Housing and Dining

On campus housing provided by University Housing & Dining is not guaranteed with admission to the university. If you wish to live on campus, submit a housing application immediately after you are offered admission (late applicants may not be able to be accommodated). To find the housing best suited for you, start searching early. If you do not arrange housing before you arrive in Iowa, we recommend that you arrive early enough to find a place before orientation and classes begin. ISSS cannot help students find housing.

Short-Term Stay

The Guide to Living in Iowa City has information about hotels in the Iowa City area where you can stay when you first arrive and before you are able to move in to your permanent housing. It is recommended to always make a reservation in advance. A listing of lodging options can be found on the website of the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.


The University of Iowa has several great on-campus residence halls to choose from. They vary in size, from 1,000 rooms to 299, to fit each and every student’s needs. Living on campus is a great way for you to make new friends and meet new people, as well as take advantage of a safe and affordable living space. For more information, visit https://housing.uiowa.edu/living-campus and https://housing.uiowa.edu/international-residents.


An off-campus housing guide and listings can be found by visiting Off-Campus Living. Please note that the University of Iowa does not provide housing for graduate students, but has a partnership with Aspire.

On-Campus Dining

University Housing & Dining has many options for on-campus dining. A meal plan can be purchased which provides a pre-set number of meals purchased in advance for an academic semester at a discount off the walk-in price. Information about on-campus dining can be found at https://dining.uiowa.edu/.