As the subject of the Middletown studies in the 1920s and ‘30s, Muncie is believed to be one of the most studied cities of its size. Its claims to fame include being the birthplace of the Garfield comic strip and where Ball canning jars were manufactured for many years. But beyond a rich history, Muncie, a city of 70,000, has much to offer incoming students and their families. Muncie consistently ranks among the most affordable college towns in the country, boasting low costs for groceries, utilities, and housing. In recent years, efforts to improve the city’s downtown have ramped up, bringing economic and community development to the heart of the city.
We encourage you to explore the relocation resources below to help you feel right at home in Muncie.
Find a Place to Live
Living on campus means you’ll be close to classes, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and area schools. Students interested in living on campus have two housing options available: University Apartments and Elliott Hall.
You can choose from five floor plans. Utilities are included, and you’ll have access to services 24/7. To live at University Apartments, you must submit an application.
Apply to Live There
With just 120 students, Elliot is the smallest and oldest residence hall on campus. It boasts elegant architecture, cozy study lounges, and beautiful lobbies.
Apply to Live There
For more information about the benefits of campus housing, watch our three-minute, housing video.
Students who would like to live nearby but not on campus have a variety of options available, including house rentals and apartment complexes.
On page 9 of our 2015-2016 Connect Guide (PDF) you can find information about utility providers.
For students who don’t have a car, Ball State offers a campus shuttle, and students can ride the MITS city buses for free.
If you plan to drive to campus, you will need a parking pass to park most places. Learn more.
Things to Do in Muncie
Muncie is a midsize city, but there are still many options when you’re looking for things to do on the weekends and those nights when you need a break from studying.
- City of Muncie parks offer opportunities for recreation.
- There is plenty of shopping in and around Muncie, including Muncie Mall.
- Cornerstone Center for the Arts provides arts and education programming and hosts numerous community events, such as Taste of Muncie.
- Minnetrista's 40-acre campus includes beautiful gardens, a modern museum facility, a historic home, nature area, numerous sculptures, and a portion of the White River Greenway.
- At the National Model Aviation Museum, you can explore how aero modeling helped change the world of aviation.
- Cardinal Greenway spans almost 60 miles from Marion through Muncie to Richmond in east central Indiana and is ideal for running, walking, or biking.
- Muncie Symphony Orchestra provides musical experience for professional, community, and student musicians through the performance of fine music, among other activities.
- Muncie Civic Theatre offers theatrical performance, enrichment, and outreach.
- Emens Auditorium is a Ball State University auditorium that features speakers, musicians, artists, and other performers throughout the year.
- Ball State’s David Owsley Museum of Art displays artwork from around the world in its numerous exhibits. Most of its events and programs are free and open to the public.
- Prairie Creek Reservoir features a 1,252-acre stream-fed lake that is well-stocked with a variety of game fish. Activities available include pontoon and sail boating, fishing, swimming, and picnicking.
- Downtown Muncie, the heart of the city, is a revitalized district of residential and commercial properties.
For contact information, including utility services, medical facilities, and volunteer opportunities, look on page 9 of our 2016-2017 Connect Guide.
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