Student Housing

UMKC is located in a vibrant community near downtown Kansas City. The area around campus thrives with shopping centers, restaurants, city parks, museums, theaters and a variety of housing options. UMKC and the city of Kansas City welcome you to campus and invite you to enjoy all the area has to offer.


Admission to the university DOES NOT guarantee you will receive university housing. You are responsible for arranging your own housing.

  • Students are not required to live on campus although we recommend you make housing reservations before coming to Kansas City.
  • You will need to contact Residential Life directly to reserve on-campus housing:
  • Some UMKC country groups assist students in finding housing. Please contact the Office of Student Involvement for the contact information of a specific country group.


Residence halls provide on-campus accommodation with single, double and suite-style rooms.  To review on-campus housing options visit the Residential Life website. Contact the UMKC Residence Life Business Office if you have specific questions about housing options.

UMKC Residence Life Business Office
Telephone: (816) 235-8840
Fax: 816-235-8414

The International Student Affairs Office is unable to coordinate living arrangements.  It is the student’s responsibility to coordinate housing contracts and make arrangements with the UMKC Residence Life Business Office on arrival and departure times.  When students sign a housing contract with the Residential Life office, they are signing a contract for the full academic year.  If students only wish to stay for one semester in on-campus housing students must notify Residential Life.  For more information on Housing Contracts please visit the Residential Life website.

Benefits of On-Campus Housing

Living on campus can be an important part of the American university experience. If you choose to live on campus you will experience comfortable accommodations, classes within walking distance or a short commute of your residence hall and an increased number of opportunities to make friends become involved in campus activities.

Required Vaccination: Beginning in the fall of 2015, all college students living on campus at public universities in Missouri will be required to have the meningitis vaccination. The mandate was a provision of Senate Bill 716, signed into law July 10, 2014. Students that fail to provide proof of the vaccine or an acceptable medical or religious waiver will not be allowed to occupy a residential space on campus. We recommend working with your physician or health care provider to discuss next steps.


UMKC has partnered with CollegePads to provide you with an off-campus housing resource. In addition to finding your home, you can learn more about renting in the United States – landlord/tenant laws and what to look for in your lease.

Explore your rental options in the area here: