Apply for Housing


If you have been admitted to the University of Iowa you can apply for housing in the residence halls. On-campus housing is a very popular option, especially among first-year students. The University of Iowa does not require students to live in the halls, but each year more than 94% of the first-year class chooses to live with University Housing & Dining.

Diversity & Gender Identity

University Housing & Dining is committed to providing a nurturing residence hall community that values diversity and promotes the dignity of all community members. Our residence halls are home to students from across Iowa, the United States, and the world!

University Housing & Dining recognizes that not all students may identify as female or male, and we want to create a welcoming environment for everyone in the residence halls. We would be happy to work with students who may identify as trans*gender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and/or non-binary regarding life in the halls. Contact Virginia Ibrahim-Olin ( or 319-335-3000) when applying for housing to discuss your specific needs.

How to Apply 

Admitted students can apply online through their Admissions Profile in the Iowa Student Information System (ISIS). A student does not need to accept their admission to the University of Iowa before applying for housing. Students must activate their Hawk ID in order to access the application.

All applicants are required to pay a $75 non-refundable application fee online with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover only). For students with financial need, if a student has received a waiver of their $40 Admissions application fee, the $75 housing application fee will be automatically deferred to their Fall U-Bill. This deferral will allow the student to cover the fee with their financial aid.

The online housing application has several steps for students to:

  • Verify their personal contact information.
  • Enter an emergency contact.
  • Answer a lifestyle questionnare.
  • Select their top 7 living-learning communities.
  • Indicate room type preferences.
  • Learn how to apply for ADA/medical accommodations.
  • Agree to the housing contract terms & conditions.
  • Sign a fitness center waiver.
  • Pay the $75 application fee.
  • Submit their housing application

Priority Deadline

Room assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis determined by the date that the application and fee are received by the Contracts & Assignments Office. To enhance your priority for a room assignment, we recommend that you complete your application as soon as possible.

Our priority deadline is January 27, 2016, for students to be eligible for roommate matching and self-selection. Students who meet the deadline will be able to search for and request a specific roommate. They will then be invited to select their living-learning community and room in April.

Applications received on or after January 28, 2016, will have their roommate and room assignment made by Contracts & Assignments staff. Assignments will be made in the order that students completed their housing applications. To the greatest extent possible, living-learning community preferences and the lifestyle questionnaire responses will be used for roommate matching.

Roommate Requests

When a student submits their housing application before the priority deadline of January 27, 2016, roommate matching pages will appear in the housing portal. Students will have the option to search for a roommate based on the answers to their lifestyle questionnaire, or living-learning community preferences. Here is some helpful information about using the online roommate matching system.

If there is a specific person a student is interested in becoming roommates with, that person must also have met the priority deadline of January 27, 2016, to be eligible to request a roommate. Out of fairness to all applicants, exceptions to the priority deadline will not be granted.

Students have the option of requesting up to 3 roommates and all roommate requests must be mutually confirmed online in the housing application portal by February 29, 2016. Additionally, all roommates must have the same LLC preferences, be eligible to live in those LLCs, and have the same room type preferences. These can be adjusted until February 29, 2016.

Living-Learning Community & Room Assignment Timeline

Students who submit housing applications by the priority deadline will have the opportunity to select a room among their top 7 LLCs in April. LLC and room assignment notifications will be sent to students in June and continue throughout the summer. If you have a roommate assigned at the time of notification, their name and email address will be provided. You will also receive information about the move-in process at that time.

Application Tips

  • Each year more than 7,000 students will apply for housing, and the majority of applications are received by the end of December, well before the January priority deadline. Waiting to apply until January will impact a student's ability to select among their top LLC preferences.
  • Application changes may be made until February 29, 2016. A student's priority date (the date the housing application was received) will not change based on updates to your room type or LLC preferences.
  • Students are encouraged to preference living-learning communities based on the LLC's topic, not location. Living-learning community locations may change from year to year, based on interest in the LLC, and locations for 2016-17 will not be announced until room selection in April. 
  • New students are assigned to spaces after returning residents pick their rooms. Therefore, some living-learning communities and halls will have fewer spaces available for new incoming students.
  • The online housing application for 2016-17 will close June 1, 2016.