You’ll love it here.

We’re not just a great college. We’re a great college in an amazing college town.

If you’re imagining vast cornfields, rolling hills, and the guzzling sound of giant John Deere harvesters, well, forget everything you’re imagining. Here, in the middle of America’s heartland, is Iowa City. A lively, cosmopolitan, pedestrian-friendly small town that is bustling with arts, culture, restaurants, music, and Big Ten sports. All with a downtown that’s practically in our backyard.

It just so happens that Iowa City is also a great place to live, with phenomenal access to health care, public schools, and housing options. Iowa City, like Tippie itself, is a hidden gem. In fact, it’s ranked #3 best college town in America by The Fiscal Times.

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Life in Iowa City

Arts & culture



First-year undergraduates belong to living-learning communities (LLCs), where students with similar interests live together in residence halls. BizHawks is the LLC for business students.

For upperclassmen and graduate students, there are a plethora of options, from high-rise apartments to quaint cottages on quiet, tree-lined streets. Lease a room on your own or grab a five-bedroom apartment with your BFFs—it’s up to you. Iowa City is student-friendly, so you’ll find options to fit any budget. For more about leasing, visit Off-campus housing.

Getting around

A perk of having campus smack-dab in the middle of the city: getting where you need to go is easy. Between the UI’s free Cambus and public transit in Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty, nearly every neighborhood is on the bus line. Hit "snooze" without missing your bus—get real-time info on the eBongo mobile app. Coming from a big metro? Our idea of “traffic” is waiting through more than one cycle at a stoplight. You’re welcome.

Health care

Is there a doctor in the house? When you live here, the answer is usually yes. Having great health care in your backyard is a relief when you move. Our city earns a gold star on that front. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is a nationally ranked teaching hospital, steps from the business campus. Patients from around the Midwest come for top-notch care from over 1,600 doctors. So when you need a physician, you’ll find easy access to the best.

Schools and child care

Iowa City comes with stellar education for the under-18 set, too. The district has 20 elementary schools, three junior highs, and two (soon to be three) high schools. The high schools rank in the top 5 statewide, and the district’s ACT scores are well above the state and national average. Learn more.

Child care options are extensive, too, from day-care centers and Montessori to nannies and in-home providers. Check out the Iowa City Moms Blog and their fantastic Guide to Child Care in Iowa City. For student parents, the UI offers funding to offset the cost of child care.

*Jackson Pollock, “Mural” (detail), 1943, oil and casein on canvas, 7’ 11” x 19’ 10”, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Reproduced with permission from the University of Iowa.