Residential Life


Welcome from the Director


Dear Future UMKC Residential Life Student:

UMKC is such a strong and vibrant institution, and living on campus can only make your experience better. If you haven’t thought about living on campus, please contact us! We’d love to talk to you about all the great things Residential Life can do for you during your time at UMKC. Did you know that living on campus is linked to being a successful student? Research shows that those students that live on campus have a higher retention rate, a higher GPA, and are more likely to be involved than students who live off campus.


Simplify Your Life, Live On Campus

Unlike many college campuses, all of the residential facilities on the UMKC campus are less than 10 years old! UMKC has two residence hall style buildings. Johnson Hall (2009) is a LEED-certified, suite-style residence hall. Just down the hill from the Student Union, is Oak Hall (2004). Both residence halls provide student suites of two double bedrooms joined by a private bathroom and a host of modern, exciting amenities. Both residence hall options provide you with the convenience of not having to prepare meals, no need to worry about utility bills, being able to walk to classes and the accessibility of campus activities and facilities - especially the new Student Union! Facilities and services in the buildings include meeting and recreation rooms, study areas, individual Ethernet computer access to the campus network and many other amenities.


In Fall 2008, the UMKC campus opened the Oak Place Apartments. The apartments are fully furnished, all utilities paid with your own washer and dryer. Oak Place Apartments have all the benefits of living on campus (i.e. University staff, referral resources, security) with the added benefit of a more private living space. Available only to undergraduate students at the sophomore level and older, as well as graduate-level students, the apartments provide an ideal living place for the older student. Come see what all the excitement is about!


Conveniences are just a small part of the benefits of living on campus. When you live on campus, you have the opportunity to meet and live with a highly diverse group of students from all parts of the country and world. Activities and events are planned by live-in staff at each facility to help you get to know other students, learn new skills, and gain friends and experiences that you will value for the rest of your life.


Now What?

If you haven't already, make sure to submit an online contract for a residence hall or an online contract for the apartments. If you have questions about the facilities or the contracts, please contact us at (816)235-8840. We look forward to having you on campus!



Sean A. Grube
UMKC Residential Life


Residential Life Business Office

Oak Street Residence Hall
Room 2004
5051 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64112