Join us for a University of Iowa camp or conference

For decades during summer, we have opened select residence halls to provide housing and dining accommodations to some of the best University of Iowa camps and conferences in the Midwest. 

Summer programs staying in the residence halls must be directly sponsored by an internal University of Iowa department, unit or college. The internal UI sponsor is group billed for the summer program and oversees day to day operations of the camp or conference.

We host various UI camps and conferences throughout the summer including: the Iowa Young Writers Studio, Belin-Blank youth programs, University of Iowa official sports camps (gymnastics, wrestling, swimming, volleyball) and many other youth programs. We also offer housing to an array of adult camps and conferences. Our team takes pride in providing quality accommodations during your time staying with us.

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus.

You can view the guidebook below for detailed information and policies.

Apply for a Conference

Looking to stay with us? Apply for a summer conference. Due to high demand, we recommend contacting us on or before October 1 the year before you are hosting your camp or conference.

General information

Below you will find more information about staying with us during the summer months.

Conference Information

Our conference administration team and several additional University Housing and Dining staff members work year-round to ensure several residence halls on both sides of campus are available to host our summer guests.

During your stay, each residence hall is staffed by front desk guest services representatives, a facilities team, a hall coordinator and a camp/conference assistant. We can help you with everything from getting around campus, finding local favorites, lock outs, maintenance and custodial requests and more. 

Guests who stay with us will enjoy free wireless service. To take advantage of this service, select the “UI-Guest” network when configuring a device for wireless access. For more information, visit the Information Technology Services website.

Guests are automatically provided with complimentary bed linens, a pillow, and front desk guest service.

Each day during the summer season, at least one camp/conference assistant and one hall coordinator are on-call in each residence hall 24/7. A building staff member will periodically walk through all areas of the building with an eye on safety and security, as well as attending all check-ins and assisting guests with their needs. In addition, the UI Department of Public Safety plays a vital role in campus safety.

Each night, Public Safety staff patrol the living areas, public areas inside and outside the residence halls from midnight to 6 a.m. These Public Safety campus partners who patrol the campus 24-hours a day including overnight rounds in the residence halls (combined with an intricate system of video cameras), come together to provide a high level of campus safety.

We are committed to providing appropriate accommodations to guests with disabilities. To ensure that appropriate arrangements can be made, sponsors of conferences that have guests with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation must contact the University Housing and Dining conference specialist at 319-353-2369, at least three weeks prior to the scheduled arrival on campus. Further advance notice is greatly appreciated.

We want each and every guest to have a variety of healthy food options, no matter their dietary restrictions. We include specific nutrition and allergy information in our market place locations and the University Dining website. Specific dietary concerns should be emailed to Laura Croteau-Lopez, RD, LD ( several weeks before the summer camp or program begins.

For more information including formal cost estimates, email our conference specialist, Carol Rose ( or call 319-353-2369. Our team has developed a comprehensive guidebook that we highly recommend reading before hosting your group on campus. We also advise sharing the guidebook with the guests who will be in attendance.