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4 College Senior

Local Area: It's all great except for the shopping!

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The cost of living on campus is next to ridiculous for students who have to scrape up every dime they can in order to go to school.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The sporting events are pretty reasonable.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: It is really good. There is always a lot to do around. The mall is very close and there are plenty of resturaunts and shopping.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: There is always something fun to do around town. There are dozens of different ethnic food places, movies at the park, the farmers market, numerous cultural events and performances put on by IU. There is always something to do.

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One of the chief draws to Bloomington is the beauty of the surrounding environment. The town was named for what it does, and in the spring, there is no refuting the awe-inspiring scenery. In addition to Hoosier National Forest, which is a short drive from campus, there are many hiking trails and forested areas for the aspiring naturalist. You're apt to find locals who chose Bloomington for the surrounding countryside and students from major cities who add to the mix, making the small town eclectic and refreshing. As in any small town, close-mindedness is not unheard of. Fortunately, this negative way of thinking is mostly drowned out by the liberal attitudes on campus.

Without the college, Bloomington may be just like any number of other small Indiana towns: rural, serene, and not all that enticing to most college students. However, IU brings such a magnitude of diversity to the city that it far surpasses the norm. You'll find everything from small businesses where the owners know the clientele by name, to chains like Borders, Best Buy, and McDonald's. There are plenty of clubs and bars to sate the partygoers' thirsts, and just as many coffeeshops and art galleries. Bloomington houses students and faculty who are interested in a vast array of hobbies, pastimes, and passions, as well as the locals and some small-town vibes. Whether you want intimacy or anonymity, open air or indoor recreation, the variety of just plain nice folks in Bloomington will help you get what you're looking for.

Facts & Statistics

Local Slang
  • Coke: Any kind of carbonated beverage, including Pepsi
  • Hoosier: IU's "mascot," an indefinable expression of school spirit-what you are if you attend IU
  • Nap Town: Indianapolis
  • Ruff: Meaning roof, as in the part of the house that keeps the rain out
  • Townie: Non-student Bloomington resident
  • Y'unt: A faster way to say "Do you want . . ." As in, "I made some taters, y'unt some?"
Points of Interest
  • Downtown Square
  • Hoosier National Forest
  • IU Art Museum
  • John Waldron Arts Center
  • Kirkwood Observatory
  • Lake Monroe
  • Memorial Union
Shopping Centers
  • College Mall
  • Downtown Bloomington
Movie Theaters
Indiana Memorial Union
900 E. 7th St.
(812) 856-6381
Movie Theaters
Kerasotes Showplace East 11
1351 College Mall Rd.
(812) 323-0796
Movie Theaters
Showplace West 12
2929 W. 3rd St.
(812) 323-0884
Major Sports Teams
  • Chicago Cubs: Baseball
  • Indiana Pacers: Basketball
  • Indianapolis Colts: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Chicago: IL: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Indianapolis: IN: 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 198 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 197 responses

  • 8% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 82% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 8% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 2% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 197 responses

  • 34% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 22% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 44% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 197 responses

  • 15% Totally.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 31% No way.


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