Here’s what you need to know about parking, directions, hotels, and lunch options. And, be sure to check out the day’s schedule.
Half the fun of a Red Carpet Day is exploring the campus and Bloomington on your own
From the moment you arrive until the end of your Red Carpet Day, you’ll experience the great feeling of becoming a Hoosier. See the tentative schedule below—it’s designed specifically for admitted students. You’ll receive a full schedule in your confirmation email after you register and a printed schedule (part of the Red Carpet Day booklet) when you arrive for your session. Red Carpet Day check-in begins at 8 a.m. Required activities end at lunchtime, and optional activities wrap up by 5 p.m. Start planning your trip today!
As you plan your trip, remember: Bloomington is in the Eastern time zone and observes daylight saving time.
Check-in and Continental Breakfast
Campus Walking Tour
Join an IU student for a campus tour—see where you’ll take classes and learn more about student activities and IU traditions. Already visited IU? This tour will still be valuable. It’s different from our regular tour, so you’ll learn new things about IU and see new places on campus.
The IU Experience
Participate in a discussion and ask questions about life at IU. Panel participants will include a faculty member; one or more current IU students; and staff from Residential Programs and Services, the Office of First Year Experience Programs, and University Division.
Break for Lunch and Time to Explore Campus
Use this free time to check out one of the great nearby lunch options and explore the campus and Bloomington.
Optional Academic Information Sessions
Attend one of these sessions to learn more about specific programs of study.
Optional Tours and Information Sessions
Check out these options to keep exploring and learn more about special opportunities at IU. You can choose a session or tour when you register for Red Carpet Day.
- Athletics Facilities Tour (Simon Skjodt Assembly and Cook Halls)
- Overseas Study Session
- Student Financial Assistance Session
- Student Recreational Sports Center Tour
- Resident Hall Open House (Memorial Hall)
- Directions and parking
Free parking option
We recommend parking in a visitor spot in the Henderson Parking Garage, located at 310 S. Fess Avenue (use this address when mapping your trip to campus). When checking in for the event, you will be provided with a parking pass to be used at the automated kiosk to exit the garage at no charge. It will take approximately 15 minutes to walk to the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) from the Henderson Parking Garage. Please plan to arrive on campus no later than 8:30 a.m. to allow time to park, walk, check in, and enjoy the continental breakfast.
Walking directions to the IMU (and check-in) from the Henderson Parking Garage
Exit the Henderson Parking Garage and head north on Indiana Avenue to Kirkwood Avenue. At the intersection of Indiana and Kirkwood, turn right and proceed on the sidewalk through the Sample Gates. The Indiana Memorial Union will be the fourth building on your left, northeast of Maxwell Hall, and Red Carpet Day check-in will be held at the Whittenberger Auditorium. You can also map your walking route in advance by using IU’s interactive campus map or printable map.
Pay parking options
There are two pay lots located at the Indiana Memorial Union at 900 E. Seventh Street. Please visit the IMU website for more information, including rates and availability. PLEASE NOTE: If you choose to park in either of the IMU pay parking lots, we will not be able to reimburse your parking fees.
The Biddle Hotel and Conference Center has welcomed campus visitors for more than 100 years. Located in the Indiana Memorial Union, it’s a great option if you want to stay right in the heart of IU Bloomington.
Please note that the Biddle Hotel in the IMU is offering a 10% discount for visitors who are attending a Red Carpet Day. The offer is valid Sunday through Thursday during Red Carpet Days, subject to availability. When making a reservation, please use the promotional code ADMISSIONS.
Of course, Bloomington has some charming bed and breakfasts and big-name hotels you can choose from, too.
Indiana Memorial Union dining
There are plenty of on-campus dining options in the Indiana Memorial Union:
- Circle Cafe, offering quick breakfast or lunch options
- Crimson Grill, with signature sandwiches and burgers, made with local ingredients
- Chocolate Moose, a Bloomington institution offering delicious ice cream treats
- Dunn Meadow Café, serving a variety of sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and pizzas, plus a soup and salad bar
- A food court with pizza, sushi, salads, smoothies, and more
- Starbucks, with all your favorite drinks and snacks
- Sugar and Spice, for satisfying your sweet tooth
- The Tudor Room, offering an extensive lunch buffet—a favorite among visiting parents—in a stately space
Additional on-campus locations
1320 E. Tenth Street
The Bookmark[et] Eatery, located on the ground floor of the Herman B Wells library, offers a blend of international cuisine and local favorites at five micro-restaurants and convenient grab and go options.
The Restaurants at Woodland
1800 E. Jones Drive
The Restaurants at Woodland is made up of nine unique micro-restaurants. With fresh recipes and menus created by professional chefs to cater precisely to the tastes and budgets of the community, this is a refreshing culinary experience.
Wright Food Court
501 N. Jordan Avenue
Choose from a wide variety of dining options at Wright Food Court, one of the largest dining locations on campus. This location includes our healthy dining concept, Eat Right, a convenient way to incorporate flavorful and healthful foods into your diet.
Take a five-minute stroll to Kirkwood Avenue, walk through the Sample Gates, and voilà: dozens of great restaurants to choose from. Some are listed below. For additional appetizing ideas, see Visit Bloomington’s much longer list of Bloomington restaurants.
- Anatolia, 405 E. Fourth Street: Enjoy traditional Turkish specialties in this cozy eatery.
- Bloomington Bagel Company, 113 N. Dunn Street: The bagels are the stars, but the menu also includes salads, muffins, and other treats.
- BuffaLouie’s, 114 S. Indiana Avenue: USA Today named this wings joint one of the nation’s top 10. Choose among 17 sauces.
- Cafe Pizzaria, 405 E. Kirkwood Avenue: B-town’s first pizza place is still one of the best.
- Falafels Middle Eastern Grill, 430 E. Kirkwood Avenue: This Middle Eastern grill offers pita sandwiches, Greek-style sandwiches, and more.
- Laughing Planet Cafe, 322 E. Kirkwood Avenue: The burritos and other menu items use organic and locally produced ingredients.
- Nick’s English Hut, 423 E. Kirkwood Avenue: This student and alum favorite serves a range of burgers, sandwiches, strombolis, and pizzas.
- Runcible Spoon, 412 E. Sixth Street: This coffeehouse has an eclectic menu—and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Siam House, 430 E. Fourth Street: This Thai restaurant anchors Restaurant Row, a series of international restaurants on Fourth Street.
Use your Red Carpet Day badge to get VIP discounts the day of your visit!
- A 15 percent dining discount at select IMU eateries:
- Crimson Grill
- Green Leaf
- Sugar and Spice
- The Tudor Room
- A 20 percent discount on one apparel item at the IU Bookstore in the IMU
- A 15 percent dining discount at select IMU eateries: