International students and scholars who choose to bring their families to the US while studying at IUP, may have questions about medical facilities, schools, and entertainment. Below is a list of resources available to families while in Indiana, Pennsylvania. We encourage all family members to purchase health insurance while here. Please contact our office with any additional questions you may have.
Indiana, Pennsylvania is a small town dedicated to the education of its community members and children. There are numerous child care and preschool options—many of which include ESL courses. The list below provides contact information for area child care, preschool, public school, and ESL facilities.
You will find a listing of Daycare Providers in Indiana and surrounding areas. The Office of International Education recommends you visit providers to decide what is best for you and your child/children.
A list of ESL programs as well as preschools, elementary, and high schools in the Indiana area.
Keys Montessori School 695 School Street, Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-5680
Zion Lutheran Preschool 100 S 6th Street Indiana, PA 15701 724-465-5770
St Bernard Learning Center 300 Clairvaux Drive, Indiana, PA 15701 724-465-5476
Indiana County Head Start Incorporated 528 Gompers Avenue #1 Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-6200
K-12 SchoolsVisit the Indiana Area School District for a list of schools in the Indiana area. Visit the main administrative office to enroll your child in a school.
American Language Institute (ALI) The American Language Institute is IUP’s intensive English program. The ALI offers full-time, noncredit programs for international students and visitors.
ARIN/ESL ProgramsARIN has community outreach services to adult learners, partnerships, and local management with businesses and higher education institutions and agencies. The English as a Second Language (ESL) course is currently offered in Indiana County.
Indiana County CareerLink 300 Indian Springs Road Indiana, PA 15701 Monday and Wednesday, continuing through the school year 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This section contacts information that will help you adjust to life in the United States. Listed is a variety of shopping venues, restaurants, or specialty supermarkets you may need, both local and outside of Indiana. Also, important phone numbers and other miscellaneous information you may need.
Venues in Indiana, PA
Indiana Mall2334 Oakland Avenue Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-6110
Regency Mall 1570 Oakland Avenue Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-4442
Downtown Indiana 9 N. 9th StIndiana, PA 15701 724-463-6110
Southtown Plaza (Walmart/Staples)3100 Oakland Avenue Indiana, PA 15701 724-463-7769
Restaurant GuideVisit the Restaurant Guide for a list of restaurants around Indiana.
Coffee ShopsView the Coffee Shops Guide for a list of coffee shops around Indiana.
Venues near Indiana, PA
Pittsburgh, PAGreensburg, PAGrove City Outlets
Pittsburgh, PAGreensburg, PA
In the United States and Canada, the telephone number used to call for police, fire, or ambulance emergency services is 911.
IUP Office of International Education 920 Grant Street Delaney Hall B25 Indiana, PA 15705 724-357-2295
National Poison Control Center 800-222-1222
Alice Paul House P.O. Box 417 Indiana, PA 15701 Administration Phone: 724-349-5744 Fax: 724-349-7883 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note:The email address is not a secure, confidential way to contact the Alice Paul House. If you are a victim, please call the 24-hour hotline (724-349-4444) for assistance. If you are in a crisis situation now, call 724-349-4444. Someone
is available to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.
Crime Victim’s Hotline: 1-800-435-7249 (For calls from outside local calling area only, within Pennsylvania)
Children and Youth Services 350 N. 4th Street Indiana, PA 15701 724-465-3895
Children and Youth Services ensure the protection of children from the damaging effects of abuse and neglect, to facilitate services within the community, to empower families to provide for their children in a safe environment and enable them to reach
their full potential.
Student Legal Services Robert S. Muir, Attorney at Law 936 Philadelphia Street Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-6020
Lawrence M. Lebowitz, Attorney at Law Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. 625 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-297-4979
IUP Campus Police University Towers 850 Maple Street Indiana, PA 15705 724-357-2141
Food Banks Indiana County Community Action Agency (ICCAA) Indiana, PA 15701 724-463-7440
WIC WIC is a federally funded program that provides food, infant formula, and nutrition education for low-income families. WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children, who represent the populations
WIC serves. WIC is meant for low-income mothers who are pregnant and/or have children under the age of five. The government distributes the money to state agencies which, in turn, assist women and children in need.
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services 2750 W Pike Road Indiana, PA 15701 724-357-2900
Indiana Gazette 899 Water Street Indiana, PA 15701 724-465-5555
Included in the Housing section is information concerning finding housing, insurance, getting utilities, what is a lease, finding furniture, local laundromats, and storing your items if you are in need.
On-Campus and off-campus housing
There are many living options on and off campus. See on- and off-campus Housing Options for more information.
Many people who rent apartment units or other housing mistakenly assume that the owner’s insurance policy will cover the loss of personal property after a devastating event (fire, flood, break-ins, etc.). The reality is that renters are not automatically protected—the landlord will only be reimbursed for the structure itself, not the renters’ belongings. This is why renters are strongly encouraged to purchase a protective policy called renters insurance.
Renters insurance is a low-cost insurance policy which covers almost all personal property inside an apartment and liability for medical or legal expenses if a visitor is injured. A typical insurance policy may cost from $150 to $300 USD a year in premiums, but covers up to $35,000 USD in property losses and $100,000 in liability claims against the renter. Insurance companies can and often do reject applications for this type of insurance based on group housing situations or duplicate coverage from a renter’s parents. College students seeking insurance for off-campus housing may find it difficult to obtain, and those in dormitory settings may be rejected out of hand because of the increased risk of horseplay and theft.
Utilities (phone, internet, electric, gas)
The costs of some utilities, such as gas and electric, tend to fluctuate with the weather and the market price of fuel. Some regions of the country may have more properties that use both gas and electric.
Apartments may include some of the utility costs in your rent. This could save you some money, especially if your landlord pays your heat. Some apartments include all of the utilities in the monthly rent. If you own a home, you’re responsible for all of the utilities, including trash, water, electricity, gas, cable, and Internet. A condo or townhouse may have a homeowner’s association that covers some of these utilities. You must still pay a separate monthly fee to the association, which in turn pays the utility bill for all of the properties in the association.
Indiana County Municipal Svc. 602 Kolter Dr, Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-6640
Xfinity Authorized Retailer1-844-702-8151
UGI Central Penn Gas800-652-0550
Central Indiana Water Authority 30 E Wiley St, Homer City, PA 15748 724-479-8005
Leases are written agreements under which a property owner allows a tenant to use the property for a specified period of time and rent. Make sure you have read your lease agreement very carefully before you sign it—this is a binding contract.
Some apartments and homes come unfurnished. You may need to provide your own furniture. Furniture may be purchased or rented.
Speedy Furniture 3100 Oakland Avenue Suite 20 Indiana, PA 15701 724-463-7778
Smith’s Furniture of New Germany, Inc. 3955 W Pike Rd, Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-6921
Levin Furniture Co. 1540 Oakland Ave, Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-2909
Rustic Acres Furniture 1850 Oakland Ave,Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-1720
If your house or apartment does not come with a washer and dryer, you can go to what is called a laundromat. A laundromat is a coin-operated laundry facility, often called a coin laundry. Laundromats usually feature many dryers on one or two walls and rows of washing machines in the middle of the room. This allows those without access to a home washing machine, or without access to a machine large enough for certain items, the solution of having another place to do their laundry.
Laundromats usually have tables for folding clean laundry, as well as chairs so that those using the laundromat have somewhere to sit while waiting for their clothes to be washed and dried. Some coin-operated laundries may have television sets or Internet access. Many people don’t like to leave their clothes in the laundromat unattended and wait there through both the washing and drying cycles. This is because items could be stolen, and the laundromat management assumes no responsibility for any missing or damaged laundry. See our Laundromats Guide for a list of laundromats near you.
A self-storage facility is a storage space rented out to people typically on a monthly basis. Customers of self-storage facilities are treated as tenants to their chosen space, which can either be a locker, container, room, or an outdoor space. It is
considered a comparatively smaller space compared to that of storage rentals comprised of whole warehouses or land property. The rented space is secured by the tenant himself using his own lock and key. However, the entire facility has the benefit
of overall security as provided by the self-storage company
Renting a self-storage facility is subject to a written agreement between the facility and the tenant. This agreement needs to be signed before move-in is allowed. The terms and conditions of storage are explained by the facility staff, and the tenant
should take the time to understand them. Potential tenants must be able to show suitable proof of identity.
Vacating a rented space would require the tenant to give notice to the facility. In cases of non-payment of rented space for a determined period of time, self-storage facilities may be allowed to conduct a storage auction or lien sales. This is always
subject to the prevailing laws in the location of the facility. The non-paying tenant has until the beginning of the auction to pay and reclaim his properties.
Self Storage 1700 Philadelphia St, Indiana 724-463-3822
Indiana Self Storage Center 1749 Wilson Ave, Indiana 724-840-3687
Lug-It To Larch’s Self Storage 4346 Route 286 Hwy E, Indiana 724-463-3110
There are numerous healthcare facilities located in and around Indiana, Pennsylvania. This section will include the contact information of local doctors, dentists, hospitals, and clinics.
Chestnut Hills Dental 655 Church St Ste 300, Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-8380
Dr. Dennis R. Brumbaugh, DMD 1177 S. 6th Street Indiana, PA 15701 724-465-2036
Cavalancia Orthodontics 152 N. 5th St, Indiana, PA 15701 724-463-7700
Dr. M. Frederick Dills, DDS & Dr. Scott F. Dills, DDS 880 Church St Indiana, PA 15701 724-463-7270
Allegheny Orthodontic Associates 120 N. 5th St, Indiana, PA 15701 724-465-6662
Dr. James A. Connelly, DDS 2277 Warren Rd, Indiana, PA 15701 724-463-8553
Dr. Joseph E. Marko Jr, DDS 450 N. 9th St, Indiana, PA 15701 724-463-9115
Dr. Imran Bajwa, MD 850 Hospital Road Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-8825
Dr. Harry Fegley, MD 2125 Oakland Ave Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-8660
Dr. Sungshu Lan, MD 2255 Philadelphia St.Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-1616
Dr. Jamil Ahmed, MD 2121 Shelly Dr. Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-3433
Dr. Donna Hosmer, MD 835 Hospital Rd. Indiana, PA 15701 724-357-7121
Dr. Richard Sandrowicz, MD 1265 Wayne Ave. Suite 105 Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-6742
Dr. Edward Woodle, MDO 660 Stutzman Rd. Indiana, PA 15701 724-465-9000
Dr. Paul Zorch, MD 835 Hospital Rd. Indiana, PA 15701 724-357-7121
Dr. Michael Stever, RDO 1075 Indian Springs Road Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-9560
Ben Franklin Obgyn Inc 1265 Wayne Ave. Suite 200 Indiana, PA 15701 724-463-0225
Dr. Thomas McCoy, DMD 841 Hospital Rd. Suite 2600 Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-1630
Adagio Health 1097 Oak Street Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-2022
OB/GYN Care Center 879 Hospital Rd. Indiana, PA 15701 724-357-8198
OB/GYN Care Center 1177 S 6th St. Indiana, PA 15701 724-357-8198
Hospitals and Medical Clinics
Indiana Regional Medical Center835 Hospital Rd. Indiana, PA 15701 724-254-4314
MedExpress 2128 Oakland Ave Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-4362
Urgent Care 835 Hospital Road Indiana, PA 724-357-7493
Urgent Care at Chestnut Ridge 25 Colony Blvd. Ste 112 Blairsville, PA 15717 724-459-4762
Highlands Health340 Main StreetJohnstown, PA 15901814-534-6242
Indiana Pediatric Associates15 S 8th St. Ste 200 Indiana, PA 15701 724-463-0476
Pediatric Care Center PC 1265 Wayne Ave. Suite 309 Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-1310
Rose Medical Associates 15 S 8th St. Suite 201 Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-8311
Dr. Neale John, MMD 935 Indian Springs Road Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-7590
Indiana Pediatric Associates1177 S. 6th Street Indiana, PA 15701 724-463-0540
Gatti Pharmacy 701 Philadelphia St Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-4200
Diamond Drugs (two locations) 670 Philadelphia St Indiana, PA 15701 724-465-4200
841 Hospital Rd Ste 1100, Indiana, PA 15701 724-463-3440
Kmart 2334 Oakland Ave Ste 6, Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-7654
Rite Aid Pharmacy 375 Philadelphia St, Indiana, PA 15701 724-465-2243
CVS Pharmacy | Photo 2501 Warren Rd, Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-5620
Walmart Pharmacy 3100 Oakland Ave Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-5759
Martin's Food Market1570 Oakland Ave, Indiana, PA 15701 724-465-6834
Find entertainment for you and your family in Indiana and in surrounding cities. Also listed is information about airports and local hotels available in and around Indiana.
Culture and Art
IUP Campus Galleries and Museums IUP is home to several art venues, including Kipp Gallery, Miller Gallery, and the University Museum, which display the work of faculty, students, and other international, national, and regional artists in thought-provoking exhibits throughout the year.
The Artists Hand Gallery and Espresso Bar 732 Philadelphia Street Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701 (724) 463-8710
The Jimmy Stewart Museum 845 Philadelphia Street Indiana, PA 15701 (724) 349-6112
There are also many art galleries and museums that you can visit with your family that are located in Pittsburgh, PA.
Fun, bowling, and cinemas
BowlingMohawk Lanes 1924 Oakland Avenue Indiana, PA 15701 (724) 463-7443
CinemasCarmike Cinemas Indiana Mall Indiana, PA 15701 (724) 465-8800
Palace Garden Drive-In 225 Indian Springs Rd Indiana, PA 15701 (724) 465-9032
FunIndiana Free Library 845 Philadelphia Street Indiana, PA 15701 (724) 465-8841
IUP Athletics Visit an IUP football or basketball game. Check out the website for list of events.
Horace Mann Playgrounds – next to Horace Mann School 205 S 5th Street Indiana, PA 15701
Eisenhower Playground – next to Eisenhower School 1460 School Street Indiana, PA 15701
Mack Park - Near Indiana Regional Medical Center South Sixth Street Indiana, PA 15701 Home of the J.S. Mack Community Center, Mack Park features an outdoor swimming pool with diving area, a 90-foot water slide, five
ball parks, three tennis courts, and an enclosed picnic pavilion.
Getty Heights ParkLocal Directions: Rte. 286 East into Indiana, turn right on Rustic Lodge Rd. at light, park located on left beside Rustic Lodge.
S&T Arena Playground 497 E Pike Road Indiana, PA 15701 (724) 465-2665
Indiana Recreation Department 497 East Pike Road Indiana, PA 15701 (724) 463-3473
The Indiana Area Recreation and Parks Commission is committed to providing a wide range of recreational activities to the general population of the Indiana community. It is also our commitment to ensure equal participation for all participants regardless of skill level, race, age, gender (some programs are age and/or gender specific), or income level. All participants are encouraged to do their best, interact socially, develop good sportsmanship and most important have FUN.
S & T Bank Arena 497 East Pike Road Indiana, PA 15701 (724) 465-2665
The S&T Bank Arena, at the White Township Recreation Complex, offers a variety of community based programs and services including public ice skating, ice skating lessons, Learn to Play hockey lessons, and many more. Our facility houses a turf arena, full ice arena, batting cage, and meeting/party rooms. The arena is also well equipped for a variety of indoor events. We are proud to host many organizations such as the Red Line Club, Indiana Youth Hockey Association, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The Indiana Ice Minks, Kiski Prep, Indiana Area Soccer Boosters and The Indiana Lacrosse Club.
Pennsylvania State Parks If you want to explore Pennsylvania's great outdoors, you've come to the right place. You can find information for planning a one day picnic or hiking trip, a weekend getaway, or a vacation. Pennsylvania State Parks do not charge an entrance fee. Parks close to Indiana are Yellow Creek State Park, Blue Spruce State Park, see full list on website.
Mack Park Pool
Har-Tees Driving Range and Miniature Golf
Flemings Christmas Tree
Amusement parks/outdoor adventures
Del Grosso Amusement Park
Kennywood Amusement Park
Johnstown Incline Plane
Altoona Curve Baseball
Pittsburgh Pirate Baseball
Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium
Living Treasures Animal Park
IUP HUB Fitness Center
James G Mills Fitness Center
Indiana County YMCA
Here you will find information about getting a driver’s license, auto insurance, and renting or purchasing a car. Public transportation is also included.
Getting a Driver’s License
The Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) oversees issuing of driver’s licenses and state identification cards. Most non-immigrants and their dependents can obtain a Pennsylvania (PA) driver’s license or state identification card. A state identification card is a good alternative to carrying a passport and is useful for opening bank accounts or going to bars or restaurants where alcohol is served.
Visit the Driving, Licenses, Pennsylvania Identification for more information on how to obtain a driver’s license.
Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles
Pennsylvania law requires all Pennsylvania motor vehicle owners to maintain vehicle liability insurance (financial responsibility) on a currently registered vehicle. Vehicle liability insurance covers property damage or injuries you may cause to others in a crash.
Failure to maintain liability insurance on a registered vehicle may result in a three-month suspension of your vehicle registration privilege. You can find out more information by downloading the Insurance Law Fact Sheet.
Local Bus IndiGO Bus (Indiana County Transit Authority) provides bus transportation around campus and Indiana. Use your IUP I-Card to ride the bus for free.
Greyhound Indiana’s Greyhound bus station is located just off campus. Tickets can be booked on the Greyhound website.
Fullington Trailways (800) 942-8287 or (724) 463-0213 Fullington Trailways has service to Pittsburgh and other cities in Pennsylvania. Fullington uses the bus stop in front of Stouffer Hall.
ShuttlesMajesty Shuttle(888) 794-3400 or (412) 462-5023. Provide at least 48-hour notice to guarantee pickup. Only cash or credit cards are accepted. SuperShuttle may be reached at 800-BLUE-VAN (800-258-3826). Reservations
may be made on the SuperShuttle website.
Taxi Red and White Taxi (724) 463-0270 Provides rides to and from the airport.
Turbo Taxi(724) 465-8294 Available within a 15-mile radius of Indiana.
TrainThe Johnstown Amtrak Station is the closest train station to IUP. There is no regularly
scheduled bus service between Johnstown and Indiana, a distance of about 24 miles. If you plan to travel to IUP by train, you should make plans for transportation from Johnstown to Indiana in advance.
Most agencies will have a non-negotiable minimum age requirement of 25. Younger drivers (usually 18 to 24) will be subject to a younger driver surcharge. Even if you do meet the age requirement, some agencies will even have an upper age requirement for certain specialty vehicles. Make sure to check with the agency policies online to get clear details about the younger driver policy and your particular situation. Also, note that an international company might have different requirements for each location.
Some car rental companies have agreements with businesses to allow car rentals to younger drivers who will use the car for business purposes only. Sometimes the younger driver surcharge is even waived. If you are going on a business trip and are a younger driver, it would be best to consult your company’s corporate travel manager for further details.
Purchasing a Car
Selling or buying a car in Pennsylvania requires more than just a check and a handshake. It’s a process of forms and signatures that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) requires for subsequent titling and registration purposes.
One overlooked signature could cause you a bureaucratic migraine that takes weeks to cure. Making the effort to assure all papers and signatures are in order is time well spent.
If you’re selling a car in Pennsylvania:
If you’re buying a car in Pennsylvania:
Buying and selling without paperworkIn Pennsylvania, as in many states, you are required to furnish a title when registering a vehicle―so make sure you get the title from the seller when you buy a car. The registration papers are not quite
as necessary, although it makes the process much easier.
If you’re the buyer, please use caution when someone tries selling you a vehicle without the title. This is usually a red flag that could signal the car is stolen or salvaged. It would be wise to look for another vehicle.
If you want to sell a car for which you’ve lost the title, refer to the Buying and Selling FAQs section for information
about how to apply for a duplicate. Once you have the duplicate title in hand, you can proceed with the sale.
Buyer BewareThe excitement of buying a car can go hand-in-hand with the fear of getting fleeced. Fortunately, Pennsylvania has instituted a Lemon Law to help protect you from faulty vehicles.
But this does not mean you are completely immune from getting swindled. Before even approaching a seller, you should research the car or model you are considering. Ignorance is not bliss in a car-buying situation. The more you know, the better your chances
of not getting caught in a mechanical debacle.
Car Buying Tips