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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


Walt Whitman: A Bicentennial Celebration

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location icon University of Iowa Main Library

The exhibit “Walt Whitman: A Bicentennial Celebration” will celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of one of the most significant and influential writers in the United States, Walt Whitman (1819-1892), and highlight the University of Iowa’s...

Hardin Open Workshops - Scholarly Impact: H-index, Impact Factor, and Eigenfactor

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location icon Hardin Library for Health Sciences

This class will teach participants how to use tools such as Ulrich’s, Journal Citation Reports, Web of Science, and Scopus to determine the impact that journals, articles, and authors have...

Iowa City Farmer's Market

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location icon Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp

Grab your baskets, bags and boxes and make your way to the Iowa City Farmers Market to load up on local handcrafted, homemade and homegrown goods and produce.

International Writing Program (IWP) Reading at Prairie Lights: Poupeh Missaghi and José Olivarez

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location icon Prairie Lights Books

The International Writing Program (IWP) presents prize-winning authors Poupeh Missaghi and José Olivarez, current faculty for the IWP Between the Lines youth writing and cultural exchange session.

Live from Prairie Lights: Amanda Nadelberg & Fred Schmalz

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location icon Prairie Lights Books

Writers' Workshop summer faculty member Amanda Nadelberg will read from Songs from a Mountain.

Free Movie Series on the Pentacrest

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location icon University of Iowa Pentacrest

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

Iowa City Jazz Festival

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location icon Pedestrian Mall, Downtown Iowa City

Ritmocano happy to join the ICJF again this year on the "local" Pedestrian Mall Stage on Sunday, July 7, 5:00 p. m.