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

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.