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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!

University Housing FAQs

What should I expect on move-in day? Do people help me move in?

Volunteers will be present, 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.  Most of our buildings do not so you may want to consider a hand-cart for getting items upstairs.

Need to know move-in dates/times:  View our Move-In page located under Residence Hall Living OR our Important Dates on the Apply for Housing page!

What is included with my residence hall room/Dimensions?

The room is furnished with:

  • two extra-long twin beds
  • one dresser
  • two desks
  • two chairs
  • trash can
  • cable service
  • wireless internet
  • all utilities (gas, water, electricity, trash, & sewer)

Students are encouraged to secure personal property insurance if not covered by family homeowner insurance.

Room Amenities & Dimensions

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.  

Can I bring my car to campus? Where do 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)

When will I find out where I will live and who my roommate will be?

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 mailed their assignment just before the holidays in December.

Links about meal plans, refrigerator rental, loft rental, carpet, linen purchases and other information will be posted on the housing website, so make sure you check it regularly.

What should I bring?

Your room will be your home for several months, so you will want it to be as comfortable as possible. Some suggested items are:

  • bed linens/pillow (all of our residence halls require extra-long twin sheets)
  • posters, pictures and other items to make your space feel like home
  • laundry and cleaning supplies
  • desk lamp and supplies
  • rugs and/or carpet
  • DVDs and CDs
  • clothes, towels and toiletries
  • radio, alarm clock and power strips

See our suggested packing list:

Residence Hall Packing List


Items prohibited and to be LEFT AT HOME INCLUDE:

  • Toaster ovens & grills
  • Space heaters
  • Hot plates
  • Candles/incense (no burnt wicks allowed, but battery operated candles are allowed)
  • Scented wax warmers (Scentsy warmers as example)
  • Hoverboards
  • Halogen lamps/lava lamps
  • Fish tanks that are LARGER than 10 gallons
  • Weapons including but not limited to all forms of firearms, any mechanical or gas operated mechanism that propels a projectile, ammunition, fireworks, nerf guns, knives with blades that are more than four (4) inches in length, throwing stars, swords, and related items. 

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. These lofts create additional living space and provide:

  • Easy assembly in five minutes
  • Durable steel construction
  • University supplied bed frame and mattress (mattresses are 6" x 36" x 80")
  • Delivery to campus and pick up at end of year

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.

What are the residence hall policies?

For specific housing policies please review by clicking below. These are not the full list of UCM related policies and expectations.


UCM Housing Policy Guide


Please review the Student Handbook for all policies at the University of Central Missouri.


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

Can I change my room and/or roommate?

Room change requests are typically accepted three weeks after move-in.  At this time, you may request a move to an available space. If a first-year student would like a single room, they will be allowed to request a single room after the halls open and pending space availability.

Room changes cannot be made without prior permission from the Office of University Housing.  Please check the Important Dates listing on the University Housing and Dining Services homepage for more information.

What if I lose my key or get locked out?

If you lose your room key:
- Report it immediately to your front desk
- Your lock will be re-cored (lock changed) at YOUR  expense
- Cost of re-core:  $85

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 varies based on time of day)

Students receive 2 Free Lockouts for the academic year!
Charges occur after 2 lockouts (prices increase with each additional lockout - up to $25/lockout)

If you lose your mailbox key:
- Cost of new mailbox key:  $5.75 

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 and Email
  • Phone number
  • Building and room number
  • Detailed description and location of the issue being reported

View our guide to submitting a work order HERE

Are the halls open during break?

Most of the residence halls close during Fall break (the week of Thanksgiving), Fall semester break (after the Fall semester), Spring break and Summer break.

Residence Halls closed during thanksgiving break, winter break, spring break, and summer:

  • Ellis, UCC, Panhellenic, Fraternity Complex

Residence Halls open during thanksgiving break, winter break, spring break, and summer:

  • South Yeater, Fitzgerald, Nattinger-Bradshaw, Houts-Hosey, Nickerson

Apartments open year round:

  • Central Village, Greenwood Park, Foster-Knox, Todd Apartments, Nickerson Apartments, The Crossing


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