Information for Admitted BSURF Students

Housing Information

You will be staying in Petersen Hall (304 Grand Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52242) this summer.

Specific information for Petersen Hall can be found in the 2024 Westside Summer Housing Guidebook

The Guidebook will provide you with detailed information about living at Petersen Hall.  For example, it covers custodial services, dining facilities, electrical applicance, keys, laundry rooms, liability and personal property, Wi-Fi servcies, and residence hall policies.

It is the responsibility of each BSURF participant to read and understand all policies and procedures in the Summer Housing Guidebook.

A few items to highlight:

  • Pillow, bedspread, and sheets will be provided by the residence hall. New linens provided weekly (see page 2 of the Guidebook).
  • It is the participant's responsibility to take their own trash to the dumpster, located at the Petersen Hall loading dock. Participants are also required to keep their rooms clean. Custodial service will not be available.
  • Participants will need to bring their own towels.  It is recommended that they bring towels in a color other than white.
  • Each room will have its own micro-fridge (stacked as one unit) Size: 2.3 cubic foot fridge, .90 cubic foot freezer, and .80 cubic foot microwave.
  • For each lost key ($35) or lost prox card ($25), participants will be responsible for payment to receive a replacement.


If you plan to drive your vehicle to Iowa City and need to make arrangements for parking, please see the instructions on page 3 of the Summer Housing Guidebook.  

  • Short-term parking near the dorm is available at parking meters.  Meters are monitored from 7:30 AM through 11:00 PM daily.
  • West side residence halls do not have their own parking facilities.
  • University parking lots are marked as to when parking is prohibited - you are free to park there during off hours.  Parking is not enforced on university holidays.

You are also welcome to bring your bicycle to campus, as Iowa City is a very bike-friendly community.  Alternatively, there is a bike library close to campus where you can check out a bike for the duration of your stay.

Public Transportation:

All buses in Iowa City & Coralville use the Transit App.

Recreational Services:

If you wish to obtain a monthly fitness membership to the University of Iowa's recreational facilities, please let Judy Means know.  More information can be found here.

Payroll Information:

Direct deposit for your paycheck is mandatory and can be set up online within the UI Employee Self-Service system.  You will be provided with your log-in/temporary password to employee self-service on your first day.  To complete your direct deposit information, please be sure to have your bank routing number and account number with you.

Additionally, please bring a valid, government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc).  This is needed to obtain an ID badge for you, which is used to access the building, labs, etc.

Dress Code for Labs:

While working in your assigned lab, please adhere to the guidelines set forth by your supervisor.  In general, apparel should include full foot coverings and clothing that covers the skin.  Lab coats and gloves should be worn as well, as appropriate. 

What To Do In the Iowa City Area

Group Me.  The UI Office of Undergraduate Research created a "GroupMe" account for any UI Summer Program Student to join.  The account is solely used by summer program students.  Students usually use the chat to coordinate social events, trips, sporting activites, or ask questions.  BSURF participants are welcome to join!  You can sign-up at:

Summer Events!

Science Thursdays
Thursdays 11AM-1PM
Food trucks and live music!
Courtyard near the Medical Education Research Facility
Iowa City Farmers Market
Wednesdays 5-7PM & Saturdays 7:30AM-Noon
Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp
Downtown Iowa City
Friday Night Concert Series
Fridays at 6:30PM
Ped Mall Stage or Chauncey Swan Park
Downtown Iowa City
Iowa Renaissance Festival & Gathering O' Celts
May 25-27 & June 1-2
Middle Amana Community Park, Amana, IA
Iowa Arts Festival
June 7-9, Downtown Iowa City
Northside Concert Series
May 25-September 28
206 N. Linn Street, Iowa City
Wurst Festival & Dachshund Derby
June 14-15
Amana Colonies, Amana, IA
Trekfest 37: The Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk
June 27-29
Riverside, IA
Coralville 4th Fest 5K Run/Walk
July 3-4
Coralville, IA
Iowa City Jazz Festival
July 5-7
Downtown Iowa City