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What is BlockONE?

BlockONE is a collection of top-quality Ames apartment communities designed especially with Iowa State University students in mind. BlockONE is comprised of 23Twenty Lincoln, The Edge and University Towers, all of which feature a variety of spacious, furnished apartments plus a full set of community amenities such as a 24-hour fitness center, group study rooms, courtyard with hammocks and fire pit, gaming spaces and more. All just steps from campus.

Is BlockONE part of Iowa State University?

No. BlockONE is a privately owned and professionally managed community. Click here for more information about the management and ownership.

Can I live with friends, or can you match me with roommates?

You can select your roommate(s), or you can apply on your own and we can match you with other students. Applicants answer a short list of lifestyle questions to help in the matching process.

What are per-person contracts?

Instead of requiring all roommates to sign a joint lease, each person at BlockONE has their own individual contract, with one person per bedroom. This means you are only responsible for paying for yourself — not your roommates. Even if a roommate moves out or other bedrooms in your apartment are empty, you only pay the rate for your bedroom.

What is included in the rate?

Each resident at BlockONE pays a flat rate that includes:

  • Furnishings
  • High-speed internet
  • Trash disposal
  • In-unit laundry (select apartments)
  • Community features – study rooms, fitness center, etc.

What size are the apartments?

The spacious accommodations at BlockONE are available in studio to 4 bedroom floorplans, with available private bedroom-bathroom suites.

Are the apartments furnished?

Yes, each apartment at BlockONE has a furniture package that includes a full-size bed, desk and chair and dresser drawers. The living room includes a sofa, chair, coffee table, end table and entertainment stand with an HDTV. Furniture packages vary based on apartment size and orientation. To see a sample of the furniture and other finishes, please visit our model apartment.

When do the contracts start and end?

The standard term begins August 14, 2024 and ends July 25, 2025, with payments made in 12 equal installments. Limited alternate dates are available; please inquire with our staff. Click here for a sample agreement.

Is a co-signer or financial guaranty required?

Within 7 days after a Housing Agreement is signed, each resident is required to do one of two things: provide a qualifying guarantor (often a parent), or pre-pay the final 2 installments.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes. Residents can pay online 24 hours per day, by credit card or ACH electronic checking. BlockONE also offers automatic payment by either credit card or checking account — just fill out one page, one time and payments will be made automatically. Convenience fees apply for credit card and debit card payments.

Will my financial aid cover charges at BlockONE?

Your living costs at BlockONE can be covered by financial aid, just like on-campus housing. Any available financial aid funds, after university charges are satisfied, are released to the student for non-institutional expenses, such as off-campus housing. These funds can be used to pay charges at BlockONE. Normal payment deadlines will continue to apply.

Is BlockONE open to non-students?

Nearly all the residents at BlockONE are students at Iowa State University and the per-person contracts are also designed with students in mind. Residents/families with children are welcome. There is no extra cost for minor children in the care of adult residents, other than regular charges for each bedroom space selected by the resident. A minor occupying a bedroom space rented by a parent, guardian or person with legal custody is not considered a breach of the Housing Agreement or a violation of the rules. BlockONE is an Equal Opportunity housing provider and welcomes applications from non-students. In order to match student roommates in shared apartments, we will request roommate consent for any non-student occupants.

What kind of safety and security are provided?

BlockONE has a monitored fire-sprinkler system, along with electronic locks plus individually locking bedroom doors. Community courtesy patrols are provided at select times. Management staff are also available 24×7 and can be reached by a 24-hour phone number.

What are the policies on pets, smoking and guests?

BlockONE is a smoke-free community. A portion of BlockONE (The Edge) is pet-friendly in select apartments, subject to limitations on animals and breeds; the remainder of BlockONE is a no-pets environment.

Can I park my vehicle at BlockONE?

BlockONE offers surface, covered parking and an enclosed parking garage for an additional charge.

What other transportation options will I have?

BlockONE is conveniently located one block from the ISU campus, thus making it easy to walk or bike to classes and school activities. There’s also plenty of bike and scooter storage on-site.

Can I see a model apartment?

Yes. Please request an appointment for a personal tour, or just stop by to see us and we’ll be happy to show you the community.

Apply Now

Apply now to secure your preferred placement, and we'll waive the deposit.

New applicants only; limit one resident per bedroom. Housing Agreement must be fully signed while this limited-time promotion is in effect. Approved guarantor or partial prepaid rent required. All agreements are subject to management approval under regular application policies. Special offers, including discounted rates, may not be combined.