Welcoming Students to Campus

University Housing and Dining welcomes 6,000+ students to the residence halls.

Move-in began August 17 for international students and student leaders, and continued through August 24 for new and returning students. This week-long operation was an exciting time to be on campus but was no easy feat.

Every year, University Housing Dining seeks to create a stress-free experience for students and their families. Although it may appear to be streamlined and simple, it is a huge undertaking, requiring many volunteers and collaboration between departments across campus. Volunteers were depended upon for various roles such as driving shuttles to and from the residence halls, working in parking lots to direct traffic, pushing move in carts to assist in the actual moving of personal belongings, and more.


Over the course of the week, over 450 volunteers from across campus and the community pitched in to welcome new and returning students. These volunteers included 225 OnIowa! Leaders, 130 returning residents, and 100 University of Iowa community members (faculty, staff, and students) Additionally, 14 student organizations were represented, including individuals from Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Rugby, Water Polo, Zeta Tau Alpha, Young Life, UI Student Government, Campus Activities Board, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Students to Assist Recruitment, South Asian Student Alliance, Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Kappa Theta, Pan Hellenic Council, and Old Gold Acapella.

Traffic is always a logistical consideration during move in, and Housing and Dining partnered with UI Parking and Transportation as well as Parkview Church this year to build upon previous’ years successes. Families were asked to park their cars at either Hancher or Parkview after unloading, which proved to be a great solution. Many families were able to utilize UH&D’s move-in shuttles.


Students living in the residence halls are able to take advantage of all that the University of Iowa has to offer, including unparalleled proximity to classes, dining, and gathering spaces; support from RAs, hall coordinators, and embedded counselors; and connections with friends and neighbors.

Learn more at housing.uiowa.edu.