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Hi all, I will be moving to Bloomington in the fall to start a PhD program in Psychology. I visited Fountain Park and Woodbridge Apartments just today, but $650-665 seems high to me for rent with no utilities covered. 

 

What do you all think?

As fancyfeast said, it is pretty affordable for that specific location; however I highly suggest that you keep looking. I found a house on the eastern side of campus and only about a mile away. Its a 3 bed/3bath, two grad students live in the other rooms, and rent is $475 (with utilities + internet included). Visit IU's Housing Board, thats where a lot of grad students list available room rentals/trades.

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Is living four miles from campus manageable? It's on a bus line, and I plan on having a bike. It's a really solid place and the cost is phenomenal.

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Four miles is probably a little further than I'd like (I personally prefer walking distance), but it's by no means outrageous. Check the bus schedule to see how often your particular bus(es) run. You can use the real-time bus tracker to get a sense of how long it would take to get to campus and how long you might have to wait for a bus. (Make sure you're looking at it on a weekday during the day.) You can also look at the Bloomington transit schedules to see whether your bus(es) run over IU breaks and in the summer, which could be an important factor. And you can check the bike routes and street view on Google Maps to see what your bike commute would look like. Generally people bike all over the place around here, but there are definitely some areas of Bloomington that are more bike-friendly than others.

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Does anyone have any suggestions on apartment buildings that tend to have mainly graduate students as opposed to undergrads? It seems like the undergrad section is near the stadium and one previous person mentioned  how graduate students live east of campus by college mall, or just south of campus (between 3rd and 1st street) but the post did not list any specific apartment buildings.

 

My knowledge of Bloomington is limited to a visit years ago. I will start graduate school in August and have been looking online for one-bedroom apartments. While I will be on a TA salary, I would prefer to spend the extra money for a good living situation- and Bloomington seems affordable compared to the DC area where I have been lately. My focus will be my studies and I would prefer to live some place without undergrads since I will be older even by grad student standards. If anyone has any specific suggestions for apt buildings that are popular with graduate students, please let me know. Thanks for your help.

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My fiancee and I both accepted graduate offers for IUB starting this fall (Ph.D econ, woohoo!) and we are looking for more information about bloomington in general.

We are also looking for good housing options for grad students/small families and have been looking hard at Washington terrace and Allen court. Does anyone know anything about these properties?

Also, anyone want to gey together and play sink the biz before programs kick off in august?

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If anyone has any specific suggestions for apt buildings that are popular with graduate students, please let me know. Thanks for your help.

 

Fountain Park and Woodbridge are popular with some grad students I know. I'm sure there are a ton more that people can add. Maybe try searching Google for places that offer a grad student discount (normally ~$25 per month). It's definitely not foolproof, but that might give you an idea of which complexes cater to a grad student clientele. If you haven't found this already, the Graduate and Professional Student Organization also has some housing resources for grad students on their website.

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Thanks. If anyone has any other suggestions for apartment complexes popular with grad students, please post them.

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I know a Phd student who lives in Meadow Park.  I will be moving into Fountain Park, which is owned by the same management company.  I have kids, so I really needed a washer/dryer IN the unit, which Fountain Park has in their 2 beds/2 bath.  Meadow Park is a lot cheaper for a 2 bed/1 bath though, if you don't need a W/D right inside your place (they have the communal ones on site.)

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I've also been warned by multiple people that north of campus and/or near the stadium is very undergrad heavy, so to avoid those areas (since that's not what I'd want!)

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Dear friends, 

 

Could you please name some of good quality apartments near lindley hall? (a maximum of 45 minutes walk, near bus station, ...)

 

Does anyone suggest on-campus apartments? 

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Dear friends, 

 

Could you please name some of good quality apartments near lindley hall? (a maximum of 45 minutes walk, near bus station, ...)

 

Does anyone suggest on-campus apartments? 

 

I don't know about the apartments near Lindley Hall, but about the on-campus apartments (if you mean the ones on rps.indiana.edu), I have talked to some of the grad students and they said these apartments are pretty good quality-wise but are a bit overpriced (like any on-campus apartment)

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Thank you CoolZero.

What do think about Heritage Apartments? 

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It seems quite good for its price and pretty nice, it is not too pricey ( I assume you want a 1BR ) but it is quite far from the campus and SoIC in particular (more than 2KM s) but there are bus routes near it (route 1&4 in this map).

And as for the apartment itself, it has really nice floor plans and according to some reviews it is close to grocery store which is a big plus and also has nice staff which help a lot if maintenance is needed.

But for sure any one who lives in Bloomington or has visited there might be able to give a more insightful opinion.

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It seems quite good for its price and pretty nice, it is not too pricey ( I assume you want a 1BR ) but it is quite far from the campus and SoIC in particular (more than 2KM s) but there are bus routes near it (route 1&4 in this map).

And as for the apartment itself, it has really nice floor plans and according to some reviews it is close to grocery store which is a big plus and also has nice staff which help a lot if maintenance is needed.

But for sure any one who lives in Bloomington or has visited there might be able to give a more insightful opinion.

 

Thank you. My friend and I are looking for 2BD apartments. Actually we wanted to rent a unit in tulip tree apartments, but they don't have any openings. 

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I finally signed a lease at fountain park apartments. It's a 2bd/1br unit with balcony, so I'm looking for a female flatmate. Please send me a private message if you are interested. 

 

I'm so excited to be there :)

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My dream school is IU- Bloomington. In fact, it will be the only school I would consider accepting as long as funding exists. I am 33 and pursuing a doctoral education.

My questions about Bloomington:

1) What are rental prices now in 2015?

2) I am considering purchasing a house instead of renting. What areas are AWAY from undergrad students in middle class neighborhoods? I like quiet areas with walkable areas if possible, especially to coffee shops and downtown (but not necessary).

3) What are winters like? I'm from CA - no snow ever where I live. Temps don't get down below 40's during the day and 30's at night. RARE is a 20's night. I understand that Bloomington gets snow. I have a 2WD SUV. Will I need to get specialty tires?

4) Any other advice or info about Bloomington would be great, such as crime and anything I should be aware of. 

Thank you!

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I recently finished my MA program in Bloomington. I have nothing but fantastic things to say about it.

Rent is affordable, but can get a little pricey if you live right near campus. (I notice you live in the Bay, rent might seem absurdly cheap compared to there). Undergraduates tend to live directly north and west of campus, so I would stay away from those areas as they are constantly partying. I highly suggest you live south of campus near Bryan Park. It's pretty mellow and a nice 15-20 minute walk to campus and downtown. My buddies and I rented a three bedroom house in that area for $1200, so it didn't take much out of my monthly stipend. Alternatively, another popular area for graduate students is east of campus at Fountain Park and Woodbridge apartment complexes. 

As for the weather, the winters are pretty darn cold. The city tends to be pretty prepared when it comes to making the roads safe to drive in snow. So snow tires would be entirely up to you, though I think you'd be fine with your SUV. I got a long just fine in my little sedan. IU and the city also has a reliable bus system.

All in all, Bloomington is an awesome, special place. I'm from CA as well, and previously lived in Seattle before I made the move to Indiana. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous I would dread living in the middle of nowhere. I was quickly drawn to its Midwestern charm and easy living life style. Let me know if you have other questions!

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I think stillalivetui mostly covered it, but I'll just throw in an extra plug for it being a fantastically lovely town! I'll really miss it when I leave to wherever I get accepted in the coming months. Probably quieter than CA, depending on where exactly you are (and definitely over semester breaks--it's definitely a college down, and when that huge percentage of undergrad population departs home....very empty summers around campus and downtown; which is actually nice, though), but all around great--and close enough to Indianapolis (1.5 hours), Louisville (2 hours), and even Chicago (4-ish hours) that it's not too hard to get away from the small town vibe for a weekend if you want.

(Oh, and if you're into film, definitely check out the cinema if you end up here. So cool.)

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Thank you so much for the great information! I'm just worried about the snow and cold weather more than anything! It looks like there is a lot of nature around which is very appealing. I'm looking forward to a slower pace of life away from the bay area which is traffic most of the day/night and overall jam packed.

Are there vegetarian options at grocery stores? Like Morningstar Farms or tofu?

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3 hours ago, PhDinPublicHealthHopeful said:

Thank you so much for the great information! I'm just worried about the snow and cold weather more than anything! It looks like there is a lot of nature around which is very appealing. I'm looking forward to a slower pace of life away from the bay area which is traffic most of the day/night and overall jam packed.

Are there vegetarian options at grocery stores? Like Morningstar Farms or tofu?

Yes--lots of vegetarian options! Bloomingfoods, the local coop grocery, is pretty fantastic across the board, but there's also Kroger, Lucky's, and Sahara Mart which all also have good vegetarian selections. There's also a weekly farmers market in the warmer months, which is good as well, and very soon we're supposed to be getting a Whole Foods. So yes to Morningstar and tofu, and much more besides. Many many good vegetarian/vegan choices for eating out as well (much love for the Owlery and Rainbow bakery).

And, also yes to lots of nature around: there's a nice little community orchard/garden, a lake and state park, and campus itself is pretty well-tended and wooded: we even sometimes get deer hanging out around class buildings :). 

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Excellent! That makes me feel MUCH better about Bloomington being a good fit. I hope I get in and I hope I can go see the campus and surrounding area before making that last acceptance. :) Crossing fingers!!

Thank you all so much for your help!

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I will be potentially starting a grad program at IU in the fall. I know that finding housing and a neighborhood best suited to me will be an ongoing process after I actually move there. But I wanted to go ahead and see if anyone had any general thoughts about which areas seem to be good for young-ish grad students. I'll be 26, so I don't want to be doing shots with undergrads, but I'm not yet settled down with a family. Somewhere in between.

For example, I went to UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad and lived there for years after. I would tell someone moving there that Carrboro might be ideal, due to the bike-ability, the adult social scene (not as undergraddy), etc.

Does anyone have any opinions about areas of town or 'scenes' I should check out or avoid? Thanks!

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I am a graduate student looking for housing in Bloomington. My stipend is about 18k per year. I was wondering what parts of the city would you recommend me for housing. I love nature and I like sleeping early so I prefer quiet and rustic neighborhoods that are not far from the campus.

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