Types of Housing

The brown section of motel-style units.

A cabin with screened-in porch.

The Main Cottage.

A bath house that serves the cottages.

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory provides three types of housing:

Cabins are furnished with only essential furniture (a bed, dresser, and lamps) and are served by a nearby bathhouse. Some have screened-in porches.

Cottages are available to faculty and have a number of rooms that house 2 to 4 people each. Rooms are furnished with beds and dressers. Some cottages have bathrooms, while others are served by an adjacent bathhouse.

Motel-Style Units house one or two people, have bathrooms, are furnished, and are heated and air-conditioned. These units are available when all other housing is full.


Cooking is not allowed in any housing unit. During the summer sessions, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Mess Hall. Combined room and board packages are available, and these offer considerable savings over separate housing and meal plans.

Meals in the weekly room and board package start with lunch on Sunday and end with lunch on the following Saturday. Dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning are not served.


Room and board rates are given in the Lakeside fee schedule. These are fixed fees and no rebates are possible for missed meals or overnight absences from campus. Room and board fees will be billed with tuition, unless other arrangements are made with the Director.

Merit scholarships are available that will cover all or part of the room and board fee.

Additional Information For Students

Please bring your own bed linens, blankets, and towels. Bring a sleeping bag if you have one. A limited supply of blankets and linens is available for rent. There is a coin laundry on campus.

Housing becomes available on the afternoon of the day prior to the start of classes, which is normally a Sunday, and all students should try to arrive no later than the 6 p.m. on the day before their class begins. Housing ends on the morning of the day following the last day of class (normally a Saturday).

Only a few rooms are available for students bringing spouses or families. These will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests for family housing must be made on the Housing Form. Please contact the Administrative Office in Iowa City for availability and current guest rates.

Visits by students' guests are welcome but only possible if room is available. Arrangements for such visits should be made in advance with the Administrative Office in Iowa City . Sheets, pillowcases, and towels can be rented for guests.

Because the Lakeside campus is a wildlife refuge, no pets of any kind are allowed.

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