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University Housing - Frequently Asked Questions


Below are University Housing FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).  Please feel free to reach out to our office staff or hall staff if you have any questions regarding residence halls, apartments, or life on campus!

Top Questions:

Do I have to live on campus?


Living on campus helps you meet new people, get involved in activities and can boost your GPA. For these reasons and more, UCM requires all students to reside on campus for the first two years and be on specific meal plans.

Students are automatically exempt if they are:

  • 21 years of age or older by the start of the semester for which they are starting at UCM
  • 60 UCM accepted credit hours completed by the start of the start of the semester
  • Have lived in UCM campus housing for two full academic years (academic year defined as Fall and Spring semesters)
  • Have been approved for exemption for two full academic years already (academic year defined as Fall and Spring semesters)
  • Have combined two full academic years on campus of either approved exemption or living on campus (academic year defined as Fall and spring semester)

Students may apply for exemption based on specific criteria


Must submit commuter exemption form found at

  • Commute from home while living with a parent, grandparent, or court ordered legal guardian permanently (within 65 mile driving distance as further listed on the exemption form located at

Other General Exemption Established Criteria:
Must submit general exemption form found at

  • Married by the start of the semester for which they are beginning or have children (active custody)
  • Current active duty military (excludes monthly reserve service)
  • 100% of classes for the upcoming semester are online or at the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC in Lee's Summit)*
    *Approved one semester at a time
  • New Transfer student with one of the following:
    • An associate degree awarded prior to the semester the student is beginning at UCM
    • 48 or more UCM accepted credit hours awarded prior to the semester the student is beginning at UCM
      • Note that approval cannot occur until ALL credits are accepted and on file at UCM
    • Has lived in a residence hall on another campus for four (4) semester (must show documented proof)
  • Studying abroad or student teaching*
    Eligibility for exemption is only for the semester(s) spent studying abroad or student teaching (approved on semester at a time)


If you believe you meet one of the above criteria or other criteria listed on our exemption form, you can find that form at


Do I Have to be on a Specific Meal Plan?

First-year and second-year students must be on specific meal plans.  The exceptions Are

  • Student is 21 years by start of the semester
  • Student has 60 or more UCM accepted credit hours
  • Student lives in The Crossing, Central Village, Or Greenwood Park

If a student who is required to be on a meal plan does not sign up for meal plan 1, 2, or 3 by the first Friday of classes, they will be automatically assigned meal plan 1.  


You can find the meal plan options and rates at

As a transfer student, do I have to live on campus?

UCM requires transfer students who have less than 48 UCM accepted credit hours to reside on campus.  

A New Transfer student with one of the following can submit a request for exemtpion form  (the general exemption form) located at

    • An associate degree awarded prior to the semester the student is beginning at UCM
    • 48 or more UCM accepted credit hours awarded prior to the semester the student is beginning at UCM
      • Note that approval cannot occur until ALL credits are accepted and on file at UCM
    • Has lived in a residence hall on another campus for four (4) semester (must show documented proof

Transfers students who are exempt due to having 48 credit hours MUST reach 60 hours or 21 years of age by the following semester after being exempt, or they will be required to reside  on campus due to the standard 60 hour requirement for general UCM students.


If you believe you meet one of the above criteria or other criteria listed on our exemption form, you can find that form at

How do I apply for Housing?

First year students must submit their housing agreement via MyCentral.

A $100 deposit is due at the time of the agreement.  Credit/debit cards may be used if agreement is submitted via MyCentral (highly encouraged)  Checks/money order are accepted for agreements sent via mail.  Starting fall 2024, the deposit is $50 refundable, $50 non-refundable

Students may submit housing agreements via MyCentral 

You will need your network ID and password.  For more information on your network ID and signing onto MyCentral you can access technology support information HERE

View Instructions on finding agreement link online


View full how-to video on submitting your residence hall agreement


As an incoming student, how do I preference a roommate/suitemate?

View Full How-to-Guide


View How-to-Video on Submitting and Accepting Roommate/Suitemate Requests

*Note this video shows instructions based on previous MyCentral setup.  The process is the same once you locate the Housing section in MyCentral

How do I find my Assignment and Roommate/Suitemate Information

First year room assignment & roommate/suitemate information will be released in late June.  Students can follow the instructions below to find their room/building information along with roommate/suitemate contact information.

How to Find My Assignment/Roommate & Suitemate Information

What is the apartment application process?

Current students who meet apartment eligibility and wish to apply for any current apartment availability/waitlist can do so via MyCentral. The apartment application is located under the housing section in the Student Records and Registration menu.

Visit our Apartment Living page to view requirements to live within our various apartments on campus as well as the important dates!


You can find a guide on how to apply HERE.


View the timeline for Apartment Applications and offers at!

What is included in my residence hall?

Each room is furnished with two extra-long twin beds, one dresser, two desks, two chairs, trash can, wireless internet, all utilities (gas, water, electricity, trash, & sewer).


View Amenities and Room Diagrams


Can I bring my car to campus? Where should I park?

Students are allowed to bring cars to campus.  Students must park in designated lots for students.  Parking maps and information on parking permits can be obtained by visiting Parking Services webpage or visiting their office (located in same building as Public Safety).

What are the benefits of living on campus?

Students will have access to on-campus resources, high speed internet and dining options. Further, Community Advisors will be present in all communities and will plan fun and interactive programming, abiding by social distancing protocols. Residents will be provided an engaging learning environment to complement their classroom experience.

How Do I Find Housing Assignment Gateway

Click Below to Follow Instructions


How to Find Housing Assignment Gateway

Agreements and Billing:

How do I apply for housing? (Residence Halls)

First year students must resident on campus and can submit their residence hall agreement via MyCentral.

All students will submit an agreement to live within the residence hall system

A $100 deposit is due at the time of the agreement.  Credit/debit cards may be used if agreement is submitted via MyCentral.  Checks/money order/cash is accepted for agreements sent via mail.  Starting Fall 2024, the $100 deposit is $50 refundable, $50 non-refundable

See Instructions on Locating Agreement in MyCentral

What are Apartment Options & How to Apply?

You can learn about apartment options to upperclass students at and pricing information at


You can find a guide to submitting an apartment application HERE

Note that apartments are based on a waitlist and students should monitor offer timelines located at

What is the Meal Plan Requirement?

First and second year students must be on required meal plans per the university residency policy.  First and second year students must choose between plans 1, 2, or 3 when submitting a meal plan.  If they do not choose a plan, plan one will eventually be assigned to them once the semester starts. 

How do I cancel my housing contract and/or meal plan?

Please complete the Housing/Meal Plan Cancellation Form found HERE

Is my housing deposit refundable?

A $100 security deposit ($50 refundable starting fall 2024) is required to accompany all applications for UCM residence halls and will be retained by UCM for so long as the student resides in any UCM residence hall.

Unless the deposit is forfeited under any of the terms of this agreement, the $25 refundable portion, less any assessment for damages, or outstanding University charges, will be refunded to the student following termination of the residence hall agreement by the student and inspection of the premises and property by representatives of the University.

The student agrees to be responsible for any cost of defacement or damage to the room or rooms, common areas and all University furnishings or property that are damaged or destroyed during the term.

What happens if I cancel my housing contract?

Please view section 8 of the Terms of Agreement for the Residence Hall Agreement.


View a copy of our current residence hall agreement located at  For apartments, please see your own signed agreement or request a copy by emailing


How do I sign up for a Meal Plan?

Move-in Day:

When can I move in?

View our Move-In page located under Residence Hall Living OR our Important Dates on the main page:

What should I expect? Do people help me move in?

Volunteers will be present (on Kickoff move-in day only)  but their role is to help get items from vehicles to the curb/sidewalk so students and families can move cars to the parking lot.  This helps the process be easier and efficient for all UCM families.  Please view your hall page to see if your building has an elevator.  Some of our buildings do not so you may want to consider a handcart for getting items upstairs.

How Do I Sign Up for a Check-In Time?

All students except for those in Central Village/Greenwood must sign up for a check-in time. 

View Instructions on How to Sign up For Check-In Time

What should I bring?

Your room will be your home for several months, so you will want it to be as comfortable as possible. Please see our for a full suggested packing list.

View Packing List


What Cooking Appliances are Allowed?

Items allowed in student room, but only when student is present:  Coffee makers and microwaves.  Other cooking appliances (not listed below) may be used but in community kitchens only.

Can I build a loft?

Due to safety reasons, students may not build their own lofts. Instead, students may rent lofts from a UCM approved company named College Products. If you would like to put your bed on a loft, please visit our table during orientation for an order form or visit our Housing Services page. If you choose to not to put your bed on a loft, you will have 3-4 feet of space under the bed if the bed is raised to the maximum height.  This allows storage for most bins, smaller refrigerators, etc.

College Products Website

UCM utilizes the "Patented Loft Kit" which is the Basic Loft Kit rental. 

Living on Campus:

Where is my residence hall located?

The Warrensburg Campus Map provides an interactive guide to where you are living as well as other amenities on campus.

Campus Map

What network and cable services does UCM provide?

Our halls currently provide internet through ethernet or wireless connection.  Please refer to our move-in page under Residence Hall Living for specifications for TVs.  Personal wireless routers, hot-spots, and wireless printers are not permitted for use due to network interruption. 

For 2021-2022 and beyond, cable TV will no longer be provided within the University Housing system.  

Can I have a pet on campus?

Only service animals and approved emotional support animals (ESA) are allowed on campus.  ESAs must be registered and approved PRIOR to the animal residing on campus.  The process for ESAs is completed through the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) and their requirements can be found at under Forms

Actual service animals do not require registration, however, we do encourage students to register with OAS to be provided with their full assistance/resources.  

What are the residence hall policies?

For specific housing policies, please review the UCM Housing Policy Guide.

All other policies and expectations can be found in the UCM Student Handbook.

Students are expected to be aware of, and follow, all policies.

What if I lose my key or get locked out?

If you lose your room key:

 All lost keys should be reported to your front desk. The lock to your door(s) will be replaced at YOUR expense.

The cost of this expense will be $85.50 

For The Crossing, the cost varies as replacement keys are required for each additional bedroom within an apartment.

If you lose your mailbox key:

All lost keys should be reported to your front desk.

Cost of a new mailbox key will be $5.75.

If you are locked out:

Report to the front desk to request a lockout.

You will need to wait for available staff to assist.
(Wait time will vary based upon the time the lockout is reported).

Students will only Receive 2 free lockouts for the academic year. Charges will occur after the 2nd lockout.

Prices will increase with each additional lockout - up to $25/lockout.  For example:  Your 7th lockout would accrue a billing of $90.00 to your student account.

What if I need something repaired in my room?

There are a variety of ways to submit work orders to allow for optimal convenience for residents. Non-emergency work orders can be submitted 24 hours a day online via your MyCentral account.  Students can also call Facilities, Planning and Operations directly at 660-543-4331. You can also check the status of your work request by calling this number.

Another way to submit work orders is to contact the front desk of your building or the CA. The CA will then contact the on-call staff member to respond to the situation.

For an emergency repair request after regular business hours, contacting the front desk or hall staff is the best approach.
When submitting a work order, you will need to provide your name, email, phone number, building and room number, and a detailed description of the issue being reported.

Learn How to Submit a Work Order

Are halls open during breaks?

All residence halls are open the week of fall break (the week of Thanksgiving), Fall semester break (after the Fall semester), and Spring break


Students MUST sign up to stay on campus during fall/winter/spring break by seeing the request form located at  Forms will be posted to the site in November (for fall/semester break housing) and in late February (for spring break housing).

Extra charge for staying on campus during fall/spring break is $50.  The charge for semester break is $100. 

Apartments are open year round:
Central Village, Greenwood Park, Foster/Knox, Todd Apartments, Nickerson Apartments, and The Crossing

Learning Communities & Gender Inclusive Housing

Learning Communities are new beginning Fall 2023!

What is a Learning Community (LC)?

University Housing provides a living environment designed to enhance your learning experience at UCM.

University Housing’s Learning Communities are living spaces for first year students who are majoring in particular programs of study.  Student who chose this option will live together and take 6-7 credit hours of common enrolled classes in the fall semester together. 

Learn more at

What are the benefits to living in a Learning Community?

The social and educational interactions at the heart of our Learning Communities provide many benefits including:

  • Better grades
  • Easier adjustment to college life
  • Friends
  • Connect with others within your particular major and academic area of interest
  • Live in a community where others experience the same courses
  • Ability to form study groups
  • Interact with faculty inside and outside the classroom

What LCs are available on campus?

The following Learning Communities are available to first-year students:

  •  Art & Design
  • Aviation
  • Biology & Related Fields
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Science & Software Engineering
  • Cybersecurity & Information Technology
  • Education
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Theatre & Dance

We still have our Safe and Inclusive Living Commmunity separate from LCs which you can find more info at


For more info on Learning Communities, visit


How can I sign up to live in a Learning Community?

Submit your residence hall agreement listing the particular learning community for which you are qualified.  The sooner you submit your residence hall agreement, the more likely your chance of getting your top choice of living in your preferred learning community.  You can submit your agreement via MyCentral.

Preference given to those who submit housing agreements by March 15!  Space is limited on LCs, so we recommend turning in your Housing Agreement early to help secure your spot.

What are the requirements to living in a Learning Community?

For more information about SHIP requirements, please visit our Learning Community Webpage

What if I change my major to something unrelated to the Learning Community I am living in?

If you are living in a Learning Community you will typically be allowed to finish the year in that community. You do have the option to request to move from that location if you desire.
(Please see the “Can I change my room and/or roommate?” panel under the “Roommates” section).

What is Gender Inclusive Housing/Safe and Inclusive Living?

University Housing at the University of Central Missouri is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all students residing in the residence halls. Part of the commitment is providing gender inclusive housing options for students who identify as transgender, gender-nonconforming, non-binary, and their allies. Gender Inclusive Housing furthers UCM’s non-discrimination policy in regards to gender identity and/or expression.

The Safe and Inclusive Living (SAIL) Community is a community where students of diverse gender identities/expressions and sexual orientations, including allies, live and learn together in an inclusive and supportive community.  This community supports students who identify as LGBTQIA+ or an ally.  This SHIP allows roommates and suitemates to live together regardless of gender identity and expression.  

Please indicate this interest on your housing agreement.  IN ADDITION, students must also fill in a special application/agreement for the SAIL SHIP located below.  Failure to complete this application will prevent students from being assigned to this floor.


Note that the link below is NOT our overall housing agreement, but a special application to just live on the SAIL SHIP.

SAIL SHIP Application and Agreement


Where am I living and who is my roommate?

Room assignments and roommate information will be available on your MyCentral no later than the last week of June for the Fall semester. New students starting in the Spring semester will be able to view their assignment on MyCentral just before the holidays in December.

View Instructions on How to Find Your Roommate

How do I sign up for housing if I have a roommate in mind?

Students with roommate preferences should submit their request no later than the first week of June.  See our top questions area above for details instructions!

Preference requests are made via the Housing Assignment Gateway under the housing section of MyCentral. The preferences must be a mutual request to be considered.

Effort will be made to honor the request although there is no guarantee of a match.

Can I change my room and/or roommate?

Students who wish to change rooms/roommates will have the opportunity to do so after the first 2 weeks of the academic term. Instructions for this process will be sent to students via email from University Housing within the 2-week period.

Students who wish to change rooms after this period will need to schedule a meeting with their Residence Hall Director (RHD) for their area.

Meeting with the RHD does not guarantee that you will be moved from your current room placement.

Find my RHD

What should I do if I am having problems living with my roommate?

If you are having issues in your room/suite, the first person you should contact is your Community Advisor (CA) or Apartment Community Assistant (ACA).

Your CA/ACA has been trained to deal with a variety of issues you may face on campus. They are prepared to confront any inappropriate behavior to help the community be an orderly place to live and study.


What dining options are available on campus?

There are a wide variety of on-campus dining options for students. All dining options listed accept Dining Dollars featured in the student’s selected meal plan.

Retail Dining:

  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Einstein Bros Bagels
  • Starbucks
  • CRU5H
  • SPIN! Pizza
  • Taco Bell
  • Traditions at Pertle Springs
  • The Grid

Dining Centers:

  • Ellis Dining Center
  • Todd Dining Center
A map of all available on-campus dining options, as well as hours of operation, can be found here.

What meal plan options are available to me?

To view our most current meal plan agreement please visit MyCentral (under housing section) or at


Room Selection

Do current residents automatically get their room again?

No, all current (not incoming) students will have to resubmit their residence hall agreement for the next year based on the timeline found at  All returning/current residents will pick their own room based on the room retention/room selection schedule.

What is my roommate PIN? How do I set it?

The Housing PIN number is used only in the on-line student room self-selection process. The purpose of the Housing PIN is to verify that you have given permission to another student to pull you in as a roommate. Please do not share this number with anyone that you do not wish to live with; otherwise you may find yourself in a awkward social situation. You may come back to this site anytime you wish to update your Housing PIN Number.

You set your PIN via the Housing Assignment Gateway on MyCentral (located under Student > Records and Registration)

Find video instructions located HERE or our instruction guide HERE
(note that the video will have different heading images due to updates to the Housing Gateway but the steps remain the same!)

How do I retain my own room?

If you submit your agreement by our priority date, you can retain your current room (if available and on a designated upperclass floor next year).  You do this by going through room retention, which dates can be found at  You enter the module during the date range to pick your same room if you wish.  If you wish to have a different room OR to go into suite with roommate/suitemate(s), you would go through General Room Selection

The room retention module is found on the Housing Assignment Gateway on MyCentral (located under Student > Records and Registration)

Find video instructions on room retention located HERE or our instruction guide HERE

How do I pick a room anywhere on campus?

This is for picking ANY available bed space on campus including doubles and singles. This is also the module you will use to bring in a roommate/suitemate(s) or if someone brings you in using your roommate PIN. If you have identified other students that you want to room with, you will need their last name, ID and housing PIN to be able to assign them to a room/suite with you. If your roommate or suitemates have yet to do this and share the number with you, you are unable to assign them to a room.

The general room selection module is found  on the Housing Assignment Gateway on MyCentral (located under Student > Records and Registration)


Find video instructions on room retention located HERE or our instruction guide HERE



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