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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

Heartland Financial USA, Inc. - Mock Interviews

at 8:00am to 5:00pm

This is a great opportunity to participate in a practice interview with an employer and receive valuable feedback on your interviewing skills! To sign up, follow these steps:

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

at 11:00am to 3:00pm

Come out and support BSU for our Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

Native American Student Association: Grocery Bingo

at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

All are encouraged to join the Native American Student Association in a night of bingo fun! Prizes = GROCERY ITEMS!

Storm Large

at 6:30pm

Tickets: ADULT: $30 COLLEGE STUDENT: $10 YOUTH: $10

Live from Prairie Lights: Lisa Wells and Joshua Marie Wilkinson

at 7:00pm

Lisa Wells and Joshua Marie Wilkinson will read from their recent poetry collections.

Glow in the Dark Game Night

at 10:00pm until 12:00am

Spooky Season never looked better! Play games and eat food, all while glowing in a black light.

Autumnal Getaway

at 10:00pm until 12:00am

It wouldn't be spooky season without an Autumnal Wonderland. Join CAB for our version of just that! Indulge in free apple treats while you play some games with friends, and...