The synergy between campus and community has made Iowa City a special place for generations of University of Iowa students and scholars.
The University is located in the heart of downtown Iowa City, the former state capital and a vibrant riverfront community of 62,000 people. The University of Iowa and its people enrich Iowa City through its diversity, cultural life, and Big Ten athletic scene.
Called one of the top 10 college towns in North America by Outside magazine, the No. 1 place to live in the country by Editor & Publisher, and the third most-educated metropolitan area in America by USA Today, Iowa City couples the cosmopolitan atmosphere of a big city with the friendliness of a small town.
From its independent bookstores to clothing boutiques, bistros to coffeehouses, Iowa City’s pedestrian-friendly downtown is a popular draw for students, residents, and visitors. On a typical afternoon, street musicians and scholars, businesspeople and people watchers coexist in the eclectic City Plaza.
On perfect spring days, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy a bike trail that winds through campus, while families frequent the area’s many parks. Cultural opportunities abound year-round, from University-sponsored performances to garden walks in Iowa City’s historic neighborhoods.
Diverse and charming, creative and intellectual, Iowa City offers the best qualities of a classic college town.
The images featured (above and on the home page) include summer scenes in downtown Iowa City and the Saturday Night Free Movie series, which invites students, families, and community members to view classic films on the University's historic Pentacrest.