Campus and Off
There are two types of on
campus housing. On
campus housing are university
campus housing provides the opportunity
to meet other students including fellow classmates, students from other departments, and
from all over the world. When you live on
campus, you can connect your computer
directly to the campus compute
r system to check e
mail and gain access to the web. You
do not have pay for water, electricity, or trash services as these are included in your rent.
Students living in a residence hall are required to purchase a meal plan. If you live in a
tment, you will
are responsible for your own meals.
There is a separate application process for on
More detailed information
campus accommodations is available at
campus housing can be less expensive particularly if you find
a roommate to share the cost. However, securing off
campus housing can be more
challenging than on
campus housing. You can choose a furnished apartment or an
t. Furnished apartments typically come with furniture and large
appliances (stove and refrigerator), not linens and kitchenware. Usually, unfurnished
come with a stove and a refrigerator.
There is no central off
campus housing office t
o help find apartments to lease or to match
students with roommates. Some complexes also require that the renter appear in person,
which makes it difficult to rent before arriving in Bloomington.
You may also want to look at
The IU Graduate and Professional Organization
maintains a Housing link at
Listed below are some other sites to help with
IU Residential Programs and Services
Comprehensive apartment search websites (
Indiana Daily Student Classified Ads
: The local community newspaper
(Comprehensive apartment search websites.)
Padmapper Apartment Search and Mapping Tool
My Apartment Map
: Find and compare housing across Bloomington
We cannot stress enough that it is very important to arrive in Bloomington a few days
the start of Orientation. This will help you get settled before Orientation begins. Orientation
is very busy and you should be moved into your apartment or house
You will not have time to look for housing, to move, and
et settle during Orientation.
If you need to set up utilities for your apartment, below is a list of providers:
Questions to Ask
Signing an Apartment Lease
Before you sign a contract for a housing rental, be sure you understand
of the terms in the contract.
Do not be afraid to ask if you have any question or are unsure of something in the contract.
Are there any application fees?
How much is the security deposit?
How much of the deposit is returned at the end of the
What will prevent me from getting my security deposit back?
When is rent due?
How long is the lease?
After the initial term of the lease, will I need to renew for a year or will I be able to lease month to
Are there penalties for late payments?
What are the penalties for late payments?
What are the lease breaking fees?
What utilities are included in the rent? (water, trash, internet, tv cable, gas and electricity)
Is internet, wireless or wi
fi available? For a fee? Pa
id by whom?
What is the approximate cost for utilities that are not included in the rent?
Are there any costs for setting up the utilities that are not covered in the rent? Who do I need to
contact to set up utilities that are not covered in the rent?
big is the hot water heater and is the hot water heater shared with any other
(This is a relatively important question, if there is a small heater, or if there is one
shared with your neighbor
who likes to take hour long showers right before
you have to get up,
you may end up taking cold showers more often than you’d like.)
Where is the parking area?
Is parking included in the rent or are there any additional parking fees?
Is there a pool?
Can it be used by anyone?
Are there any additional f
ees for using the pool or gym
What happens if I accidentally break an appliance?
How is routine maintenance completed for the unit?
Are maintenance people on call 24 hours a
If not, who should you call if there is an emergency?
Am I allowed to
paint the walls?
Am I allowed to hang pictures with nails?
Am I allowed to have overnight guests?
What are the procedures if I decide to have a roommate at a later time?
Do you require renters insurance?
Are there any noise level restrictions?
Where are t
he smoke detectors and do they work?
If there is not an in
unit washer and dryer, where is the laundry and what is the cost?
Can you get cell phone reception inside the apartment?
Am I allowed to have pets?
If I don’t have one now, and I get one at a late
r date, will my lease
Is the complex on the bus line?
It is also important to find out if the apartment is on the city or
campus bus line. If the apartment is on the city bus line, find out if the bus stops near the
Informatics Building (10
Street and Woodlawn). Some bus routes go to other areas of
Bloomington so you would need to allow more time in your daily travel. An apartment on the
campus shuttle is most convenient because the shuttle stops directly in front of Informatics
Bloomington Transit route information is available on
Be sure you know what is furnished and what is not furnished before signing a lease.