University Housing Rates

Residence hall rates for housing and meals range from $4,397–$5,832 per semester, based on the 2021-2022 academic year.

Residence hall rates for housing and meals for the 2022-2023 academic year will be posted once approved by the Board of Governors. 

There are several factors in determining the cost of housing and meals:

  • Choice of building and room style
  • If the building is open over Winter and Spring Break
  • Choice of meal plan (meals per week)
  • Choice of Dining Dollars package (declining dollar balance)

The housing contract is for both fall and spring semesters. Rates include a residence hall association activity fee of $12 per semester, or $24 per academic year.

Purchasing both a meal plan and Dining Dollars package is required when living in community style or suite style housing.

*Indicates building is closed for Winter and Spring Break

Room-style housing 
Housing option Semester rate Yearly rate
Freudenberger* 2 or 3-Person, Wells* 2-Person, Woods* 2-Person $3,057 $6,114
The New Residence Hall $3,386 $6,772
Wells* 4-Person suite $3,288 $6,576
Woods* 1-Person $3,603 $7,206
Suite-style housing
Housing option Semester rate Yearly rate
Blair-Shannon* 6-Person  $3,386 $6,772
Hammons or Hutchens 2-Person $4,255 $8,510
Hammons or Hutchens 4-Person $3,712 $7,424
Kentwood 1-Person $3,946 $7,892
Kentwood 2 and 3-Person $3,386 $6,772
Kentwood 2-Person Super Double $3,828 $7,656
Scholars $3,712 $7,424

Kentwood Hall will be unavailable during the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

Private bed buy-out housing

Private rooms (when available) come at 1.5 times the standard cost. Private rooms are regular, 2-person rooms complete with two sets of furniture. The second set cannot be removed from the space. If you have questions about our private room options, please contact our office at 417-836-5536. 

Housing option Semester rate Yearly rate
Blair-Shannon* 6-Person  $5,073 $10,146
Freudenberger*, Wells*, Woods* 2-Person $4,580 $9,160
Hammons or Hutchens 2-Person $6,377 $12,754
Hammons, Hutchens, Scholars 4-Person $5,562


The New Residence Hall $5,073 $10,146
Wells* 4-Person $4,926 $9,852


Apartment rates

Apartments are for upperclassmen and transfer students. Although it is common for students to have a meal plan, they are not required to have one when living in apartments. Contracts are for the fall and spring semesters. Current apartment students may sign separate contracts for summer.

Monroe Apartments
Room types Fall rate Spring rate
1-Person Apartment $3,444 $3,444
2-Person Apartment $3,342 $3,342
4-Person Apartment $3,133 $3,133
Sunvilla Tower
Room types Fall rate Spring rate
2-Person Apartment $2,945 $2,945
3-Person Apartment  $2,817 $2,817
3-Person Apartment - Private Room/Shared Bath $3,072 $3,072
4-Person $2,690 $2,690

Meal plan options

Meal plans are used at any of our three dining centers: Blair-Shannon, Garst, and Kentwood. Each time a student visits a dining center a meal is deducted from their weekly balance using their BearPass ID. The weekly balance resets Monday morning before breakfast. Meal plans can be raised or lowered during the first three weeks of each semester. After the third week, meal plans can only be increased until the start of the next semester.

Meal plan Semester Yearly
Unlimited meal/week $1,297 $2,594
19-Meals/week $1,212 $2,424
14-Meals/week $1,190 $2,380
10-Meals/week $1,175 $2,350

Dining Dollars options

Dining Dollars are a dollar for dollar declining balance plan, similar to a debit account and are loaded onto the student's BearPass ID. Each time a purchase is made, those dollars are subtracted from the balance. Dining Dollars are accepted at any dining location on campus and carry over from summer to fall and from fall to spring. Students also earn bonus dollars depending on the tier of Dining Dollars that are selected.

Price Bonus Total Value
$280 $27 $307
$215 $21 $236
$165 $16 $181