"Living in Iowa City"
Living in Iowa City Whether you are currently a resident of Iowa City or have never been here before, a resource guide to the area and to services that MBA students often need may be helpful to you. Here you will find general information about the resources needed to get settled and comfortable in your new community. In most cases, we have provided web addresses for detailed information. Iowa City – A Friendly and Eclectic www.uiowa.edu/~parking/, provides Environment additional information about transportation on and around the campus. Iowa City is a city of 60,000 people with an Cambus offers free bus service throughout eclectic mix of cultural, intellectual, and the campus and nearby areas. Buses arrive recreational activities in a friendly at designated stops every 10 minutes on community atmosphere. A downtown weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends pedestrian mall just east of the campus throughout the academic year. includes specialty shops and restaurants that offer international and gourmet cuisine as well as a lively nightlife. Parking On Campus If you choose to bring a car, it is recommended that Coralville, adjacent to Iowa City, offers you register your vehicle with the University to motels, restaurants, and shopping facilities. park on campus. Visit www.uiowa.edu/~parking/ to find out about parking on campus and how to The 1.2 million square foot Coral Ridge Mall register your vehicle. offers more than 120 specialty shops, five department stores, an ice-skating rink, and movie complex. Daily Life – Getting Settled The University of Iowa visitors page at Temporary Housing www.uiowa.edu/homepage/visitors/ offers a The Iowa House Hotel in the Iowa Memorial wealth of information on the community and Union on campus offers discounted rates to new university to help you get started. students who need short-term housing at the beginning of the fall term. The new international student discount rate is US $30 per person, per Daily Life – Getting Around Town night for a shared room. Rooms fill quickly. Visit http://imu.uiowa.edu/iowa_house. Public Transportation Three bus systems provide transportation in A list of other motels in the Iowa Iowa City and Coralville : the City/Coralville area is available at University’s bus system - the “Cambus”, the www.iowacitycoralville.org/visitors_whereto Iowa City public bus system, and the stay.asp. Coralville transit system. Bus routes and schedules for all bus systems are available at Permanent Housing www.iowacity.com/icarrive.htm. The Parking Most MBA students live in private homes, and Transportation Office web site, apartments or in University apartments. Information about the University 0245, or McLeod at 1-800-909-3012. The apartment complexes is available at companies will charge you for bringing the www.housing.uiowa.edu/univapts/. phone line to your residence. Several Applications and contracts are also available national cell phone companies serve at this site. residents in Iowa including U.S. Cellular, Sprint, Cingular/ATT, I Wireless, Verizon, The Housing Clearinghouse is a free service and Nextel. Contact information can be providing listings of available housing in the found in the yellow pages of your local Iowa City/Coralville area. Current vacancies are phone directory. listed by type of unit. Visit www.imu.uiowa.edu/cic/housing.php and follow the link. Utilities Gas and electricity are typically provided by A listing of housing options is also available Mid-American Energy Company at 1-888- at the Campus Information Center located on 427-5632. Water and sewer services are the first floor of The University of Iowa provided by the local city governments Memorial Union. In addition to a including City of Iowa City at (319) 356-5066 knowledgeable staff, the Campus or City of Coralville at (319) 248-1715. Information Center provides: Cable television services and high speed • Free local telephones internet are provided by Mediacom at 1-800- • The Daily Iowan (the University 332-0245. newspaper) • Campus, city, and transit maps • Comprehensive apartment directories Schools and Childcare Information about child care is available at Many students find off-campus housing the 4Cs Community Coordinated Child Care through classified advertisements in the Iowa web site: www.iowa4cs.com/. The 4Cs Press Citizen, Iowa City Gazette, or Daily directory includes a number of different Iowan newspapers. daycare and preschool centers with their www.classifiedsuperstore.com/cv3/iowacity locations, fees, hours, and enrollment ages. www.dailyiowan.com/classifieds The Department of Human Services (319) www.classifiedresults.com 356-6050 will provide a list of home child care providers. Secondary school A sample listing of apartments is provided at information is available at the Iowa City the end of this section. Community Schools web site at www.iowa-city.k12.ia.us. Phone Service Land line phone service is provided by Qwest at 1-800-244-1111, Mediacom at 1-800-332- State of Iowa Driver's License private practice in the Iowa City area. The To acquire an Iowa driver's license, you must Yellow Pages of the local phone directory pass a knowledge test, a vision test, and a road provide a listing. Some medical services are test. The first step is to prepare for the written offered by private practitioners in the Mercy test by studying the Iowa Driver's Manual and Hospital complex. In addition, many taking the practice test available at physicians on the staff at The University of www.dot.state.ia.us/mvd/ods/dlmanual.htm. Iowa Hospitals and Clinics serve private Copies of the manual are also available from the patients. Driver's License Station. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), Students will be required to provide proof of ranked as one of the best hospitals in the United identification to apply for a driver's license. States, brings together the expertise of highly Specific identification requirements are listed skilled health care professionals and at www.dot.state.ia.us/mvd/ods/identity.htm. sophisticated medical technologies to serve the people of Iowa and beyond. Its The Driver's License Station office closest to multidisciplinary expertise encompasses over campus is located at: 200 health care specialties. Visit Driver's License Station www.uihealthcare.com/ or call (319) 384-8442 / Eastdale Mall 1-800-777-8442. 1700 South First Avenue Iowa City Mercy Hospital is an acute care community (319) 338-5294 hospital that provides a full range of medical services including an emergency unit, maternity care, outpatient services, and Daily Life - Medical Care wellness education programs. Mercy is a private not-for-profit corporation, owned by Student Health Service the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Student Health Service is available to all Regional Province of Chicago. Visit students. Located at Westlawn, Student www.mercyic.org or call (319) 339-0300 or Health is an efficient and reliable health care 1-800-637-2942. provider. For students who pay the health fee (mandatory for those taking more than 4 credits), no charges are assessed for Specialty Clinics consultation, exams, and treatment by a Speech and Hearing Clinic provides clinical physician for a routine visit. However, there services, by appointment only to University may be charges for certain procedures. For students with speech or hearing problems more information call (319) 335-8370 or visit free of charge (non-students must pay). on-line at www.uiowa.edu/~shs. Services include diagnostic examinations, consultation, individual conferences, individual therapy sessions, instruction in Healthcare Providers small groups, and referral to other clinics as There are many health care providers in needed. The Speech and Hearing Clinic is located in the Wendell Johnson Speech and while the fees are low, it is more time- Hearing Center on Hawkins Drive near the consuming than most dental visits. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Treatment from a faculty member can be Call (319) 335-8736 to make an appointment. requested and is less time-consuming, but the fees are the same as those of local private University Dental Clinic offers University practice dentists. Call (319) 335-7499. students and their families comprehensive dental care. In addition to routine cleanings, Planned Parenthood, Women’s healthcare the Dental Clinic covers all aspects of services are provided through the UIHC, dentistry including orthodontics, pediatric Mercy Hospital, and Student Health. care, cosmetic treatment, and oral surgery. Women may also choose to utilize the It is located in the Dental Science Building Planned Parenthood Clinic or the Emma and is staffed by professional dentists and Goldman Clinic. The Emma Goldman Clinic students who are training to become provides well-woman gynecology, including dentists. massage therapy and some education services. Planned Parenthood provides The Dental Clinic is a teaching clinic, so comprehensive health care for women. Daily Life – Shopping and Banking Sample Grocers Iowa City & Coralville Hy-vee Food Stores Large supermarket locations 2801 Commerce Drive, Wal-Mart Super Center Large supermarket Coralville Cub Foods 855 Highway 1, Iowa City Large supermarket 22 S. Van Buren, Iowa City Natural meats, organic produce, New Pioneer Co-op & freshly baked breads 1101 2 nd St, Coralville 2530 Westwinds Dr, Iowa City Small market, large meat Fareway Stores & counter 2765 Commerce Dr, Iowa City 401 E Market Street, Iowa John’s Grocery Small market, wine cellar City Great Wall Oriental 220 Stevens Drive, Iowa City Asian foods Food Indian Mix 216 1st Ave, Coralville Indian/South Asia foods Sample Department and Discount Stores Dillards Coral Ridge Mall Upscale clothing and merchandise JCPenney Co Coral Ridge Mall Clothing and merchandise Sears Coral Ridge Mall Clothing and merchandise 2795 Commerce Drive, Kohls Clothing and merchandise Coralville Target Coral Ridge Mall Clothing and merchandise Wal-Mart Iowa City and Coralville Discount merchandiser Von Maur Sycamore Mall Upscale clothing and merchandise Younkers Coral Ridge Mall Clothing and merchandise Sample Financial Institutions Commercial Federal Bank Iowa City 319-338-9751 Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank Iowa City 319-341-5900 First Trust Savings Bank Coralville 319-828-8000 Freedom Security Bank Coralville 319-688-9005 Hills Bank and Trust Iowa City and Coralville 319-351-3337 Iowa State Bank and Trust Iowa City 319-356-5800 Liberty Bank Coralville 319-688-6200 Union Planters Bank Coralville 319-351-8262 U of Iowa Community Credit Union Iowa City and Coralville 319-339-1002 U S Bank Iowa City and Coralville 319-356-9000 Wells Fargo Bank Iowa City and Coralville 319-887-7461 West Bank Iowa City 319-351-4121 Daily Life - Weather Monthly Averages Iowa City residents experience four seasons and their accompanying beauty each year: fields of blooms in the spring, swimming weather in the summer, vivid foliage in the fall, and snowfalls that blanket campus in the winter. Current weather conditions can be found at http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/current/KIOW.html. Average monthly temperatures (Farenheit) are: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec High 30 37 49 63 75 84 88 85 78 66 48 34 Low 13 19 30 41 52 62 66 64 56 44 31 19