​​​​​​​​​​​​​Life at Purdue​

Purdue University is a world-renowned university with world class students. Purdue has a vibrant campus life, global reputation, great location, high-tech facilities, exciting courses and diverse students. Discover Purdue by studying abroad on exchange.

Globe Map showing Purdue University is located in Northwestern Indiana in the United States of AmericaLocation

Purdue is located in West Lafayette, Indiana with over 40,000 students. By car, Purdue is two hours southeast of Chicago and one hour northwest of Indianapolis, the state capital. For students on a budget, the Lafayette area offers a cost of living below the national average. The map of Purdue will help you locate buildings, streets, and residences around campus.


While the weather is often unpredictable in the Midwestern part of the United States, expect hot, humid summer days and sub-zero (Fahrenheit) winter days with snow and ice. Generally, July and August are the hottest months while January and February are the coldest. September to early November Fall days are very nice with cool, sunny weather. It is also a treat to see the leaves in the trees turn from green to various shades of yellow, red, orange, and brown. The months from March to May are also beautiful as flowers abound and the first buds appear in trees. Warm clothes, such as heavy coats, scarves, gloves, and boots, are essential for the winter months of December through March. 

Organizations & Clubs

Getting the most out of Purdue also means getting involved. More than 1,000 student organizations present a myriad of ways to find friends, develop new skills and serve others. Students can join a sports club, an academic organization, a professional or special interest organization, or an international student group. 

Sports & Recreation

For students interested in maintaining their physical fitness activities while at Purdue, the Recreational Sports Center is free for full-time students. The indoor facilities include cardiovascular and weight training equipment, indoor track, recreation pool, basketball, racquetball, indoor soccer, and climbing wall. The outdoor facilities include tennis courts, sand volleyball, disc golf, and fields for soccer and softball.  If students would rather compete than exercise, the sports center sponsors several club sports teams and intramural sports.

Purdue has several spectator sports including baseball, football, basketball, soccer, swimming, volleyball, and more. Each game is an experience to learn more about the game, hear the marching band, see the cheerleaders, encourage the team, and enjoy time with friends.

Arts & Entertainment

Purdue convocations brings in broadway shows, well-known speakers, musical concerts with great performances. The theatre department hosts four plays a year from students. The Purdue galleries has a variety of art exhibits throughout the year. 

Events & Festivals

Special events and festivals take place at Purdue and in the Greater Lafayette area every semester. The Global Fest, Germanfest, Art on the Wabash, Feast of the Hunter's Moon, Christmas parade happen during the fall semester. During the spring, Purdue Spring Fest, International Food Bazaar, and Purdue Grand Prix are great events to attend. The International Center (IC) on the Purdue campus also organizes several social events throughout the semester. 

Shopping & Dining

The university is within easy walking distance to bookstores, shops, restaurants, hair salons, banks, grocery stores and a movie theatre. Taking a bus to other grocery stores, shopping malls, and restaurants is best. Several bars are located near Purdue which requires an age of 21 years or older. 

Employment at Purdue

Exchange students may be employed on campus up to 20 hours per week during the academic semester. Purdue has jobs at the residence halls, the Purdue Memorial Union, and the Purdue Libraries typically hire several student workers every semester. In addition, students may apply for "academic training." Academic training is employment in the field of your academic program. Exchange students may engage in academic training equal to the length of time they were registered as a student at Purdue. 

Transportation around Purdue

The distance between the accommodations and classrooms can be easily traveled on foot or by bike. The City Bus provides reliable bus service around campus and within the West Lafayette/Lafayette community. Students ride free -- simply show a Purdue ID upon entering the bus.


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