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

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 full 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.

Our options are affordable, conveniently located on campus, have amazing amenities on site, and live-in staff that are here to assist you.

We hope you will review the frequently asked questions about UMSL on-campus housing and apply today!

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Residential Life and Housing First Time College Student Policy

University policy requires first-time college students* to live in Oak Residence Hall. When students live in university housing, they belong to a community that supports and encourages their student success. Students are also close to resources and organizations that directly contribute to their academic success and social connections to campus.

UMSL allows exceptions for students who:

  • Are 21 and older
  • Are enrolled in fewer than six (6) credit hours
  • Are enrolled in online programs through Missouri Online
  • Are veterans
  • Are married or student parents
  • Live with their parents or legal guardians within 60 miles of campus
  • Have documented health needs or considerations which cannot be accommodated in the university residence hall.

If you fall into one of these categories, please visit the Triton Housing Portal under "Forms and Resources" tab to access the exemption form. Exemption requests will be reviewed and responded to via email within five (5) business days.

*First-time college (FTC) students are those who are enrolled at UMSL for the first time, or who have not previously completed one academic year of college (less than 24 credit hours), regardless of when they graduated from high school, and who are under 21 years of age. Taking part in college-level classes, testing, or summer sessions are not considered enrollment.


Want to check on your housing status? Log into the Triton Housing Portal

From Triton Housing Portal you can:

  • See your room assignment
  • See your meal plan
  • See the names of your suitemates
  • Review your housing application

Triton Housing Portal     

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Louie's Leaders Rate

The Louie's Leaders Rate offers a discounted housing rate (approximately 10% of the semester room charge) for Oak Hall. This discounted housing rate is per semester, for students who are engaged on campus through student employment, recognized student organization leadership and/or athletics. This engagement and involvement will be verified only once prior to the start of the Fall and Spring semesters via MyView, Office of Student Involvement, or Human Resources. Please note that if your status changes mid-semester, you will not be eligible to receive the rate until the start of the new semester.

Louie's Leader Rate Verification Form

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Meal Plans

Meal plans are required for everyone living in Oak Hall. Learn more about our meal plan options.

Need to change your meal plan? Complete the Meal Plan Change form. You can make changes to your current meal plan until the first Friday of the semester.