Student Life

With nearly 16,000+ students who come from all 50 states and 85+ countries, there’s a place for you at UMKC. Our diverse and vibrant campus is always buzzing with excitement, and our urban location in the heart of Kansas City offers a unique experience.

There are a lot of ways to get involved on campus. What are you interested in? Rugby, politics, gardening, yoga? Join one of our 300+ campus organizations — ranging from hobbies, academic and athletic clubs to service and volunteer groups — or start your own. Cheer on your Roos at Durwood Stadium and Swinney Recreation Center. Hop on a scooter and check out the nearby Nelson-Atkins and Kemper art museums. Explore the City Market and the Crossroads Arts District. Whatever your interest, you’ll have endless opportunities to get involved and make new friends — all while immersing yourself in our welcoming and diverse community.

Life at UMKC

Swinney Recreation Center

  • Free membership for full- and part-time UMKC students
  • Fall and spring intramurals
  • Several #RooFit group classes offered throughout the year

Student Housing

  • Large suites, private bathrooms and social lounges
  • Close proximity to classes, campus events and restaurants
  • Accommodations for transgender students and students with disabilities


  • Several on- and off-campus restaurants to explore
  • Meal plan options for students in residence halls
  • Food assistance available through the Kangaroo Pantry


  • UMKC police officers operate and are available 24/7
  • Personal escort services, vehicle lockout and jump-starting assistance available to students
  • Emergency blue-light phones located throughout campus grounds and parking lots

Arts and Culture

  • Nelson-Atkins and Kemper Art Museums just blocks from Volker campus
  • Explore popular festivals and events like First Fridays in the Crossroads Art District
  • Catch performances at the iconic Kauffman Performing Arts Center


  • Great restaurants and shopping just minutes away at the Country Club Plaza
  • Cheer on KC at Chiefs, Royals and Sporting KC games throughout the year
  • Immerse yourself in KC's live music scene — from jazz groups to local bands to huge headliners
Upcoming Event

Check out Aminé with BJ the Chicago Kid at an on-campus concert at Swinney Rec Center, sponsored by UMKC SGA and OSI.


Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m.

Interview Skills Workshop
3-4 p.m.
UMKC Career Services

A Conversation with Tanner Colby
11:30 a.m.
UMKC Diversity & Inclusion

Spring Dance Performance
7:30 p.m.
UMKC Conservatory

Get Involved


Student Organizations

Greek Life

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Daphne Posadas

Business Administration, Pre-Law, '21