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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


Virtual Discover Study Abroad

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Would you like to study abroad during your time at the University of Iowa, but don't know where to start? Attend our Virtual Discover Study Abroad info sessions to learn...

No Health Without Mental Health: Issues Related to Help-Seeking

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If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, or have concerns about mental health, how and where can you seek the appropriate help? What is therapy and how does...

Writers' Workshop Literary Grove Event

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Please join us on the lawn of the Dey House/ Glenn Schaeffer Library for a literary grove tree planting event on Friday, 10/23 at 4:15pm.

Friday Night Trivia with CAB!

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Come to CAB's Friday Night Trivia Series to test your knowledge! From Hawkeye Nation to Criminal Minds, you'll be surprised with what you do (or don't) know!



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The Bijou Film Board is partnering with OWLSS (Organization of Women Law Students and Staff) for a special screening of RBG. The film will be available at https://icfilmscene.

Intramural Hot Shot Contest Registration

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 This event will take place on November 2-4 at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center.