Moderate Room and Board Increases Contribute to Housing Improvements
Contact Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 3, 2012) – Moderate increases in room and board rates effective for the fall 2012 semester will enable the University of Central Missouri to enhance the student living experience through significant housing improvements while remaining highly competitive with other public Missouri four-year institutions.
The university’s Board of Governors on March 29 approved a recommendation to increase combined room and board rates by 5.13 percent. Patrick Bradley, director of University Housing, said with the increases UCM will rank ninth among 13 other Missouri public universities in terms what it costs to reside on campus.
UCM offers both townhouses and apartment-style living in addition to traditional residence halls. The price students pay this fall for housing will depend on the number of bedrooms and the housing complex. New residence hall room rates are $3,044 per semester for a single room and $2,444 for double occupancy. Apartment rental will begin at $554 per month for a one-bedroom apartment, with utilities included. The full-access meal plan was increased to $1,285 per semester.
Bradley said residence halls are self-supporting and do not receive state funding, so student housing fees are essential to the facilities improvement program. He noted the university expects to spend about $2.5 million to renovate its residence halls in Fiscal Year 2013. A large portion of that will go toward a project he’ll be taking to the Board of Governors in April. At that time, he will request formal approval of a general contractor for Nickerson Hall renovation.
“We’ll start right after students leave for the spring semester and keep going right up until they return to campus in August,” Bradley said. Improvements will include complete renovation of 16 Nickerson Hall apartments, which will cover replacement of old carpet and floor tile, and converting one of the suites into a small kitchen. Window replacement will also take place and will be completed during the summer of 2013.
Other housing projects include: roof replacement, heating, cooling and ventilation upgrades at Central Village and Greenwood Park, beginning this summer; lounge and kitchen improvements to create improved commons areas in Houts residence hall in 2012; and the installation of new furniture in Panhellenic Hall and the Fraternity Complex in 2013.
“By the summer of 2015, we expect every residence hall building to have new room furniture,” Bradley said.
Future renovation also will include installation of new fire alarm systems with voice capabilities in a number of university residence halls.