We're excited that you are considering living with us on campus and want you to have a memorable experience. Housing assignments are determined based on a variety of different factors below.

Communities

Here at Iowa, we want you to be in community. That is why all housing assignments are based on the community experience that you choose: a Living Learning Community, Honors, Returning Student or New Student. You can apply to join an LLC by May 1, 2020.

We encourage you to preference communities based on the topic and experience you are looking for, not simply the location. The best Hawkeye experiences come from the relationships you make within your residence hall, not the location. Please note, locations may change from year to year based on interest in the community.

Did you miss the deadline but want to join an Living Learning Community? Email us at housing@uiowa.edu.

Room Selection

New and returning students select their own room for 2020-2021.  New Student room selection times are determined on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date a student submits their housing application online. New students who apply by May 1, 2020 are eligible to participate in online room selection in June/July. 

Returning Students who apply by February 1, 2020 are provided a room selection time based on the number of semesters they have lived in the residence halls. Room selection takes place online in February.

New Hawkeyes will select a room in New Student Housing or a Living Learning Community, if accepted.  If you join the honors program, you will automatically have the opportunity to select a room in Honors house as space allows.  More details about room selection will be sent to you in mid-June. 

 

A list of common FAQs regarding room selection are listed below. 
 

Currently, we are planning to have all our residence halls open for the upcoming Academic Year 2020-2021. Please note, if this were to change, we will reach out to students and families via email.

Single rooms are very limited in each of our residence halls on campus. With this being said, we do not have enough single rooms to accommodate all students that may want or need one. Single rooms only comprise 17% of our rooms on campus.

All incoming students that were in a triple roommate pairing were notified that we would not be offering triple rooms for the upcoming academic year. The University of Iowa does not request building or room type preferences, as students select their rooms from available spaces in real time. Housing & Dining has been advised to convert a majority of triple rooms to double rooms for the 2020-2021 academic year in order to support social distancing guidelines from public health officials. Our triple occupancy rooms comprise less than 5% of our rooms across campus with most students living in a double occupancy room.

Student time slots are determined based on the date your housing application was officially submitted online on a first-come, first-served basis.

Room selection will take place in late June or early July. We are waiting for final decisions from the CDC, Iowa Dept of Public Health and our own UI Critical Incident Management Team. 

Students who will be assigned by their roommate (or our office) will need to log into the housing portal during their assigned time slot and review the housing contract, select a meal plan, and opt in/out of renter’s insurance.

We have many incoming Hawkeyes that do not participate in roommate matching. As you go in to select your room, you can either pick a room that is completely open or you can pick a room that has one student already assigned. You will also be able to view this student's profile before selecting if you wish. View more information about online room selection

During online room selection, you are assigned “profiles” and can select a room in the Living Learning Community that you have been accepted into. If you are an incoming student that is not in an LLC, you will automatically be given “New Student Housing” as your profile.

We will not be able to officially pair you together as roommates. However, you and your desired roommate can try and coordinate to select the same room together during your selection times (one with 2/2 openings) so you can become roommates. Please note, you will need to coordinate with each other during the 2nd person’s time slot.

Additionally, for students who did not submit their roommate request by May 15 we have decided to offer the option to request an exception and be housed in Mayflower Hall. If interested, each student would need to email us at housing@uiowa.edu requesting their desired roommate. Don’t forget to include your 8-digit university ID number.

During room selection, we do not have any wait lists open. When the wait lists become available, we will notify all students via their university email. When/if space becomes available, our in-hall staff will reach out to students in the order in which the request was received on the waitlist with a room offer. 

We’re sorry to hear your roommate will not be a Hawkeye. Unfortunately, you will not be able to request a new roommate. However, during online room selection, when you select a room, if another student has already picked into the room, you can view their roommate profile to see if you might be compatible. 

How to Select Your Room

Learn more about selecting your room by viewing the video below.

Roommate Requests

All students who submit a housing application will have the option to request roommates. Once your housing application is complete, you can search for a roommate based on answers to the lifestyle questionnaire and community preferences.  Your roommate request must be mutually confirmed online by the following dates: 

  • Returning students must apply by February 1, 2020 to request a room. 
  • New students must apply by May 1, 2020 to request a room by May 15, 2020. 

 

Medical (ADA) Accommodations

The University of Iowa and University Housing and Dining are committed to providing equitable opportunities in higher education and programs for academically qualified students regardless of disability.  Students with a variety of disabilities and chronic medical conditions are welcome and encouraged to live in campus housing and we value the contributions all students make in our living learning communities. Campus housing is intended for students who do not need adult supervision and can successfully live on their own. Student needs differ individually, and University Housing and Dining will make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. 

We will work with any student who requests 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.  If you need to request an accommodation, you will need to fill out a Reasonable Accommodation Request Form. 

PDF iconRequest for Reasonable Accommodation Form

You must make a written request to University Housing and Dining for a reasonable accommodation to their room assignment. Part I is for the student to complete and Part II is for written support from a qualified health care professional. Requests are not considered complete until both portions are received. 

Once a complete request has been received, a member of the Contracts and Assignments office (or University Dining if a meal plan accommodation has been requested) will contact the student. Requests for accommodations submitted after the priority deadline will be filled as space allows. Please understand that not every residence hall room is accessible to students with disabilities.

Requests for accommodations will be verified by medical staff at Student Health and Wellness to determine our obligations based on the Americans with Disabilities Act and if the accommodation is medically required.  Factors that staff will consider when evaluating requests for accommodations:

  • Is the impact of the condition life-threatening if the request is not met?
  • Is the request an integral part of a treatment plan prescribed by a medical professional for the condition in question?
  • Was the request made by the priority deadline?
  • Is there space available to meet the student’s need?

We will make every effort to respond to your required medical accommodation as space is or becomes available.  Students providing medical documentation that an ADA accommodation is necessary will not be assessed additional charges for accommodations approved by University of Iowa staff. 

Prospective students who have a disability should make a written request for a reasonable accommodation as soon as possible after submitting their housing application.  Priority dates for consideration are:

  • Returning Students: February 15
  • New Students: May 15
  • Spring Semester: December 15
  • Summer Semester: May 5

Requests will be accepted at any time, but may be limited by space availability.  

Current students may submit a written request at any time while they live in the residence halls, however, options for an accommodation may be limited by space availability. Students who currently live in the residence halls with accommodations and wish to return next year will be able to denote this on their reapplication. If accommodations need to be adjusted, additional documentation is required by February 15

Once your documentation has been evaluated and verified as medically necessary, you will be offered an accommodation via email to be accepted by the deadline provided.  Accommodations commonly offered to students may include:

  • Ability to bring or rent more than 1 Micro Chill refrigerator for medical supplies
  • ADA compliant bathroom with roll in shower and/or shower bench
  • Bed de-lofted prior to move-in
  • Evacuation plan for emergencies
  • Ground floor room or room on a lower floor
  • Kitchen access for individual meal preparation
  • Proximity reader access to automatically open doors
  • Semi-private bathroom
  • Strobe light, flashing fire alarm, and/or doorbell

Requests That Cannot Be Met

It may be helpful to note that due to the nature of living in a residence hall community, a request for a quiet hall is not a medical accommodation that can be met.  Additionally, because a residence hall is shared by hundreds of students participating in various activities throughout the day, living in a single room does not necessarily provide a student with a quiet, distraction-free environment. 

Mutually-confirmed roommate requests submitted by the required deadline will be considered and fulfilled as we are able.  However, a specific roommate request is not a medical accommodation that will be honored.  If you have a need for support from a medical professional, they must make arrangements with a private care company.  Card access for support staff can be arranged after room assignments have been finalized. 

University Housing and Dining is also committed to provide food options that meet the needs of students with specific diets or food allergies. If you are in need of a nutrition-related accommodation, please fill out a dietary needs form. For additional questions, please contact Laura Croteau, RD, LD, our nutrition specialist. 

PDF iconDietary Needs Form

Assistance animals within University Housing and Dining may be either service animals or emotional support animals. Service animals are recognized under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), and are animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.  Emotional support animals are not recognized by the ADA, and are prescribed by a licensed healthcare professional to provide therapeutic benefits to a person with a disability.  Assistance animals are not pets.  Pets are animals kept for leisure and companionship, and therefore, are not permitted in University Housing and Dining. 

We recommend that you submit your request and documentation requesting an accommodation including an assistance animal by the priority deadline, and at least 45 days before moving into the residence halls. Assistance animals are not permitted in the residence halls until official written approval has been given by University Housing and Dining.  Accommodations will be for the course of an academic year and need to be renewed annually, or at any point where the accommodation request has changed or a new assignment has been given to the student.

University Housing and Dining may exclude an assistance animal from the residence halls if it poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, would cause substantial physical damage to the property of others, or would fundamentally alter the nature of University Housing.

Assistance Animal Approval Process

  1. You submit a completed Request for Reasonable Accommodation for University Housing and Dining including a statement from your health care practitioner regarding the specific accommodation required.
  2. Once approved for an accommodation due to a disability, you will be emailed documentation to submit regarding their assistance animal, including:
    • Assistance Animal Request Form
    • Veterinarian Verification Form
    • A photo of the animal
    • A copy of the animal’s Johnson County license (where required)
    • A copy of the current vaccination records
  3. After all documentation has been verified, you will meet with a University Housing and Dining staff member to review and sign the Assistance Animal Guidelines and Expectations.
  4. A date the animal is approved to enter the building will be determined. 
  5. University Housing and Dining will notify the residence hall community of the assistance animal and provide expectations for engagement.  

Students needing academic accommodations which do not impact their housing or dining situation should contact Student Disability Services or 319-335-1462. Please be aware that requests for medical accommodations that have been submitted to Student Disability Services will not be forwarded to University Housing & Dining.

We require completion of a separate form and additional documentation as it specifically relates to a student’s housing assignment. If you are requesting accommodations from both offices, please make sure to have the appropriate paperwork submitted to each department. 

Gender-Inclusive Housing

Gender-Inclusive Housing provides students the opportunity to apply for University housing spaces without regard to their gender. This housing option is not intended for romantic partners to live as roommates, but is focused on creating an inclusive, safe, and supportive environment where students can live together regardless of sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression. You are able to update your preferred name and pronouns, sex, gender, and standard name by changing your University of Iowa record.

All students are eligible to participate in Gender-Inclusive Housing, but must opt-in to the program.  

All of our residence halls are currently mixed-gender living environments in three configurations based on the building design and restroom facilities available:

  • Single Gender Wings or Floors – A hallway or portion of a building designated for a particular gender (ex. all-female or all-male floors).  Students in these assignments share a bedroom and bathroom with students of the same gender. These floors have single gender, traditional, community style restrooms (several toilet and shower stalls within the restroom).
  • Mixed Gender By Floor – Students in these assignments share a bedroom with students of the same gender.  However, their neighbors may be different genders (ex. a female room next to a male room). Restrooms may be community style and designated female or male, or single user (individual use rooms with shower, toilet and sink behind a lockable door).
  • Suite-Style – Students in these assignments share a bedroom with students of the same gender. Their bedroom is connected to another bedroom of students of the same gender by shared bathroom and kitchen spaces. The restrooms in this hall are single user individual use rooms with shower, toilet and sink behind a lockable door).

Our goal is to provide each of our communities with restroom facilities available to support each roommate’s gender identity.  For some roommates, this may mean an assignment on a hall floor that has either women’s and men’s community style restrooms or single user restrooms.  For others, this may mean a double room with a private bathroom or suite-style restroom. 

On the housing application students must opt into the program by selecting, “Yes, I am interested in participating in Gender-Inclusive Housing." 

Yes. Once students indicate an interest in Gender-Inclusive Housing on their application, they will receive an email with information about roommate matching.  Due to the unique nature this housing option, an additional roommate matching process has been established to connect with fellow Hawkeyes. 

All roommate requests must be mutual and confirmed, with identical community preference lists. The roommate deadline for returning students is February 1, 2020 and May 15, 2020 for incoming students. Our staff will be in contact with confirmed roommate pairs for room assignment.

Students interested in participating in Gender-Inclusive Housing and have additional questions may talk with any of our Contracts and Assignments staff, Breann Fredrickson or Virginia Ibrahim-Olin via telephone 319-335-3000 or email, housing@uiowa.edu

Assignment Changes

Students will select their own rooms for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Students will be emailed with details about how to request a room change when we can begin offering assignment changes. Please note: We are not offering room changes at this time.

This waitlist is utilized to offer space in a living-learning community as it becomes available.  Students may place themselves on the Living Learning Community Waitlist through the housing application portal beginning in July 2020.

Contract releases due to roommate conflicts will not be granted, as many students are able to mediate roommate differences. Living with roommates isn’t always easy—sharing a space can be stressful and conflicts may arise and are natural.

All students living on campus are required to complete a roommate and/or suitemate success plan within the first month of living on campus. These plans facilitate conversations between students around what is acceptable and expected within the shared living space.  

If this has been completed and you are still having conflicts with your roommate that you are unable to resolve on your own, your RA can hold a mediation meeting with all residents of the space. This is an opportunity to address concerns, brainstorm solutions, and create a timeline for improvement.