Hotels near University of Iowa

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Hotels in Iowa City near University of Iowa

University of Iowa Introduction

The oldest university in the state, the University of Iowa was founded in 1847 and has developed into a prominent public research institution. Set across 1,700 acres in Iowa City on the Iowa River, the university includes highly regarded hospitals and clinics. It also runs the University of Iowa Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History. Its buzzing nightlife makes it one of the liveliest universities in the United States. Its best-known alumni include playwright Tennessee Williams, and actors Gene Wilder and Ashton Kutcher.

Hotels near University of Iowa

There's a wide variety of accommodation near the University of Iowa, much of which caters to conference visitors. You'll find mid-range contemporary hotels as well as more affordable options with indoor pools. There are also cozy B&Bs set in historic buildings. The best time to visit the University of Iowa is in the fall, when temperatures fall to more pleasant levels after the sticky heat of the summer. Spring weather can be unpredictable and bring thunderstorms. However, the shoulder season months of April, May, and October are usually when you'll find the cheapest hotel rates.

Where to stay near University of Iowa

One of the most attractive districts of Iowa City is Downtown, which is only 0.5 miles from the university's main campus. At its heart is the Pedestrian Mall, nicknamed Ped Mall. This leafy area of shops, restaurants, and bars is also the setting for outdoor events such as the summertime jazz festival and open-air movie screenings. The neighborhood immediately surrounding the University of Iowa is convenient if you need to be close to campus buildings or the university hospital. The district also suits those looking for outdoor activities, as there are large parks and golf courses throughout.

Things to see near University of Iowa

You can discover the history of Iowa City – the state's original capital – at the Capitol Museum in the center of Downtown. Built in 1842 in an elegant, Greek Revivial style, it's since become a National Historic Landmark. Nearby is the University of Iowa Natural History Museum, which features a collection of Native American artifacts. 1.5 miles from the main campus is the University of Iowa Museum of Art, which has more than 14,000 works of art on display. Look out for paintings by Picasso, Chagall, and Pollock, among many others.

How to get to University of Iowa

It's easy to get around Iowa City on public transportation, and The University of Iowa runs its own bus service on the campus. Known as the Cambus, it's a free service available to the public, as well as students and staff. Iowa City Transit also runs buses around the city. If you're driving, the university is off the I-80, and there are plenty of parking lots nearby. The closest airport is Eastern Iowa Airport, which is 22 miles north of the university. There are regular shuttle buses between the airport and Iowa City.