How it works

We're glad you've chosen to live with us again!

For the 2023-2024 academic year, all students living in the halls must be registered for at least seven credit hours per semester. 

As of March 1, 2023, the return to housing application is closed. Any returning student requesting housing at this time should reach out to the contracts and assignments team:

Step 1: Submit your online application

You will want to submit your online application by February 1. Submitting your application will allow you to participate in online room selection. You can access the application through your Admissions Profile in MyUI. You will need to verify your personal and emergency contact information, indicate a desire for a disability accommodation and agree to the contract terms and conditions. You will not need to pay a $75 application fee or have parental consent. 

Step 2: Search for a roommate

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. You will need to fill out the lifestyle questionnaire and search for a roommate.

Step 3: Request your neighbors

For the 2023-2024 academic year, you have the opportunity to request to live near your neighbors on a floor or wing within the same building. Whether you’re a group of four or fourteen, our staff will help you reserve spaces together.  

Step 4: Take a tour

You can view the virtual tours of all of our residence halls

Step 5: Select your room and meal plan

Returning student room selection will take place online in mid-February. If you reapply by February 1 you will receive a selection time slot based on how many semesters you have lived in the residence halls. 

You will need to log into MyUI and select a room in either a Living Learning Community or returning student experience. The choice is yours.

Lastly, you will select your meal plan. All residence hall students in rooms without a kitchen must select either the gold or black plan. Students assigned to rooms with a University-supplied kitchen may select the Hawkeye, gold or black plan.

Key dates

November 9

The returning student housing application opens. You will receive an email when it is open. 

February 1

Applications are due for online room selection, roommate matching and Living Learning Communities. Room selection time slots will also be emailed. 

February 21

Housing contracts are emailed to you. The contract binding date is on February 28. 

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Application instructions

You can login to your Application via MyUI. If you've already started filling out an application, this allows you to return to that contract. 

Application Insturctions

This page allows us to gather some personal information for your housing contract. By giving us your additional contact emails, we can send these individuals 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. 

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.

University Housing and Dining maintains your privacy and adherence to FERPA. Providing an additional contact will only give them general information, it will not grant them permission to access your specific housing and dining information.

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 that you are requesting a reasonable housing accommodation.

Your accommodation is not complete until you receive official confirmation from University Housing and Dining after completing all steps of the process. We will work with you one-on-one to complete the process. 

February 15, 2023 is our priority deadline for ADA requests for returning students.

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 receive a copy of the terms and conditions of your contract to your email address 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 days after you are notified of your room assignment via email. 

Your $75 non-refundable housing payment is required with your housing application. This fee is payable via credit card. We are able to accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

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 email address.

This section allows you to tell a bit about yourself for roommate matching. What you write in this section will be displayed to help you potentially match with a future roommate.

Living Learning Communities allow you to connect with other students that share your same major or identity. We encourage you to consider a Living Learning Community (LLC) experience in our residence halls.

Students will be able to apply for one community by selecting that specific community and answering a few brief questions. LLC applications must be received by February 1.

This is where you can search for or request a roommate to live with. You are able to search for potential roommates based on responses to the lifestyle questionnaire or a common LLC interest. 

Roommate requests must be mutually confirmed online by February 1. 

The University of Iowa assumes no responsibility and provides no insurance or financial protection for your personal property. You are fully responsible for your belongings when living on campus and we highly encourage all students to obtain renter’s insurance.

University of Iowa residents are eligible to protect their belongings through GradGuard's exclusive student-endorsed renter's insurance program. For about $13 per month, you will receive protection in the case your property is stolen or damaged. Learn more about GradGuard.

This page allows you to select your meal plan for the upcoming year. Changes to the plan may be made in the first two weeks of the semester. If you do not select a meal plan, you will be assigned the gold meal plan by default.

If you apply by February 1, you will be able to participate in online room selection in mid-February. The date of your room selection time slot is based on how many semesters you have lived in the residence halls.