Welcome Message from the
Director of Residential Life and Housing

Jonathan Lidgus, Director of Residential Life and Housing
Jonathan Lidgus, Director

On behalf of the Office of Residential Life and Housing, I would like to welcome you to the University of Missouri – St. Louis! This campus has numerous educational opportunities, developmental programs, and support services which complement your academic success and experience. Residential Life and Housing would like to be a part of that experience and invite you to visit and explore the many benefits of living on campus.
Living on campus offers you the opportunity to develop new and lasting relationships, save on the time and cost of commuting, become even more involved on campus, and take fuller advantage of campus resources. Plus the Residential Life experience is shown to result in higher grade point averages and promote positive on-track graduation rates. Thus our office offers three on campus living options for your convenience!
The first option is Oak Hall, "The Suite Life" where you can live, learn, experience, and grow with three other suitemates who share similar educational goals and personality traits. Each suite houses four residents, each with their own private bedroom, and they all share one bathroom. Each community in Oak Hall is lead by a Residential Assistant who is an advisor, event programmer, and advocate for you!
The second option is Villa Hall which is a living community for upperclassmen students. Each student gets their own private room in a community of Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students. This is a perfect option for upperclassmen students who are looking for a strong community of learners.
The third option is Mansion Hill, "Apartment Living" where students (21 years of age and older including those with family) live in a community of one and two bedroom apartments. Apartments are either inclusive (furnished with all utilities, cable, Internet and furniture) or unfurnished.
All of our options are affordable, conveniently located on campus, have amazing amenities on site, and live-in staff that are here to serve you!

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Our Mission

The Office of Residential Life and Housing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is committed to providing on-campus housing and maintaining a learning environment that encourages academic success, student engagement, personal growth, and personal responsibility.


History of South Campus

In 1976, the university purchased the former Marillac College, acquiring the cornerstone of what would become South Campus.  In the 1990s, the university purchased the dormitory, chapel, and administration buildings of the Sacred Heart Sisters, which afforded on-campus living for the first time in UMSL's history. The Passionist Fathers’ Retreat Center was also acquired, adding more dormitory rooms for residential students. The University Meadows, a gated student apartment complex, was built in a public/private partnership utilizing undeveloped land adjoining South Campus.

In 1997, the Kathy J. Weinman Building was funded by private donations; today, it houses the Children’s Advocacy Center and the Center for Trauma Recovery. In 1999, the Provincial House buildings of the Daughters of Charity were added, and in 2002 the Normandy Hospital building was acquired, bringing the South Campus complex to 44 acres, more than 20 buildings, and 1000 residential units.  In 2016, the Patient Care Center was opened, providing a new home for the College of Optometry and its on-campus Eye Center, which serves the community as well as University of Missouri-St. Louis students, faculty, and staff.

Today, South Campus is home not only to Residential Life and Housing, but also to the Pierre Laclede Honors College, the College of Education, the Barnes College of Nursing and Health Studies, and the College of Optometry.