International Student Registration Guide: Truman State University Housing Policies

1. All freshmen* under the age of 21 are required to live on-campus.

  • Freshmen under 21 are not allowed to move off-campus for any reason during their contractual term.
  • Freshmen under 21 who arrive in January must live on-campus for one semester (Spring semester).

2. Freshmen* over the age of 21 may choose to live on or off campus.
3. Transfer students**, exchange students***, visiting students****, and graduate students***** may choose to live on or off campus. If you choose to live off-campus, you do not need to complete a housing application. Transfer students do not have to live on-campus.
4. Students who choose to break their housing contract and move off-campus during the term of their contract are subject to penalties of a minimum of $1000 USD up to the full cost of housing.

*Freshmen are students who have earned less than 12 college credits.
**Transfer Students are students who have earned less than 12 college credits.
***Exchange students are students who study at Truman for one or two semesters, through a program that Truman has an agreement with, and who do not intend to earn a degree from Truman
****Visiting students are students who study at Truman for a period of time, but who do not intend to earn a degree from Truman
*****Graduate students are students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree and are pursuing a Master’s degree.

Applying for Housing

To secure the on-campus living accommodation, you must complete and return the Housing Application and pay a $150 deposit. When you submit your housing application, it becomes a contract. As long as you leave your room in good condition and meet the terms of your contract, $125 of your deposit is refundable at the end of the academic year. If needed, this deposit can be paid after your arrival on campus. The Residence Life Office does its best to accommodate your preferences, but hall choice is not guaranteed.

  • To find more information about individual residence halls, visit
  • You will likely be placed with an American roommate. We avoid placing international students from the same country together because we want students to make the most out of their experience in the U.S.
  • If you are a freshman over 21 or a transfer student, and you indicate a preference for an on-campus apartment, you will be contacted if there are no spaces. You may then decide if you wish to be placed in a residence hall or if you wish to withdraw your on-campus housing contract without a financial penalty and find an apartment off-campus.
  • Students who choose to live off-campus should arrive several days prior to the beginning of the semester to locate an off-campus apartment or use the internet to try to find an apartment prior to arriving in Kirksville.
    • Students may not live on-campus while searching for an off-campus apartment. We do not provide temporary housing on-campus. You may find it necessary to stay in a hotel until you find an apartment.
  • The Housing Application is a legal document. Breaking the residence hall contract to move off-campus will result in a severe financial penalty.

Additional On-Campus Housing Services

Dining Services – Centennial Hall, Ryle Hall, and Missouri Hall each house dining facilities that serve 20 meals per week. Truman State University has two coffee shops that sell hot tea and coffees, and two convenience stores that sell snacks, meals-to-go, and personal care items. In the Student Union Building, Main Street Market serves a large variety of fresh and hot meals to order and is open throughout the day and evening. Each of these dining locations accepts students’ Meal Plans as payment. We provide several different Meal Plan options which give each student the flexibility to select a plan that will fit his or her personal needs. You will choose your “Meal Plan” during Orientation.

Cable Television – Basic cable television is provided free of charge in the residence halls and apartments. Most lounges and public spaces have television sets. If you would like to watch television in your room, you must supply your own television set and cords.

Computer Access – Truman is proud to offer free, campus-wide wireless internet access to all students, faculty, staff, alumni and sponsored guests. All buildings on campus and most outdoor areas have wireless internet access. Each residence hall room has access to the wireless campus network and has one network port per resident which allows students to use the internet, e-mail, and library resources from their rooms. You may want an ethernet cord and coaxial cable to “plug in” to the campus system. Information on hardware requirements is available from Truman’s Information Technology Services.

What is provided in each residence hall?

  • Bed and mattress
  • Desk with drawers and shelves
  • Desk chair
  • Chest of drawers
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Window blinds
  • Toilet paper (community bathrooms)
  • Mirror (except Ryle)

What should you bring or purchase?

  • Bed linen (sheets, pillows, blankets, bedspread)
  • Bath towels
  • Clothes hangers
  • Desk light
  • Posters/decorations
  • Toilet paper (suite style bathrooms)|

What is not permitted in the residence halls?

  • Pets (except fish)
  • Hot plates
  • Hot pots
  • Toasters
  • Waterbeds
  • Electric Heaters
  • Candles
  • Weapons of any kind