Traveling to and Staying in Kansas City


For meals, participants may eat at various restaurants around the UMKC campus area. There are numerous restaurants within walking distance of the campus. A list of area restaurants is available here.

Parking on the UMKC campus is limited. If you will be driving to campus each day, or keeping a car on campus during the symposium, we recommend purchasing a UMKC parking permit. Parking permits are available for $25 and will allow the participant to park in designated UMKC student parking lots. Permits must be purchased by May 31, 2021.

All UMKC buildings are equipped with wireless internet. We will provide all participants with a guest username and password which will allow access to campus internet at no cost. 

The nearest airport to UMKC is Kansas City International Airport (MCI). This airport is located approximately 25 miles from UMKC, and there are a number of shuttles and taxi services available to transport travelers to campus for a fee. UMKC does not arrange transportation to or from the airport; we recommend visiting to plan your trip to campus.

Those wishing to stay off-campus will find many wonderful hotels in the Kansas City area. Hotels in the Plaza or Westport Districts will be closest to symposium events. UMKC does not coordinate any off-campus housing.

There are several nearby hotels that offer UMKC rates, including Extended Stay America – County Club Plaza (formerly Homestead Suites), Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza and Hampton Inn – Country Club Plaza. To obtain this rate, please call these hotels, mention your event, and ask for the UMKC rate.