Residence Life

Resident Requirements

Do I have to live on campus?

Park University has a residency requirement. If you are a single student under the age of 21, you are required to live in a residence hall, unless:

  • You are living with your parents, legal guardians or dependent children within a 59 mile radius or
  • You have completed 58 or more credit hours prior to your first semester of attendance.

Do I have to have a meal plan?

Yes, if you are a residential student, you need to choose one of three meal plans. Meals are part of the room-and-board package and cannot be separated out. See

Are there apartments on campus?

Apartments are available on the fourth floor of Dearing Hall. For an application and leasing information, contact the Office of Campus Housing, (816) 584-7402.

Do I need to buy health insurance coverage?

The Student Accident and Health Insurance Plan is mandatory for all full-time residential students, international students, student-athletes and students enrolled in the nursing program.

Mandatory coverage can only be waived during the first eight days of the term:

  • A waiver must be on file in the Student Assistance Center currently located in Norrington Center.
  • A copy of proof of existing coverage must be presented and attached to the waiver form.
  • If you are under age 18, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver form.

Is there a deposit required to live on campus?

A one-time $100 deposit is required of all on-campus residents.

Are single rooms available in the residence halls?

Single rooms are available in limited numbers. Priority is given to upper-division students. An additional charge is required at confirmation each semester for Chesnut singles.

Internet Connection

Wireless connection is available in all buildings and Ethernet connection is available in rooms upon request. In order to access Park University’s Internet in the residence halls, you must have a current virus scan software installed and activated on your computer.


E-mail is Park University’s official form of communication and should be checked daily. You will be able to log into your e-mail account after getting your student ID number and password, which is mailed out to students. For security reasons, the ID number and password are each sent in a separate letter. E-mail can be accessed via the main webpage and through the MyPark portal.