Living in Valpo


Valpo’s most celebrated event is the annual Popcorn Festival, honoring the heritage of the famous agronomist and businessman Orville Redenbacher, who made Valparaiso his home.


A number of community organizations in Valparaiso have mutually beneficial relationships with the University, offering sites for service learning and community service.


Nearby Merrillville, Indiana, is the site of the Westfield Southlake Shopping Center, a large complex of retail, dining, and cinema establishments.

Cultural Treasures: The City of Chicago

Just an hour’s drive from campus is the city of Chicago, offering almost limitless resources for culture and entertainment. Chicago is easily accessible by bus or train, and the University often charters buses so that students and faculty can take advantage of the theaters, museums, and other educational benefits of this great city.

Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

Chicago is a world-class city of unsurpassed beauty, attracting visitors from around the nation and the world. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of the Midwest, Chicago is home to the Blues, several sports teams, an internationally renowned symphony orchestra, spectacular live theater, celebrated architecture, thousands of restaurants, and world-class museums and shops. This website is a fantastic guide to what all Chicago has to offer.


Indiana Dunes

Natural Resources: The Indiana Dunes

Fifteen miles to the north, on the shore of Lake Michigan, are the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park, important recreational and scientific resources that offer a combined 17,000 acres of natural landscape.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Steep Sand Dunes and Magnificent Lake Views, experience these sights at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: waves crashing on sandy beaches, Karner Blue butterflies landing on wild lupines, Sweaty draft horses working the Chellberg Farm fields, peaceful silence lingering along winter trails, and Bank swallows flying from their nest inside the dunes.
National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes State Park

Let’s head for the beach! You’ll love the sights and sounds of the three miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan. A beautiful nature center offers details of the history of the dunes area and a variety of special programming year-round. The sand dunes will astound you, as will the vast variety of desert plants, giant wood ferns and white pines.
Indiana Dunes
State Park
Chamber of commerce

Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a membership organization consisting of members in the business, government, education, and not-for-profit sectors. Through its volunteer committees and its partnerships with organizations in the Northwest Indiana region, the Chamber works on economic development, member services, legislative, and quality of life issues.

Connect to Valpo

Charming and full of character, Valparaiso is a family focused, volunteer oriented and pedestrian friendly community, offering hometown amenities, a variety of recreational activities from youth basketball camps to triathlons; over 15 lush parks with playgrounds, lakes, and picnic pavilions; a historic downtown featuring street-side cafes, antique and specialty shops, a seasonal farmer’s market and outdoor concerts; award-winning theatres; dynamic museums; welcoming churches and housing suited to fit any budget from loft apartments to custom built estate homes.

Porter County Convention, Recreation & Visitor Commission

The PCCRVC is the official agency for tourism marketing, planning, and development in Porter County, Indiana.

Our mission

The mission of the Porter County Convention, Recreation & Visitor Commission is to enhance the quality of life for Porter County’s residents and organizations through a philosophy of partnerships. This shall be achieved by stimulating the local economic base through competitive marketing and support of the visitor industry.

Housing Options


Uptown East Apartments

The Uptown East Apartments are a recognized provider of University off-campus housing for Graduate students. The apartments are located an easy walk, across the street from campus. They provide a social community environment much like you would experience in the on-campus residence halls, but with more privacy and higher-end facilities and amenities.

Interested in more housing options?

Click below to access our Residential Life website. Residential Life maintains a list of housing options and helps both our undergraduate and graduate students find solutions to their housing needs.