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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 Volleyball Registration

at 12:00am

Field House

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

English Language Discussion Circle

at 12:40pm to 1:20pm

Pappajohn Business Building

The ELDC serves as an open forum to improve language and conversation skills, build relationships, and learn about different cultures.

Boren Awards & Critical Language Scholarship Info Session

at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

University Capitol Centre

International Programs will host a Boren Awards and Critical Language Scholarship information session on Wednesday, October 18, from 5-7 p.m. in 1100 University Capitol Centre.

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.

WorldCanvass: Journalism and a Free Press in the Age of Fake News

at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

News. Fake news. Disinformation. Fact-checking. Sourced news. Unverified sources. Social media incursions by foreign nations. Cleverly disguised mass propaganda that masquerades as a heartfelt message from a friend…….who knows what...

Science on Tap - What Lurks at the Core of the Milky Way

at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Hancher Auditorium

Science is brewing at Hancher’s Stanley Café! Science on Tap is an informal forum for UI researchers to engage the campus and the local community in a discussion of science...

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