How we make assignments
Students will receive their room selection lottery number based on monthly randomization. New Hawkeyes find community in every residence hall. The best campus experiences come from the relationships you make within your residence hall, not the location.
Housing assignments at Iowa are determined based on a variety of different factors noted below.
On your housing application, you will have the ability to request roommates. Once you submit your housing application, you can search for roommates based on answers to the lifestyle questionnaire and community preferences.
Your roommate request must be mutually confirmed online in the housing portal.
New students can search for roommates March 1 - May 15.
Returning students roommate requests are due February 1.
Medical (ADA) accommodations
Our team works with any student who requests a housing or dining accommodations on an individual basis. It is important to communicate early and thoroughly with University Housing and Dining staff to ensure your needs can be met most effectively. Your accommodations needed can have an impact on your housing assignment.
Changes to your space
Almost all students select their own rooms for their contract term.
If you need a room change, you will be emailed with details about how to request a room change when our team can begin offering assignment changes.
University Housing and Dining does not offer contract releases due to a roommate conflict.
Changes to your space
Our waitlist is utilized to offer a specific room type within a specific building as it becomes available.
The fall 2023 waitlist will open in September 2023 with offers being extended as space allows through December 6, 2023.
The spring 2024 waitlist will open on January 22, 2024 with offers being extended as space allows between February 5, 2024 – March 22, 2024.
Spaces are offered via UIOWA email to you in the order in which your request was received. If you are hopeful to change your room assignment with a specific person, please be sure to include their name in your request.
You must respond to the room change offer in order to either accept the room change offer or remain on our waitlists. Failure to respond to a room change offer will result in the removal of your name from all of our waitlists. Students accepting a room change offer are responsible for moving their belongings and completing the move. UHD does not offer transportation or moving assistance.
When accepting a room change, your name will be removed from all room change waitlists. Students are welcome to resubmit their names to our lists for either semester.
This waitlist is utilized to offer space in a Living Learning Community as it becomes available.
You may place yourself on this waitlist type by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to include your name, University ID and the LLC you wish to be placed on the waitlist for.
As students have a change in their plans for spring semester, it may bring new vacancies within the residence halls. If our office is given proper notice, students that will have a vacancy in their room will be notified via UIOWA email and asked if they have a Hawkeye they would like to request as a roommate for the upcoming Spring 2024 semester. Students that do not have a fellow Hawkeye to request will receive a roommate from our waitlist. Our in-hall staff will continue to monitor our available spaces and offer these anticipated vacancies to students on their waitlist(s) through December 6.
Given our spring 2024 housing needs for our incoming transfer students, current students that have a vacancy in their room are not able to buy the space out as a single occupancy room and must have the room ready to welcome a new Hawkeye.
Students receiving and accepting an end of the semester room change offer should:
- Thoughtfully consider their exam and travel plans prior to accepting a room change.
- Connect with the current occupant of their anticipated spring room to arrange move in plans.
- Have all items removed from their fall room no later than 12pm on Saturday, December 16, 2023, even if the new space is not vacated.
Please note that University Housing and Dining does not provide storage or moving assistance and bears no responsibility for lost or damaged items.
Each residence hall at the University of Iowa has a variety of restroom types. Our halls offer community-style, single-user, suite-style and private restrooms. Private restrooms have very limited availability across all our halls.
Residence hall pages offer descriptions and photos of each of these restroom types.
Live on campus
View our residence halls.
What comes in my room?
All rooms at Iowa come with a desk, lofted bed, dresser, closet, curtains, trash and recycling containers. After that, it is up to you!
Bed configuration options
- 24 inches (mattress height), 40 inches (width), 85 inches (length), 37 inches (total bed height).
- Mayflower: 19 inches (mattress height), 40 inches (width), 85 inches (length), 36 inches (total bed height).
- 69 inches (mattress height), 40 inches (width), 85 inches (length), 74 inches (total bed height).
** High loft configurations are not available at Mayflower Hall.**
- 69 inches (mattress height), 40 inches (width), 85 inches (height), 74 inches (total bed height).
** Bunk bed configurations are not available at Mayflower Hall.**
- 33 inches (mattress height), 40 inches (width), 85 inches (height), 37 inches (total bed height).
- Mayflower: 32 inches (mattress height), 40 inches (width), 85 inches (length), 36 inches (total bed height).
- 43 inches (mattress height), 40 inches (width), 85 inches (height), 37 inches (total bed height).
- Mayflower: 42 inches (mattress height), 40 inches (width), 85 inches (height), 35 inches (total bed height).