"Iowa City is a tremendous place to raise a family! While my wife and I are 'bi-coastal' in heritage, we have very fond memories of our life in Iowa City, and came to love and appreciate the Midwest culture and family-friendly environment. In short, I cannot say enough positive things about my time at Iowa—it was a tremendous experience from start to finish!" —Steve Charlier (Ph.D. 2012), Assistant Professor, Quinnipiac University
"What sold me on the program at Iowa right away was the camaraderie among students. Not only did my fellow Ph.D. students become some of my closest friends while at Iowa, but they also gave extremely helpful advice on research and on navigating the demands of the program."
—Steve Courtright (Ph.D. 2012), Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
As a student, you will also spend a large amount of time in the 179,000-square-foot John Pappajohn Business Building. This facility houses most of the Henry B. Tippie College of Business and all doctoral student and faculty offices. This facility has state-of-the-art facilities, including the Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library, the latest information technology in all the classrooms, and a behavioral research lab. It also houses Pat's Diner, where you'll find quick and easy lunches. The college is within walking distance (two blocks) of most of Iowa City's best downtown restaurants and shopping. View a map of the building's location.
Living in Iowa City
The Iowa City area includes Coralville, North Liberty, Solon, and other small towns, with a total population of about 100,000. The university 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 weekly downtown jazz and pop concerts, and throughout the year, major poets, writers, artists, historians, scientists, and others speak or perform in university venues or read at local bookstores. Excellent public schools, close, safe, and comfortable neighborhoods, and a highly educated population mean that Iowa City frequently appears high on "best-places-to-live" listings in national magazines. 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 (population of about 120,000), home to the Eastern Iowa Airport.
Students in our doctoral program pursue a variety of different housing options. These include:
On-Campus Housing: The university offers 10 residence halls and two university-run apartment complexes. Given that doctoral students need a quiet environment, residence halls may not be a good option. However, the university has nearly 700 rental apartments for single students and those with families. At least one member of the household must be a registered UI student to be eligible to live at University Apartments. There are many advantages of living in university apartments. First of all, it's relatively cheaper than most off-campus options. Second, transportation to the campus by Cambus is convenient and free. Third, the two apartment complexes are located in a quiet place and you are most likely to have quiet neighbors like you. Fourth, a new gym with a tennis court is just within a few minutes' walk. More information and an application are available online.
Off-Campus Housing: In Iowa City, living off-campus doesn't necessarily mean living far from campus. Apartments, houses, and condominiums are plentiful near campus and in the surrounding communities. If you are interested in renting a home with an option to buy it later, visit the Rent to Own website, offering affordable properties where you turn lease payments into equity ownership. Rental housing options are listed on the UI Off-Campus Housing Services website, or information about purchasing a home is available at www.realtor.com. Type in any of the following locations:
Several of our students buy or rent duplexes on the outskirts of Iowa City. Rent is less expensive for the amount of space that you get downtown, and the neighborhoods are typically good. Buying a home is also an easy option in Iowa City or surrounding areas. You can come for a weekend in the spring prior to beginning the program and find many reasonably priced options for buying a home. "Starter" homes are generally priced in the low to high $100Ks, and many are conveniently located near the public transportation routes. Multi-bedroom homes in Iowa City in a quiet neighborhood (that is, not overrun by undergraduate students) are often close to parks and bike trails, and only a short drive or bus ride to downtown. Many of these housing areas are attractive to young families, making it easy for students, spouses, and children to make friends. In Iowa City or Coralville, the public transportation systems are approximately $50/semester for unlimited bus rides. It's just a five-minute walk from the downtown bus interchange to the Pappajohn Business Building, and buses get to most housing areas within 15-20 minutes.
Coralville provides another easy option for graduate students with or without families. Many students like it because it provides a feeling of "getting away" from campus when you go home at night. It's about a five-minute drive to the Coral Ridge Mall, movie theater, ice arena, grocery stores, doctors' offices, and many popular restaurants. Condos are a popular option in Coralville. To buy, they run about $89-99K, depending on the market. Rents range from $700-$800/mo. depending on rental company, pets, floor of building, etc.
North Liberty is another great location for graduate students. There are plenty of reasonably priced condos and townhouses available. In addition, it is only minutes from the amenities of both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids yet still offers a lot of quiet that comes with a small town. Students who live outside of Iowa City and Coralville can purchase a parking pass to park at Hancher Auditorium and then walk or take the Cambus to the Pappajohn Business Building. This pass runs about $30 month during the school year, and you can purchase summer passes as well. The pass allows you to park for free in Iowa parking ramps after 4:30 p.m. weekdays and on weekends.
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) cannot help students find housing, but the university offers temporary housing options for new international students who arrive before they have found or can move into more permanent housing.
Faculty, Ph.D. students, and their families are a tight-knit group, often gathering during the year to celebrate graduations, new babies, or weddings. Here, they posed during a spring doctoral student celebration event at the home of faculty members Ken Brown and Amy Kristof-Brown.