The Illinois State University campus and the Bloomington-Normal community have much to offer.
Choose your own adventure and explore your new community.
Visit Redbird Life, Illinois State's involvement portal, for events hosted by Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and campus departments.
Activate your life with Campus Recreation. During Welcome Week, the Student Fitness Center is open Monday 8/9 - Friday 8/13 at 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Shop for books, apparel, and more at ISU's official bookstore - Barnes & Noble - located in the Bone Student Center.
Illinois State's campus has a variety of great photo ops including with the Reggie Redbird statue at Redbird Plaza.
If you're hungry, there are numerous dining options on campus.
Check out Legends of the Night Sky - Perseus and Andromeda, a free online show through the ISU Planetarium.
Utilize the resources compiled through the Redbirds Keep Thriving project.
Don't just walk. You can also run, bike, or skate to Constitution Trail.
Uptown Normal is located directly next to campus, and includes various shops, restaurants, and unique features.
The Main St. area near campus also has restaurants and more.
We've compiled some highlights, but you can find more information through the Bloomington-Normal Convention & Visitors Bureau and in the 2021 Bloomington-Normal Area Official Visitor Guide.
Connect Transit is the public bus system in Bloomington-Normal. Through the Universal Access program all students, staff, and faculty have free access on fixed bus routes (Monday-Saturday) by showing a valid ISU ID.
Miller Park Zoo offers many exhibits and Zookeeper interaction opportunities.
Chill out and practice your skating skills at the Bloomington Ice Center.
Get to know your new home better at the McLean County Museum of History.
Paint your own pottery at Artful Designs.
Uptown Normal is near campus, but Downtown Bloomington also has much to offer.
Explore opportunities available through the Normal Parks & Recreation Department and the Bloomington Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department.
If you like antiquing, check out a variety of antique shops in the area.