Oak Hall has seven different Residential Learning Communities (RLC), each with the goal of uniting interesting, similar, and diverse people. You can choose how involved or active you want to be in your hall community. Students who are more involved in programs, clubs and activities typically have an easier time adjusting to their new home, become more connected to their environment, and are more successful both academically and socially. Before completing the online housing application, read below to find out which RLC is best for you! 

Residential Learning Communities (RLC)

First Year Experience  

FY: The First Year Experience
This community gives first-year students with similar academic
and/or social interests an opportunity to live together, while
exploring and familiarizing themselves with all the resources
that UMSL and the surrounding communities have to offer.
*All first year residents are placed on one of the FYE floors.

Second Year Experience

SY: The Second Year Experience
This community supports our second year students by exposing
them to the concepts of community involvement, service,
learning and leadership development.
*All returning, second year residents are placed on one of the SYE floors.



The Department of Residential Life and Housing supports the mission
of the Pierre Laclede Honors College (PLHC) by offering programs
that tie into a liberal arts approach to learning.



Residential Life and Housing works with the Office of Student Life
to support our Greek-affiliated students with developmental
opportunities that reinforce the academic, life, leadership and
social skills promoted by their respective international organizations.

International House

International House

The student leaders who reside in the iHouse welcome new
international students to UMSL and promote intercultural
interaction between all UMSL students.



The SOAR community focuses on transitional programs that
will help our upper-class students when they graduate.
Students who reside in this community have a wide array
of academic goals and interests.



This learning community is for our students who are enrolled
in our SUCCEED program. The program is a post-secondary
program for people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities ages 18 through 25 years.