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Campus Security: 563.589.3333

UD Medical Services for medical appointments and injuries call 563.589.3244

UD's Counseling & Life Services: Location: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center, 1994 Grace Street, on the University's campus. To schedule an appointment: 563.589.3911 - All calls are answered by a confidential answering service 24/7. 

After Hours, Weekends or Holidays: Please contact UD's Safety and Security Office 563.589.3333 and request to be connected to a member of UD's Counseling & Life Services Office, this will be conducted in a confidential manner.

Sexual Assault Contacts (Local)

Dubuque Crisis Line: 855.800.1239

Toll Free hotline 24 hours/7 Days Per Week, this crisis line is provided by the Hillcrest Family Crisis Team, all calls are confidential.

Iowa Sexual Assault Victim Services: 1.800.284.7821

(24/7, free and confidential)

Riverview Center: 888.557.0310

Waypoint Services: 319.365.1458

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255

LGBTQIA Helpline: 866.488.7386
(Available 24/7, free and confidential)

Online chat and texting options also available. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Student Life Office contacts and Wellness Initiatives

Free Community Events

Life Services maintains a calendar of events hosted by UD's Counseling & Life Services office.

Dubuque 365 maintains an up to date calendar of events taking place both on campus and within the surrounding community. 

Multicultural Family Center offers a variety of free programs and events aimed toward building unity out of diversity. Programming includes dance, music, yoga, support/advocacy, education, empowerment, and more. 

Ways to Reduce Stress

Check out a movie, book, or board game

Charles C. Myers Library 

  • Movies and board games are on the third floor, books are on the first and third, children's books and other curriculum materials are on the second floor.

Carnegie-Stout Public Library

  • Dubuque residents may obtain a library card. Non-residents, please see CPL's borrowing policy.

Try a guided meditation

Download Headspace app (free)

Spend some time with nature

Mines of Spain

  • Offers hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, and the EB Lyons Center for visitor information.

Eagle Point Park 

  • Overlooking the Mississippi River, the park includes pavilions, playgrounds, viewing towers, one half mile biking/hiking trail, a rock garden, a fish pond, tennis courts and horseshoe courts, and a spray pool (weather permitting).

Dubuque Arboretum

  • Wide variety of public gardens and picnic areas.

Heritage Trail

  • 26 mile crushed limestone trail spanning from Dubuque to Dyersville.

Swiss Valley Park (Peosta, IA)

  • 62 wooded acres along Catfish Creek. Includes hiking trails, picnic sites, a playground, campsites, trout fishing opportunities, sports fields, and a visitor's center.

Maquoketa Caves State Park (Maquoketa, IA)

  • A trail system connects beautiful caves, limestone formations, and bluffs. Great destination for hiking, camping, and picnicking.   

Pike's Peak State Park (McGregor, IA)

  • Hiking trails, a bike trail (the Northeast State Park Bike Route runs through), campsites, and other recreational areas nearby.

Get active

Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center (CRWC)

  • University of Dubuque's wellness center open to students, faculty, and staff.


  • Community-based wellness center focused on youth-development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Sundown Mountain

  • Ski resort offering a wide variety of trails and lessons.

Visit an attraction

Crystal Lake Cave 

  • Unique mineral formations, expert guides, activities for kids, a gift shop, and outdoor pavilion for picnics.

Dubuque Museum of Art

  • Includes contemporary and 20th Century art collections, exhibitions, and a wide variety of programs (including an event on the first Friday of every month).

Fenelon Place Elevator

  • World's shortest, steepest scenic railway. Located in Dubuque's business district.

Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

  • Includes collections presenting insight into the history of the Mississippi River Valley and Dubuque community. 

Try out a local coffee shop