Why Should I Live On Campus?

To put it simply living on campus at the University of Iowa gives you an unparalleled opportunity to learn and grow. Did we mention that 94% of new incoming first-year students choose to live with us on campus? Here’s why:

Location, Location, Location

Choosing to live on campus allows you to be closer to classes, libraries, restaurants, shops, and anything else you choose to do. We also have a fantastic residence education staff to assist you during your time with us.

Find Your Niche

With a variety of communities, support staff, and numerous campus activities, you’ll be sure to find something that you enjoy. Living on campus allows you to connect with a variety of individuals just like you, while building your own community.


Between exams, student organizations, friends, and homesickness, navigating your life during college can be challenging experience. Need support? With our resident assistants (RAs), Residence Education staff, hall coordinators, and our counselors, we’ve got you covered.

Safety, First

We know that college will be an experience to remember, but we also want to keep you safe. Our residence hall staff works closely with the University Department of Public Safety, and continually reviews safety policies and measures. We have public safety officers 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.

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.