International Students

Welcome current and future residents. Let us know how we can help.

We are excited to welcome international students from all over the world to Aspire at West Campus on-campus apartments! We want your rental process and transition in Iowa City to be as smooth as possible. 

Getting Started

Leasing & Renewal

  How to submit an application

Follow these simple steps to submit an application to live at Aspire at West Campus. 

  1. Please visit the Floors Plan page of our website and choose the floor plan that is right for you. 
  2. Once you have selected your floor plan, click on the "Apply" button. You will need to register an account to continue. 
  3. Fill out the entire application. If you choose a Guarantor, they will also need to fill out an application. A Guarantor must earn four times the monthly rent installment and have established credit. You can use your I-20 for income verification. 
  4. After you and your Guarantor (if applicable) submit an application, the property staff will generate a lease for you to sign online.  
  5. Once your lease is signed, you and your Guarantor (if applicable) will go through a credit and background screening. Once you have passed your screening, your lease will be approved.

  Individual Leases

Individual leases are available for 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom units and provide each resident with their own separate lease agreement and responsibility for only his/her rental installments and parking charges. By signing an individual lease, you are only taking responsibility for your rental installments and lease terms and will not be held liable for any delinquent amounts owed by your roommate(s). The individual lease agreements protects you in the event your roommates cannot make their payments, or if they leave their lease agreement early.

  Lease Agreement Term

The lease term is 12 months; the current term begins August 11 and ends July 19th. Additional lease terms are available. Please contact the Leasing Office for additional information. 

  Do I have to pay a security deposit?

Yes, a security deposit of $250 is required per the lease agreement upon approved credit. The security deposit is fully refundable upon move out unless damage to the apartment has occurred. We periodically run specials including $0 signing fees, so be sure to check our Specials page.

  How to renew your lease

If you are already a resident, you do not have to reapply. Instead, you will complete a renewal lease that will renew your contract for Fall 2023. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee your spot. All leases are signed on a first-come, first-served basis which is why you should renew your lease as soon as possible.

  1. Login to the ResidentPortal and find your renewal offer located in the red banner at the top of the page. 
  2. Click "Review offer" and follow the prompts. 
  3. Once you click "Complete Renewal", our leasing team will be notified that you have accepted your renewal offer and will generate your updated lease for signature. 
  4. You will receive an email when your lease is available on the ResidentPortal. All parties (including any guarantors) are required to sign the lease document. 
  5. Once you have signed your lease, you have officially secured your spot for next year!


  What is Aspire at West Campus?

Aspire at West Campus is an exclusive graduate and faculty community located on the University of Iowa campus. Please visit the Floor Plans page of our website and choose the floor plan that is right for you.

  How close is Aspire at West Campus to campus?

Aspire at West Campus is conveniently located on-campus at the University of Iowa. Walk, bike or take the Cambus to wherever you need to be.

  What floorplans are available?

One bedroom - one bathroom; 2 bedroom - 1 bathroom; 2 bedroom - 2 bathroom; 2 bedroom - 2 bathroom with shared bedrooms

  What is included in rent?

Cable TV, internet, water, trash, sewer and a variety of great community amenities are all included. Electricity and gas are not included.

  Is the apartment furnished?

Our apartments come unfurnished and select apartments come furnished with everything you need to feel at home:

  • Bedroom: queen bed, dresser and nightstand
  • Living Room: couch, coffee table, 2 side tables, chair
  • Kitchen: Appliances, bar stools
  • Washer and Dryer

  What amenities can be found at Aspire at West Campus

Residents will enjoy a newly renovated fitness center, micro-market, updated study lounges, free printing of 50 black & white pages per month, bike racks, on-site Cambus bus stop, dog park, BBQ picnic areas and walking trails

  Are you pet friendly?

Yes - we welcome up to two pets per home. Our community does not currently accept the following breeds: Akita, American Bull Dog, Chow, Doberman, Pit Bull, and Rottweiler, or any mix of the aforementioned breeds. There is a $250 pet fee per pet, as well as a $30 monthly pet rent fee per pet. We gladly accommodate service animals and emotional support animals. Please contact the leasing office for the proper forms to be filed out in conjunction with your personal medical professional. 

Getting Around

  Airports & Ground Transportation

There are several transportation options from the airport to make your trip as comfortable and convenient as possible.

  Local Transportation

Around Campus

  Banks & Currency

You can exchange and set up a bank account with one of the local banks in Iowa City. See below a few options:

  Health & Medical Care

The University of Iowa Student Health Center is just a short walk, bike or bus ride away. Enrollment in student insurance is a requirement for international students. For more information on insurance, please visit the University of Iowa website.

For emergencies, students can dial 911 on their phone for immediate assistance.

  Shopping & Groceries

There are convenient local retailers and grocery stores to make living at Aspire at West Campus.

Grocery Stores
Cell Phone