Life in Bloomington
Small City, international flair. . . and conveniently located
Bloomington is a small city of about 70,000 with cultural resources and opportunities that rival cities many times its size. Bloomington is just one hour’s drive from Indianapolis and the Indianapolis International Airport, two hours from Louisville, three from Cincinnati, and four from Chicago and St. Louis.
Indiana University has the Jacobs School of Music — one of the nation’s top music schools — and outstanding programs in fine arts, theatre, opera, and drama. The spectacular art deco Auditorium brings the best of Broadway to campus every season. At the IU Cinema, a one-of-a-kind arthouse cinema, you can hear from prominent filmmakers and scholars, see rarely shown movies, and enjoy over 300 programs related to film and filmmakers annually. The world-famous Little 500 bike race takes place every spring. If you like outdoor activities, the natural landscape of southern Indiana, the Hoosier National Forest, and the state’s largest inland lake are yours to enjoy. And if you long for a big city adventure, Indianapolis, the state capital and home to more than 2 million, is just 45 minutes away, with convenient daily bus service.
In our remarkable community you will find coffeehouses, live music, festivals, bookstores, open-air markets, historic architecture, cafés, eclectic restaurants, boutiques, lakes, parks, museums, theatres, an excellent county school system, and top private schools. Essentially, Bloomington offers all the activities and conveniences of a major metropolitan area — including excellent public transportation — with the affordable housing and safety of a small town.
Housing and schools
Unlike the high cost of living on the East and West Coasts, or even Chicago or Cleveland, Bloomington is an inexpensive place to live while earning your law degree. In addition to on-campus university housing, you can live off-campus in an apartment or house. Most law students find housing within blocks of the Law School. IU’s Graduate and Professional Student Government maintains a list of Web sites that can help you find rental housing or potential roommates.
If you have kids, Bloomington is an excellent place to raise them. Not only is our community made richer by the cultural amenities offered through IU, the Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) is known statewide for providing students with an exceptional, culturally diverse education. Learn more about housing and schools.
Local job opportunities
If you or your spouse are interested in working while you’re in law school, Bloomington offers many on- and off-campus job opportunities. Beyond Indiana University, the area’s largest local employer, Bloomington is home to many locally owned business, as well as several large employers such as Bloomington Hospital, Monroe County Schools, Cook Inc., the Herald-Times, and the City of Bloomington. Some of our top students work as research assistants for Indiana Law professors. Find out more about local job opportunities.
Learn more about Bloomington
- Visitor’s Guide
- City of Bloomington
- Bloomington Herald-Times (subscription required)
- The Ryder
- Bloom Magazine
- Indiana Daily Student
- IU Office of International Services
Learn more about Indiana
- Explore Southern Indiana
- Indiana State Museum
- Indiana Department of Natural Resources