Home of the Hawkeyes

The University of Iowa is a Big Ten school without the big university feel. Our students want to live in the residence halls. Roughly 94% of the first year class lives in the residence halls; and that’s without a live on requirement. 

What makes the University of Iowa and University Housing and Dining unique? For one, the staff you will work with. They are committed professionals who work collaboratively to provide the best experience for our students. Our leadership and professional staff care about your professional development and the housing profession. We see this as not only our mission, but also our obligation and privilege. Be a part of our future by shaping your future at Iowa. Opportunities await you.

About University Housing and Dining

The University of Iowa’s housing and dining system is comprised of ten residence halls, three dining market places, and ten retail cafés and convenience stores. We currently house 6,424 students, including 94.6% of UI’s first-year class, all of whom are managed by residence education staff. Our halls are also home to fitness centers and instructional technology centers (ITCs). These operations are supported by numerous professional, support, graduate, and undergraduate staff. Support also comes from volunteer campus partners and student leaders. Many of these people are under the direction of residence education. Learn more about our mission, vision, and goals

Residence Halls

Our residence halls provide UI students with an unparalleled experience to learn and grow. Learn more about each residence hall and the unique opportunities they provide. 

Residence Education Team

Our residence education team strives to provide the best for our students. Learn more about each of our team members below. 

The director supervises the associate director, the embedded counselors, some of the assistant directors, and the clerical staff in the residence education office. The director provides direction for residence education and sets the tone for the year. The director oversees all policy creation and implementation, staffing needs, and operational goals of residence education.

The associate director provides supervision to most of the assistant directors and provides oversight to conduct processes, residential curriculum, and assessment. The associate director serves as the liaison for many campus offices including the Dean of Students office.

The five assistant directors provide supervision to a team of hall coordinators, coordinators for living learning communities, the coordinator for residence education leadership, the coordinator for curriculum and assessment, and graduate students. In addition to supervision, each assistant director has an area of responsibility such as community development, student conduct, student success, training and selection, and administration.

The coordinator for curriculum and assessment is responsible for the coordination, development, and implementation of the residential curriculum model and department wide assessment.

The coordinator for residence education leadership is responsible for the coordination and implementation of all components of the leadership development within residence education. This coordinator serves as the main advisor for Associated Residence Halls (ARH) and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) as well as providing advisor training and development for hall association advisors.

The coordinators for living learning communities collaborate with faculty, students, an staff to assist in the development, implementation, coordination, and administration of a living learning community experience to best serve all residents.

Hall Coordinator is a required live-in position and oversees the day-to-day operations residence life, living learning communities, programs, residential curriculum, and operations that facilitate the holistic development of 300-1040 residents and their engagement. Hall coordinators provide supervision for the clerical staff in the hall, the student staff, and at times, a graduate hall coordinator.

Assistant Hall Coordinators are current graduate students in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program at the University of Iowa. The assistant hall coordinators are live-in positions and assist in the day-to-day operations of a residence hall by supervising student staff, advising a hall association, and adjudicating conduct meetings.

Among the ten residence halls there are over 175 resident assistants living on the floors. Each RA is responsible for an average of 45 residents. RAs provide community development through programming, are first responders to situations through duty rounds, and log resident interactions through Excelling @ Iowa.

The residence halls have full-time clerical staff working Monday through Friday. Each hall has at least one support staff member and an information desk. Student desk clerks work all other hours at the desk. Student desk clerks can live on-campus or off-campus.

Live-In Staff Information

The University of Iowa professional live-in staff hold 12-month positions. During the summer, staff members have the opportunity to serve on many committees, oversee camps and conferences, and do special projects that are of interest to the staff and meet the operating needs of University Housing and Dining. Summer employment is optional for graduate students. Professional live-in staff are able to have a pet in their provided apartment, subject to the Residence Education Pet Policy. Learn more about being a live-in staff member below.

All professional live-in staff participates in an East or West Campus on-call system. A staff member from each neighborhood is on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, typically done in week-long shifts. This equates to once every 4-6 weeks. Staff should not be employed outside the department or participate in activities that interfere with the performance of their duties without prior approval from the Director of Residence Education.

All live-in staff (Hall Coordinators and Graduate Assistant Hall Coordinators) required to live on campus as part of their responsibilities are provided a furnished apartment and a meal plan while the university is in session. Should staff have their own furniture, the university provided furniture can be stored for them. Typical apartments have living room furniture (couch, chair, occasional tables), a dining room table with four chairs and a bedroom set (queen bed, dresser, nightstand). All apartments are air-conditioned. Staff either have laundry in their apartment or free use of the hall laundry facilities. All apartments have cable TV, Internet access, and local phone service provided free of charge. Staff members receive one parking space close to their hall at the staff parking rate. Additional vehicles may be parked in remote lots. East and West Campus have a fitness center which staff are welcome to use. Live-in guests over the age of 18 are welcome to use the fitness centers, as well. Staff may have a spouse, partner, friend, and/or family member live with them, as long as they are registered with the Office of Residence Education.

We recognize that staff apartments are your homes. At the same time, these apartments are part of a living community. As such, live in staff are expected to follow all policies, including those that pertain to candles and smoking. An exception allows for professional live-in staff to discreetly possess and consume alcohol in their apartments. Live-in professional staff are allowed pets in their apartment as outlined in our pet policy.

Live-in staff are provided a meal plan while the university is in academic session. Staff are encouraged to eat in one of the three market places in the residence halls. Each meal plan has a series of guest meal passes for partners or friends. Live-in guests, family, and children may also purchase any meal plan to eat with the staff member. Children under five are provided with a free meal plan.

Residence Education staff function as educators. One of the most effective ways to educate others is to model appropriate behaviors. Residence Education staff are expected to follow these principles while they are both on and off duty:

  • Conduct themselves in an honest, conscientious and professional manner.
  • Show respect for persons of all backgrounds, races, gender, lifestyles, interests, and abilities.
  • Confront staff and students who display inappropriate actions, or do not show respect for persons of all backgrounds, races, gender, lifestyles, interests, and abilities.
  • Abide by all local, state, and federal laws.
  • Actively support, interpret, enforce, and follow all University of Iowa and University Housing and Dining regulations, policies, and procedures. Individuals who violate these principles will be held accountable and may be subject to disciplinary action, including termination of employment.

University Housing and Dining encourages staff to participate in the life-long learning process. Iowa has well-respected graduate program encompassing a wide variety of disciplines. There are also opportunities to teach classes for undergraduate students. Staff members who wish to enroll in a class or are interested in teaching a class must receive permission from the director in advance. Typically, staff must have been employed for one year prior to enrolling in classes or teaching. Once approved, staff may register for up to two classes, and classes should not interfere with regular duties. The University of Iowa has limited tuition assistance grants for professional staff.

Staff members may participate on university committees as requested and approved. Staff may be assigned to several departmental committees if an opportunity for leadership exists. Staff members who wish to participate in professional associations’ committees may do so with permission and may receive financial support.

All full-time staff may attend one conference per year for professional development within budget constraints. New staff are encouraged to attend the regional UMR-ACUHO conference. Staff who have worked in the department over a year may propose to do a conference presentation to attend a national conference of their choosing such as ACPA or ACUHO-I. Other conferences and local drive-in workshops may also be considered based upon interest.

Staff members accrue sick and vacation time as other university professional and scientific staff. Most staff accrue 16 hours of vacation a month and 12 hours of sick leave a month. Time may be used once it is earned. Staff members are generally expected to spend some evening and weekend hours working with student government activities, programming activities, and attending staff meetings and training. In addition, it is important for staff to be available during regular business hours to respond to central office needs and questions. Flexibility will be granted to staff for working evenings and weekends as a part of their weekly office hours.

The Community Experience

At the University of Iowa, all students can choose between four different types of experiences, Living Learning Community, Honors, New Student, and Returning Student. Learn more about the communities we offer for students. 

Residence Education Model (REM)

At the University of Iowa, learning and education doesn’t end when a student leaves the classroom. The on-campus residence and dining experiences are designed to enhance and complement experiences that occur in more traditional learning settings. We believe that by living on campus at Iowa, students will become engaged learners contributing to inclusive communities both inside and outside of the residence halls.

To support this, residential staff engage with students individually through the Residence Education Model (REM). This model takes a planned, year-long approach to the residential experience. Similar to what students experience inside their classrooms where an instructor maps out the student experience with learning goals, content, and touch points to check in; REM allows our staff to proactively plan ways to support students in the residence halls. In addition, students can participate in activities designed to promote their success in college throughout the academic year. These efforts focus on three main areas: Academic Growth, Personal Development and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

  • Academic Growth supports students developing sustainable academic habits.
  • Personal Development supports students sustaining habits that contribute to their holistic wellbeing.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion supports students exploring identities and experiences of self and others to foster personal and community development.

About Iowa City

The Iowa City area comprises a collection of three communities united as one. The collegiate spirit of Iowa City, the retail mecca of Coralville and the parks and open spaces of North Liberty all add up to a Johnson County community unlike any other anywhere.

Consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S. by everyone from Outside Magazine to the American Institute for Economic Research, Iowa City is home to 71,591 residents. It’s a community that takes pride in openness, inclusion, and safety. It’s a place where everyone’s welcome. But it’s also a cultural hub, a gathering place for artists of every medium, the home of some of America’s most inventive minds, and so much more. Iowa City is one of just 28 UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world, and only one of two in the U.S, establishing it as an international destination for creative thinkers.

That energy fills the streets, creating a vibrant place that we love to call home. Learn more about Iowa City.