2019 Parent Guide

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Anatolia Restaurant is a Turkish restaurant located at 405 E. Fourth St. It’s one of Bloomington’s many international restaurants located along Fourth Street.

Where to eat and stay during your visit By Claire Peters clapete@iu.edu | @claire_peterss

Visiting Bloomington can be overwhelming with the amount of options for where to stay and where to eat. Thankfully there’s something for pretty much everyone. Here are some lodging options and essential restaurants suggestions to mark off your Bloomington checklist. Off- campus eating There’s a large variety of renowned restaurants just off of campus with a diverse spread to satisfy any craving. If you’re looking for classic comfort food for lunch or dinner, Nick's English Hut, BuffaLouie’s at the Gables or Dagwood's Deli & Sub Shop would be great options. These places have many options from burgers to salads to subs. All these restaurants are affordable and conveniently located on or near Kirkwood Avenue, which is a popular street very close to campus located across from Sample Gates. If you want international food during your visit, there are multiple offerings close to campus as well. Along Fourth Street, a block over from Kirkwood Avenue, there are eight

international restaurants to choose from. There’s Tibetan food at Anyetsang's Little Tibet, Thai food at Siam House, Turkish food at Anatolia and Burmese food at Burma Garden. Early morning visits are a great occasion to eat at places such as FARMbloomington, Village Deli or the Runcible Spoon, which offer breakfast and lunch only a walking distance from campus. These places can get pretty crowded, so on weekends it’s best to call ahead and reserve seating for you and your family. Both the Runcible Spoon and FARMbloomington take reservations, but Village Deli does not. On- campus While you’re visiting, it’s always fun to take advantage of IU’s beautiful campus and see all the places where your student spends so much time during the semester. The university offers Sunday campus tours that you can sign up for online at the IU Visitor Information Center website. There are also various places to eat on campus if you aren’t looking to make the trek into town. With 30 locations on campus, every dining hall

will take student meal plans such as CrimsonCash or IBUCKS as well as credit cards and cash. Where to stay One of the most convenient places to stay is the Biddle Hotel in the Indiana Memorial Union, since it is centrally located on campus and near Kirkwood Avenue. Although the location is nice, sometimes the prices aren’t. Depending on the weekend, the rooms cost $90-$280 a night. If you want to save money, off-campus hotels such as Graduate Bloomington, Hilton Garden Inn and Hyatt Place are good options if you have a car or don’t mind paying for a ride into campus. Some of these hotels are on Kirkwood Avenue. If you want to save even more money, an Airbnb is the way to go. Compared to the Biddle, this option could save you almost $100 a night especially on busy weekends such as IU Family Weekend and the week of Little 500. Although Airbnbs are a little less predictable, the key is to plan ahead to guarantee yourself the most options and affordability.

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