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Choosing an Iowa City Neighborhood: A Mom’s Guide to Westside Iowa City

Are you considering moving to the Iowa City area and need help deciding where to settle down? Let me tell you about Iowa City’s west side. You may just fall in love!

Iowa City is essentially divided into two halves by the Iowa River, which snakes through town from north to south. Eastside Iowa City includes much of the main campus of the University of Iowa, Iowa City’s downtown, and a wide variety of neighborhoods, both old and new. Westside Iowa City boasts the world-class University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as well as the majority of the University of Iowa’s sports facilities. It also encompasses the enclave of University Heights, a small town with a population of roughly 1000 people near Kinnick Stadium. 

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Because of its easy access to Coralville, Iowa City, UIHC, and the interstate, the Westside is a popular choice for people looking for a quick commute. Many areas are also well-connected to the city bus lines, so if you’re interested in public transportation, refer to the bus schedules for routes and times. With a nice mix of professionals, young families, and older families, Iowa City’s Westside is a diverse and welcoming place to raise a family and connect to your neighbors. 

Check out all the amenities and opportunities available here, and you’ll understand why this area of town is so popular!


There’s no doubt about it; we Iowa Citians love our education. From elementary schools on up through college, the schools are top notch. If you have a house picked out, check out this map of elementary school boundaries to find out which school you’ll be assigned to.

Ernest Horn Elementary
Irving Weber Elementary
Lincoln Elementary School 
West High School
Theodore Roosevelt Education Center
The University of Iowa


Hungry? Look no further than your own neighborhood for some delicious and diverse dining locations. From authentic Mexican food to hand-crafted hamburgers, your options are almost limitless!

Wig and Pen Pizza
Heirloom Salad Co
La Regia Taqueria
Pancheros Mexican Grill
Zio Johno’s Spaghetti House
Orienne Asian Cuisine
El Ranchero Mexican
Fuji Sushi and Steakhouse
Panda Express
Midtown Family Restaurant


Family-friendly opportunities and businesses abound! Hit up the Johnson County Fair to see the animals and ride the carnival rides, or take in a show at Hancher. Whatever you do, don’t forget to stop by Dane’s Dairy for some good old-fashioned ice cream–it’s a westside tradition!

Johnson County Fairgrounds
Java House-Mormon Trek
Dane’s Dairy
Hartig Drug
Ronald McDonald House
Iowa City Municipal Airport
University of Iowa Museum of Art
City Park and City Park Pool
Paul’s Discount

Grocery Stores

With two smaller grocery stores and a Walmart grocery store close by, you can easily pick up some groceries on your way home from work. Several HyVee stores and Costco are also just a few minutes’ drive away.

Walmart SuperCenter

Sports Facilities

Much of the University of Iowa’s sports facilities are located on the westside. Catch a football game at Kinnick and a basketball game or wrestling meet at Carver Hawkeye, and you’ll be cheering, “Fight fight fight for Iowa!” in no time. Go Hawkeyes! Some facilities are also open to the public for recreation purposes, so check them out! 

Kinnick Stadium
Carver Hawkeye Arena
Finkbine Golf Course
Duane Banks Field Baseball Stadium
Hawkeye Softball Complex
Iowa Soccer Complex
Cretzmeyer Track
Ashton Cross Country Course
Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex
Hawkeye Recreation Fields
The Fieldhouse

hawkeye football kin nick iowa city westside neighborhoodParks

Ask any westsider what they love most about their neighborhood, and you’re sure to hear about the great parks! Kiwanis Park and Willow Creek Park are two huge favorites, and City Park’s amusement rides are a summertime necessity for young kids. Find your new favorite green space to explore and relax!

Kiwanis Park
Willow Creek Park
Willow Creek Walking Trail 
Hunters Run Park
Sturgis Ferry Park
Villa Park
Benton Hill Park
Mormon Handcart Park
City Park
Harlocke Hill Park
Ryerson’s Woods


Connect with a faith community at one of Westside Iowa City’s many churches and mosques. With an incredibly diverse roster to choose from, you’re sure to find a place for worship and fellowship with others. 

Iowa Korean United Church
St. Andrew Presbyterian
Iowa City Seventh Day Adventist
First Mennonite Church
Veritas Church
All Nations Baptist Church
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Iowa City Institute of Religion
Iowa City Mosque

Health Care

If you’re a doctor, nurse, medical student, or just want to live close to a world-class hospital, there is no better place to be than Westside Iowa City. But UIHC is not the only medical facility in the area. This side of town offers several high quality health care facilities.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC)
V.A. Medical Center
Planned Parenthood – Iowa City Health Center
University of Iowa Community Medical Services
UI Sports Medicine
Hope Lodge

As you can see, Iowa City’s Westside has so much to offer, from its restaurants and parks to its short commutes and plentiful opportunities. We hope you find the neighborhood that is perfect for you and your family. . .it just might be waiting for you here on the Westside! 

Folks who live here: What do you love about Westside Iowa City? 


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