Going to college is hard. Moving into your first apartment or house can be even harder. From tips for removing pesky stains, the latest TikTok decorating trends to restaurants to try around Bloomington, the Indiana Daily Student staff is here to help with our Housing and Living Guide.

Our reporters, photographers and designers have worked hard to create a guide that includes tips and tricks ranging from lease legalities to how to solve roommate conflicts. We hope these stories and graphics help you with that next step of moving off campus.

Izzy Myszak

Special Publication editor

What if we just don’t get along? Solving roommate conflicts

Here's how you can resolve conflict with your roommates.

How to stay safe when leasing or subletting during a pandemic

What steps should you take to prevent catching COVID-19 when looking for housing?

Tips to keep your utilities in check

Here's how you can manage utilities when living off-campus.

Five Amazing Local Restaurants in Bloomington

These local restaurants serve up dishes from a variety of cuisines.

How to make the most of your at-home workouts

With gyms closed, there are plenty of ways to stay active inside.


What you need to know about Bloomington’s noise ordinance

The city can enforce noise violations 24 hours per day.

A 3-step flavor voyage to a better peanut butter sandwich

Return the love peanut butter gave you as a child.

The best TikTok trends to emulate when decorating your room

Photo walls, vines and beds in closets are some of the latest TikTok decor trends.

How to care for your houseplant

Caring for a houseplant can sometimes be tedious, but it teaches you responsibility.

Getting rid of stains: the college edition

From wine to lipstick to grass to food, read our guide on removing stains.


What to look for on a housing tour

Be sure to take this checklist with you when visiting a potential residence.

Subleasing as an IU student or staff member: Here’s where to start

Learn the ins and outs of subleasing in Bloomington.

How to safely live with roommates after COVID-19 exposure

An in-depth guide on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in your apartment.

Which IU parking permit is right for you?

Use our guide to find which permit you need and where you can use it.


The best shows for roommate bonding

Throwbacks and reality TV are the best way to find common ground with your housemates.

Tips to make candles last longer

Take care of your candles so you don’t waste any wax.

How do you move to college in a pandemic? We've got you covered.

Use our checklist to see what things you need to pack when moving to college.


Keep track of your spending in college

Check out our tips on saving and spending in college.

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