Moving to a new city for a new job is tough.
For people who are not from Indianapolis and may be unfamiliar with the area, that can be doubly tough if you’re moving in with a new roommate you’ve never met before. Never fear—we’re here to give you a few tips, tricks, and resources on where to live and how to approach finding a roommate as you begin your journey in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis has 6 different “Cultural Districts” that have the most attractions around them.
For the most part, however, these are the most popular areas:
- Broad Ripple:
Think biker, joggers, and dog-walkers 24/7 on the Monon Trail, and a whole strip of restaurants and bars right around the block. Although Broad Ripple is a good 20-30 minute drive to the downtown area, what it might lack in location it makes up with in a wide-range of affordable housing options, such as Monon Place Apartments.
In a nutshell: Yuppie Paradise outside the hustle and bustle of the downtown.
So many activities! Apartments like the Canal Overlook and Harding Street Lofts are all within walking distance of tons of fun activities in and around the canal—on which you can rent paddleboats! This area is walking distance to the Indianapolis Zoo, White River State Park, Indiana State Museum, and Eiteljorg Museum, meaning that there’s plenty to keep you busy for weekends to come.
In a nutshell: Affordable downtown option for people who want inner-city activities at their fingertips.
Mass Ave’s got it all—stretching out the downtown Northeast, it has probably the largest collection of restaurants, shops, and bars in the downtown Indy area. Mass Ave also has a wide variety of new and upscale apartment complexes such as Millikan on Mass and Circa Apartments. Be prepared to spend a bit more to live right on this exciting drag.
In a nutshell: Home turf of an older, swankier crowd of 20-30 somethings, a little more city savvy.
Ever heard of Indianapolis referred to as “The Circle City”? Monument Circle and its giant fountain and war memorial in the Wholesale District is the reason why. Here you’ll find the swankiest apartment options such as the Harness Factory Lofts and Meridian Lofts, and you’ll be closest to sporting events at Lucas Oil Stadium and Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.
In a nutshell: Live and work all within a few blocks radius if your company is located downtown, but be prepared to spend some dough.
These snapshots of Central Indianapolis neighborhoods are just the start of everything Indy has to offer you—find where you’re comfortable and let the exploring begin!