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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

Intramural 6-on-6 Sand Volleyball Registration

at 12:00am

For more information on Intramural 6-on-6 Sand Volleyball and how to register, please visit

Iowa City Farmer's Market - Wednesday Market

at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp

The City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department operate farmers markets at two locations, two days a week during the summer season.

Science Thursdays

at 11:00am until 1:00am

Medical Education Research Facility

Science Thursdays is a weekly event series featuring science activities, food trucks and live music. It is a community enhancement effort that celebrates scientific discovery and promotes cross-departmental networking.

Summer of the Arts: Friday Night Concert Series

at 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Pedestrian Mall, Downtown Iowa City

Enjoy free music in the Pedestrian Mall presented by Toyota of Iowa City. Schedule as follows:

Iowa City Farmer's Market - Saturday Market

at 7:30am to 12:00pm

Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp

The City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department operate farmers markets at two locations, two days a week during the summer season.

Poster Sale

at 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Get your new home ready! An incredible variety of posters to select from at great prices.

Summer of The Arts: Free Movie Series

at 8:30pm to 10:30pm

University of Iowa Pentacrest

Free movies projected on the East lawn of the Pentacrest.Schedule as follows:

Bijou After Hours Feature at Filmscene

at 11:00pm until 12:00am


The student-run Bijou Film Board offers free film screenings for UI students at FilmScene, a vibrant, independent cinema in downtown Iowa City.

Outdoor Yoga with HotHouse

at 10:00am to 11:00am

Join us for free, outdoor yoga! We will be hosting a class at 10 a.m. in Black Hawk Mini Park. Class will be hosted by a HotHouse Yoga instructor!

President's Block Party

at 4:00pm to 6:30pm

Presidents Residence

Come show your Hawkeye pride and celebrate the end of On Iowa! and the start of your first semester at the President's Block Party.

CDE Week of Welcome Coffee and Bagels Day

at 10:00am to 2:00pm

University Capitol Centre

The Center for Diversity and Enrichment welcomes you to attend our Week of Welcome events during the first week of classes.

Solar Eclipse Viewing - Sciences Library

at 11:30am to 3:00pm

Sciences Library

On Monday, August 21st 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible in the United States. During this rare event, the moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and therefore blocks...

CDE Week of Welcome: Military Student Services Day

at 10:00am to 2:00pm

University Capitol Centre

Today, we are featuring the Military/Veterans Student Services Unit of CDE. Come spin the prize wheel, play games, and enjoy free appetizers.

CAB Make & Take: Welcome Back Bags

at 11:00am to 2:00pm

Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

Welcome back Hawkeyes! Need a Few things to get back to the school grind? Join CAB in putting together bags that'll have everything you need to start the semester off...

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