How it works

Spring is a great time to explore the University of Iowa campus and Iowa City area. We're glad you've chosen to live with us for the spring semester. Students are eligible for spring housing if you fit the requirements listed below. 

Step 1: Make sure you fit the requirements

The following criteria must be met before you can live on campus during the spring semester.

  • You are a University of Iowa student, who is registered for a minimum of seven spring academic credits.
  • You must be 16 by January 1, 2024.

Step 2: Apply for housing and select your meal plan

You will select your meal plan within the housing application. 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 select the Hawkeye, gold or black plan.

If assigned to a room with a University-supplied kitchen, you will have the opportunity to change your meal plan.

Step 3: Take a tour

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

Step 4: Review your contract

Key dates

October 4, 2023

The housing application opens.

December 15, 2023

Room type preferences due.

December 15, 2023

The priority deadline for ADA/medical accommodations requests.

Late December 2023 – early January 2024

Housing assignments and contract notices emailed to students.

January 13, 2024

Housing contract begins.

May 11, 2024

Housing contract ends at 12:00 p.m. (noon).



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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. 

December 15, 2022 is our priority deadline for Spring 2023 ADA requests. 

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 your 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 indicate their preference for a Living Learning Community for Spring 2023 within the housing application. Our office will do our best to accommodate this request, as space is available.

Spring applicants can indicate within the housing application if they have a preferred roommate. Our team will do our best to accommodate this request but we are not able to guarantee it as it will depend on our availability.


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 Spring 2023. 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.