Life at Iowa

The Iowa City area community includes Coralville, North Liberty, Solon, and other small towns with a total population of about 100,000. Watch the Video. The university and surrounding communities offer a variety of housing options, from apartments and family-style homes to rooming houses and condominiums.

The University both provides and attracts a wide variety of cultural opportunities, Big Ten athletic events, and a number of business endeavors resulting from scientific and educational research that originated at Iowa.

In the summers, Iowa City sponsors the Summer of the Arts which includes: the Iowa Arts Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival, Friday Night Concert Series, and Free Movie Series, There is also a downtown Farmer's Market.

Excellent public schools; comfortable, safe, close-to-campus neighborhoods; and a highly-educated population mean that Iowa City frequently appears high on best places to live listings.

The nearby countryside, good state parks, and the Iowa River provide many opportunities for walking, biking, and boating. Twenty miles to the north is Cedar Rapids, Iowa's second-largest city, home to the Eastern Iowa Airport and a population of about 120,000.

Students at Iowa enjoy a challenging program. Incoming students will find a friendly environment, where students are willing to collaborate with others.

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All SLIS students are encouraged to participate in the Iowa chapter of the American Library Association. The Library and Information Science Student Organization (LISSO) provides students with the opportunity to hear guest lectures, interact with faculty outside of the classroom setting, participate in presentations within and outside of the school, and share experiences from conferences and internships.

Many students take full advantage of all that Iowa City has to offer. Throughout the year major writers, artists, poets, historians, scientists, and others speak or perform in University venues or read at local bookstores. The area also offers opportunities to be active, including parks, biking and running trails, Lake McBride, and several fitness centers. Downtown Iowa City boasts restaurants and shopping opportunities for every taste and budget.