The UniverCity Program creates homeownership opportunities in neighborhoods near downtown Iowa City and the University of Iowa campus. The program focuses on areas 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.

To date, nearly 70 properties have been renovated and sold as owner-occupied homes through the program.  

About the UniverCity Program 

The City is not accepting applications for the UniverCity program at this time. There are no homes currently under rehabilitation.

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