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Board of Governors Residency Requirement

UCM requires first-year and sophomore students under the age of 21 to reside on campus as part of a two-year residency requirement. Freshmen and sophomores are also required to have specified meal plans.  Brand new transfer students with <48 UCM accepted credit hours are also required to reside on campus (and must reach 60 hours after attending to remain exempt).


University Housing Mission:

University Housing provides residential experiences that empower students to succeed, engage with others, embrace our world, and develop life skills.

University Housing's Mission is in direct support of the mission, vision and values of the University of Central Missouri

University Housing Community Statement:

University Housing pledges to create and encourage a community that embraces members in all forms, and where people are treated with dignity and respect.  In this community, we will foster an environment where all thoughts and opinions can be expressed freely without fear of retaliation, where people can live without discrimination or prejudice, and where all people are valued.

Residential Student Outcomes

University Housing strives to create an on-campus living experience that assists residents in developing skills and abilities to accomplish the following:


Be successful: Students will learn and develop skills to achieve success with their academics, job, finances, and their professional goals.  Students will learn skills and abilities to contribute to their learning and be active participants in their personal growth and development.


Be engaged and connected with others and the community: Students will feel a sense of belonging and connection to the UCM and local community. Students will gain skills to make meaningful connections to others and gain an acceptance and understanding of others.   


Embrace our world and the importance of all people:  Students will learn and develop skills to enhance their lives through a broader understanding of relationships with others, society, and the world.  Students will learn skills to demonstrate their role in a welcoming and caring community. 


Develop life skills and become self-aware: Students will learn and develop skills to achieve personal responsibility for living in a community, solving one’s problems, accepting personal role in challenges, failures and successes, living a healthy lifestyle, and other life skills.

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Housing Important Dates

Always check your UCM email for additional important dates and updates with vital information

Important Dates Fall 2024

Fall 2024


08/15-08/18 Residence Hall and Apartment move-in (See Residence Hall Move-In and Apartment Move-in pages for specific dates/times)
08/19: Classes begin
08/23: Last day to change meal plan for Fall 2024


09/04-09/11:  Fall room change request period begins (via Housing office)


10/17: Fall Break (Classes not in session; offices open)
10/18:  Fall Break (Classes not in session; all offices closed)


11/15: Deadline to cancel for Spring semester and get housing deposit refunded. *This is only for those eligible to cancel without penalty: those graduating, student teaching, studying abroad, departing UCM.
11/22: Residence halls close at 6pm for Thanksgiving break (Apartments remain open) 
Sign up for break housing at
11/25-11/29: Thanksgiving Break, CLASSES DISMISSED


12/01: Residence Halls open, Noon (apartments remain open)
12/02:  2023-2024 apartment application goes live at 8am for students to get on waitlist
12/04-12/05:  Room Change Period via Housing Office (those wanting to go into rooms with a current student must have roommate sign off on 4th)
12/13: Residence halls close at 6 pm for semester break, last day to cancel spring meal plan (if eligible)
             Sign up for break housing at

Important Dates Spring 2025


01/12: Residence halls reopen: 9 am for new students, Noon for returning students
01/17: Last day to change meal plan for Spring 2025
01/29-01/30: Room change request period via Housing office  (those wanting to go into rooms with a current student must have roommate sign off on 29th)


02/10: Priority date to submit your housing agreement to be eligible for the first round of online room sign-up/selection


03/07: Spring Break begins, residence halls close at 6pm
03/10-03/14: Spring Break, CLASSES DISMISSED:
03/16: Residence halls reopen at Noon from Spring Break


TBD: Loft Returns:  Check email for updates


05/09: Residence halls close at 6 pm for end of year*
*Call or stop by to inquire about summer housing options open to all students












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