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Muslim Student Union

  • Consists of and serves mainly the undergraduate Muslim student body
  • Owns an on-campus room where members can pray anytime
  • Organizes on-campus Jumu’ah prayer
  • Organizes various events and activities
  • Creates a healthy environment for students to learn and practice Islam

For further details, check out Muslim Student Union (MSU)

Housing in Bloomington

Apartment Options
Notes about living:
  • For on-campus housing, apply at least a year before you move in.
  • Even for off-campus housing, you must apply a semester beforehand to guarantee yourself a place anywhere in town. If you are late, your best bet would probably be to look at people who have already signed a lease and are looking for roommates
    • Onestart—>Campus—>Classifieds—->Roommates and Sublets
    • Craigslist Bloomington—->Housing
    • Email lists such as masjid islam_ummah @ iulist . indiana . edu or other student groups, if you are interested in living with a roommate of a certain background
  • For off campus, everywhere is safe. Stealing becomes more common downtown, and typically there’s a lot of late night partying noise
  • If you want to live alone then it might be tough if you are trying to find something just before you want to move in, but you should check Craigslist or google “1 br apt in blooomington” and many rental websites will come up.
  • Rentals in the US may or may not include utilities such as electricity, water, wifi, and cable – that’s good to know when comparing prices. Also you should inquire about laundry.
Word of Advice:

If you are choosing a roommate from abroad or have never lived with one before, you should discuss all pertinent issues beforehand (via email) and keep written records on file in case disputes come up, especially concerning financial matters. It might also help to write up something on paper and sign it (it’s not weird, it’s sunnah and often prevents future disputes from breaking out).

Things that typically come up in roommate situations:

  • Guests (male, female? overnight? day time?)
  • Noise (music, tv, visiting crowds, etc)
  • Pets
  • Sleep cycles (does one need the other to be silent like a mouse at night while the other is a night owl?)
  • Will you shop for groceries together or separately?
  • How will you share cleaning duties?
  • If one has a car and the other doesn’t, will you give each other rides-how frequently?
  • How will you pay for rent and bills – are you paying separately
  • Typical leases are 12 months, and you should discuss what will happen during breaks. Will you sublease? Pay rent? If one person is staying during breaks, will you still share rent? Bills?
  • Anything unusual (like a serious health problem) that the other needs to know

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