Housing Information, Hotels, Rental Rights, and Utilities

Hotels

There are many hotels in the Iowa City area where students and scholars can stay when they first arrive and before they are able to move in to their permanent housing.  It is recommended to always make a reservation.  A listing of lodging options can be found on the website of the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Students, or those making hotel arrangements for them, do need to be careful about age requirements and whether a credit card is required at the time of checking in.  Some hotels have minimum age requirements that would prevent a new 18 year old student from staying there.  Others may require use of a credit card at the time of checking in.  The list below includes information about some area hotels and their requirements, compiled with assistance from the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Updated February 2015 - listing hotel, minimum age requirement, and credit card/deposit policy

AmericInn
- Age 21
-Cash payment for room required + $50 cash deposit if no credit card

Best Western Cantebury
-
Age 21
-if no credit card $50 deposit for standard room, will get back at check out if room paid in full

Clarion
-Age 21
-Need credit card to check in

Comfort Inn/Quality Inn
- Age 21
-Must pay $100 cash deposit if no credit card

Comfort Suites
-Age 18
-$100 cash deposit would be requested for damage/incidentals if no credit card

Country Inn
-Age 18
-Must give $200 cash deposit if no c/card.  Deposit is refundable at check out

Hampton Inn/Coralville
-Age 18
-If no credit card cash can be paid for amount of stay or check can be given 72 hours in advance

Hampton Inn/University Area
-Age 21
-Cash can be used for payment at check out, but credit card or debit card is needed upon checking in

Heartland Inn
-(flexible on age)
-Cash can be paid as deposit if no credit card

Holiday Inn/Coralville
-Age 18
-If no credit card, cash can be paid for amount of stay or check can be given 72 hours in advance

Holiday Inn Express
-Age 21**(Would be willing to work with your group on special arrangements.)
-Normally can’t check in without valid form of payment, but would take cash at check in to pay for room

Homewood Suites
-Age 18
-$100 cash deposit would be requested for damage/incidentals if no credit card

Iowa House
-Age 18
-Payment in full is expected at check in without credit card (no personal checks accepted)

Marriott
-Age 18
-Room, tax and parking would have to be paid in cash + $25/per night for incidentals without credit card

Residence Inn
-Age 18
-Credit card is required, no cash payments accepted

Sheraton/hotelVetro
​-Age 21
-If no credit card must pay $200 deposit upon check in

Sleep Inn
-Age 18
-Must pay with cash in advance of check in if no credit card

Suburban Inn
-
Age 18
-Must give $100 cash deposit per night if no credit card

On-Campus Housing Information

Types of student housing in Iowa City include University Residence Halls (for single students), University Apartments (which accommodate some single students as well as students with families), and off-campus rooms or apartments. The UI offers housing for single students in several residence halls, and for families in University Apartments. Information about both kinds of units is at the website for University Housing & Dining. A handbook made by the University Housing & Dining is a useful resource for new international students who plan to move into the residence halls.

Off-Campus Housing Information

The Off-Campus Housing Services can help students find off-campus housing information. Their website compiles a list of housing information (although not comprehensive), message boards for information and roommate finding, and useful resources regarding living off-campus issues. Call 877-895-1234 for more information. You can also attend the University of Iowa Housing Fair as part of the “Fair Day” happens at the beginning of every semester. Most students find off-campus housing through personal contacts or through classified advertisements (commonly called “want ads”) in the Iowa City Press Citizen, Iowa City Gazette, The Daily Iowan, or on Craigslist.

Rental Guide - Your Rights While Renting

Student Legal Services provides legal advice to University of Iowa students at no cost.  They publish an informative series of articles in their Rental Guide covering the rights you have as renters.  If you ever encounter difficulty with a landlord, contact Student Legal Services immediately for guidance.

The City of Iowa City Human Rights Office also has a website that includes information on discrimination and fair housing, along with a complaint form that can be filled out by anyone experiencing instances of discrimination.  Their brochures are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin.

Renter’s Insurance

Prudent tenants purchase “renter’s insurance” (which might also be called “homeowner’s insurance”) to protect against losses caused by fire, theft, or vandalism. This kind of insurance covers personal belongings in your room or apartment, and in your car if you have one. It also covers damages for which you would be legally liable if a fire or other accident that was your responsibility damages the building in which you rent and/or the property of other renters in your building. The cost of renter’s insurance varies depending on the value of your personal possessions, but is relatively low. When buying insurance, it is considered wise to get rate information from two or three different insurance agents.

Utilities

Once you have your housing, you may need to contact services which provide utilities such as gas, electricity, and water. Ask your landlord which services are included in the rental costs.

Mid-American Energy Company provides gas (used for heating, cooking, or both) and electricity. They can be reached by calling 1-888-427-5632.

City of Iowa City provides water, sewer, and refuse removal service to Iowa City residents. To start service, visit https://www.icgov.org/city-government/departments-and-divisions/finance/revenue/utilities/establishing-account, or call 319-356-5066 for assistance.

City of Coralville provides water and sewer services to residents of Coralville. To initiate utility services, visit Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th St, Coralville, IA 52241, contact Utility Billing at 319-248-1715, or see http://www.coralville.org/index.aspx?nid=199 to submit your application online. Give your name, the date you will be moving, and your new address.

For internet service, please see http://its.uiowa.edu/support/article/140 for a list of internet service providers, and more information of the types of services available.

For cables/satellite television service, please see http://www.icgov.org/?id=1493 for service providers in Iowa City area. Check the providers’ website or call the providers for service plans and set up information.

Disposal of Trash and Garbage and Recycling

Ask your landlord what you should do with trash and garbage. Refuse is collected once weekly in Iowa City and Coralville.  If your apartment has a garbage (that is, food waste) disposal in the sink, be sure to ask your landlord what kinds of waste should and should not be put into it. (A garbage disposal is a machine that grinds food waste and allows it to be washed down the sink drain).

Curbside Recycling

Both Iowa City and Coralville have voluntary curbside recycling programs. Ask your landlord or a neighbor what can be recycled, what containers to use for items you want recycled, and what the pick-up schedule is in your neighborhood. Find out more about Iowa City recycling or Coralville recycling.

UI Recycling

The UI Office of Sustainability has recycling and waste reduction initiatives over the past few years.