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

Join us as we view and learn about the night sky from the Warkoczewski Observatory atop Royall Hall.

Stargazing at Warko Observatory

June 28

8 a.m.
UMKC Admissions

Young Alumni Social
5 p.m.
UMKC Alumni Association

Get Involved


Student Organizations

Greek Life

"I am someone that loves a good view. I live for seeing the sky change colors behind the KC skyline, like at the Liberty Memorial."

Daphne Posadas

Business Administration, Pre-Law, '21