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Housing & Travel

Attendees: Get the Know-Before-You-Go PDF!

Housing, meals, what to pack, and more logistics information inside. Download Now!

 

ITF takes place on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. The venue is new for 2022, but it isn’t our first time on this campus — in fact, IU is where the Thespian festival got its start back in 1941. We’re excited to be returning back to our roots to begin a new chapter in ITF history!

We wish to acknowledge and honor the Miami, Delaware, Potawatomi, and Shawnee people, on whose ancestral homelands and resources Indiana University Bloomington is built.

 

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Chaperones

Students may attend ITF as part of a Thespian troupe or individually with a parent/guardian chaperone. ITF requires one adult chaperone to be present for every twenty students attending, so please plan appropriately for the number of students in your group. 

All chaperones must be registered and consent to a background check, whether staying on campus or off site in a hotel, regardless of their relationship to any students they might be accompanying (i.e., a parent bringing their child and staying off site must still complete a background check).

View Non-Member Adult Chaperone rates.

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Housing Assignments 

Dorms will be assigned to attendees who selected the All-Access Pass during registration on a first-come, first-served basis. We are unable to accommodate specific dorm building requests. After registering, troupe directors will be able to submit housing requests online, including roommate assignments, and any special requests (e.g., privacy concerns or ADA accessibility needs). All students must be paired with a roommate unless a specific request is made, which may incur an additional fee. If a troupe is bringing an odd number of students, the unpaired student will be assigned a roommate from another troupe with an unpaired student. A troupe director or chaperone must be housed in each dorm your group occupies. The On-Campus Housing Form must be completed by May 20, 2022

Adults accompanying individual students (not affiliated with a troupe) will also be able to make the above housing requests after completing the registration process.

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Attendee Dorms

The following IU dorms will be used to house students and chaperones for ITF 2022. Each dorm at IU accommodates all genders, with individual floors dedicated to male and female students, respectively. Minors housed in the dorms must be chaperoned, with at least one registered adult staying on premises for every twenty minors residing in a given dorm.

Early check-in begins on Sunday, June 19, with regular check-in continuing throughout the day on Monday, June 20. Check out will be before 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. Attendees requiring early check-in must purchase an Early Check-In Pass during the registration process (an additional $50 per attendee for lodging, dinner, and breakfast).

 

McNutt

A photo of the exterior of McNutt residence hall.
 

McNutt is the largest residence center at IU Bloomington, and after receiving comprehensive renovations in 2019, it's ready to offer residents an unbeatable residential experience. McNutt features private bathrooms on each floor with enclosed sink, shower, and toilet facilities. Learn more about McNutt's accommodations and amenities.

Foster

A photo of IU's Foster residence hall.
 

After receiving a comprehensive facilities update in 2019, Foster Quadrangle features a mini-neighborhood of seven buildings. Foster's buildings feature traditional male and female community bathrooms. Learn more about Foster's accommodations and amenities.

Forest

A picture of Forest Quad residence hall on the IU Bloomington campus.
 

A bustling center of student activity, the dorms in the Forest quadrangle boast convenient dining options and private bathrooms on each floor with enclosed sink, shower, and toilet facilities. Plus it is conveniently located near the ITF theatre spaces and workshop classrooms. Learn more about Forest's accommodations and amenities.

Briscoe

A picture of IU Bloomington's Briscoe dorm.
 

For adult housing only. At Briscoe, you'll find great room set-ups (private bedrooms) and some of the most popular bathroom options on campus, which make Briscoe a student favorite, to say nothing of its many on-site resources. McNutt’s new eatery facility is just a short walk away. Learn more about Briscoe's accommodations and amenitites.

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Hotels

To receive ITF-negotiated rates at the official host hotels below, attendees who select the Activities-Only Pass during registration must make reservations during registration or via the Attendee Service Center after registration. Please do not contact the hotels directly to make reservations. The last day to book a room at the group rate is May 17, 2022. Note: Residence hall meal plans are not available for attendees staying at hotels.

Biddle Hotel & Conference Center

An exterior view of the castle-like Biddle Hotel on the IU Campus.
 

The Biddle Hotel is located on campus at the Indiana Memorial Union, where the exhibit hall will be located.

  • Rates starting at $119 per night, plus tax
  • GoExpress drop-off location
  • Self-parking is $6 per day

Hilton Garden Inn

An exterior picture of the Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomington.
 

The Hilton Garden Inn is located six blocks from campus in downtown Bloomington.

  • Rates starting at $139 per night, plus tax
  • GoExpress drop-off location
  • Self-parking is $12.50 per day

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Dining

Students grab food during lunch at one of IU's dining halls.
 

Campus Dining

Attendees housed in McNutt, Foster, and Briscoe will be assigned to the McNutt Eatery. 
Attendees housed in Forest will be assigned to the Forest Eatery.

In IU's newest style of dining, the menus at McNutt and Forest Eateries include a variety of healthy options featuring plant-based, vegetarian, and vegan fare. The food is flavorful and showcases the best of local, regional, and international cuisine. Menus will change daily to offer you more variety and choice. The eateries also feature a "Free From IX" option, where all food is prepared with allergen free ingredients. You won’t find the nine proteins that most commonly trigger allergic reactions - eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, sesame, soy, wheat, tree nuts, and shellfish.

Off-Campus Dining

Attendees looking for a change of scenery can explore downtown Bloomington and find a plethora of restaurants, diners, and eateries. Check out this list of restaurants within a 5-minute walk from every edge of the IU campus! Note: Off-campus dining is not included in the cost of ITF registration.

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Transportation

A Go Express bus parked in front of the Biddle Hotel on the IU Campus.
 

GoExpress offers shuttle service between the Indianapolis International Airport and various stops in Bloomington for $29 per person each way. Reserve online to guarantee your seat. Print your reservation or show the confirmation on your mobile device to board the bus.

Construction on State Road 37 between Bloomington and Indianapolis can cause unpredictable delays. Please keep this in mind when making reservations on the Bloomington Shuttle, especially when going to the airport, and plan accordingly.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

The following GoExpress shuttle locations are most convenient for ITF attendees:

  • IU McNutt Dorm – access to McNutt, Foster, and Briscoe residence halls
  • IU Memorial Union – access to the Biddle Hotel, ITF Registration, and Exhibit Hall
  • Willkie Dorm North – access to Forest residence hall
  • Hilton Garden Inn – access to off-campus Hilton Garden Inn
Attendees who will be staying on camus will be asked to first report to their dorm upon arrival. Building assignments will be made and communicated to registered attendees by June 10, 2022. We understand that convenience is of the utmost importance when booking your shuttle. If you will be staying on campus and must make your shuttle reservation ahead of the dorm assignment announcement, please select IU McNutt Dorm since it is located near most of our ITF residence halls. GoExpress will allow you to amend your reservations any time prior to the reservation time should you be housed elsewhere. Please contact GoExpress directly to update your reservation.

View pickup/dropoff locations, the shuttle schedule, and book your reservation. Please review the GoExpress shuttle schedule. If your arrival time falls outside of their preset schedule, please email events@schooltheatre.org.

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Campus Parking

Adults with valid driver’s licenses who are staying in the dorms will be issued a Community Housing (CH) parking permit and have access to any of the CH lots on campus during the week of ITF. CH parking permits will be distributed at the time of housing check-in. Each dorm has a dedicated CH lot.

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All-Gender Restrooms

Inclusivity is important to IU and to ITF. All-gender restrooms are available in most IU buildings. View a map of locations across campus.

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Campus Map

Use this interactive map to familiarize yourself with the IU Bloomington campus before you come!

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