University Heights offers apartment-style living in a complex located about a mile north of the University of Nebraska-Kearney campus, and is provided for families and single students above the age of 21 who are currently enrolled as full-time students at UNK.
All utilities (water, electricity, gas, heating, air conditioning) are supplied by the University except internet access and telephone, which are solely the residents' responsibility to arrange and provide for. Basic cable tv is also provided, except for expanded cable and/or movie channels which are solely the residents' responsibility to arrange and provide for.
Alcohol and alcohol containers are not allowed in the apartments, regardless of the age of the resident, as the buildings sit on State Property.
One-bedroom apartment: $ 430.00 per month
Efficiency apartment: $ 349.00 per month
*Please Note: All apartments are unfurnished and not carpeted, however window blinds are provided. The photos on this site are examples only of residents' furnished apartments.
Qualifications to live at University Heights
Lessee must be a full-time student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney with at least twelve (12) hours of undergraduate credit at the time of assignment and throughout the rental period. During the summer semester, the lessee must carry at least nine hours of undergraduate credit or six hours of graduate credit, OR they must be registered as a full-time student for the upcoming fall semester.
Lessee must be at least 21 years old, if unmarried or without children.
Lessee must be part of a legally married couple residing together, one of who is a full-time student at UNK, with dependent child(ren) under the age of 18 residing with a parent. The lessee must immediately report to the University Heights Management any change in marital status or residency of dependent children. The lessee will be asked to verify these relationships by providing copies of marriage and/or birth certificate at the time the contract is signed. Only a copy of a marriage document that is recognized by the State of Nebraska as legally binding will be recognized to meet the marriage qualification.
Only registered members of the immediate family (legally married spouse and dependent children under the age of 18) may reside with the lessee.
The Director of Residential and Greek Life may grant residency to persons who do not fit within these categories using a Petition for Waiver Form. A new Waiver must be granted each semester for persons who have been given a previous exception. This is to be completed by the student at the time the Contract Renewal Intention Form is signed. Petition for Waiver forms may be picked up at the Office of Residential & Greek Life; please call 308-865-8519 for more information. top
Alteration such as painting, wallpapering, etc. or additions to the apartment is not allowed.
Appliances that are in the apartment may not be removed.
All personal property must be removed from the apartment by the vacate date or it will be considered abandoned.
The environment in and around the apartment must maintain a level of cleanliness. This includes consistent trash removal.
The University agrees to maintain the premises in a habitable condition, and will make necessary repairs if they are through no fault of the lessee.
Any expense incurred by the University to clean the apartment after it has been vacated shall be charged to the former tenant.
No painting, redecorating, or other structural changes are permitted. Nails, screws, or other holding fixtures may not be placed in walls, floors, or woodwork of the apartment. Do not used adhesive-backed hooks or hangers, as they will remove paint. Mirror tiles, contact paper, wallpaper, etc. may not be applied to the walls or floors. Carpeting which is fastened to the floor (tacked, glued, etc.) is not permitted. Pianos, deep freezes, dishwashers, or other heavy appliances are not permitted in apartments. Top
Rent will be paid at the first business day of each month at the Finance Office in Founders Hall during the rental period. Thus, if the first day of the month falls on a weekend, rent is to be prepaid, or paid on that following Monday. Student accounts will billed late fees on the seventh day of the month by the Finance Office for rent payments that are overdue.
Failure to remain in good financial standing with the University will result in action by the University, which could include the cancellation of class registrations and contracts. Any delinquent financial obligations can affect the future credit of students.
The Finance Office and the University Heights Management document late rent payments and non-payment of rent. Payments are considered late once the Finance Office has applied late fees. Payments are considered non-paid once a resident is in arrears one month rent (i.e. has not paid January rent by February 1st). The following consequences for late payment of rent will apply to all residents of University Heights:
1st time late = Warning letter communicating possible future consequences.
2nd time late = Warning letter that three late payments will result in probationary status for the
current contract period and the following contract period as well.
3rd time late = Probationary status is applied, meaning that if a resident has any further late
payments that contract period or the following contract period, the resident will
not be given an opportunity to renew the University Heights contract.
*Note: Residents are able to rid themselves of probationary status for the following contract period IF they pay their entire contract period IN FULL at the beginning of that next contract period and present a receipt from the Finance Office to the Management of University Heights showing payment in full for rent.
1st time No Payment = Warning letter communicating possible future consequences.
2nd time No Payment = Warning letter stating that there will be no renewal of contract offered
for next semester, and that one more non-payment will result in
3rd time No Payment = Immediate eviction from the premises.
Residents should also be aware that rent payments are accounted for only after all other academic-related student bills have been paid. For instance, if a resident owes the University money for tuition, payment made to the Finance Office will first be applied to academic-related student bills, and once that debt is paid, payments to the Finance Office would be applied to rent payments. Top
Please keep the following information in mind about your apartment:
Maintenance request forms will be given to you when you check in and they are also available in the office. Please use these forms to notify management of any repairs that need to be made in your apartment. They can be turned in at the office during office hours or dropped in the mail slot if the office is closed.
The windows are old in these apartments, and they can be difficult to open and close. If difficult, do NOT attempt to open or close the window yourself; contact the management and they will open or close the window for you. If a window breaks from a resident trying to open or close the window, the resident will be charged.
Drain cleaners can eat through the pipes and plunging the drain can negatively affect your drain as well as the neighbor's drains that are connected to yours. The use of drain cleaners is prohibited; cleaners can be hazardous to the staff that must clean out the drains, as they could react chemically, causing dangerous gases and the possibility for burning someone. Thus, as soon as a drain appears to be draining slowly, you should notify the management. ALWAYS fill out a maintenance request to have drains fixed.
Electricity: When you check in, the location of the circuit breaker will be pointed out to you. If the lights go out or an appliance fails to work, check this box. A tripped breaker must be pushed to OFF, then ON. If this does not work, contact the office or the Manager.
Water: Water and utilities charges are included in your rent. If there is no hot water, please report it to the University Heights office. Notify the office immediately if you have a leaky pipe, faucet, or running toilet.
Decide on a temperature and leave the thermostat set.
Suggested temperature settings are 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter.
Never turn the heat completely off during cold weather. Open the blinds during cold weather to help heat the apartment and close during hot weather to help in cooling.
Use the kitchen exhaust fan and bathroom heating fan sparingly. Heat and air conditioning go directly out of the apartment through the fans. Keep all windows and doors closed. You should not allow the room temperature to fall below 55 degrees or rise above 85 degrees.
No additional air conditioning (i.e. window mounted units) may be installed.
Please be sure to take your key with you every time you leave your apartment. If you get locked out, University Heights personnel (if available) will let you in. Only those who reside at University Heights will be let into their apartments. You may need to provide proper identification. If you can't locate University Heights personnel, you can call Public Safety for assistance at 865-8517 or 627-4811.
Please notify the University Heights office when you will be gone for an extended period of time. You will need to provide a shoebox in which your mail can be held, or fill out a temporary forwarding address card. Please notify the newspaper to suspend delivery if you plan to be gone, or have a friend pick your paper up. Be sure to turn off the alarm setting on your clocks, as ringing alarm clocks are a nuisance to neighbors. Make sure the air conditioning is shut off during the summer or the heat is turned down to 60 degrees during the winter. Check all electrical appliances to be certain that they are unplugged or turned off (except refrigerator and stove). Close blinds and curtains.
*Remember that rent is due on the first of the month even when you are on break or vacation.
Social gatherings are encouraged as long as these gatherings do not become too loud and disruptive. Stereos, radios and televisions are to be kept at minimum volumes so that neighbors will not be disturbed. Remember that alcohol is not allowed at University Heights, regardless of age, as the buildings sit on State Property. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests on University Heights property.
University Heights has an activity room available to residents. Please check with the University Heights Office for reservation of this room.
All residents will be held responsible for the cost of all damages, loss and custodial/maintenance work that is due to the resident's negligence. The University recognizes that some allowances must be made for normal usage. While maintenance services are provided, residents share the responsibility for general upkeep of the community living environment, which includes apartment, public areas and exterior facilities.
- Only fish are permitted; all other pets are prohibited. Maximum aquarium size is 10 gallons.
- Candles or incense
- Halogen lamps
- Alcohol or alcohol containers
- Illegal drugs/drug paraphernalia
- Pianos or other extremely large, heavy furniture
- Dishwashers, deep freezers or other large appliances
- Cohabitation of unmarried residents; all overnight guests must be registered at the University Heights office and are allowed to stay a maximum of 3 nights only.
- Space heaters
- Window-mounted A/C units Top
- All vehicles parked in University Heights parking lots MUST be registered with UNK Public Safety (i.e., you must have a valid UNK parking permit. Any valid UNK parking permit - commuter student, resident student, etc. - will suffice.).
- Vehicles should not be parked over the side walks so that persons with disabilities can use clear walk-ways. Additionally, during the winter months, it is also important that vehicles are not parked over the sidewalk so that proper snow removal can be done for the safety of the residents. University snow removers are not responsible for damages done to vehicles that are parked over the edge of the sidewalk when snow removal is done.
- Vehicles may not be parked or driven on lawns or sidewalks for any reason; this includes while you are moving in or out of your apartment.
- All vehicles must be operable. They should not be "stored" in the parking lots. Vehicles found in the area in unoperable condition will be towed at the owner's expense. Vehicles with expired license plates or without a valid UNK parking permit are considered in "stored" condition and will be towed.
- Residents should not perform vehicle repairs in the parking lots or on any other part of the University Heights area. If vehicle fluids are disposed of improperly, you will be charged for the clean up of the liquid.
- There are several handicapped parking spaces through out the parking lots. Vehicles other than those with valid UNK handicapped permits will be ticketed and towed.
- Vehicles parked in the fire lanes or blocking garbage dumpsters will be ticketed and towed. Drives and entrances must be clear at all times.
- No trailer houses, mobile homes, trailers, or campers may be parked on the premises.
- All motorcycles, mopeds and mini-bikes must be registered with UNK Public Safety.
- Fire regulations prohibit the parking of motorcycles and mini-bikes on the walkways, balconies, under stairwells or inside apartments. Vehicles parked in these areas will be removed at the owner's expense. Top
In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911, and/or contact Public Safety at 865-8517. If after hours, Public Safety can be reached at 627-4811.
If it is an apartment-maintenance emergency, please contact Facilities office at 865-1800, or after hours 627-6044. Examples of apartment-maintenance emergencies include the following:
- No heat in the winter.
- No plumbing, a water leak, or sewer stoppage that may cause damage to personal or apartment property.
- No electricity.
- Any condition which could cause a fire.
- A gaseous odor, indicating a gas leak.
- While lack of air conditioning is not considered an immediate emergency, please contact the office so that repairs can be made as soon as possible.
*Note: Lack of cable is not an emergency; please contact the cable company if you lose cable.
- Do not tamper with or disconnect smoke detectors.
- Do not keep large amounts of newspapers in your apartment, as it is a fire hazard.
- Clean grease and spilled foods daily from range and oven.
- Store cooking grease away from the stove.
- Do not cover the burners with objects that can be a fire hazard.
- Never wear flimsy clothing or plastic when cooking.
- Keep towels and potholders away from the stovetop.
- Do not smoke in bed.
- Do not empty ashtrays until all ashes have cooled.
- Keep household appliances and equipment in good repair.
- Avoid overloading electrical outlets.
- Storage of gasoline, kerosene or other flammable or explosive items is prohibited.
- Do not use adapters to create additional plug-ins as this may overload the circuit and create a fire hazard.
- Open flames and candles (including un-lit, decorative candles) are not permitted; candles and incense will be confiscated and discarded.
- Report any fires to the fire department and the University Heights manager immediately; always give accurate and understandable information on the location of the fire. Top
Reminder: all apartments are unfurnished and not carpeted. Top
University Heights Office: 1701 West 35th Street
Kearney, NE 68845
Office of Residence Life: 2615 11th Avenue, Conrad Hall, Lower Level
Kearney, NE 68845