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.

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.

Uniquely Bloomington will help you find things you can't see or do anywhere else, such as the country's only Tibetan Cultural Center and the state's oldest and largest winery. Bloomington is an arts and culture mecca in the Midwest. It hosts world-class concerts, Broadway musicals, and community-wide events such as a mini marathon, a weekly farmer’s market, and more than 30 festivals (including Taste of Bloomington and the Lotus World Music Festival). World-famous speakers frequently visit our campus, from Indiana Law alumnus Michael Uslan (producer of the Batman films franchise) to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (also an IU alumnus). The IU Jacobs School of Music offers world-class opera, ballet, and musical performances throughout the year, plus amazing precollege programs for kids. Read more about our community and culture.

. . . with the great outdoors just minutes away 

Home to the state's largest inland lake, only national forest, and a variety of city and county parks, Bloomington offers dozens of opportunities for outdoor excursions, from a picnic to a true natural adventure. Click below to find out more about the natural beauty of Bloomington and the many ways to enjoy it.

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 Organization 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

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