Founded in 1820, Indiana University 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. Located about 50 miles south of Indianapolis, IU boasts a number of world-class libraries and museums, including the Lilly Library for rare books and manuscripts, the Indiana University Art Museum (designed by I.M. Pei), and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.
Thomas Gaines called the IU Bloomington campus one of the five most beautiful in the nation in The Campus as a Work of Art. Abundant trees, flowers, and Indiana limestone buildings dating back to the late nineteenth century cover the nearly 2,000 acres of campus. Dunn Woods, the Arboretum, and the Jordan River provide a natural laboratory and breathtaking scenery.
Bloomington, Indiana, is the arts and cultural hub of the Midwest. While IU’s amazing arts and entertainment offerings play a large role in the city’s cultural atmosphere, Bloomington is extraordinary in its own right.
Affectionately called B-town, Bloomington is the quintessential college town—active, intellectual, young, friendly, relaxed, and safe. The small city has a population of about 70,000 and cultural resources and opportunities that rival cities many times its size. 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.
You can find more information about IU and Bloomington sites, including restaurants and bars, on the Logistics and Accommodations page.