis has almost any activity and sport available in close proximity. The many sports arenas, concerts, and museums provide endless entertainment. The city is clean. There is crime, as in any large city, but it is minimal and safe.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I practically live downtown. I ride my bike everywhere. Plenty of things to do and great places to eat.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I've lived in Indy for most of my life and it's a rather fun place to be. It's not the safest, but not the most dangerous at all. My opinion may be biased as this is my hometown, but hey.


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Kourtney Forrester
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Indianapolis is a great city with a lot of potential, but many of the locals limit themselves socially and intellectually. Too many college students spend their entire week waiting for the weekend, when they can escape into a local pub or nightclub. Few get together for a trip to the museum, classical concert, lecture, or an art fair. Many IUPUI students wouldn’t think of putting that much effort into going out on a Friday night. Try not to fall into this category and explore the possibilities of intellectual stimulation and the arts in Indianapolis. There are a number of cultural districts and local settings that are conducive to both cerebral celebration and a relaxed evening out. Take advantage of free music at the Indiana Historical Society and serene walks along the canal.

Don’t get me wrong—there is a special population of students that are intellectually and artistically inclined enough to seek out a jazz show, symphony, reading, or lecture. Although it is nice to go out and have a nice Guinness or a glass of cabernet once in a while, do not be the student who gets caught in the vicious cycle of drinking every weekend and limiting your brain and spirit. Have fun, be responsible, and soak in the possibilities. Read the local, weekly magazine Nuvo for tips on where to find a fun, free event.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in the 2007 Super Bowl Championship.
  2. Music begins and ends in Indianapolis. Jimi Hendrix started his career here en route to Chicago at the Slippery Noodle Inn, and Elvis Presley played his last live concert appearance at Market Square Arena.
  3. The world's first transistor radio was made in Indianapolis.
  4. With a permanent seating capacity of over 250,000 people and an infield spectator capacity exceeding 150,000, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest sporting facility in the world.
  5. The debut of singer Frank Sinatra was in Indianapolis at the Lyric Theater February 2, 1940, appearing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
Notable Natives
  • Larry Bird
  • Bill Blass
  • James Dean
  • Alfred Guthrie
  • Michael Jackson
  • Buck Jones
  • Bobby Knight
  • David Letterman
  • Eli Lilly
  • Shelley Long
  • Dan Quayle
  • James Whitcomb Riley
  • Red Skelton
  • Booth Tarkington
Local Slang
  • Broad Ripple: Cultural district on the northeast side of Indianapolis, about eight miles from IUPUI
  • Fountain Square: Cultural district near the south side
  • Hoosier: An old term, originating in the South, used to denote a hick or an awkward, uncouth individual from Indiana
  • Indy: Short for Indianapolis (e.g., "the Indy 500")
  • Naptown: Nickname for Indianapolis
  • Tight: Adjective meaning awesome or impressive
Points of Interest
  • Bloomington Cave
  • Conseco Fieldhouse
  • Easley Winery
  • Indiana Repertory Theater
  • Indianapolis Art Museum
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • Indianapolis Zoo
  • Lucas Oil Stadium
  • Massachusetts Avenue
  • Monon Trail
  • Monument Circle
  • White River Gardens
Shopping Centers
  • Castleton Square Mall
  • Circle Center Mall
  • Metropolis in Plainfield
  • Park Greenwood Mall
  • River Crossing at Keystone
Movie Theaters
IMAX Theater at White River State Park
650 W. Washington St.
(317) 233-4629
Movie Theaters
Kerasotes Showplace 16
4325 S. Meridian St.
(317) 784-1367
Movie Theaters
United Artists Circle Center 9
49 W. Maryland St.
(317) 237-6356
Major Sports Teams
  • Indianapolis Colts: football
  • Indianapolis Fever: WNBA basketball
  • Indianapolis Pacers: basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Chicago: IL: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 145 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 145 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 21% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 2% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 72% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 144 responses

  • 10% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 36% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 54% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 144 responses

  • 14% No way.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 33% Totally.



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