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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


Rec After Dark - On Iowa!

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Save the Date!

Join us for an evening of fun as we welcome new students to the University of Iowa!  We are featuring Archery Tag, Log Rolling, Rock Climbing, Group Fitness Classes, Yard...

Free Movie Series on the Pentacrest

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Iowa City's Summer of the Arts will show free movies on the Pentacrest this summer.

SMART Recovery Meeting

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SMART Recovery Meetings are highly interactive, conversational and educational, enabling all participants to share their successes and challenges and receive guidance from others.

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 one of our weekly Discover Study Abroad info sessions...

Study Abroad Information Session: Pain and Palliative Care

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Would you like to gain knowledge and expanded awareness of the dying and grief journey while exploring the development and delivery of palliative care in India?

Learn about the application process...


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Wondering about study abroad in Italy for a semester or summer? Join us at Cafe CIMBA, where twice a week former CIMBA students are on hand to chat with you...


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Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Time: 4:00 p. m. - 7:00 p. m.