Why Should I Return to Campus?

Considering your housing options as a second, third, or fourth-year student? Looking for the convenience of a furnished room and dining close to it all? No matter your lifestyle, choosing to live on campus saves you time and money. University Housing and Dining covers it all and offers so much more.

Returning students may still apply for the 2020-2021 academic year. Simply login to the housing application and apply by March 31, 2020. Contact University Housing and Dining at (319) 335-3000 or housing@uiowa.edu for more information.

We're glad that you’re considering living with us again! You’re not alone, many students choose to re-apply for campus housing after their first year and here's why: 

Everything You Need

We know the importance of convenience. Choosing to live on campus gives you access to a variety of dining options, leadership opportunities, academic support, and everything Iowa City has to offer.

Discover the Difference

Did you know that over 1,100 Hawkeyes choose to return to live with us for more than one year? Now, you can too. Each year of living on campus enhances your success.


Imagine the possibilities

With a variety of room types, locations, and amenities, you’re sure to find something that fits your lifestyle. Returning students live throughout Burge, Catlett, Currier, Hillcrest, Mayflower, Petersen, and Stanley, in single, double, suite-style, and apartment-style rooms. 

How to Apply

Reapplication begins in November 1, 2019. For the 2020-2021 academic year, all students living in the halls must be registered for at least 7 credit hours per semester. 

Returning student room selection is based on how many semesters you have lived on campus, therefore; you do not have to pay a $75 application fee or have parental consent. 

If we receive your application by February 1, you will be issued a room selection time for mid-February. Once complete, you can search for a roommate, apply for an LLC, and let us know if you need an ADA accommodation.

Connect with other returning students and find your match. Fill out the lifestyle questionnaire and find a fellow Hawkeye like you. Now that you’ve lived in the halls, you know what you’re looking for to be compatible with your campus involvement, guest preferences, and sleep schedule. Roommate requests must be mutually confirmed by February 1, 2020. 

Coming back for the 2020-2021 academic year, you have the opportunity to request to live near your neighbors on a floor or wing.  Whether you’re a group of four or fourteen, our staff will help you reserve spaces together.  Experience the fun of living near your friends without having to split utilities.  We have a wide variety of single and double rooms available to meet your needs.  Group applications are due by February 1, 2020. 

Please note: You have seven (7) days to make a final decision before your contract becomes legally binding. 

Curious about a quad room in Catlett with a view of the river? Did you know that there are apartments in Hillcrest? Want to check out a single in Stanley? In early February, our staff hosts an open house just for returning students. We provide a bus, warm treats, and the opportunity to win great prizes when returning residents visit the residence halls before online room selection. This allows you to opportunity to tour a specific hall, see a snapshot of a typical residence hall room, and win fun prizes.  

Returning student room selection will take place online in mid-February.  All students who reapply by February 1 will receive a selection time slot based on how many semesters you have lived in the residence halls.  You will need to log in to MyUI and select a room in either a Living Learning Community or Returning Student experience – the choice is yours.

Once your room is chosen you will select a meal plan, from the following options below. All residence hall students in rooms without a kitchen must select either the Gold or Black plan. Residence hall students in rooms with a University-supplied kitchen may also select the Hawkeye, Gold, or Black plan.

  • 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

If you do not select a meal plan, the Gold meal plan will be assigned as the default meal plan. 


Feel free to reach out to us at housing@uiowa.edu.