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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

Study Abroad Information Session: Irish Writing Program

at 1:00 PM

English-Philosophy Building

The Irish Writing Program is a rigorous creative writing study abroad program requiring talent, commitment, and discipline. Its goal is to help aspiring writers become better at their craft.

Restoring our Waters, Healing the Planet

at 7:00 PM

University Capitol Centre

Restoring Our Waters, Healing Our Planet

Featuring Keith Sahm, Co-Founder of Force Blue: uniting Special Operations veterans with coral reef conservation for the betterment of both

7-9 PM: Panel & Film: Iowa's Water, Unhealthy...

Tom Drury and Tracie Morris

at 8:00 PM

Dey House

Please join Tracie Morris and Tom Drury for a reading in the Frank Conroy Reading Room at 8pm on Wednesday, February 20th.

Maggie Tinsman: Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention

at 12:00 PM

Medical Education Research Facility

Thursday, February 21st from 12-1

Carver College of Medicine - MERF 2126

The UI's Human Trafficking Initiative (HTI) will be hosting University of Iowa School of Social Work alumna Maggie Tinsman, a former...

Art Nite

at 5:00 PM

University of Iowa Museum of Natural History

The UI Museum of Natural History will put on Art Nite again this year!  Join us our magical gallery space after-hours for open sketch-nite:
Thursday, January 31  Thursday, February 7th (rescheduled...

Iowa Edge General Body Meeting

at 6:00 PM

Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

Iowa Edge Student Organization general body meeting.

Peace Corps Information Session

at 7:00 PM

University Capitol Centre

Come learn about current volunteer opportunities with the Peace Corps as well as the application process. This event is open to the public.