Moving onto campus at UMKC? Welcome to your new home away from home!

We know you’ll enjoy your Residential Life experience in one of our four facilities. Move-in is a fun and exciting time – you have the chance to make new friends and create a strong foundation for your academic year. We’ll have staff available around the clock to ensure you get settled into your space and to help you connect to campus through the numerous Roo Welcome events offered before the start of classes. While this time is exciting, it can also be a bit stressful if you do not plan ahead. To help you best prepare for your journey to campus, a few helpful pieces of information are listed below.

Additional information will be sent to your UMKC email address during the summer, so please check your account regularly!

Before Move-In


Are you wondering what to bring and what to leave at home? Download our list of suggested and prohibited items (PDF). And don’t forget to talk to your roommate, suitemates, or apartment-mates! You may find you were planning on bringing duplicate items and can instead leave those behind.

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.

Tasks to Complete Before Move-In

Provide Proof of Immunizations 

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) & Meningitis immunizations or waivers should be submitted through our RooRez portal. Use the Student Login, then under “Submit Move-in Documentation” select the appropriate paperwork you are submitting from the pull-down menu. As a back-up, bring a paper copy to prevent any move-in delays.

Set an Appointment to Move-In (Not Yet Available)

  • Residential Life move in begins on Wednesday, August 17th and concludes on Friday, August 19th. You must setup an appointment through RooRez to receive your keys and move-in. (Please note: this process is not yet available in RooRez.)
  • If you are unable to move in Wednesday, August 17th - Friday, August 19th, you may check in on Saturday, August 20th or Sunday, August 21st. No appointment is needed – simply head to your building’s Welcome Desk. Please note Roo Welcome activities are scheduled to begin prior to the weekend, so we highly recommend moving in no later than Friday, August 19th. 
  • If you are a part of the 6 Year Med Program, your move in date is Thursday, August 18th between 8 a.m. - 12 p.m (confirmation still pending). You will still be required to setup an appointment through RooRez and you should be directed to the Thursday, August 18th time frame of 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
  • Use the Student Login, then under “Book an Appointment” you will be able to select an appointment time. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours ahead of your desired arrival time. Appointments will be contingent upon availability. 
  • Appointments will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 17th, through Friday, August 19th. During your appointment, you will pull into the designated unloading zone, receive your keys, and move items into your room. 
  • One cart will be made available for your usage during your appointment – feel free to bring additional dollies or hand trucks. 
  • If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment you may do so up to 24 hours before your appointment by returning to the RooRez portal and changing your appointment. New appointments will be contingent upon availability. 

Fill out your Minor Consent Form

  • If you were 17 when you submitted your housing contract, you have received or will receive an email with information on completing a Minor Consent Form. 
  • This form can be submitted to RooRez by clicking “Submit Move in Documentation” and selecting “Minor Consent Form” from the dropdown menu.  
  • Please keep in mind this form appears for all students.  

Establish a COVID-19 Contingency Plan

  • If a resident, in consultation with medical professionals, needs to isolate or quarantine after arriving on campus, they are expected to do so in a location outside of Residential Life housing. Residents should have a contingency plan of where they can isolate or quarantine. 
  • If you do not know anyone in the Kansas City area, please have other options available (Airbnb, hotel, etc). 

Additional Move-In Information

  1. Early Arrival Information 
  • If you need to arrive to campus between Saturday, July 30th – Tuesday, August 16th, you have the option to fill out our Early Arrival Form on RooRez click “Forms” and in the dropdown choose “Early Arrival/Late Stay Requests.” (Please note: this process is not yet available in RooRez.)
  • If you are a part of Bio Boot Camp, you will move in on Sunday, August 14th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (confirmation still pending). You do not need to schedule an appointment for this program. 
  • If you are a part of the First Gen Roo Program you can move in on Sunday, August 14th from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (confirmation still pending). You do not need to schedule an appointment for this program. 
  • Please note not all early arrival requests are approved. We approve requests based on availability of your assignment for the academic year. We will do our best to meet your request. 
  • Those who are approved to arrive early will be charged for the number of nights they arrive early based on room type. The nightly rate ranges from $27.81 - $46.47. 
  1. Lofting Kit Requests 
  • Lofting Kits are available for Oak Street Hall residents on a first come, first served basis. We have a limited number of lofting kits and in the event we run out, you will be notified via your UMKC email. 
  • Johnson Hall residents have the option to raise their beds without a lofting kit being reserved. To move your bed higher, you can check out a rubber mallet at the Johnson Hall front desk and simply raising your bed higher. 
  • Please be aware our staff do not assist with lofting beds. If you would like your bed lofted, please have friends and/or family assist with this process.
  • To request a lofting kit, go to RooRez and click “Forms” and select the form you are submitting. The lofting kit is delivered to your front door outside your room. (Please note: this process is not yet available in RooRez.)
  1. Single Waitlist 
  • We recognize through the assignments process that not every student received their first choice, especially as it relates to single rooms. 
  • We now have a single room waitlist available. Priority is based on waitlist submission, not contract date. Keep in mind this is a waitlist and not a guarantee you will receive a single room. This waitlist is based on availability and is maintained throughout the academic year. If you are on the waitlist, you will be contacted via your UMKC email and expected to respond in 48 hours if you would like the single room that is available. If you do not respond in 48 hours, we go to the next resident on the list.
  • If you would like to sign up for the single waitlist, please go to RooRez and click “Forms” and from the dropdown choose “Single Waitlist Request Form.” 
  1. Keep Your Safety and the Safety of Others in Mind 
  1. Plan for Alternate Dining if Arriving Before Wednesday, August 17th 
  • Fall meal plans will begin on Wednesday, August 17th. If you are approved for an early arrival prior to Wednesday, August 17th please note UMKC Dining Services will not be available and students will be responsible for their own meals. If you are arriving early as a part of a program (First Gen Roo or Bio Boot Camp), the program will communicate about meals. 

Move-In Day

For Fall 2022, the official move-in days for Residential Life will be Wednesday, August 17th - Friday, August 19th for the residence halls (Johnson Hall & Oak Street Hall) and the apartments (Hospital Hill Apartments & Rockhill Apartments).

Moving Your Items

Wondering how your belongings will get from your vehicle to your room? Don't worry! A rolling cart will be available for your use during move-in, but feel free to bring additional dollies or hand trucks.

After Move-In

Whether you’re new to campus or returning for your final year, there’s always a lot of information to take in and numerous errands to run before classes begin. Our staff will be on hand to assist in your transition. All students will be asked to attend a wing meeting or town hall meeting to discuss the general expectations of the facility, as well as outline any events that may be occurring during Roo Welcome.

There’s a lot going on once you get to campus. Check out everything happening during Roo Welcome.