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Old 05-29-2012, 11:34 AM
 
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Hi, I am moving to Iowa City to attend graduate school and have run into financial difficulty. Unfortunately, I am unable to put a deposit down until mid-June, with a move-in date set for August 1st. I am having trouble finding much availability for a studio or one bedroom apartment in my price range (below 700/Mo). I am hoping someone here might have some advice on where to look for available apartments, especially places that might be more difficult to find on the internet. Thanks.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:38 PM
 
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Have you looked at Seville Apartments, or Carriage Hill? There are many single apartments on Oakcrest street that would go for less than $700/mo. You would need to book one soon because they get snatched up pretty quick as the start of the semester nears..
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:56 PM
 
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Thanks for the reply. I think I am going to put a deposit down on Seville for 650/mo, but how I'm going to pay electricity and Internet and still eat is a mystery. IC is a lot more expensive than I figured it would be, considering it's full of broke college students.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:01 AM
 
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Did you look into the university-owned apartments? Certainly not the nicest places in the world, but dirt-cheap if you can get into one.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:04 AM
 
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Why not look at sharing an apartment? It would save you at least $300 per month. There should be plenty of people searching for roommates...
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:44 AM
 
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Thanks for the kind responses. I originally posted this after sending out 20+ emails on craigslist and the University of Iowa roommate search service and getting no response back. Fortunately, last night I found a roommate and rent with all utilities paid for 550 that I think will work out. Definitely wish I'd gone to law school in Des Moines now, though. Housing in Iowa City seems...inadequate on so many levels. Let's hope my experience in the city and with what I've heard is a great culture makes up for the horrible experience searching for a place.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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Iowa City is a great town. Finding housing (especially last minute) can be hectic, but it sounds like it is settled, so don't let that sour your experience. Enjoy your time there!
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:26 PM
 
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Thanks for the kind responses. I originally posted this after sending out 20+ emails on craigslist and the University of Iowa roommate search service and getting no response back. Fortunately, last night I found a roommate and rent with all utilities paid for 550 that I think will work out. Definitely wish I'd gone to law school in Des Moines now, though. Housing in Iowa City seems...inadequate on so many levels. Let's hope my experience in the city and with what I've heard is a great culture makes up for the horrible experience searching for a place.
It is very late in the process to look for housing, considering that many students have signed leases for 2012 in 2011. I would suggest for you to rent in Iowa City but if your not having any luck you should try Cedar Rapids. The rental market is much cheaper and easier to navigate.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:17 PM
 
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It is very late in the process to look for housing, considering that many students have signed leases for 2012 in 2011. I would suggest for you to rent in Iowa City but if your not having any luck you should try Cedar Rapids. The rental market is much cheaper and easier to navigate.
Personally, I'd never recommend that a student at U of IA live in Cedar Rapids, unless it was necessary for a spouses job or something.

Sounds like the OP has something lined up, though, and, like you said, this is a hard time of year to look, so there will be lots more options available when he or she next needs to look.
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:43 PM
 
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Good luck with finding an apartment. The housing situation in Iowa City is one of the main reasons I decided to attend graduate school elsewhere. It seems like all of the leases run August to August so if you want something before August (like me), you are SOL. I only found two 1br apartments in Coralville that were available in May, but I wasn't impressed with either of them. Lastly, the apartments there are REALLY expensive for what you get. This one place I looked at in Coralville was $550 per month and was only 450sqft.

I think the issue is that there seems to be a shortage of apartments. My current city has plenty of apartment complexes that cater to families, students, and single professional people and I had no trouble finding a place to live.

Overall I loved Iowa City, just not the housing aspect.
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