Making Travel Arrangements
The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, Iowa, one of the best, "brainiest," and most-livable communities in America, depending on who's doing the ranking. Please confirm your campus visit with our Admission Visitors Center before making travel arrangements, though, so we can be sure to accommodate you!
Finding the Admission Visitors Center
The Admission Visitors Center is located on the first floor of the Pomerantz Center at the intersection of the T. Anne Cleary Walkway and Market Street near downtown Iowa City. It is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on university holidays. Check out all of our Campus Visit Programs!
Getting to Campus
Please check our flood update page when making travel arrangements. Certain routes have been closed due to flooding on and around campus.
These links should help you find your way to Iowa City and a parking spot. If you visit when classes are in session, take advantage of the university's free bus service, called Cambus. These black and gold buses can take you just about everywhere on campus.
Iowa City is about 300 miles from Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Omaha, and Kansas City.
- Eastern Iowa Airport (CID)—About a 20-minute drive from campus
- Quad City International Airport (MLI)—About a 60-minute drive from campus
- Des Moines International Airport (DSM)—About a 2.5-hour drive from campus
Traveling by bus: Call the Iowa City depot at 319-337-2127 for complete ground transportation options (ask about student discounts!). Transportation providers include:
Places to Stay
There are dozens of hotels and other types of lodging in the Iowa City/Coralville area, including the Iowa House Hotel, a university-owned hotel located in the Iowa Memorial Union. Some regional hotels offer Special UI Visitor Rates, although the discounts are not available on football or graduation weekends.
- Lodging Options (Convention & Visitors Bureau)