West Lafayette


Medical Student Facilities


Having a positive education environment and places to relax are important parts of academic success. The West Lafayette campus provides comfortable facilities and amenities to make it easier for medical students to study, complete academic work, manage everyday life tasks—and relax. Student study and lounge areas make it easy for first- and second-year students to interact on a daily basis. And casual interaction between medical students and other allied professionals is common in the many shared study and lounge areas in the building. The combination of academic, research and clinic space encourages interprofessional collaboration and reflects current health care practice with a team-based approach to wellness.

Students may copy and print from a full-color copier in the student lounge. A fax machine in the office is also available for student and faculty use, and conference rooms are available for videoconferencing, which enables students in West Lafayette to participate in student interest groups or Medical Student Council meetings held in Indianapolis. Swipe card access to Lyles Porter Hall is available 24/7. Restaurants and banking institutions are located within a few blocks.

Work and Study Space

Lyles Porter Hall offers students a variety of study spaces and provides wireless access to wifi. In addition to the first- and second year- classrooms, students can also use small group rooms, the computer lab, bio-safety lab, and two furnished lounge areas to study. The building also has three floors with two open lounges on each floor.

All medical students also have access to all online resources, such as MedLine and various online textbooks, through the Ruth Lilly Medical Library.

Study Breaks

Adjacent to the student lounge is a kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator, microwave, and two Keurig coffee makers.


A library of required, optional and supplemental textbooks is located in the student lounge for medical students. Journals such as JAMA are also available in the student lounge. Board-review books are available in the main office for checkout. For students doing clerkships in West Lafayette, all textbooks are provided.

Personal Space on Campus

In addition to work and study spaces, medical students in West Lafayette have personal spaces for storing items and communicating with the outside world. All medical students in West Lafayette are assigned lockable lockers for convenient storage of scrubs, books and microscopes and other valuable items while participating in medical school activities. The lockers are located near the anatomy lab and restroom/shower area in Lyles Porter Hall.

Each student is also assigned a locked mailbox for mail and class notes, which are printed and distributed. These mailboxes are located in Lyles Porter Hall in the second floor west wing hallway. Packages delivered to students at the West Lafayette campus are held for pick up in the main office, Lyles Porter 2069. Intracampus mail service is available as well as outgoing mail pick up by the US Postal Service.


Numerous apartments at all price ranges are available throughout campus and in Lafayette. The Exponent, the local student newspaper, is a reliable resource for apartment searching. Information about on-campus housing for unmarried medical students is available through the University Residencies website. Information about on-campus housing for married students is available at Married Student Housing or through the University Residences Directors’ Office, Purdue University, Smalley Center, 1225 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2008. The Purdue University Dean of Students’ Office maintains a website of available housing.