Cedar Falls/Waterloo

UNI is located in the city of Cedar Falls.  Cedar Falls is located in the northeast quadrant of Iowa, in the middle of America's heartland.  The city is home to the University of Northern Iowa, easy to access from Interstate 380, and located at the intersection of Highways 27 (the Avenue of the Saints) and 20.  The city is also served by the Waterloo Regional Airport.  Cedar Falls is a member of a larger metropolitan area that includes Waterloo, Evansdale and Hudson, known collectively as the Cedar Valley, whose population is 160,691 overall.  Cedar Falls' population is 36,940.  University students comprise 13,000 of these citizens.  Visitors find Cedar Falls a charming place to shop and dine and to enjoy artistic and cultural experiences and exciting athletic competitions.  You may learn more about the nieghboring Waterloo here

Athletic/Sporting Events

UNI Athletic Teams http://www.unipanthers.com/
Fall: football, volleyball, cross-country, soccer
Winter: basketball, wrestling, swimming/diving, in-door track, rugby
Spring: track, softball, tennis

Waterloo Black Hawks (hockey) http://www.waterlooblackhawks.com/
Waterloo Bucks (baseball) http://www.waterloobucks.com/
Waterhawks Ski Team (water skiing) http://www.waterhawks.org/







Links to other websites are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.

Athletic/Sports Facilities

Athletic/Sports Equipment

Europa Cycle & Ski 277-0734 4302 Unievrsity Ave http://www.europacycle.com/site/
Runner's Flat 277-1154 120 Main St http://www.therunnersflat.com/The_Runners_Flat/The_Runners_Flat.html
Scheels All Sports 277-3033 6301 University Ave http://www.scheelssports.com/
UNI Outdoor Recreation 273-7163 174 Wellness & Recreation Center http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/outdoor_recreation/

Bike Trail Maps



 Cadillac Lanes Inc 234-6888 650 Laporte Rd Waterloo http://cadillaclanes.net/
Maple Lanes Bowling Center 234-1414 2608 University Ave Waterloo http://maplelaneswaterloo.com/
Valley Park Lanes 266-7818 1931 Valley Park Dr http://valleyparklanes.net/


Pheasant Ridge Golf Course 266-8266 3205 W 12th St http://www.golfcedarfalls.com/

Park and Trails Maps 


Recreation Centers

Black Hawk Tennis Club 232-7512 1005 Black Hawk Rd Waterloo http://www.blackhawktennis.com/
Cedar Falls Recreation Center 273-8636 110 E 13th St http://www.cedarfalls.com/index.aspx?nid=302
River Plaza Athletic Club 235-7621 20 W 4th St Waterloo http://midtowndev.com/Riverplaza/riverplazaathleticclub.com/
UNI Wellness and Recreation Center 273-6275 UNI http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/

Roller-Skating and Ice Skating

 Young Arena 291-4300 125 Commercial St Waterloo http://www.waterlooleisureservices.org/ya/


The Falls Aquatic Center 266-8468 3025 South Main St http://www.cedarfalls.com/index.aspx?NID=397  






Links to websites are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.


It is recommended that you bring between $100 and $300 cash.  Credit cards are widely accepted for many expenses.  It is not safe to keep a lot of cash (currency) with you.  Banks and credit unions provide a safe way to keep your money.  You may open up checking and/or saving accounts in local banks; to do so you need your photo ID.

Checking account is an account which allows the holder to write checks against deposited funds.  One may withraw money from checking account by using debit card.

Savings account is a deposit account at a bank or savings and loan which pays interest, but cannot be withdrawn by check writing.  It is also possible to transfer money from savings to checking account.

Debit card is a plastic card that works in conjunction with the checking account; it can be used at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) to withdraw money or directly at the stores to make purchases; the money is deducted from the checking account.

Check is a piece of paper (or sometimes electronic) that orders a payment of money from the checking account; it can be used to make purchases or to pay bills; the money is deducted from the checking account. 

Banks and Credit Unions 

Cedar Falls Community Credit Union 266-7531 123 W 4th St https://www.cfccu.org/
Farmers State Bank 1710 W 1st St 268-1879 http://www.farmersstatebank.com/ 
First National Bank 266-2000 602 Main St http://www.myfnbbank.com/
First Security State Bank 266-0474 3229 Greenhill Cir http://www.fssbonline.com/ 
Iowa Community Credit Union 277-3940 3301 Cedar Heights Dr https://www.iccu.org/
Liberty Bank 296-7555 205 W 2nd https://www.libertybankiowa.com/ 
Lincoln Savings Bank 266-0095 301 Washington St http://www.mylsb.com/
Regions Bank 800-734-4667 422 Main St https://www.regions.com/personal_banking.rf
Veridian Credit Union 235-3228 Maucker Union UNI https://www.veridiancu.org/
UNI Credit Union 273-2479 802 W 29th St http://www.unicreditunion.org/
U.S. Bank 277-1320 222 Washington St http://www.usbank.com/index.html
Wells Fargo Bank 273-8855 6309 University Ave https://www.wellsfargo.com/

CAMPUS ATM's (Automated Telle Machines)

Veridian Credit Union: 23rd Street Market, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Maucker Union, McLeod Center, Redeker Dining Center, Towers Dining Center, UNI-DOME


American currency is based on the decimal system with 100 cents to 1 dollar.  Currency is used in coins and bills.  Coins come in values of 1 (penny), 5 (nickel), 10 (dime), 25 (quarter), 50 (half-dollar), and 1 (silver dollar).  Paper bills come in values of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100.



Links to websites are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.

Child Care

If your child or children are accompanying you for this journey to the U.S., you may find a list of local child care centers below.  The list is provided for your convenience, so please make sure to personally check out the center:

UNI Child Development Center 273-2263 1 PLS 19th and Campus http://www.uni.edu/cdc/  
The UNI CDC is a child care and instruction resource for students, faculty, and staff of UNI, located in Cedar Falls.  It is a part of the College of Education, and their mission is to provide a nurturing and safe environment to support learning for the families and students of the University.  UNI CDC follows UNI academic calendar (including summer sessions) and offers special student and faculty/staff rates.    

A To Z Learning Center and Daycare 266-6755 4828 University Ave http://atozlearningcenteranddaycare.com/
Cedar Valley Preschool and Child Care Center 268-1944 724 Lantz Ave http://www.cvpccc.com/
Community United Child Care Centers 277-7303 1026 E Seerley Bvld http://www.cuccc.org/ 
Craydles 2 Crayons 266-7944 4710 Cedar Heights Dr http://www.cuccc.org/



Links to websites are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.


Iowa lies in the humid continental zone and generally has hot summers, cold winters, and wet springs. Temperatures vary widely during the year, with an annual average of 49°F (9°C). The state averages 166 days of full sunshine and 199 cloudy or partly cloudy days. On average, a normal daily maximum temperature is 86°F (30°C) in July and a normal daily minimum is 10°F (–4°C) in January. Annual precipitation averages 34.7 in (88 cm) annually, snowfall averages 30 in (76 cm) annually, and relative humidity averages 72%.

Iowa has four distinct seasons:
Fall (mid-September to mid-December) is cool and rainy
Winter (mid-December to mid-March) is cold, windy, with snow and ice
Spring (mid-March to late May) could be rainy and stormy or sunny; mix of cool, warm, and hot temperatures
Summer (June to mid-September) is hot and humid with thunderstorms

It is important to dress appropriately in the winter: several layers of clothes, heavy coat, hat/cap, gloves/mittens, scarf, and insulated boots with textured soles.  Avoid walking on ice.  Do not travel during blizzards.  More tips at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/pdf/cold_guide.pdf and current  weather at http://www.kwwl.com/weather?C=128860&nav=menu82_3&redirected=true.  
Windchill Advisory/Warning: This announcement means that the temperature poses a danger to exposed skin, which could cause redness or frost bite in a few minutes. Special precautions should be taken to cover hands, head, face, and feet when outside.

To convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit, multiply by 9/5 and add 32.  To convert from Farenheit to Celsius, subtract 32 and multuply by 5/9.

Online Conversion http://www.onlineconversion.com/temperature.htm





Links to websites are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.

Communication/Cell Phones

Phone Services

AT&T 800-222-0300 www.att.com
CampusSIMS  https://www.campussims.com                                                                                                                                                            Communications Fidelity 800-219-6993 http://www.comfi.com/
McLeod USA 800-909-5161 www.mcleodusa.com
CenturyLink 877-932-3887 www.centurylinkdeals.com 
Zaptel 877-LDCARDS www.zaptel.com

Prepaid International Phone Cards

Kwik Star 277-7226 2019 College St
Wal-Mart Supercenter 277-6391 525 Brandilynn Blvd 

Postal Services
Copyworks 266-2306 2227 College St http://www.copyworks.com/
Federal Express 800-463-3339 http://www.fedex.com/
Hy-Vee 266-7535 6301 University Ave 
United States Postal Service 266-4734 221 W 6th St http://www.usps.com/
United States Postal Service 275-8777 300 Sycamore St Waterloo http://www.usps.com/
University Book & Supply 266-7581 1009 W 23rd St http://www.panthersupply.com/ 
United Parcel Service 268-1705 6820 University Ave http://www.ups.com/

Copies, Fax, Lamination, etc

Copyworks 266-2306 2227 College St http://www.copyworks.com/
Staples 232-3700 1542 Flammang Dr Waterloo http://www.staples.com/


Cedar Falls Times 277-0536 315 Main St  http://www.communitynewspapergroup.com/cedar_falls_times/
Northern Iowan 273-2157 Maucker Union http://www.northern-iowan.org/
Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier 291-1498 501 Commercial St Waterloo http://wcfcourier.com/
Insider http://wcfcourier.com/

Cellular/Wireless/Mobile Phones

You may sign up for a plan with the cell phone provider or purchase a pre-paid cell phone.  Some providers require a social security number.  Often, the second option is more expensive; however, the first option requires you to sign a 1-year or a 2-year contract.  When choosing a plan, consider the following:
- does the company charge for both outgoing and incoming phone calls?
- does the company offer free night and weekend minutes?
- is there additional charge for both outgoing and incoming text messgaes?
- does the company offer a special international calling plan?
- can you sign a contract without a social security number?
- can you use the phone you brought from your home country? 
Sim cards in the U.S. work differently than in other parts of the world; please, make sure to check with each individual cell phone provider.  

Cell Phone Providers

AT&T 800-222-0300 www.att.com (can use own unlocked phone brought from abroad) 
I Wireless 277-8249 5925 University Ave #3 277-8249 http://www.iwireless.com/  (it is often possible to use hardware from your home country with new sim cards they provide)
Qwest Wireless 800-244-1111 www.qwest.com (can use own unlocked phone brought from abroad)
Sprint 277-0900 6301 University Ave  http://www.sprint.com/
Verizon Wireless 236-0400 2060 Crossroads Blvd Ste 3507 Waterloo http://www.verizonwireless.com/
US Cellular 266-2500 6301 University Ave http://www.uscellular.com/uscellular/ 

Pre-paid Cell Phones

Hy-Vee 266-7535 6301 University Ave 
Target Store 553-1120 214 Viking Plaza Rd 
Walmart Supercenter 277-6391 525 Brandilynn Blvd


Links to websites are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.

Dental/Teeth Care

Dental and vision care in the U.S. can be costly, so we recommend that you access services (if they are available) before leaving your home country. Dental and vision care are not included in most health insurance plans, but UNI student insurance offers health and dental insurance plans. 

Cedar Falls

AAA Dental Svc 277-8478 922 Rainbow Dr #1
Anne Hennesey 266-1906 9219 University Ave
Green Hill Family Dental 266-1433 4507 Chadwick Rd
Midwest Dental 277-7441 907 Rainbow Dr
Valley Park Family Dental 277-1454 1915 Valley Park Dr




Links to websites and telephone numbers are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.


Grocery Stores

Aldi 6322 University Ave 
Fareway 277-6858 214 N Magnolia Dr
Hy-Vee 266-7535 6301 University Ave 
Root’s Market 266-3801 2021 Main St http://www.rootsmarket.net/
Sweet Basil Market 277-1868 111 Main St http://www.sweetbasilmarket.com/
Target 553-1120 214 Viking Plaza
Walmart Supercenter 277-6391 525 Brandilynn Blvd

Ethnic Grocery Stores

Balkan Grocery 232-2255 1816 Williston Ave Waterloo
Europa Market 287-5972 307 W 5th St Waterloo
Hy-Vee 266-7535 6301 University Ave
Iowa International Grocery 319-277-7649 2302 W 1st St Suite #1 Cedar Falls
Nana’s Oriental Grocery Store 833-0737 521 Lafayette St Waterloo
Waterloo General Market Inc 319-290-3405 822 Laporte Rd Waterloo 



Links to websites and telephone numbers are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.

Hair Salons/Barber Shops

Cedar Falls

College Hill Barber Shop 277-9972  2216 College St
Cost Cutters 277-7520 1813 Sheldon Ave
Great Clips 266-1444 226 Brandilynn Blvd #A
Jiva Lifestyle Salon & Spa 268-0772 223 Main St
La’ James International College 277-2150 6322 University Ave 
MasterCuts 273-9000 6301 University Ave #1115
Razor's Edge Hairstyling 268-1682 2211 College St




Links to websites and telephone numbers are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.

Hospitals/Medical Care

Cedar Falls

Convenient Care - Cedar Falls 575-5800 226 Bluebell Rd
Sartori Memorial Hospital 268-3000 515 College Street (includes emergency room)
Urgent Care at Prairie Medical Park 553-0828 4612 Prairie Parkway


Allen Memorial Hospital 235-3941 1825 Logan Ave (includes emergency room)
Convenient Care - Waterloo 272-7425 2710 St Francis Dr 
Covenant Medical Center 272-8000 3421 West 9th St (includes emergency room)
Urgent Care Center at United Medical Park 833-5888 1753 Ridgeway Ave 

Ask-a-Nurse 800-593-1414
Call with any medical questions. Treatment recommendations or a referral will be made over the phone.
Nurse on Call 272-2600
Provides information and referral to appropriate services if necessary. 


Transportation Options for International Students to Area Hospitals or Medical Facilities

International students needing transportation to scheduled off-campus medical appointments have the following options:   

1.  Transportation from a trusted friend, roommate, or host family member.
2.  Transportation to Covenant Hospital appointments.
     - Free transportation provided by Covenant's "Caravan".
     Call in advance to schedule:  319-272-5895.
3.  Transportation to other local medical facilities. (Sartori, Allen, or Cedar Valley Medical Specialists)
     - Taxi (must call to schedule and patient is responsible for the fare)
     - Bus (check bus schedules in advance)
     Allen Hospital - Route 3 East - Green
     Sartori Hospital - Route 9 Cedar Falls Loop - Purple
     Cedar Valley Medical Specialists - Route 1 West - Blue
4.  Transportation by staff of International Students and Scholars Office
     - Limited to students unable to take public transportation due to physical limitation or per medical provider recommendation.
     - Call one business day prior to appointment:  319-273-6421.
5.  Transportation to medical appointments outside of Cedar Falls/Waterloo area.
     - Student must arrange own transportation.
6.  Transportation due to medical emergency
     - Ambulance transport.
     - Cost of ambulance transport will be submitted to student's health insurance.




Links to websites and telephone numbers are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.


Cedar Falls 

Baskets of Laundry 112 3rd St
College Hill Laundry corner of College St and 23rd St
Hudson Road Laundry & Tanning 266-8403 266-8403
Waterloo Road Laundromat 268-1295 2404 Waterloo Rd





Links to websites and telephone numbers are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.

Living Off Campus

Cedar Falls and Waterloo have many apartment, condo and townhouse options for those who prefer to live off-campus. Students interested in living off campus are responsible for arranging their own housing.

For more information on off-campus housing options, visit: 

Northern Iowa Student Government’s apartment listing www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/housing 

Local newspaper online http://wcfcourier.com/ads/ 

Craigslist http://waterloo.craigslist.org/ 

MyApartmentMap www.myapartmentmap.com/apartments/ia/ 

 Trulia www.trulia.com/for_rent/Cedar_Falls,IAwww.trulia.com/for_rent/Waterloo,IA


Renter's insurance is insurance that pays for your or others’ personal property if it is damaged or stolen. Renter’s insurance can cover losses due to theft, vandalism, damage from explosions, water damage, fire and smoke damage, and much more whether you are at fault or not.

For information about renter's insurance, visit:  http://www.reviews.com/homeowners-insurance/






Links to websites and telephone numbers are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.


Cedar Falls

CVS/pharmacy 277-5181 2302 W 1st St
Hy-Vee Drugstores 266-9874 6301 University Ave 
Medicap Pharmacy 277-1829 103 E 18th St 
Walgreens 553-0206 2509 White Tail Dr
Walgreens 236-9927 6301 University Ave
Walmart Pharmacy 277-7793 525 Brandilynn Blvd 





Links to websites and telephone numbers are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.

Religious Worship/Churches

Assembly of God

Glad Tidings Assembly of God 266-8982 4421 Hudson Rd
Living Hope Assembly of God 277-2849 2513 Center St


Antioch Baptist Church 233-2587 426 Sumner Waterloo
Cedar Heights Baptist Church 
277-3889 2430 Neola
Greenhill Baptist Church 
266-0441 4316 Cedar Heights Dr 
Valley View Baptist Church ABC 
266-8054 815 Orchard Dr 


St Patrick Catholic Church 266-3523 705 Main St 
St Stephen Student Center 266-9863 1019 W 23rd St

Christian Churches of Christ

Cedar Falls Church of Christ 266-6763 2727 W 4th St

Christian (Disciples of Christ)

First Christian Church 266-5959 1302 W 11th St

Christian Science

First Church of Christ Scientist 268-1240 701 W 6th St

Church of Christ

Church of Christ-Cedarloo 266-5039 3110 Loma St

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 266-6374 3006 Pleasant Dr

Christian Reformed

Grace Reformed Church 233-4341 520 Maxwell St


Community of Christ 277-4735 4616 Cedar Heights Dr


St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 277-8520 2410 Melrose Dr


Massjid Alnoor Islamic Community Center 233-6640 728 W 2nd St Waterloo
Islamic Foundation of Iowa 610-3235 330 South St Waterloo

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Cedar Falls Congregation 291-6838 1530 Pleasant Valley Dr Waterloo


Sons of Jacob Synagogue 233-9448 411 Mitchell Waterloo


Bethlehem Lutheran Church (ELCA) 266-3541 4000 Hudson Rd 
Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) 266-7589 7401 University Ave 
Lutheran Student Center (ELCA) 266-1653 2616 College St
College Hill Lutheran Church (LCMS) 266-1274 2322 Olive St


First United Methodist Church 266-1713 723 Washington St 
St Timothy’s United Methodist Church 266-0464 3220 Terrace Dr


Cedar Falls Gospel Hall 277-8011 1302 Walnut St

Orthodox Eastern

St Demetrios’ Greek Orthodox Church 232-4773 613 W 4th St Waterloo


Cedar Heights Presbyterian 268-0153 2015 Rainbow Dr 
First Presbyterian 277-3930 902 Main St

Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universtalist Society of Black Hawk County 266-5640 3912 Cedar Hights Drive

United Church of Christ

United Church of Christ 266-9686 9204 University Ave


Faith Wesleyan Church 266-0602 209 Walnut St




Links to websites and telephone numbers are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.

Restaurants/Eating Out


Balkan Grill (Bosnian in Waterloo)  926 La Porte Rd, Waterloo, IA
China Wok 277-8641 123 E 18th St
Dragons Cave 268-0374 2225 College St
East China 277-0022 4602 University Ave
Great Wall 277-8899 2125 College St
Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant 266-4368 6306 University Ave
New Century Buffet 266-5529 5907 University Ave 


J’s Homestyle 266-3199, 1724 W 31st St
Panther Pride 266-3988, 2627 Center Street  Cedar Falls, IA
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery (open 24 hours) 235-6595, 3280 University Ave Waterloo, IA
Village Inn 277-5551, 6301 University Ave
Waffle Stop Grill 277-1729, 904 Rainbow Dr

Fast Food 

Arby's 266-3627 6018 University Ave
A & W Restaurants 277-0002 5908 Nordic Dr
Burger King College Square Mall
Kentucky Fried Chicken 266-8551 6104 University Ave
Long John Silver's 266-8551 6104 University Ave
Maid-Rite 277-9748 116 E 4th St
McDonald's 266-6300 2515 Main St
Panda Express 268-0866 1 College Square Mall Suite 1415, Cedar Falls, IA
Taco Bell 859-0700 6023 University Ave 
Taco John's 277-6658 6210 University Ave 
Wendy's 277-1765  2915 McCLain Dr


Honey Garden Restaurant 234-8100 826 Laporte Rd Waterloo


Sakura Japanese Steakhouse 266-4000 5719 University Ave
Soho Sushi Bar & Deli 266-9995 119 Main St
Tokyo (Japanese in Waterloo) 126 East Ridgeway Avenue, Waterloo, IA


Masala Grill & Coffee House 277-3227 911 W 23rd St
Taste of India 277-4900 1704 W 1st St Suite A   


Brown Bottle 266-2616 1111 Center St
Ferrari's Ristorante 277-1385 1521 Technology Pkwy
Old Chicago 277-7770 6301 Unievrsity Ave 


Amigos Mexican Restaurant 266-7771 5809 University Ave
Carlos O’Kelly’s 277-1121 6507 University Ave
El Mercadito (Grocery store and food truck), 520 La Porte Road, Waterloo, IA
Los Cabos 277-9676 112 Main St
Pablo's Mexican Grill 877-828-5708 310 Main St
Panchero's Mexican Grill 277-1054 6421 University Ave
Rudy's Tacos (best Mexican in town!)  2401 Falls Avenue, Waterloo, IA


Hu Hot Mongolian Grill 553-1100 6301 University Ave

Pizza (Dine-in and delivery)

Davinci's Pizza 277-7766 4302 University Ave
Domino's Pizza 277-3030 6826 University Ave
Doughy Joey's Peetza Joynt 277-2800 126 Brandilynn Blvd
Godfather's Pizza 277-7777 1621 W 1st St
Little Ceasars Pizza 266-7777 1704 W 1st St
Other Place 277-9720 2214 College St 
Papa John's Pizza 277-7722 1322 W 1st St
Papa Murphy's Take N Bake Pizza 268-4007 5925 University Ave
Pizza Hut 266-1300 1612 W 1st St
Pizza Ranch 266-2555 4302 University Ave
Tony's 277-8669 407 Main St 


Blue Moon Café 266-6512 2223 College St
Jimmy John's 266-9977 2016 College St
Library 277-3962 2222 College St
Panera Bread 553-0250 6403 University Ave
Pita Pit 266-5554 1710 W 1st St
Quiznos Classic Subs 266-6856 5925 University Ave
Sub City 277-7071 218 College St
Subway 268-1774 6822 University Ave

Sports Bars

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill 266-1814 6301 University Ave
Beck’s Sports Grill 277-2646 2210 College St
Buffalo Wild Wings 553-0029 6406 University Ave
Mulligan's Brick Oven Grill 277-3426 205 E 18th St
Peppers Grill & Sports Pub 266-9394 620 E 18th St 

Steak and Ribs

Famous Dave’s Bar-BQ 266-0200 6222 University Ave
Texas Roadhouse 266-3200 6301 University Ave
Town House Tenderloins 277-1948 618 Brandilynn Blvd 


Ginger Thai Cuisine – 111 W. 2nd Cedar Falls, IA
Ippa (Asian cuisine) - at Mojo's, 925 W. 22nd St. Cedar Falls, IA
My Thai Cuisine 504-3472 624 Sycamore St Waterloo http://mythaicuisinewaterloo.com/
Petra Falafel House - 6301 University Ave.  Cedar Falls, IA (College Square Mall food court)

Upscale (more expensive)

Bourbon Street 266-5285 314 Main St
Montage 268-7222 222 Main St


Links to websites and telephone numbers are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.


Supermarkets are large stores that carry food, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, and other items (Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart, Target).  Specialty stores sell a certain type of merchendise such as food, clothing, shoes, furniture, etc (Kohls, Famous Footwear, Simpson Furniture).  Convenience stores are much smaller stores that are limited in selection of items; prices are usually higher than supermarkets.  Drugstores carry medications, cosmetics, magazines, etc.  Prices marked on goods at the stores are fixed, you cannot bargain for a lower price.  

Cedar Falls

College Square Mall 277-3636 http://www.collegesquare.com/ 6301 University Ave 
Located within walking distance or a very short bus ride. It features Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Buckle, Express, Scheels, Vanity, Vistoria's Secret, Von Maur, Younkers.  You are welcome to shop, dine, and enjoy the line-up of more than 50 name-brand stores, specialty boutiques, restaurants and service providers.  College Square Cinema features state-of-the-art auditoriums, all featuring digital sound, stadium seating, and convenient showtimes http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/. Party room available for rental.

Cedar Falls Main Street 277-0213 http://www.communitymainstreet.org/ 206 Main St 
You may find many specialty and art shops, galleries, and restaurants.

Black Hawk Village University Ave and McClain Dr
About 15-min walk from campus to Dollar General, Famous Footwear, Kohl's, and others.  

Holiday Plaza 6300 University Ave
About 15-min walk from campus to Aldi's, Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que, La' James International College, Tan Downunder, West Music, and others. 


Crossroads Center 234-1788 http://www.shopcrossroadscenter.com/ 2060 Crossroads Blvd
Located about 20 minutes away by car, or a two-bus ride. It features Buckle, Dillard’s, Foot Locker, JCPenney, Maurices, Old Navy, PacSun, Sears, Vanity, Younkers along with other stores, services, and food ventors. The Marcus Crossroads Cinema features state-of-the-art auditoriums, each featuring digital sounds, stadium seating, and convenient showtimes http://www.marcustheatres.com/Theatre/.  Features Ultra Screen and 3D auditorium. 

In addition, this area of Waterloo features such stores as Famous Footwear, Hobby Lobby, K-Mart, Kohls, ShoeCarnival, Target, Wal-Mart, among many others.  

Consignment/Second Hand Stores

Schwab’s Furniture      9902 University Ave, Cedar Falls, IA    319-266-2076

Gilgen’s Furniture        115 W 16th St, Cedar Falls, IA             319-266-5152

Goodwill Store             4318 University Ave, Cedar Falls, IA    319-277-0040

Goodwill Store             4107 Hammond Ave, Waterloo, IA       319-266-6120

Main Street Exchange  309 Main St, Cedar Falls, IA                 319-277-6554

St. Vincent De Paul      203 Main St Cedar Falls, IA                  319-277-6554

St. Vincent De Paul      320 Broadway Waterloo, IA                  319-232-3366

Treasure Chest            922 La Porte Rd Waterloo, IA               319-287-6773

Stuff Etc                      1210 Flammang Dr Waterloo, IA           319-233-8009

Barn Happy                  11310 University Ave, Cedar Falls        319-266-0888




Links to websites and telephone numbers are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.



Rod Library 273-2462 UINI http://www.library.uni.edu/
Cedar Falls Public Library 273-8643 524 Main St http://www.cedar-falls.lib.ia.us/
Waterloo Public Library 291-4521Commercial St, Waterloo http://www.waterloo.lib.ia.us/


University Book & Supply 266-75811009 W 23dr St http://www.panthersupply.com/
Bought Again Books 266-7115 909 W 23rd St  


Barnes & Noble Booksellers 232-0475 1518 Flammang Dr, Waterloo http://www.barnesandnoble.com  
B. Dalton Booksellers 277-5466 6310 University Ave
Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/




Links to websites and telephone numbers are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.



Panther Shuttle

Panther Shuttle (free student and staff bus service between UNI campus and major off campus concentrations of students) http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/pubsaf/parking_division/route.shtml 


SafeRide (free weekend transportation between College Hill and Main Street) http://www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/student-resources/transportation


Jefferson Lines 266-7581 1009 W 23rd St http://www.jeffersonlines.com/
Metropolitan Transit Authority (MET) 234-5714 1515 Black Hawk Rd Waterloo http://www.mettransit.org/

It is important to note that even though public transportation is inexpensive, it might be not as frequent or convenient as in major U.S. cities or overseas. 

Car Rental

To rent a vehicle, you must be at least 21 years of age, have a current Iowa or International driver's license, and have a major credit card.

Avis Rent-A-Car 233-0569 2790 Airport Blvd Waterloo
Dan Deery Rental and Leasing 277-1148 7404 University Ave 
Enterprise Rent-A-Car 266-8600 4728 University Ave
Hertz Rent-A-Car 277-3552 4807 University Ave 


Cab Yellow Inc 234-3535 110 W 14th St Waterloo
City Cab 234-2587
Dolly's Taxi 242-2011 or 242-2952 401 Main St http://www.dollystaxi.com/
First Call Taxi 233-8294
Loop Taxi & Transportation  961-6691 121 Webster St Waterloo

Owning and Operating a Car

Department of Motor Vehicles (driver's license and vehicle registration) 2060 Crossroads Blvd 235-0902 http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/index.htm
Iowa Department of Transportation 515-239-1101 http://www.iowadot.gov/

Iowa Driver's License is not required for international students who have a valid license from their country, but it is recommended that you obtain an Iowa Driver’s license if you will drive on a regular basis. A State ID can be obtained from the Iowa Driver’s License Center in the Crossroads Shopping Center, Waterloo. Documents needed for a license are: 1) Passport (with visa if required), 2) Electronic I-94 printout obtained from https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html, 3) Original I-20 or DS-2019 form, 4) Social Security Card (if you are eligible for one) and 5) Two pieces of evidence you reside in Iowa.  A list of examples can be found at http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/realid/faq.html. The Department of Transportation station does not accept credit or debit cards, only cash and checks.  You may download Iowa Driver’s Manual at http://www.iamvd.com/ods/dlmanual.htm, or use the hard copy provided in your welcome bag. The first step is to take a written test covering Iowa road regulations found in the Iowa Driver’s Manual, which can be obtained at the Crossroad’s location. After passing this test, a driving test must be successfully completed. You will need to find somebody who takes you there and will be willing to lend you his/her car in order to pass the driving test. Finally, you must pass a vision test before receiving your license.

Vehicle registration is required and can be purchased at the Iowa Vehicle Registration Center in the Crossroads Shopping Center.  

Buying a car from an independent individual could often be cheaper than buying once from the car dealership (store). However, there is no warranty on the car at the time of purchase. To purchase from an individual, look for good bargains advertised in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier and the HomeTowner or check the following websites:


More info to consider:
www.carsoup.com - choose a car by model and make and find out options nearby
www.kbb.com - learn about the different values a car may have
www.carsurvey.org - read other users’ experiences with specific cars and models
www.carfax.com - check on the VIN number of a car that will tell you all about a car’s previous mechanic history and ownership
www.consumereports.com - read experts’ rating on cars, and other items such as electronic devices. 

Car Dealers (Stores)

Bill Colwell Ford Inc 988-4153 238 Waterloo Rd, Hudson 
Community II 273-8700 7000 University Ave
Community Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac 277-5010 4521 University Ave 
Dan Deery Lincoln-Mercury 277-6200 6823 University Ave
Dan Deery Toyota 277-4500 7404 University Ave
Dan Deery Truck Center 266-5500 2704 Main St
Witham Auto Center 277-8123 2728 S Main St
Holdiman Motors 277-1210 4325 University Ave
Rydell Chevrolet 866-749-5112 1325 E San Marnan Dr Waterloo 

Car Insurance

Iowa law requires that all car owners have car insurance.
These companies require that you must have or be getting an Iowa Driver’s License:
Allied Insurance 277-4162 3903 Heritage Rd
State Farm Insurance - Sandy Benak 277-6435 2103 Main St
These companies accept your international license with an additional charge:
American Family Insuarnce 277-2056 114 W 4th St
Pedersen Dowie Clabby and McCausland 234-8888 3927 University Ave Waterloo
These companies will allow you to purchase insurance over the phone, a packet will be mailed to you later on with the type insurance:
Allstate http://www.allstate.com/auto-insurance.aspx 
Esurance http://www.esurance.com/ 
Geico http://www.geico.com/
Progressive http://www.progressive.com/   

Car Maintenance/Repair

Corner Lube 277-1792 106 Iowa St
Firestone Complete Auto Care Store 234-7743 517 W 4th St Waterloo
Jiffy Lube 277-0600 5215 University Ave
Midas Auto Service Experts 268-0167 4810 University Ave
Schuerman's Auto Repair 277-5343 1505 W 1st St
Smitty's Tire & Appliance 877-225-6580 6912 University Ave
Tandem Tire & Auto Service Inc 268-0438 122 W 1st St
Tuffy Auto Service Center 277-0405 2322 Main St


Links to websites and telephone numbers are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.

Vision/Eye Care

Dental and vision care in the U.S. can be costly, so we recommend that you access services (if they are available) before leaving your home country. Dental and vision care are not included in most health insurance plans. 

Cedar Falls

Eye Care Associates 266-0345 516 Division St 120 A
Lenscrafters 268-1642 6301 University Ave
Vista Optical 266-3988 6301 Unievrsity Ave
Wal-Mart Vision Center 277-9320 525 Brandilynn Blvd
Wolf Eye Clinic 277-0103 516 Division St 120A




Links to websites and telephone numbers are provided for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the International Students and Scholars Office.