Campus Life

Campus Life

The IU School of Medicine Indianapolis campus is located just a mile and a half from the center of downtown Indianapolis, ranked nationally for its livability and for best places in the nation for business and careers by Forbes Magazine, with recognition for major health care industry contributions. Downtown Indianapolis is a dynamic and energetic city center with extensive bike paths, greenbelt, river and canal walks integrated into the campus. The Indianapolis metro area is home to two million people and is home to professional sports teams, world class venues for music and entertainment and a vibrant multi-cultural community. Faculty and students in Indianapolis thrive in a friendly and collegial atmosphere.

History and Culture

Indianapolis offers many opportunities for cultural and historical enrichment, including a Symphony and other performance art organizations, theaters and museums. The award-winning Indianapolis Zoo, Children’s Museum and Conner Prairer provide residents with additional cultural activities and entertainment year round.


Sports enthusiasts can find an abundance of opportunities to cheer in Indianapolis. The city’s many sports teams offer year-round family fun. Indianapolis proudly supports its professional teams across the sporting spectrum—football (Colts), professional hockey (Fuel), men’s and women’s basketball (Pacers and Fever), and baseball (Indians).

Activities and Facilities for Medical Students

The nation’s most competitive residency programs seek well-rounded medical students who demonstrate an ability to balance work with recreation. Medical students in Indianapolis enjoy full access to IUPUI’s facilities and programs. Recreation activities, including athletics, student mentoring, civic engagement and hobbies, help relieve stress and return refreshed to academic work. Medical students can volunteer at a deserving organization while studying at IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and the campus offers a variety of student-focused participation opportunities as well, including Medical Student Council, Student Interest Groups and Committees.

Most of the medical education courses at the Indianapolis campus are held in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building. Students form close bonds with peers and faculty; outside of class, they benefit from the continued growth and development of the Indianapolis community. Find more information about the Indianapolis campus on the IUPUI Campus Life page, Details about the Indianapolis community are available at Visit Indianapolis.