Information for Admitted BSURF Students - 2018

Housing Information

You will be staying at Petersen Hall which is located on the West Campus, adjacent to Hillcrest Hall, Rienow Hall, and the Field House. It is also adjacent to the UIHC and the UI Health Sciences Campus.

The Petersen Building Desk (319-353-4382) will be open daily from 8AM to 12AM (midnight) from May 19-July 29.  The Petersen main entrance will be open from 8AM to 10PM.  Main entrance prox cards will be issued to guests for after-hours building access.  There will be a $25 fee for each lost key/prox card.

The full mailing address for Petersen Hall is below:

For General Mail: Physical Address for Driving Directions:
Your Name
c/o BSURF Program
100 Petersen Hall, Room #_____
Iowa City, IA 52242-1131
304 Grand Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52242

WiFi Service:  All visitors have access to free guest wireless service.  Guests can take advantage of this convenience by selecting the "attwifi" network when configuring a device for wireless access.(

Computer Access:  The University of Iowa will provide Internet/ResNet connectivity in each room (one port per bed).  Detailed instruction handouts will be available by request from the Petersen Building Desk.  To learn how to connect to the ResNet and what computer equipment you will need to bring, guests may access this site prior to coming to the University of Iowa.  All residents are subject to the ResNet Acceptable Use Policy.  Violation of this policy may result in the termination of your connection.

Other Housing-Related Items:

  • Pillow, bedspread, and sheets will be provided by the residence hall (new linens provided weekly).
  • Room will be cleaned weekly and trash will be emptied daily.
  • Towels will be provided daily, but if you wish to bring your own towels, make sure they are in a color other than white.  White towels will be assumed to be UI towels.
  • 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.
  • Petersen Hall has its own community kitchen, available to residents only.  The kitchen is equipped with an oven with stovetop cooking, commercial refrigerator, sink, and small table with chairs.  The kitchen is NOT furnished with any kitchen supplies, freezer, or microwave.  Residents may store food items in the kitchen at their own risk.
  • FYI: Floors will be blocked as coed, meaning both genders will be housed on the same floor.

Please review the dorm guide It contains valuable information regarding buses/transportation, keys, laundry rooms (which are operated by Hawkeye Dollars), etc.  In particular, please review the residence hall policies and rules starting on page 6 of the dorm guide 


If you plan to drive your vehicle to Iowa City and need to make arrangements for parking, please see the instructions on page 5 of the dorm guide.  Campus guests may purchase temporary permits to park in the Hawkeye Storage lot, west of the Hall of Fame building.  For information about parking rates, how to obtain parking permits, etc., please call UI Parking and Transportation at 319-335-8312 as soon as possible. You are also welcome to bring your bicycle to campus, as Iowa City is a very bike-friendly community.  If additional information is needed, please email Judy Means for assistance.

Recreational Services

If you wish to obtain a monthly fitness membership to the University of Iowa's recreational facilities, please let Judy Means know.  Judy will be able to coordinate a special summer rate for interested students. 

What to Bring to Iowa City

Payroll and Tax Information (completed during BSURF orientation meeting):

  • Original forms of ID: To initiate your employment at the University of Iowa, a completed I-9 form is required.  To complete this form, please BRING the appropriate original forms of ID with you to Iowa City. Please click on this link for a list of acceptable forms of ID. Any one item from list A will suffice, such as a passport.  Alternatively, please bring one item from List B (such as a driver's license) AND one item from List C (such as a social security card). Please note: I cannot accept copies, as I must attest to viewing original documents.
  • Taxes and Direct Deposit: Direct deposit for your paycheck is mandatory.  After your I-9 is processed, I will show you how to enter in your payroll direct deposit information and how to complete your Iowa W-4 and Federal W-4 tax withholding information, both of which are completed 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.

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.  Please refer to the Routine Safety Practices in Labs guidelines as well as the University of Iowa Professional Appearance Policy for additional information.

What To Do In Iowa City....


Summer Events!

Science Thursdays!

Science Thursdays is a weekly event series featuring science activities, food trucks and live music. It is a community enhancement effort that celebrates scientific discovery and promotes cross-departmental networking. These events are open to the public and are held in an accessible space, 11am-1pm, in the courtyard between the Medical Education Research Facility (MERF), Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB), Bowen Science Building (BSB), and the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB).

Iowa City Farmers’ Market

Features fresh, locally grown produce, baked goods, plants, flowers, crafts. Located in the lower level of the Chauncey Swan parking ramp between Washington and College Streets. 
Wednesdays 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm & Saturdays 7:30 am - noon

Friday Night Concert Series

Concerts are held outside from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the North end of the Pentacrest on North Clinton Street, in between Iowa Avenue and Jefferson Street.

Bring your lawn chairs & enjoy FREE live entertainment! Enjoy the Friday Night Concert Series rain or shine!

Iowa Arts Festival - (June 1-June 3 in Iowa City)

The Iowa Arts Festival is a weekend-long, free, community celebration featuring over 115 local and national visual artists displaying and selling their artwork, a music festival, a “Culinary Row” serving regional and ethnic food, a variety of activities and entertainment, both creative and educational, for children and families. The Iowa Arts Festival is the most anticipated visual art-centered event of the summer.

Saturday Night Movies

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy FREE entertainment. The UI Museum of Natural History is open each Saturday night until the movie starts for more FREE fun before the movie! Movies take place outside of Macbride Hall (on the East side of the building). Saturday nights at sunset (which varies from 8:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. later in the season) from mid-May to mid-August.

Iowa City Jazz Festival - (June 29-July 1 in Iowa City)

Come down for a three-day weekend of live Jazz performances, delicious dishes, and cap off the weekend with a full blown fireworks display over the University of Iowa's Pentacrest lawn.  

Area Parks & Attractions

Iowa City Parks and Recreation

Coralville Parks and Recreation

Coralville Lake

Lake Macbride