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Guide to On-Campus Living

This is one of the most exciting times in your life – starting college! With all the excitement, we want you to be prepared. So, we’ve included some helpful information and tips to get you started on the right foot and make your stay with us a success! All of this information can be found below. Building codes can also be found online.

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Housing Assignments
First-year and second-year students are required to live on campus with a roommate. Spring room assignments will be available the third week of December. The assignment will detail your room, roommate and suitemates (building codes can be found online). As a reminder, the residence hall agreement is for the entire year.

Current students are able to pick their room, roommates, and suitemates through our online reapplication process beginning in February and ending in April. Keep up with details about online sign up, upcoming events and the latest news by "liking" us on our facebook page.

Changing My Room
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t make it work. You may request a move to an available space in accordance with established procedures. Room change requests will be accepted after move-in, depending on the type of change you wish to make. Room changes cannot be made without prior permission from the Office of University Housing. After you arrive, talk to your CA, who will help you through the process of making a formal request.

Room Furnishings
All of rooms on campus have received new furniture since fall 2010. Each residence hall room comes with the following items:
• two extra-long twin beds
• one dresser
• two or three closets
• wastebasket and recycle bin
• curtains or mini blinds
• two desks and two chairs
All room furniture must remain in the room during your stay with us. No storage is available for room furnishings or personal belongings.

Your relationship with your roommate is very important to your success at UCM. Students at UCM agree that getting in touch before you arrive takes pressure off the first day. You are encouraged to contact your roommate. Begin by laying the groundwork. Get to know each other. There are some things you should discuss with your roommate before the big day. Find out what TV shows, types of music, or activities your roommate likes. Discuss class schedules, morning routines, and most importantly, who is going to bring what! Remember, we are all unique and different in our backgrounds, values, and attitudes.

Who’s Bringing What?
In order to avoid purchasing two of everything or not having room on move-in day, discuss with your roommate who might be bringing the following:
Mini-refrigerator (4.5 cubic feet or less)
Microwave (1000 watts or less)
• Carpet or rugs, curtains
• Television, DVD player
• Video game console
• Cooking appliances approved for use: toasters (not toaster ovens), coffee makers and crock pots

How To Pack
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
• posters/pictures
• laundry & cleaning supplies
• desk lamp/supplies
• rugs/carpet
• DVDs/CDs
• clothes
• plants
• towels & toiletries
• radio & alarm clock
• power strips

See our complete list of what to bring (and not to bring).

Dining Facilities
There are numerous dining areas on campus. The residence hall dining facilities are located in Ellis Complex and Todd Hall. The hours of operation will be posted throughout the residence halls and in the dining facilities. Your meal plan will be encoded onto your student ID, so all you need to have to eat in the halls is your student ID.

Meal Plans
First-year students are required to be on a first-year meal plan and second-year students are required to be on a specific meal plan. The initial cost will be billed to your university account, but additional meals/dollars can be purchased at the housing office. If you haven't done so already, download your meal plan agreement now and return it to University Housing.

Decorate Your Home Away From Home!
When you move onto campus, you will create a new home. Posters, pictures, and flags are a great way to personalize your new home, but please use an adhesive that can be easily removed without leaving any residue. Please don’t damage the walls with nails or other permanent mounting devices. We suggest using 3M Command adhesives, 3M Command adhesive hangers, or Magic Removable mounts. Just remember to have fun and be creative, but follow the decorating guidelines.

Refrigerators & Carpet
Refrigerators can be rented from the United Student Housing Association or students may bring their own refrigerators as long as they are 4.5 cubic feet or less in size. Students wanting to rent a refrigerator can call the Housing Office at 660-543-4515.

Note: This information is provided as a service. The University does not require students or their families to purchase any residence hall room supplies through Residence Hall Carpets or any other third party vendor.

Lofting Beds
Most residence hall beds can be bunked. You also have the option to rent a loft kit which will allow you to raise a bed and place belongings (desk, chair, refrigerator) below. For safety purposes, students cannot build home-made lofts. Lofts can be ordered online.

Computer Registration
All students need to register their computers when they arrive on campus so they can access outside the university network. Please note that personal routers are not allowed on campus as they interfere with the university’s network. Information will be available when you check in.

When you purchase your books, you will receive a University Planner/Handbook which gives more in-depth information about hall policies, services, facilities and much more.

Guests of the opposite sex are allowed on the first-year floors only during visitation hours, which are 7:30 a.m. until midnight, Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. Friday until midnight Sunday. Upper-class residence areas have 24-hour visitation.

Move-in Day
The residence halls open on Jan. 11, 2014 at noon.

Personal Belongings
Because UCM does not purchase property insurance covering students’ personal property, you should be sure that you obtain renter’s insurance to protect your possessions from theft or loss due to other damage (smoke, water, etc.). Check with your parents to see if you are covered on their insurance plan. It will only take a few minutes and it may save you a big headache later on.

Who is Here to Help?
One thing is for sure: You’ll have all the help you need to settle into life at UCM. Your first line of assistance is your undergraduate staff member. There are community advisors (CAs) in all the residence halls. The CAs are supervised by a residence hall director (RHD) who is a graduate assistant pursuing a master’s degree. There is also an assistant director who is a full-time professional who provides overall supervision and direction for the halls.

Important Phone Numbers
If you have any questions on opening day, please do not hesitate to call University Housing at 660-543-4515.

Staying in Contact
Making the adjustment from home to school can be difficult for many students, their families and friends. Mail is delivered each day to your hall except Sundays and holidays. Packages
are received at each hall’s front desk, where residents can pick them up. To assure prompt delivery, use the following format for your address:
Student’s name
Hall, Room #
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Please consult individual halls if a precise street address is needed for package delivery.