We're glad you are here!

University Housing and Dining is ready to welcome you to Iowa! The energy on campus during move-in is like no other and full of excitement for the year to come. Here are a few helpful things you can do to prepare for a successful move-in experience:

What and Who to Bring

We understand that coming to college is an exciting time for the entire family, but on move-in days there just isn’t enough space around the halls to bring everyone, including your family pets (only service animals are allowed in the residence halls). We suggest bringing enough people to help you move, and meeting up with everyone else afterward.

Getting to Your Residence Hall

Please be sure to follow the driving directions that we have provided on our website when coming to campus for move-in. We have planned this route specifically for you in order to ensure a smooth arrival. 

Vehicle and Parking Information

Students are allowed to bring one vehicle with them for move-in, so plan accordingly. Due to limited space around the halls, we also ask that you do not bring trailers during move-in. If it is essential for you to bring a trailer, we ask that you arrive after 6:00 p.m. on your designated move-in day. Volunteers will not be available after 5pm.

Long-term parking is not available at the residence halls. The driver should remain in the car and proceed to the next location listed on their dashboard slips. Navigational signage will be visible along the route as a guide.

Once the driver has arrived at the Hawk Lot, a free shuttle will be available and will make stops at each neighborhood. For real-time bus schedules download the mobile app Bongo, or visit www.ebongo.org.

ADA Accommodations 

Students who require ADA accommodation to their room assignment should submit all requests as soon as possible. Family members or guests with a disability requiring an accommodation in order to support their student during move-in should please contact our Contracts and Assignments team in advance via email or phone at (319) 335-3000.

Early and Returning Student Move-In

Students who have a university obligation and need to arrive sooner can move in on Sunday, August 16. To do so, sign up in advance. Sunday move-in is on your own, limited volunteers will be available. Please arrive at your residence hall during the time block that you signed up for. Proceed to the check-in tables, bring your student ID, and you will receive your room key. Carts will be available for check-out for you to use, but we also recommend bringing your own. We do not recommend bringing a trailer, but if you need to, please do so after 6:00 p.m. Returning students who move in on Saturday, August 22 should go directly to their hall. No volunteers will be available to assist during returning student move-in.

Any student is welcome to move-in during early arrival. Request an early arrival date and time here

Move-In Steps

  • When you arrive on campus, our volunteers will be outside to help you complete the check-in dashboard slip and direct you where to park.
  • Family members: We’ll ask you to stay with your vehicle at all times, and please make sure to know your student’s room assignment information.
  • Our move-in volunteers will begin to help you unload your belongings and bring them up to your room.
  • Students: Have your student ID ready and head inside your residence hall to the check-in tables.
  • You will then be issued your room key and update your emergency contact information.
  • Meet up with your belongings and begin to unpack!
  • Family members: Once your vehicle is empty, we will ask you to move your car to a different location so we can get ready for the next group of students for move-in!

Move-In Overview

We've included information and tips to make your move-in day a success.