Located in northeastern Indiana just 18 miles from the Ohio border, Fort Wayne is a remarkable place. It’s received an All-American City Award three times, most recently in 2009, and an Outstanding Achievement City Livability Award. A number of things make Fort Wayne special. There’s the arts culture, which thrives in multiple venues such as the Embassy Theatre and University of Saint Francis Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, as well as in the Cultural District, established in 2010 as the home of notable institutions like the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Auer Center for Arts and Culture, and Hall Community Arts Center. There’s the love of outdoor living, celebrated at the 2,500-seat outdoor amphitheater, Foellinger Theatre, and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, noted among the nation’s best. There are annual festivals to shake things up, including Germanfest, Greek Festival, Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, Fort Wayne Pride, and BBQ Ribfest. The two largest events of the year, the Johnny Appleseed Festival and the Three Rivers Festival, entertain residents with everything from historic demos to hotdog eating contests.
Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne, which includes a substantial branch of the Indiana University School of Medicine, calls Fort Wayne home, as do three private post-secondary institutions: Concordia Theological Seminary, Indian Institute of Technology, and the University of Saint Francis. Students have no trouble finding housing.
Fort Wayne is loosely divided into four quadrants: northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest. The southwest and southeast are divided by Calhoun Street, and the northwest and northeast are divided by the St. Joseph River. The Maumee River and the St. Marys River separate the northeast and southeast, and the northwest and the southwest.
Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne sits along the St. Marys River in the northeast quadrant. Many students find housing just across the river along Coldwater Road and N Clinton Street. East access to I-69 and Hwy 27 make this the ideal location for students commuting around town for work, as well as those who prefer to stay near to campus.
Further south, Monarch Park and Beacon Heights neighborhoods along E State Boulevard offer a plethora of housing options convenient to downtown and campus.