Scholar Housing

Hawks Ridge in Iowa City provides a limited number of furnished rooms for international scholars who will be in Iowa City for short visits that don't fit with the Academic Year calendar, which most apartments in Iowa City require.  ISSS forwards the contact information of any interested scholar to Hawks Ridge so that they can arrange a contract and lease directly with the scholar., we will review whether any units are unoccupied and reply with a message indicating that your application has been accepted, wait listed, or (if no units are available) denied.


Hawks Ridge is located on the west side of Iowa City. Hawks Ridge provide a free bus that can take you from the apartment complex to campus.


Each furnished apartment has a shared common living/dining area, shared kitchen area, and four private bedrooms. Smoking is prohibited in all apartments. The cost is $599 per bedroom, per month.

Single scholars may rent one bedroom and share common areas with other scholar.

Families with children may have to rent multiple bedrooms. If you need three or four bedrooms, the cost drops to $499 per bedroom, per month.


In each bedroom we will provide: a full bed, built-in desk with desk chair, a dresser, bed sheets, and a blanket. The shared living/dining area will be furnished with: a sofa, chair, dining set, coffee table, and an entertainment center with a 42" TV. The kitchen will be furnished with:  a refrigerator, microwave, oven/stove, dishwasher, silverware and dishes, pots and pans, cooking utensils, and kitchen towels. The bathroom will be provided with: a shower liner for the shower, and wash cloths and towels.


Scholars will be able to apply for this housing as part of the J-1 Scholar Application in iHawk.

Additional UI Housing resources

The University of Iowa has several short-term and off-campus housing options available for visiting scholars. These housing options are not administered by ISSS and will require a separate application process from ISSS-sponsored scholar housing.

In addition to the furnished apartments for visiting scholars, the University has some unfurnished apartments available for lease.  The lease year runs from late June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017.  These are two bedroom apartments, but the renter will need to supply bedroom and living room furniture, plus a window air conditioner if desired.  Monthly rent for these apartments is $675/month plus some utilities.  If you have interest in these apartments or have questions, please contact Hawkeye Drive Apartments at 319-335-9199 or e-mail for more information.

Rental rates vary based on proximity to campus, number of rooms, and other features.  Utilities such as electric service are often paid in addition to rent.