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The University of Iowa

Winter 2012


Student-centered spaces

Mom and Dad of the Year

Kelly Bender

A letter from the Parents Association

How sabbaticals really work

Real-world reporting

New registration system online for campus housing


Reminders for parents

Important dates

University calendar


Students hanging out in residence hall roomNew registration system online for campus housing

Students who currently live in the residence halls and wish to reapply to live there again next year will find a new system in place that makes the process easier and more accessible than ever before.

This year, University Housing & Dining is implementing StarRez, student housing software that allows online applications and self-service; expedited payments; living-learning community and room self-selection for returning students; and roommate matching surveys for first-year students.

“Returning students will feel more empowered with this system,” says Tiffany Bentrim, marketing coordinator for University Housing & Dining. “They will be able to pick the exact room they want and the person they’ll be living with. And everything is electronic, so it’s very convenient for the students and there will be no paper waste.”

Another change for this year: there will be no application fee for returning students applying to live in the residence halls.

Students currently living in the residence halls will receive an email from University Housing & Dining Jan. 17–18 with details about the new application process. The email will include the day and time that the student is authorized to sign on to reapply for housing. The deadline to reapply is Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.

Students living in a room without a University-supplied kitchen will be required to choose a meal plan. Each room contract also includes $200 in Hawkeye Dollars ($100 per semester). Hawkeye Dollars may be used at Burge and Hillcrest Market Places, campus C-stores, and all campus cafes and quick-serve food services, as well as in residence hall vending machines and washers and dryers.

All halls are open to returning students. However, returning students may be especially interested in Parklawn, Centerstone, and Building 3 of Hawks Ridge, which are apartment-style residence halls geared toward upperclassmen. In addition, nine living-learning communities include returning students. They are: arts, community 234 (for transfer and returning students only), global village, healthy living network, honors house, men in engineering, spectrum house, SEE (society, economy, and environment), and women in science and engineering.

Room and board rates for the 2012–13 academic year have not been approved by the Board of Regents. Proposed rates will be displayed in the self-assignment system.

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