Community Life

Nearly 125,000 people call the greater Cedar Rapids area home. No matter the season, you can always find something to do, from sporting events and festivals to theatre, music, and concert venues.

Add a wide array of shopping and dining choices and you'll quickly see why a recent national survey poll named Cedar Rapids one of the most livable cities in the United States.

Recreation & Student Activities Great Places on Campus

Events & Community Resources

Make your college experience once-in-a-lifetime. There are more than 80 different clubs and organizations on campus, as well as sports teams, intramurals (like sand volleyball and pool league), Student Leadership Council and our FREE recreation center.

Global clubs you can join:

  • Multi-cultural Club
  • Global Leadership Organization
  • United Nations Association Student Alliance

Cedar Rapids offers a wide range of dining options, vibrant nightlife, and a variety of recreation choices for all different types of interests. Learn more about the huge range of entertainment and culture available in Cedar Rapids

Iowa City offers a variety of events sure to please everyone. The Think Iowa City website is a great tool to find out more information about attractions, sports, transportation, and recreation. Learn more about things to do and what to experience in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids corridor. 

  • The city of Cedar Rapids provides bus services to our main campus location.
  • Iowa City Transit provides transportation for students at the Iowa City Campus.
  • The 380 Express provides transportation between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.

Wal-MartHy-Vee, and Target are just some of the shopping centers located only a short drive from campus. You can also purchase Halal foods in Cedar Rapids. We often recommend Goodwill and Stuff, etc. stores for secondhand goods at lower prices.

There are several banks near campus including Hills BankUS Bank (on campus), CCCUWells Fargo, and others that you may contact to conduct banking business.

The Cedar Rapids area will keep you busy! There are many great outdoor activities such as trails, parks, golfing, and volleyball to keep you on the move all year-round.

Interested in taking in some sports? Cedar Rapids can deliver that as well. You can cheer on the Kernels Class A Midwest League baseball team, or the Rough Riders USHL Hockey team.

We want your experience at Kirkwood and in the U.S. to be a positive one! We've put together these resources to help you stay safe and avoid scams while you're studying at Kirkwood.

Questions? Call Campus Security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at: 319-398-7777

Kirkwood Student Gloria Wa Lumbu

“My instructors have really encouraged me when I doubted myself, telling me ‘You can do it!’ Even my classmates help and cheer me on!”

Gloria Wa Lumbu,
Democratic Republic of the Congo


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