Living off campus comes with benefits and challenges. Students living off-campus are many times living on their own for the first time, dealing with issues like maintenance, finding a place to live, signing a lease, etc. At Student Care and Assistance, we hope to be a resource to help students living off-campus.

2022 Summer Lease Gap Program

In partnership and support from the Iowa House Hotel, Undergraduate Student Government, Student Legal Services, the Iowa Memorial Union, University Housing & Dining, and Student Care and Assistance, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students have the option to apply to stay in Lease Gap housing. The Iowa House Hotel will provide temporary hotel rooms for University of Iowa students who live off campus, but may be without housing between the end of their 2021-2022 lease and the start of their 2022-2023 lease. The Lease Gap program will run from July 28 to August 3, 2022. 

Please check back June 10 to access and submit the application. 

Additional Information about the Lease Gap Program


This program is only available to University of Iowa students and you must be 16 years old by July 20, 2022. Those under the age of 18 will need parent/guardian permission.

What does it cost?

Undergraduate Student Government will subsidize the cost for 30 students utilizing this program. This is accessed on a first come, first serve basis. Students will be charged $30 per night for a hotel room with a 3 night minimum. 

If there is additional interest in Lease Gap housing, additional students may apply at the rate of $50 per night. Access to this will depend on general hotel availability.

A $35 no show fee will be charged if students cancel without 48 hours notice. Students may check in at 3:00 PM, and must checkout by 11:00 AM on their departure day. Students who check out after 11:00 AM on their departure date will be charged for an additional day. 

Students will be billed for any damages to the room and/or lost keys. 


Undergraduate Student Government is able to help subsidize the cost for 30 students. Options may be available if need exceeds initial capacity. 

How long can a student live in Lease Gap Housing?

A UI student can stay July 28 to August 3 as a part of the program. 

How does a student sign up for the program?

An online application will become available on this site for students to complete on June 10.

What is provided in the rooms?

The rooms will have the traditional hotel amenities. To review a complete list, please visit:

Will the market places be open?

Catlett Market Place will be open throughout the program. Students may purchase meals individually via credit card or U-Bill charge.  They may also purchase a Herky Booster Pack of 25 meals that will roll over into the academic year. See for details.

Will I have to sign some sort of contract?

Yes, students will need to sign a legal agreement for lease gap housing as this is standard procedure. 

What about my stuff? Can I bring my furniture in?

No - unfortunately we cannot allow any furniture (including but not limited to arm chairs, futons, couches, desks, dressers, desk chairs, etc.) to be moved into the Iowa House Hotel. Only small, personal belongings are allowed. Students will need to make their own storage arrangements. Please check back for a list of local storage options.

Moving assistance will not be provided. 

Can I bring my pets?

No, we cannot allow pets during this temporary housing option. 

Is parking available?

Students may pay $10 per night for 1 personal vehicle in the Iowa Memorial Union Parking Ramp. Reservations for this will be included as a part of the application process. When checking in, please indicate to the front desk staff member that you have paid to park your vehicle.

ADA/Medical Needs

Accommodation requests must be made in writing by July 8, 2022 and will be supported on an individual basis.

Off-Campus Living Guide

The Off-Campus Living Guide is a resource available to students that includes information about:

  • Iowa City resources
  • Maintenance
  • Transportation
  • Move-in/move-out
  • Wellness
  • and more...

View the Off-Campus Living Guide