Reservations for Campus Events

Plan ahead

Football season and graduation are some of the most exciting times on the Indiana University Bloomington campus—and some of the busiest times at the Biddle Hotel. Because of the high demand for rooms during those times, we have special reservations procedures for stays during home football game weekends and spring Commencement weekend.

Home football game weekends

Reservations for stays during home football game weekends are made via a lottery system each February for the following football season. If you want to request reservations for the weekend of a home football game, you must submit your request during the lottery.

The lottery for the 2018 football season is February 5–19, 2018. Requests received after the lottery ends are considered based on room availability.

Send cancellation requests to five days before your arrival date to receive a full refund. Requests made after the deadline will result in a forfeited deposit.

View the Hoosiers’ football schedule
Cheerleaders cheer at an Indiana University football game at Memorial Stadium.

Submitting a reservation request

Reservation requests for the 2018 football season is now closed.

Spring Commencement weekend

Graduates in caps and gowns walk into Assembly Hall for the Indiana University Commencement ceremony.

Reservations for spring Commencement weekend must be requested one year in advance, and rooms are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

Our 2019 Commencement reservation request period is now closed. If you submitted a request, you will be notified via email no later than June 4, 2018, whether we are able to accommodate your request..

Learn about Commencement


These policies apply to all reservations for stays during home football game weekends and spring Commencement weekend.

  • A minimum stay of two nights is required.
  • A deposit equal to the room rate and applicable taxes for your entire stay is due at the time you make your reservation.
  • You may cancel up to 30 days prior to the first day of your stay and receive a full refund of your deposit. If you cancel fewer than 30 days prior, you forfeit your deposit.
  • Any changes or cancellations must be sent in writing to