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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


Mystery Theater: FLU SHOT

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location icon University of Iowa Museum of Natural History

**Join the Museum of Natural History as we partner with Biology grad students who have developed the most exciting program of the season! Escape Room meets Mystery Theater meets Flu...

Brunch with Santa, hosted by the Hancher Guild

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location icon Hancher Auditorium


$30 per person

$15 for ages 12 and younger

Seating for this event will be reserved at tables for six. Reservation details are forthcoming.

Iowa City Fall River Cleanup

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We're going to clean-up Ralston Creek again!

Let's meet in front of the New-Pi Co-op and go from there.

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, "A Cajun Christmas"

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location icon Hancher Auditorium


ADULT: $45 | $35 | $25

COLLEGE STUDENT: $40 | $10 | $10

YOUTH: $22 | $10 | $10


It will be a spicy holiday celebration as the beloved music icons of BeauSoleil...

SMART Recovery Meeting

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location icon Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

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

Farewell Reception for Vice President for Student Life Melissa Shivers

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location icon Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

A reception honoring Melissa Shivers, vice president for student life, and thanking her for her leadership and service to the University of Iowa will take place from 5 to 6:30...

Self-Care with The Stanley

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location icon Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

Take a break from studying and relax with some coloring and snacks! The Stanley Museum of Art's campus council will be in the Hawkeye room from 5-8 pm giving out...