Finding a place to live

Whether you want to live on campus in a residence hall, or off campus in a house, apartment, or townhome, it is important to find housing before you arrive in the United States.

Your first housing decision should be whether you want to live on campus or off campus.

Note for first-year students

If you are a first-year undergraduate student at IU Bloomington, you are required to live on campus.

On-campus housing

IU Bloomington features 24 residence halls and student apartment buildings. All offer on-campus dining, high-speed Wi-Fi Internet, laundry facilities, fully furnished rooms, and more. You can also request to live in a learning community.

On-campus housing allows you to be close to your classes, and provides a classic college experience and sense of community among students.

Scholars who visit IU for shorter periods of time often live on campus, as well.

Special on-campus housing options

IU Bloomington offers more than 20 learning communities, including two with an international focus.

More than 190 students from more than 20 countries live in the Foster International Living-Learning Center. It is a coed community that brings U.S. and international students together in a supportive, on-campus environment.

As a resident of the Foster International Living-Learning Center, you can participate in:

  • Local and international service learning initiatives
  • Outdoor adventure trips
  • Intramural sports teams
  • Movie nights
  • Cultural celebrations

You can also interact with special international visitors—such as scholars, artists, and other guests—who stay in the community’s guest suite facility.

Learn more about Foster International

Prepare for a global, 21st-century career in the Global Village Living-Learning Center. About 100 students interested in expanding their knowledge of world affairs and foreign languages and cultures live in this coed community.

As a resident at the Global Village, you can:

  • Enjoy internationally focused activities.
  • Meet faculty and others who have lived, traveled, and worked overseas.
  • Improve your foreign language skills.
  • Meet other students who share your interest in global issues.
Learn more about the Global Village

You can choose from nearly 20 other special housing options based on your interests, including communities focused on computing, outdoor adventures, and fitness and wellness.

Find out more about learning communities at IU