Information for Admitted BSURF Students - 2019

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 7AM to 12AM (midnight) from May 17-July 28.  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 "UI-Guest" 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, etc.  Please note laundry machines are operated by using Hawkeye Dollars, which you can purchase upon arrival at one of the locations listed within the site.  Please refer to page 3 of the dorm guide for information regarding dining options and cost at the Hillcrest Market Place, which is located near Petersen Hall.  Also, 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. 

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.  Please refer to the University of Iowa Professional Appearance Policy for additional information.

Additionally, please bring full pants and full (closed-toe) shoes to wear for your tour of IDT on June 5th!  This is a safety requirement by IDT.

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 Ped Mall.

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

Iowa Arts Festival (May 31-June 2)

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 (June 8-August 24)

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy FREE entertainment. Movies take place outside of Macbride Hall (on the East side of the building) and will start at sunset (which varies from 8:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. later in the season).

Iowa City Jazz Festival (July 5-7)

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