I've been at IU for about a month and a half, so I think it might be safe to say that I'm accustomed to the college life. (I haven't had to take any math classes yet, so let's wait for the second 8 weeks classes to start, and then I'll confirm or deny that statement) And I think my favorite thing about IU is all the free stuff! You get tons and tons of free stuff.
Everyone knows the two most common free things: shirts and the bus. At Orientation alone, I got 5 shirts, move-in day 3 more shirts; imagine how many I have now. When it comes to buses, IU has the second largest bus system in Indiana, the first is in Indy. You can go all over IU, Bloomington, Bradford, the Mall, Kroger, and many other places and all it takes is for you to flash your Student ID card.
But besides all the shirts and the wonderful bus system: here are a few things that are completely free.
Shows: While the IU Auditorium shows aren’t free, plenty of student and community shows are. To see a list of free events, visit the Auditorium’s website. And if you do want to see one of the many fantastic shows that the Auditorium will show, without dropping the cash, volunteer as an usher and see it for free.
DVDS: The IU libraries has about 20,500 DVDs. To lookup the ones you want and where they are located, go to iucat.iu.edu.
Movies: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, the IMU shows a recently released movie. They usually start at 8 pm and 11 pm unless stated otherwise. Last week was The Amazing Spiderman and this week it's the Katy Perry: Part of Me Movie!
Software: Visit the UITS website to download free versions of popular and usually SUPER EXPENSIVE software including, Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office.
Workouts: If you’re looking up a fun way to get rid of that Freshman 15 or if you hate working out and the thought of a treadmill makes you cringe, check out free Zumba and kickboxing sessions, those are just a few of the many free workout classes at the SRSC.
Paper: To all you freshman who brought a printer when you were moving in, sorry to burst your bubble, but there was no need to bring one in! You get 650 pages a semester for free.
Music: The amazing Jacobs School of Music presents about 1,100 performances each year, most of which are free. FYI: a great way to impress a date at no cost.
Comedy: A lot of the student comedy groups: Full Frontal Comedy, Awkward Silence Comedy, HoosOnFirst Improv, All Sorts of Trouble for the Boy in the Bubble and University tWits, perform their sketches and do improv shows at the IMU or The Comedy Attic, a nice little Comedy Club in Bloomington.
Now I hope that I've educated all of you about all the free opportunities that you may have been missing out on.