“Your home. Your community. All in one place.” This is the message that University Housing & Dining communicated to student residents when a campaign was launched in November 2017 to encourage students to live on campus for additional years. Thanks to the opening of Catlett Hall, University Housing & Dining now has enough room for students who want to return to live on campus.
“I love the residence halls and living in them! I’ve really enjoyed my experience,” says Ariana Byrd, a student in Currier Hall.
University Housing & Dining wants to communicate to students that choosing to live on campus is a great value, and they can continue their success by choosing to live on campus for additional years. Choosing to live on campus gives students access to a variety of dining options, leadership opportunities, academic support, and easy access to everything Iowa City has to offer. Students also have the option to choose from a variety of room types that fit their lifestyle.
“One of the reasons I chose to return to campus was because I love the convenience of the residence halls,” says Kendall Wobig. “I am especially looking forward to the view of the river and the city from my south-facing room next year.”
The most popular buildings for returning students are Catlett Hall, followed by Mayflower and then Stanley. An additional feature added to the returning student housing process was roommate matching. Nearly 375 returning students searched for and mutually requested a roommate.
Returning students were also able to request to live near particular students. “We’ve heard from students that they want to live with their friends, and we are excited to offer group assignments to students this year. Students are able to live with their friends in any hall in groups from 4 to 20,” says Virginia Ibrahim-Olin, assistant director of Contracts and Assignments. In January, students were also able to take tours of their potential rooms, complete with fun giveaways and prizes.
In response to student requests for single rooms, University Housing & Dining has converted a number of double rooms in Mayflower to singles for the 2018-2019 academic year. These rooms will be excellent transitional spaces to independent living with a bathroom and kitchen shared with a fellow Hawkeye in the adjoining room. More than 110 students have taken advantage of the offering and will be paying the same rate as a single room in Currier or Burge.
2018 Year In Review
This article is part of the 2018 Year in Review, which highlights some of the Division of Student Life's accomplishments from the previous academic year.