University of Iowa Off-Campus Housing Guide When to search

Students at the University of Iowa generally start their off-campus housing search only a month or two after the beginning of the fall semester. There is a surge of students contacting landlords about 3+ bedroom houses in the months of October and November, a full 10 months before the next academic year rolls around. If you're hoping to secure a place for you and a few friends, you'll want to get started in October. If you'd prefer a studio or one-bedroom apartment, it won't hurt to relax for a bit and resume your search after Winter Break.

Rent In Iowa City

Though living close to campus has its perks, rent can get tend to get pricey, especially if you want to live by yourself. Generally, you'll able to find two to four bedroom places for under $600 per person. If your budget is tight, keep in mind that living with roommates and/or sharing a room can drop your rent considerably. Here's a breakdown of average rents around the University of Iowa per person, per bedroom:

Studio 1BR 2BR 3BR 4BR
$662.00 $884.00 $544.00 $576.00 $534.00

Check out our list of top rated landlords near the University of Iowa to begin your search.

  • Prestige Properties

Prestige Properties tout their rentals as having the charms of the past, while providing modern day comforts and amenities. The properties are all within an 11 block radius of campus making your commute easy.

  • Southgate Companies

Southgate Companies has what you’re looking for. With 600+ apartments available in the Iowa City market, you will definitely be able to find what you’re looking for.

  • Westwinds Real Estate Services

Professional. Personal. Practical. These are the first words that greet you on the Westwinds website and that’s what the company is all about. The team’s dedicated service and staff are interested in helping YOU find your next place to live.

  • AM Management

AM Management has been serving the area for 40+ years with 30+ of those years being focused on student living. Their planning and developing shows no signs of slowing down as they have a wide range of different properties available for all types of students.

  • AIC by Hodge Construction

AIC is happy to help you find what you’re looking for in the friendly neighborhood of Iowa City. Their professional management staff will help guide you as you sort through a wide variety of houses with varying amenities and layouts. As their website says, When You’re Here, You’re Home.

  • Aspire at West Campus

Located right on the University of Iowa campus, Aspire offers prime living arrangements for students. Including in the housing is a community center with fitness facilities, walking/biking trails nearby, and a Campus stop right outside the buildings. Oh, there’s also complimentary cable and internet so you’ll have no problem lounging around in your downtime.

  • Hawk’s Ridge

With fully furnished apartments and unmatched amenities, you will find everything you need with Hawk’s Ridge. Spa and Sauna, 24-hour fitness center, an indoor basketball court and much more will have you enjoying your collegiate years in style.

  • Watts Group

The Watts group, starting in 1994 prides themselves on blending top notch expertise with an astounding customer services. The group rentals team works hard to assure that each tenant has a positive rental experience.

  • Kacena Real Estate Management

Kacena Real Estate Management or K-REM was founded in 1993 and they include many different properties. The staff is dedicated to finding a home tailored to you.

  • Heritage Property

Heritage Property prides themselves on serving the Iowa City community with a nice variety of available housing options. Heritage Property prides themselves on having 24 hour phone support in addition to having non-smoking regulations on all properties.



Life in Iowa City, IA Where to Have Fun

Things To Do

Hours of studying and tedious term papers can test the sanity of any college student. Fortunately, every student deserves a break, and there isn't a shortage of things to do or places to see in order to relax, unwind, and make the most out of your University of Iowa experience.

Highlights include:

  • Go to a BIG 10 game at Kinnick Stadium
  • Unwind on the Pentacrest
  • Visit Rusty the Giant Sloth at the Museum of Natural History
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth at Molly's Cupcakes
  • Attend an event at the Iowa Memorial Union


If there are two things students at the University of Iowa excel at besides academics, it's eating and drinking. A lot of restaurants offer student discounts, and you can always find drink specials at bars around town. Here are some of the most popular and student-friendly spots to eat and drink around campus.

  • The Union Bar
  • Short's Burgers & Shine
  • Brother's Bar & Grill
  • Oasis Falafel
  • The Summit


If you're hoping to stay active and explore the outdoors, the University of Iowa's Outdoors program is a great resource. The program offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of adventure-based learning actives, including rock climbing, camping, and so much more. Similarly, students can visit the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, a 485-acre peninsula managed by the University. The park features a number of hiking and skiing trails, campsites and plenty of wildlife.