Living in Bloomington-Normal

As one of the best college towns in the US, you can expect a great quality of life in Bloomington-Normal. With bike-friendly roads and a picturesque countryside you will have a lot to explore. Our campus is steps away from locally owned shops, restaurants and hotels in the thriving central business district.

The Bloomington-Normal area has been recognized for its entertainment and art venues as well as its restaurants. During your free time, you can go watch a live performance at one of the performing art studios, attend an art festival or go downtown to dine at one of the many restaurants available to you.

In the Bloomington-Normal area you will experience all four seasons, excellent job opportunities, a vibrant downtown and a welcoming community to help you build memories in your new home.

Opportunity all around

  • The state of Illinois is ranked fourth in the nation for the most Fortune 500 company headquarters.
  • AIER ranked Bloomington-Normal the No. 2 Best College Town for Arts and Entertainment for its performing arts theatres and several art studios.
  • The close proximity to Chicago and St. Louis offers access to two of the largest cities in the US as well as many professional opportunities.

A taste of what you're looking for

Bloomington-Normal offers a variety of dining experiences. You can eat at a locally-owned restaurant, a popular US chain or try something new in the downtown area. If you like to cook, you can find fresh produce at the farmers’ market to complete your home-cooked meals.

From antiques to major brands

Enjoy shopping in locally-owned antique shops or visit a shopping center to find major US department stores. For everything else on your shopping list, visit the downtown Bloomington-Normal area to find anything from the perfect outfit to some relaxing spas or accessory stores.

How to get around town

  • Bus: Enjoy free local bus service throughout Normal-Bloomington.

Exploring beyond the city

  • Train: Use the train to go to Chicago in 2 hours or to Saint Louis in 2.5 hours.
  • Plane: Central Illinois Regional Airport is located 10 minutes from campus.

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