Details, Parking, Transportation


If you applied for on-campus housing, you will receive an email in starting in May and continuing through the summer with your housing assignment, move-in time, and date. All first-year students are scheduled to move into the residence halls Wednesday-Thursday, Aug. 20-21, unless otherwise notified. Transfer students move in to their halls on Thursday, Aug. 21. Find a list of what to pack on Housing's website.

If you’re not living on campus in the residence halls, make sure you can move in to your apartment or other lodgings prior to Friday, Aug. 22, so that you can participate in On Iowa! activities.


If you are living in the residence halls, meal service will begin the day you move in. Residents will be issues a special wristband to wear Aug. 19-24 for easy access to the Market Places.

If you are living off campus, or you don’t have a University meal plan, your meals will be provided during the official On Iowa! program (which includes dinner on Friday and dinner on Sunday). You may also eat in the Market Places: $7/breakfast, and $10/lunch or dinner. There is a free special lunch for first-year off-campus students planned on Friday, Aug. 24 (11:30-1:30).

Transportation & Getting Around

  • Walking: You will be walking a lot during the program (see the Disability & Mobility Accommodations information below if you need assistance). Be sure to wear appropriate footwear.
  • Cambus: There will be special shuttles provided to certain events. Take a look at the On Iowa Transportation page  for more information.
  • Driving: If you live off campus and are driving to campus, you can park free in designated lots during On Iowa!. Students living off campus (not in the residence halls) will have free parking in the Hawkeye Commuter Lot or Hancher Parking Lot while they attend On Iowa! activities. More information can be found on the Off Campus Parking page.
  • If you need to drive to campus for On Iowa! you can park in the Hawkeye Commuter lot at no charge. You will have to take a free Cambus shuttle to campus. On Saturday and Sunday, off-campus students may park in the Hancher Lot (#55) for no charge.

Disability and Mobility Accommodations

We want to be sure that you’re able to participate fully in On Iowa! If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Kate Sojka at 319-335-1733 by August 3.