Frequently Asked Questions

Residence Life

A Living on-campus provides increased access to academic support resources, a supportive learning environment, and increased interaction with other students and faculty.
All housing contracts are submitted online. Students may complete this application online at If you have questions about the application or cannot log-in, please email us at
Within the online application, you will be able to rank your housing preferences. One (1) being your first choice and so forth.

Hint: If you only put down one housing facility, you will only be considered for that facility. We suggest that you rank all of the housing choices according to your preference. This will give you a better chance of receiving on-campus housing.

*Please understand that housing contracts are processed on a first-come-first-serve basis with both application and deposit submission date. We try our best to accommodate preferences however we cannot guarantee your housing preferences due to limited space.
Once your housing application has been submitted, you will receive an email confirming your application and contract have been completed.

Please note that this does not mean you have been guaranteed a room on-campus. The residence life department must receive your deposit before the contract will be processed.

If you have submitted both your housing application and security deposit, please wait for a confirmation from the Residence Life Department this summer for updates regarding your housing status via email provided on the application.

Once you have completed the housing application and the security deposit; you will receive notification in June that you have been assigned a room on-campus. Be sure to check your emails over the course of the summer regarding important information about roommate assignments, move-in, and welcome week events!
Yes, a $200.00 security deposit must be submitted with your housing contract. Please note that no rooms will be held without completion of a housing application AND a security deposit.

Your security deposit can be paid online through CashNet (link provided on the housing application), through the Cashier’s window in the Welcome Center, or by mailing a check to the Cashier’s office. Please note that in order to pay online, you must pay during the initial application process; students are not able to log back in and pay using CashNet.
Security deposits are refunded after the contracted term has expired and any room damages, fines, or charges to your Iowa Western account have been subtracted.

Security deposits are NOT refunded if the term of the contract is not fulfilled. If you have renewed your contract for the following school year, your deposit will roll over.

Please note that the housing contract is for the full academic year, not per semester.
If you move out before the contract term ending date in May, you will be responsible for a pro-rated amount according to the Residence Life refund schedule. This schedule can be found on ROC or see your RLC.

Your security deposit will be forfeited if you do not fulfill your contract term.
All cancellations need to be completed through eRez Life. To receive your security deposit refund before moving in, you must complete your cancellation by August 1st for the Fall term, December 1st for the Spring term, and May 1st for the Summer term. If you cancel after these deadlines, your security deposit will be forfeited.

Your housing application can be canceled by emailing or by logging back onto your application and selecting the cancellation option.
Please contact the Iowa Western Community College Cashiers Office at 712-325-3225 for more specific information and help with payment arrangements.
No. Individuals who pose a clear and present danger to other residents are not eligible to live in on-campus housing. Registered Sex Offenders represent a clear and present danger and are not eligible for on-campus housing.
No. Individuals who pose a clear and present danger to other residents are not eligible to live in on-campus housing. If you do have a felony record and wish to appeal your eligibility, please contact
This means that all of the housing facilities are full and we cannot offer a space to you at this time. Once a cancellation occurs and a space becomes available for you, we will notify you immediately.

Again, make every effort to submit your housing application as early as possible, as we fill up quickly.
All students, regardless of residential facility, will have unlimited access to The Galley. More information on the Galley can be found here
We offer a variety of housing styles at Iowa Western.

Our Suites style living is the most popular housing. Each suite is designed to accommodate four students and includes a living room, four individual bedrooms, and two bathrooms.

The Reiver Village is an apartment is designed to accommodate two (single option) to four (quad option) students and includes a living room, dining area, two bedrooms, bathroom, and kitchen.

Iowa Western’s Reiver Tower residence hall is a high rise, five story building that houses male students in a traditional dorm room. There are single and double rooms available.

Housing Options
Residence Life will begin the assignment process for Fall 2022 housing in June. We attempt to have room assignments and roommate contact information emailed to students by the beginning of July. Remember that roommate selection must be mutual or we will not be able to grant your request. We ask that students do not attempt to call our offices about the roommate assignments, as they will be emailed as soon as they are completed. Emails will be sent to the email address provided on the application.
Yes, you can request a roommate. Roommate requests are made when you complete your housing application on eRez Life. Once the application deadline has passed students are unable to select roommates. All roommate requests must be mutual or we will not be able to grant your request.

*Please keep in mind that while we try to honor your roommate requests, we cannot guarantee all requests.

* Athlete roommates are assigned by your coach.

After you have accepted the terms of the contract, you will be given the option to submit your housing application without requesting roommates OR continue to make a roommate selection.

If you wish to request roommates, you will need to have that student’s email address or student ID number. In the roommate selection section, you will need to make sure to either create a group for you and your requested roommates or add yourself to a group that has already been made.

Please designate one person to create your group; they will need to submit their application before the others within the group.

If you are the individual creating the group, select the ‘create a group’ option. You will be prompted for further information. After naming the group, you can add a maximum of three others to your group, for a maximum of four students within each group. Once you have finished creating the group and adding your requested roommates successfully, please submit your application.

If you did not create the group but know you have been requested as a roommate, continue to the roommate selection page towards the end of your application. You will see under ‘My Choice’ the option to select your recognized ‘Group Name’ or ‘No Preference’. You will be able to see the other requested ‘Applicants’ listed in the created group. To add yourself to this group, simply select the group you wish to be added to. You will then submit your application.

If you do not add yourself to the correct group or select ‘No Preference’, your application will not be processed with the other requested roommates.

For further questions regarding the Roommate Selection process, please contact our Residence Life Main Office at (712) 388-7695.
Fall 2022 Move In Days

Move-in for all Residence Life facilities will take place beginning on August 11, 2022.

Classes start Monday, August 15th.

Check your email throughout the summer for more specifics!
As part of the housing fees the following utilities are included gas, heat, water, electricity, Internet, unlimited dining in the cafe, and free laundry. Just another perk to living on campus, no hassles with the bills!

Room sizes:

Reiver Tower rooms are 10’ x 17 ½’
Reiver Suites bedrooms are 10’4 x 11’9 and the common area is 9’ x 21’
Reiver Village bedrooms are 11’ x 9’ and the living room is 11’9 x 12’

Other amenities provided:

  • Air conditioning in all housing facilities
  • Desk and Chair (in Tower and Suites Only)
  • Dresser (Suites Only)
  • Wardrobe (Tower and Village)
  • All beds are extra-long twin size
  • Stove and full size refrigerator (Village Only)
  • Dining room table and chairs (Village Only)

It is normal in any relationship or friendship to have a disagreement or argument. Often times sitting down with your Resident Assistant can help residents learn to voice irritations and frustrations they might have. Your Resident Assistant can also assist in creating a roommate agreement, so the living situation may improve. We recommend that students work on their roommate situations and practice good communication with one another so that they learn how to work out their differences.
Iowa Western campus is smoke-free. The consumption or use of any type of tobacco-based products inside or outside Iowa Western facilities is strictly prohibited. The State of Iowa has passed a “Smoke-Free Air” bill that prohibits smoking in any enclosed facilities, parking lots, and cars on Iowa Western property. This includes Residence Life facilities. If you or your guest are found smoking in your room or outside of a Residence Life facility, you will be assessed an administrative fee and may be subject to disciplinary action.
Yes, residents may have fish for pets provided the tank does not exceed ten (10) gallons in size. All other pets are prohibited and may not visit or stay in the room or apartment for any period of time. Residents found responsible for violating the pet policy are subject to immediate billing for cleaning charges as well as judicial sanctioning.

For accommodations regarding service or emotional support animals, please contact Disability Services at or 712-256-7023.
Reiver Suites:
{Your Name}
2400 College Road, {Suite Number}
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Reiver Tower:
{Your Name}
2800 College Road, {Room Number}
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Reiver Village:
{Your Name}
2600 College Road, {Apt. Number}
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Yes Parking is Free!

Yes you do need a parking permit. First you will need to register your car at Parking and Transportation. Please bring the print out to move in to receive your parking permit sticker.

All motor vehicles operated by persons living on campus must be properly registered with the College. Contact the Residence Life Department for information regarding vehicle registration and to obtain a parking permit. Parking or driving on grass or sidewalks is prohibited. Residence Life students will receive parking permit stickers on move-in day. Housing students can ONLY park in their facility parking lot.

Vehicles without a valid permit are subject to towing at the owners expense. Iowa Western is not responsible for any loss, theft or damage to any vehicle entering, exiting, or parked in the parking lot.

Note: Parking stickers are FREE for all Iowa Western Students.
Residence Life uses an identification system for student entry into the housing facilities. When entering a facility, a resident shall place their Student ID on the scanner and wait for the front desk to give access. Students room key will also be their Student ID! We are excited about our new security upgrades and new locking system. This means students must have their Student ID on them at all times.

Students that do not reside in the facility will need to check in with a resident. Guests are allowed to check in 24/7 however they must be with a resident of that facility. In order to check in, students must provide a photo id to the front desk.
A Resident Assistant, better known as an RA, is a student member of the Iowa Western Community College staff who resides in the building with the residents. RA’s have many roles – they are responsible for educational and social programming, for acting as a resource person, for enforcing rules and regulations, as well as being friends. RA’s are there to assist you during move-in and throughout the year.

Interested in becoming at RA? Please contact us at
for more information and to apply.
The following are some items that we suggest you bring along:
  • Bedding: Extra-long twin sheets, mattress pad, blanket, pillows and pillow cases
  • Toiletries: Bath towels, washcloths, toothbrush holder, soap dish, shower caddy, bathrobe, shower shoes, and bathroom tissue (Suites and Village only).
  • Laundry: Laundry basket, detergent, fabric softer. On-site laundry machines are free to use.
  • Entertainment: T.V. with cable cord, DVD player, alarm clock, and extension cords.
  • Food: Mini refrigerator (Suites and Tower only) 4.3 cubic feet and smaller, microwave (1.3 cubic feet or smaller), coffee pot, silverware, kitchenware (Village only) plates, utensils, cups, bowls, napkins, paper towels, dish towels, and dish soap.
  • Communication: Telephone with cord.
  • Computer: Although it is not a necessity, the majority of our students choose to bring a personal computer with them to college. Computer labs are located around campus as well as the Reiver Suites and Reiver Tower. Residents bringing their own computer will need to bring along an Ethernet cable.
  • School items: Backpack, desk lamp, stamps, dictionary, calculator, printer paper
  • Cleaning Supplies: Broom, vacuum, bathroom cleaning supplies (Reiver Suites and Village only).
Items to leave at home:

  • Halogen lights
  • Weapons, including firearms of any kind (including air soft and paintball guns)
  • Fireworks, candles, incense
  • Large nails
  • Pets
  • Waterbeds or lofts
  • Alcoholic beverages, empty alcohol containers, posters or room décor with alcohol or drug advertisements
  • Any open coil appliances (toasters, hot plates, etc.)
Unfortunately, not everyone will receive their first preference in room assignment due to facility capacity. Assignments are made on a first-come first-serve basis with application and deposit submission, so students who complete the application process early have the best chance of receiving their top room choice. We suggest that applicants rank all of the housing choices, as we will not assign someone to a room they did not apply for. If you are placed on a wait-list for a room assignment, Residence Life will contact you as soon as a spot is available.

If you do not receive your preferred assignment over the summer, Residence Life does have a transition process in place to accommodate moves mid-semester. This process begins a couple weeks after Move-In and is based on room availability. You should contact your RL Coordinator for more information upon your arrival.
For current housing availability please contact us at
or 712-388-7695
Yes, depending on availability. If space is available, you would be able to move-in mid-term. Contact us at
or 712-388-7695 for occupancy information.
No, Iowa Western Residence Life does not offer family or married housing; Residence Life Rules and Regulations do not permit cohabitation. Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to visit the Residence Life Facilities unless accompanied by a parent and are not permitted to spend the night under any circumstance. Guests 16 or 17 years of age must check out by 8pm.

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