Why Should I Live On Campus?

To put it simply, living on campus at the University of Iowa gives you a unique opportunity to learn and grow in an environment you can only experience while in college. Did we mention that almost 95% of new incoming first-year students choose to live with us on campus? Here’s why:

Connect with others who share your same interests

Living on campus not only allows you to build connections with other students, but find your niche. Regardless of where you live, you’ll have the opportunity to make new friends while enhancing your personal growth.

Learning beyond the classroom

At Iowa, students can choose to belong to a Living Learning Community (LLC). Living learning communities allow you to explore and experience campus with other students who share your interests or major, while connecting you with peers, mentors, and campus resources.

It’s all about location

Choosing to live on campus allows you to be closer to classes, libraries, restaurants, shops, and anything else you choose to do. You’ll have easy access to study spaces, computer labs, and fitness centers near (or in) your residence hall. Our dining locations and market places allow you to discover new dishes (crafted by our award-winning chefs) and eat whenever it fits your schedule.

Support when you need it

Between exams, student organizations, friends, and homesickness, navigating your life during college can be a challenging experience. Need support? With our resident assistants (RAs), Residence Education staff, hall coordinators, and our embedded therapists, we can connect you to the resources you need.

We know convenience

Choosing to live on campus means that everything is included. You’ll have the ability to pay for your bills all together. Meals, ulilties, activities and even laundry (with Hawkeye dollars) are all included in your time living with us. 

Providing a secure living space

Living on campus allows you the opportunity to grow in an environment that supports your well-being and provides you a secure space to be successful. 

Our residence hall staff works closely with the University Department of Public Safety, University Counseling Services, and residence hall staff and continually reviews health and security policies and measures. We have student security staff who are in the halls from midnight to 6:00 a.m. and have residence hall staff on duty or on-call 24 hours a day, every day.

Return to live on again

Considering your housing options as a second, third, or fourth-year student? Choosing to live on campus additional years helps to enhance your success. Discover new opportunities, make new friends, and continue the success you have started.

Live In An Inclusive Community

For students that live in our residence halls, we believe it is everyone’s responsibility to create and uphold an inclusive community. Learn more about what it means to live in an inclusive community.

An inclusive community is one in which:

  • The dignity of each human is recognized, valued and heard.
  • Everyone can be successful and has access to equitable resources and support.
  • People are safe to be themselves, make mistakes and learn from each other.
  • Each person has a sense of belonging and knows they matter through having their differences recognized and celebrated.
  • People are willing to recognize and address their behavior when it is harmful to the community. 

You help to uphold an inclusive community by:

  • Understanding your values, identities, and experiences will influence your behaviors, how you interact with people in the community, and may differ from other community members’ values, identities, and experiences.
  • Listening, with empathy and respect, to others who have similar and different backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences than your own.
  • Recognizing your own biases and information taught can be incorrect or based on stereotypes. Be willing to unlearn harmful and incorrect information and allow others to do the same.
  • Acknowledging conflict is part of maintaining an inclusive community. When you are engaging in conflict, seek to understand all perspectives in the situation, confront the conflict in a way that supports everyone impacted, and determine ways to move forward with growth and learning.   

To achieve inclusive communities, we believe the following pieces should be actively upheld by each member of the community:

  • Respect and care for yourself and those in the community.
  • Commit to know, recognize, and value each other as individuals.
  • Ask yourself questions such as: "What don't I know?” and “How can I obtain accurate answers?”
  • Approach conflict and difficult conversations as an opportunity for progress.
  • Accept criticism and feedback as an opportunity to learn. 
  • Recognize and address the harm created by you and by others.
  • Take responsibility for your actions and contribute positively within the community.

Living on Campus at Iowa

Learn more about the benefits of living on campus by viewing the video on the left side of the screen.