We’ve pulled together some valuable resources and information to ease your transition to Bloomington and SPEA. Explore the links below or contact us in the Masters Program Office (MPO) if you need any additional information at (812) 855-2840—we're happy to help!
- Housing and Utilities
Where should I live?
While on-campus housing through Residential Programs and Services is available to graduate students, most of our master’s candidates live off campus. For the widest selection, make housing arrangements in April or May before the start of the fall semester. Options available in August will be limited.
If you are looking for a roommate to offset your cost of living, we’ll invite you to join an online discussion board where incoming students can share information about housing accommodations and roommate requests after you’ve accepted your offer of admission
Who do I contact for utilities?
You can find area providers—from telephone to water and more—along with other helpful hints on relocating to Bloomington in this guide prepared by Visit Bloomington.Read the New Resident's Guide
- Transportation and Parking
We prioritize sustainable transportation choices like the bus, walking, and biking. As an IU student, you can ride Bloomington Transit—our local bus system—for free with your student ID. If you are flying to campus, the nearest airport is the Indianapolis International Airport (IND). Like most other college campuses, parking is extremely limited, but if you choose to bring a car to campus, you can purchase a parking permit from the IU Office of Parking Operations.
Need a car or rideshare?
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- Health, Wellness, and Recreation
The IU Health Fee helps pay for the Health Center which provides reduced rates for routine medical clinic visits, a health and wellness program, and other services including two free counseling and psychological visits per semester. This fee is not for health insurance.
In partnership with IU Health Center’s Counseling and Psychological Services, SPEA hosts a counselor-in-residence— Dr. Chris Meno—who is at SPEA 20 hours per week offering counseling services, outreach, and programming.
International Student Healthcare
All international students and scholars at Indiana University are required to have health insurance for themselves and their families. IU automatically enrolls all international students in an insurance plan administered by Aetna Student Health that provides coverage that meets IU’s minimum requirements. If you already have a health insurance plan that meets the minimum requirements, you may file a waiver so you do not need to purchase insurance through IU.
IU Recreational Sports
Full-time students can take advantage of IU’s Recreational Sports resources, including the Student Recreational Sports Center which offers sports and fitness activities including group exercise, yoga and pilates, strength and cardio equipment, basketball, volleyball, personal training, and much more. If team sports are more your speed, intramural sports are offered in everything from basketball to tennis to battleship. Intramural sports are a great way to make new friends, develop your mind and body, and learn new skills with opportunities in over 20 sports!
- Paying for Graduate School
There are many resources for securing funding—opportunities exist at SPEA, IU, and at national levels. You can also work with our Career Development Office to pursue part time employment.
The Office of the Bursar can provide your school billing schedule and payment options.
The Office of the Registrar, not the Masters Program Office, determines Indiana residency. Please use them as a resource for determining your residency status for financial aid.