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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's plent of options for off-campus housing, but you do pay for how convenient your home will be.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't currently live off-campus, but my friends who do love it!

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived off-campus, but I have seen a few of the places that are available. From what I've seen, they're clean and pretty safe, and there is usually a bus stop somewhere close by.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: No matter where you choose to live everything is proximal and worth it.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Find a good landlord and it's great


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Most students move off campus after their first year at UI. There are plenty of houses and apartments available in the area, most of which are within walking distance of campus. The most popular places to look for housing are the College Street or Ralston Creek apartments. Both of these complexes are mostly student-occupied and are a stone’s throw from downtown Iowa City. If it’s a house you’re looking for, you’re going to end up a bit farther from campus, but still within walking distance. Most of the student-rented houses are on Washington, College, Governor, and Jefferson streets. Prices for apartments and houses run about the same—the general rule of thumb is the farther you are from campus, the cheaper your rent will be.

Iowa City and the University offer an extensive guide for finding off-campus housing when you’re ready to move off campus, which can be found on the city’s Web site. Each year, many students run into problems with landlords, but most of these are avoidable issues. It’s important to make sure you inspect the place well before you move in and carefully read everything you sign. It’s also easy to forget about the hidden costs of living off campus, such as heat, electricity, Internet, and cable. When all is said and done, however, it costs about the same, if not less, to live off campus as it does in the residence halls.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students usually start looking after Thanksgiving break and sign a lease before winter break.
Popular Areas
  • Coralville
  • Downtown Iowa City
  • Outskirts of downtown Iowa City
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $530
  • 2 BR: $655
  • 3 BR: $935
  • 4 BR: $1,200
  • Studio: $460

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 137 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 139 responses

  • 14% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 75% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 137 responses

  • 20% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 27% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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