South Duff ISU

Moving off campus is a rite of passage for most students – another step on their road to independence. At The South Duff, our goal is to make that transition as easy as possible for you and your child.

Professional Management and Maintenance
South Duff offers professional on-site management and 24-hour emergency maintenance. Our staff lives and works on site and annually participates in extensive customer service training to make your student’s living experience a memorable one. 

Our local Executive Director is supported by a skilled and experienced team focused on resident services, maintenance, and residential life.

Residents who need assistance can meet with team members in the office or fill out work request forms
online for added convenience.

Individual Leases & Financial Responsibility
At South Duff, we offer individual leases by the bedroom (not the full apartment). This is different from a joint and several lease in one significant way: You and your child are only responsible for your rent. You are never responsible for paying a roommate’s rent, even if they graduate or transfer.

As part of the lease agreement, South Duff requires each student to have a “Guarantor,” (a person 25 or older who is a resident of the U.S. that will vouch for the financial responsibility of the lease). If a Guarantor is not available, a “Self Guarantor Fee” is an alternative and requires 1 and a half installments of prepaid rent used for the final 1 and a half lease installments.

All-Inclusive Living
Moving your child out on their own can be expensive. At South Duff, we support families with many student-friendly amenities that are included in the overall rent to help ease the financial burden.

There is no additional charge for Internet, cable TV, 50" Smart TV provided in all units, full-size washer/dryer, fitness center, computer lab, study rooms, printing, tanning, shuttle to commuter lot, or monthly social events.

Safety & Security
South Duff is a member of the Iowa Crime Free Housing Program.

Residential Life
South Duff is a social community with a vibrant residential life program focused on social, physical, charitable and educational activities – and many free food events, too! Residents are active participants in a variety of monthly events hosted by our team of dedicated community assistants and managers.

Charitable activities have included Toys for Tots and food drives. Educational activities could include everything from crime-free housing awareness to tutoring support. And South Duff regularly offers popular social events such as pizza parties, breakfast-on-the-go, and other fun ways to meet new friends and create lasting college memories.

Community Assistants
Every year, many students vie for the opportunity to become South Duff Community Assistants (CAs). CAs are assigned to groups of residents, and offer peer guidance and support during a student’s transition to off-campus housing. CAs contact residents weekly, and assist them with everything from how to use appliances to roommate problem-solving.

The CA position provides students with valuable resume-building experience through their work as a community leader, problem solver, event planner, sales associate, and friend.


Pierce Education Properties

South Duff is owned by Pierce Education Properties, a San Diego-based owner, manager and developer of student housing and education-based real estate. Pierce owns and manages a national portfolio of approximately 12,500 beds of upscale, purpose-built, off-campus student apartment communities serving students and universities throughout the U.S.