Your experience at IUB and quality of life stretches beyond our dynamic campus to the many amenities beyond Sample Gates. You’ll find a wide variety of diversions. Here are a few:
The Jacobs School of Music offers opera, symphony, and student recitals throughout the year, in a remarkable series of concerts and performances, many of which are free of charge. They also host a Summer Music Festival that includes acclaimed musicians from around the world.
The Buskirk-Chumley Theatre and the IU Auditorium feature many popular musical performers from various genres. Bloomington is home of the Lotus Festival of Music and Arts, offering a series of experiences in world music and art throughout the year.
Theatre and dance
Our campus abounds with theatre and dance. Visit the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance for information about performances by students at IUB and visiting artists.
The Cardinal Stage Company and Bloomington Playwrights’ Project (BPP) stage new and familiar plays throughout the year, earning praise for exceptional staging, acting, and community involvement. The Brown County Playhouse stages Broadway musicals and comedies.
The IU Eskanazi Museum of Art is housed in a building designed by I.M. Pei, the architect who designed the Louvre pyramid.
The Mathers Museum has a collection of over 20,000 objects and 10,000 photographs representing cultures from each of the world's inhabited continents.
The IU Cinema is recognized internationally as a resource for the screening and study of both classic and current film, featuring campus visits by practitioners of the industry.
The Ryder Film Series offers the best in foreign-language, independent and classic American films.
Bloomington also has 23 screens on which mainstream first run movies are played.
Diversity, inclusion, and cultural resources
Indiana University is unwavering in its commitment to create safe and welcoming learning environments that advocate access, diversity, equity, inclusion, and community for all. Learn more about campus cultural centers and institutes through the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs.
The great outdoors
Bloomington is situated in rolling wooded hills. You can hike and camp in several nearby parks, including the Hoosier National Forest. Canoe and fish in nearby Lake Monroe, Griffy Lake Nature Preserve, and Lake Lemon. Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources offers many opportunities for recreation and exploration.