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Welcome to the Guide to Graduate and Professional Student Life at the University of Iowa! This guide is written, edited, and maintained by current students working with Graduate and Professional Student Government, and is intended to provide prospective, incoming, and current UI students with resources to help manage their professional and personal lives. Pursuing an advanced degree can be as intellectually invigorating and challenging as it is stressful and intimidating. We recognize that graduate and professional students are integral to UI's research and teaching missions, and that they are a unique population with specific needs. It is our sincere hope that the UI Grad Guide will answer many questions you may have about living and working in the Iowa City area.

Using this Site

Further down this page (under University Resources and More) you will find official University of Iowa resources relating to your studies and employment, including course registration, parking, campus groups, health services and benefits, professional development opportunities, and much more. (**Note that these are all University-level resources. Individual departments and programs may have more specific information about required courses and professional organizations.)

You will also find guides for Housing, Health and Wellness, Transportation, Shopping, Athletics, Community Resources, local services, and other topics related to living in and transitioning to the Iowa City Area.

Event Calendar

The Event Calendar updates regularly with links to academic events as well as local venues and Iowa City-sponsored events. If you're looking for upcoming speakers, conferences, or festivals, this is a great starting point. 

Dining, Entertainment, and Nightlife

Here you will find a catalogue of the most popular places graduate students frequent. Whether you're interested in trying the local cuisine, need a coffee shop to work in, or want to explore the entertainment and nightlife of the Iowa City area, you can easily find venues here! Use the categories navigator (right margin) to search by genre. Clicking on an individual entry will yield a map and links to external websites.

University Resources and More


Upcoming Events

Downtown Hunt for the Elves

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Join us for a FREE kid-friendly scavenger hunt in downtown Iowa City! Starting Saturday, November 25th, there will be elves hiding in different downtown businesses waiting to be found! Once...

Finals@IMU: Popcorn

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Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

The Finals@IMU event you can't live without: FREE popcorn! Grab a bag while you're studying at the IMU Saturday through Wednesday.

Finals @ IMU 2016: Carbs & Caffeine

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Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

Start your morning off right, with delicious grab-and-go bagels and donuts, and of course, free coffee! While supplies last. Tuesday through Thursday, starting at 6:30am.

National Geographic Photo Ark

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Old Capitol Museum

The interaction between animals and their environments is the engine that keeps the planet healthy for all of us. But for many species, time is running out.

Finals@IMU: Healthy Snacks

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Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

While you're studying in the IMU, you won't even need to get out of your chair to get some healthy snacks.

Finals@IMU: ASTR:1070 Q&A Session

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Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

The newest addition to Finals@IMU are Q&A sessions with professors and TAs from four of the largest lecture-based classes.

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