How to Apply

We're glad you've chosen to live with us! If you have been admitted to the University of Iowa and will be 16 by August 1, 2018, you can apply for housing in the residence halls. For the 2018-2019 academic year, all students living in the halls must be registered for at least 7 credit hours per semester. 

Submit your application online between October 5 and May 31. You can access the application through your Admissions Profile in MyUI. You will need to verify your personal and emergency contact information, agree to the contract terms and conditions, pay your $75.00 application fee and hit 'Submit.'

Please note: If you are under 18 years of age you will need parental permission. Students with an Admissions fee deferral will automatically have their $75.00 housing application fee deferred. It will be charged to the September UBill. 

Once complete, you have reserved your place in line for community and room selection.

Once your application is complete, you can learn about the process of applying for a ADA/Medical accommodation, check out one of our 18 Living Learning Communities (LLCs), Honors, and 10 residence halls. The priority deadline for ADA requests is May 15.

You can also indicate your top preference for room selection using the three community categories: New Student, Living Learning Community or Honors. You can modify your community preferences and roommate requests until May 1, if you are interested in a Honors or Living Learning Community experience. During this time you will also be able to complete the lifestyle questionnaire and search for a roommate, if you choose.  

If you are wanting a New Resident community experience, your roommate request will be due May 31. 


In May or June, you will be able to select your room and meal plan. You will be issued a room selection time based on the order your housing application is received. 

Honors and Living Learning Community room selection will take place online in mid-May. Please note: Honors and Living Learning Community space is limited. If you are not able to or choose not to join Honors or a Living Learning Community, you will select your room in mid-June. 

New Student room selection will occur in mid-June.

Once your room is chosen you will select a meal plan, from the following options below. 

  • Gold – unlimited market place meals, 75 flex meals, 8 guest meals per semester
  • Black – 145 market place meals, 75 flex meals, 8 guest meals per semester
  • Hawkeye – 75 flex meals per semester


In July you will be able to make those online connections with your Hawkeye community. During this period you can also get to know your roommate, meet your residence hall staff and/or Living Learning Community faculty partners. 

You will be assigned a date and time to move in August 14-16 based on your room assignment. Next you will check-in and participate in On Iowa!, a program that allows you to discover Hawkeye traditions and what it means to live on campus. Lastly, we encourage you to commit to The IOWA Challenge. This challenges you to engage, excel, stretch, choose and serve within the University community. 

Application Instructions

Login to your Application via MyUI. Select your application and choose the option that best fits you. When do you want to live on campus?  Select a contract period and begin the application.  If you've already started filling out an application, this allows you to return to that contract.

Review the steps to submit your application and follow the portal navigation key.

This page allows us to gather some personal information for your housing contract. By giving us your parent or guardian's email, we can send them important information and updates about living on campus.  Anyone can opt out of this communication later, if they wouldn't like to receive these updates.  We will never share this information with any third party.

On this page, we offer a place for you to give us information about who to contact if you are reported missing. Federal law requires that we obtain this information for all students living on campus.


Please take the time to review your housing contract, as it is a legally binding agreement. If you agree to the terms of the contract, you will be emailed a copy of the contract upon completion of your application.

You will be asked to electronically sign this page by entering you full name and eight digit university ID number. 

This contract becomes binding seven (7) days after you are notified of your room assignment via email. 

Please note: If you are a minor during the time that you are filling out the housing application, a parent or guardian will be required to electronically sign the application on this page. 

Your $75.00 non-refundable housing payment confirms your housing application. This fee is payable via credit/debit card or check.

This page allows you to officially submit your housing application. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email to your University of Iowa account. 

Please note: Your application information will populate on this page as you complete each step of the process. Your preferences will be summarized, along with your completion date and time.  

This page allows you to request a reasonable medical accommodation. If you need to request an accommodation, you are able to download and complete a form. You will also need to check the box that states 'I am requesting a reasonable housing accommodation.' 

Within our residence halls, we have different communities available for you across a variety of interest areas and provide a unique and specific living experience. All students are required to indicate a top preference of a Living Learning Community, Honors, or New Student. You may request up to 5 communities.  

For the purpose of your housing application, you are required to make a gender selection. If you are interested in gender inclusive housing options, you can select this on your application or email University Housing & Dining for more information.


We want to find out more about you. This page allows you to complete a lifestyle questionnaire about your living habits and preferences. The information you provide will be used to created a strong roommate match. 

Provide your profile, search for, and request a roommate based on answers to the lifestyle questionnaire or a common learning community interest.  All roommate requests must be mutually confirmed online by May 1 for Living Learning Community and Honors room selection or May 31 for New Student room selection. 

There are two periods of online room selection for new students:

Mid-May: Living Learning Community and Honors room selection

Mid-June: New Student room selection

Times to select a room will be determined by when you submitted your initial housing application. Honors and Living Learning Community space is limited, so if you are unable/do not want to join an Living Learning Community, you can participate in New Student room selection.    

This page allows you to select your meal plan. ​​​​​​Select the Gold, Black, or Hawkeye Plan for the upcoming year.  Changes to the plan may be made in the first two weeks of the semester.  

International Residents

University Housing & Dining is excited to have you join our residential community!  Every year, over 6,000 students from all over the world choose to call University Housing & Dining their home.

We house communities, which are great avenues for making friends and encourage you to be active in these communities. We also have a Resident Assistant (RA) on every floor, which are student staff members that are carefully selected and trained to support our residents. Learn more about University Housing & Dining and the international student experience by viewing the video below.



  • October 2017 - The housing application portal will open for admitted students. You will receive an email when it is open.
  • May 1, 2018 – Roommate requests and community preferences due.
  • May 31, 2018 – Housing application portal closes. Students interested in living on campus after May 31 will be put on a waitlist and offered housing as space allows.
  • June to August – Housing contracts and assignment notices emailed to students throughout the summer.