The UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership is an effort by the City of Iowa City focusing on neighborhoods located near the University campus that retain a single family character and a demand for single family housing, but that also have a large renter population.

The program is dedicated to ensuring that the neighborhoods surrounding downtown and the University of Iowa campus remain vital, safe, affordable and attractive places to live and work for renters and homeowners.

As the program progresses, we hope to offer additional homebuyer incentives and home improvement and preservation programs to encourage University employees and others employed in the downtown and campus area, to live in these neighborhoods. The program will also consider incentives to encourage quality, affordable rental housing close to downtown and campus, as well as neighborhood-based efforts to work with landlords to promote attractive and well-managed rentals.

About the UniverCity Program 

Learn more about how the program works, and to find out if you qualify:

UniverCity Neighborhoods 

 UniverCity properties are located  within designated UniverCity neighborhoods. See the map below.


  • City of Iowa City
  • Friends of Historic Preservation
  • Iowa City Housing Authority
  • ReStore/Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity