BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington students are moving into residence halls next week for the 2017-18 school year. The largest number of students will arrive Wednesday, Aug. 16, for Move-In Day.
For the first time this year, any students arriving before the official Move-In Day are required to take part in an IU-approved program, such as Experience IU. Activities happening throughout early move-in include words of wisdom from motivational speaker Kevin Wanzer, historical tours of campus and the chance to create the "World's Largest S'more." Students taking part in these programs will start arriving on Sunday, Aug. 13.
On official Move-In Day, residence halls will open at 8 a.m. and several IU administrators will be on campus to greet students as they move in.
Wednesday will also mark the start of a series of Welcome Week activities designed to help new students find their way around, make friends and feel at home on campus. Highlights include:
- Freshman Induction Ceremonies: 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday at the IU Auditorium.
- Culturefest: Music, activities, food and more, 4:45 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at IU Auditorium and Showalter Fountain.
- Traditions and Spirit of IU: Pep rally and prize giveaway, 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Memorial Stadium.
- Welcome Week Block Party, Carnival and Concert: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, to 1 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, Fee Lane and 13th Street parking lot.
Nearly half of the students moving into residence halls have registered for early move-in, with about 1,500 students arriving Sunday. Even so, heavy vehicle traffic is expected near campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Move-In Day.
To accommodate traffic to and from residence halls, adjusted traffic patterns will be in place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. IU Police Department officers will be stationed at several intersections, and signs will redirect traffic. Changes in traffic patterns include:
- Tenth Street will be one way west from Union Street to Jordan Avenue, and the south lane of 10th Street will be used as an unloading zone.
- Eastbound traffic for 10th Street will be rerouted to Law Lane between Jordan Avenue and Union Street.
- Seventh Street will be one way heading east from Jordan Avenue to Union Street, and the south lane of Seventh Street will be used as an unloading zone.
- Sunrise Drive will be one way south from 10th Street to Seventh Street.
- Rose Avenue will be one way north from Third Street to Seventh Street, and the east lane of Rose will be used as an unloading zone.
Students and families traveling from the north should expect delays due to construction-related lane restrictions on State Road 37 between Indianapolis and Bloomington.
Information on Bloomington street construction projects that could affect traffic is available from the website of the IU Office of the Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities and the city of Bloomington InRoads site.
For traffic and parking updates, follow Indiana University and the IU Police Department-Bloomington on Facebook and @IUBloomington on Twitter. IUPD will also be posting updates on the mobile traffic app Waze.