Hotels near Indiana University Bloomington

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Hotels in Bloomington near Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington Introduction

With a national historic district known as The Old Crescent and a wealth of green space, Indiana University Bloomington (IU) has been described as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States. Features include an arboretum and the Showalter Fountain. Regarded as the flagship campus of Indiana University with grounds of 1,933 acres, IU welcomes almost 50,000 students in an academic year. It is home to the IU Jacobs School of Music and the grand Musical Arts Center. IU stages more than 1,000 performances every year in venues across the campus.

Hotels near Indiana University Bloomington

A conference hotel in the student union building allows visitors to take a advantage of the student eateries, bars, and bowling alley. But most hotels can be found a short walk westwards, with a cluster of hotels off College Avenue and Walnut Street. Many of these offer pools; most include free breakfast. The budget options tend to be closer to Indiana University Memorial Stadium, and all have free Wi-Fi. There's a big drop in the temperature over the winter so room rates fall. Prices shoot up for the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day.

Where to stay near Indiana University Bloomington

With attractive grounds and historic buildings, as well as the lively student vibe, it's appealing to stay in or near the campus. The Indiana Memorial Union is at the heart of the campus and has a wide range of food outlets, from budget options to dining in an elegant restaurant with oak paneling, elaborate chandeliers, and intricate stained glass windows. For upscale urban hotels, the nearest city is Indianapolis, which is a 50-mile drive. The Downtown area offers a wide choice of modern hotels with restaurants, bars, and business facilities.

Things to see near Indiana University Bloomington

Whilst on campus you could take in a football game at Memorial Stadium, the home field of the Indiana Hoosiers, who play in the university’s distinctive red and white colors. At the western entrance you can see the prow, mainmast, and two guns from the World War II battleship, USS Indiana. You might also explore Monroe Lake Park, 7.8 miles to the southeast, which has rolling hills, dense forests, and the largest lake in Indiana. Although 50 miles away, motor racing enthusiasts may enjoy a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the famous Indy 500 race.

How to get to Indiana University Bloomington

With limited parking on the student campus, green alternatives to driving are actively encouraged. The university suggests walking, cycling, or car-sharing. There are regular shuttle services from nearby Bloomington to Indianapolis International Airport (46.4 miles) and even to Chicago, which is 233 miles away. There are also regular bus and coach services available to most key destinations. If you wish to drive from Indianapolis, take the IN-37 to the edge of Bloomington, then switch to the Indiana 45 46 Bypass which skirts around the north and east of the university.