Students hang out at the local coffee shop, Saints Rest

Grinnell, Iowa

There’s a lot of noise about this quiet town.

Grinnell, Iowa — it’s a place where artists find inspiration, where architecture tells grand old stories, and where anyone can find their crew. Farmer’s Markets. Art galleries. Movies on Main Street. Our city has a reputation for being one of the best college towns in America. But what really makes Grinnell unique is that once you’re here, the quiet charm and welcoming crowd will make it feel like you’ve been here all along.

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    Restaurants and Dining

    Come to eat.

    Our community’s creative spirit is part of what makes our city’s cuisine so exceptional. Thirty local eateries. Critically acclaimed bakeries. Dining options for everyone. And there’s a good chance that the food on your plate was grown just around the corner.

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    Hotels and Lodging

    Come to stay.

    The city of Grinnell offers many options for lodging, all within a few miles of campus. Check out Hotel Grinnell, which is just around the corner. The city also has plenty of bed-and-breakfasts, if that’s more to your liking. At certain times of year (like commencement), hotel vacancy can be hard to come by, but be sure to check out the accommodations in nearby cities.

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    Transportation

    Getting to and Around Grinnell

    Grinnell sits at the heart of a constellation of Midwestern cities. The College's location in central Iowa makes it an easy drive from any major metropolis in the Midwest. If you’re coming from afar, you can fly into Des Moines or Cedar Rapids. Both are a one-hour drive from campus.

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    Living and Working in Grinnell

    A Place to Grow.

    With the close-knit community of a small town and the variety and amenities of a city, Grinnell can be a fantastic place to live and work. Hear from the people who know it best why they've chosen to live in the Jewel of the Prairie.

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