Falling for Fall

The fall has come and the students are back. Iowa City and campus are buzzing with a new found energy and I love it! Festivals, changing leaves, and of course football traditions are my favorite things about this time of year. One of my greatest regrets when I was a first-year student in college was not exploring the community soon enough. There’s a lot going on, and I was so distracted with everything that was happening on campus!

So, here are my top five recommendations for students new to Iowa City:

  1. The Englert Theater downtown is always bringing in different shows –comedians, musicians and even magicians! They even give out student rate tickets.katie-langenfeld-2
  2. Get outside! Fall is such a beautiful time of year and there are so many places to enjoy it. Head to
    Lake McBride and check out a canoe with a friend, pack a picnic and walk to City Park, or rent a
    bike and hit the trails.
  3. Head to the Pedestrian Mall downtown and pop into all of the local shops and book stores – there are so many great choices even if you’re not looking to buy anything. Some places offer discounts to current students.
  4. Through the end of October, Iowa City hosts a local Farmers Market every Wednesday and Saturday. There’s great food and many times live music to enjoy.
  5. Check out the incredible Hancher lineup! Whether you’re into theatre, music, or dance, the new performance building has something for you. Students get discounts on tickets for some events, too!13556955_1154539151270331_1504827250_n
  6. Find the perfect pumpkin spice latte at one of Iowa City’s cozy coffee shops. High Ground Cafe, and Prairie Lights Bookstore and Cafe are some of my favorites!

So, grab a friend, floor mate or someone you just met and get to know the community together!

Summer in Iowa City

I love Iowa City. I still remember the feeling I had during my campus visit when I walked through the Pedestrian Mall for the first time. I was home.

As beautiful and magical of a place as this is during the school year, there is something even more special about Iowa City in the summertime. As a UI student, I spent three summers in Iowa City – taking classes, working on campus, and participating in internships. When I wasn’t studying or working, I was able to enjoy all of the amazing things the area has to offer a Hawkeye explorer like myself.

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From May to August, the communities surrounding the university are bursting with energy and activity. Iowa City in the summer is home to numerous festivals, weekly concerts, farmer’s markets, outdoor dining, and much, much more. Follow the Iowa River to find some tremendous hiking, biking, camping, swimming, and beaches in the area. There is always something unique and fun to check out.

You can enjoy 4th of July fireworks over the Old Capital during JazzFest, go for a stroll down the Iowa River Corridor Trail, check out an outdoor movie on the Pentacrest, hang out with friends at the City Park pool, or relax away your day on a kayak at Lake Macbride.

Lake Macbride

Now more than ever, it is great to be a UI student over the summer in Iowa City. Take advantage of the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant to save thousands on your college education and stay on track to graduate in four years or less. Or stick around to enhance your skills through an internship or summer job. No matter what you do, you won’t regret the opportunity to get involved in the community and spend more time at Iowa.

It’s more than summer love. It’s Iowa City.

Check out photos of some of our favorite summertime activities in Iowa City on our Storify. Then start to imagine spending your summer at Iowa!