Planning Your Stay

Guest Information


Each family is assigned to a private guest room with a bathroom. All guest rooms have a TV and streaming Blu-Ray player. All families share a large community kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is stocked with basic kitchen items, including: pots, pans, dishes, utensils, glassware, and some basic food items. Generous volunteer groups prepare dinner each evening at the House at 5:30 p.m. for families, as well as at the two Family Rooms. Guests also have full access to a pantry with non-perishable items and a community refrigerator stocked with milk, eggs, and other perishable items. The kitchen area is open 24 hours a day and families are welcome to eat at their convenience.

Living areas with TVs, video games, and computers with internet access are also available for use. The House provides linens, towels, laundry detergent for the laundry facilities, and cleaning supplies for your stay.



The Ronald McDonald House van provides free transportation to and from the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Shuttle times are 7:45 am, 9:45 am, 11:45 am, 1:45 pm, 5:45 pm and 8:45 pm daily. (Please note: no 7:45 am shuttle on the weekends.) Other transportation options include the Iowa City Bus, Uber, and our three local taxi services.

Each guest room is equipped with a family informational binder which includes:

  • Our guidelines for staying at the House, including House rules and policies
  • Additional parking and transportation information
  • A complete list of amenities provided by the House
  • A guide to restaurants, parks, and fun activities in the Iowa City area
  • A list of important phone numbers, plus instructions on how to use the phone in your room and access your voicemail