Lodging, Dining, and Travel

Make Commencement a weeklong event

The Bloomington area has more than 2,000 hotel rooms, plus a number of suites, cabins, and guesthouses, to accommodate the several thousands of guests who come each year for Commencement.

The Biddle Hotel

Book a room at the IMU

Indiana Memorial Union’s Biddle Hotel and Conference Center is the perfect place to stay during Commencement weekend.

That’s why reservations for Commencement weekend must be requested one year in advance. Reservation requests for Winter 2017 Commencement are currently open. The Biddle Hotel is currently fully booked for May 2018 Commencement weekend, but you are encouraged to contact the staff about cancellations.

Rooms are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more about the Biddle Hotel

Other places to stay

Most other hotels in Bloomington require reservations a year in advance and require a two- or three-night stay, with an increase in rates. Rooms go quickly, so call as soon as reservations open.

Neighboring cities and towns

A handful of communities (Bedford, Nashville, and Columbus) are within 40 miles of Bloomington and have branches of national hotel chains. Downtown Indianapolis is about 50 miles from Bloomington, within a 60- to 90-minute drive.

Where to eat

There are more than 100 restaurants in the downtown Bloomington area, with many local options in the core of downtown. Make reservations as soon as possible, because the best restaurants fill up fast.

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Questions? We are committed to making Commencement a memorable day for you and your guests.

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