Office of Residence Life

Future Residents

New Student Housing Sign Up Process

The Housing Portal will open on Monday February 2nd for students who want to live on campus for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.  

To apply for housing login to your  MyBlue account and click on "Tools".  Then click the "Campus Housing" link.

To take a Virtual Tour click here!

Residents in CTE

Top 10 Reasons to Live on Campus:

1. College Life

You can experience the Total College Experience - you have the rest of your life to live off campus!

2. Convenience

You don't have to waste time fighting traffic and hunting for parking spaces before class. You can sleep longer and you save a lot of money on gas.

3. Close to everything

You are just a short walk away from academic buildings, campus activities, sporting events, and student services such as advising, health services, and dining areas.

4. It's Smart to live on campus!

Research shows that students who live on campus are:

  • More satisfied with their college experience
  • Earn higher grade point averages
  • More likely to graduate than their commuting peers

5. Have the time of your life!

Don't just go to school - join student organizations; attend athletics events, concerts, conferences and special lectures; experience everything the campus has to offer!

6. You don't have to cook!

What could be better than to have several options available within walking distance? The Market @ 27th offer many home-cooked options and a Mongolian Grill.  You can also find quick choices such as Lantern Asian Cuisine, Subway, Rustic Range Burger & Fries, Red Mango Frozen Yogurt and two locations that serve Starbucks coffee (The Living Room and Java Notes).  

7. No Hidden Costs!

No need to be concerned with monthly rent, utility and cable bills, buying furniture, paying for repairs, or groceries. Through the room and board costs, all of that is covered!

8. Friends

It's much easier to get acquainted with your peers when you are living down the hall from them. The residence halls offer many opportunities to participate in a variety of activities that will help you get acquainted. These friendships will last a lifetime!

9. Personal Support

With college life, comes transition. You're not alone academically or socially when you live in the halls. You will be living with people who are going through or have gone through the same experiences. Hall and Complex Directors and Resident Assistants that live in the halls are always available for support, assistance, and advice.

10. Academic Success

Research of college students across the nation shows that students who live on campus are more satisfied with their college experience, earn higher grade point averages, and are more likely to graduate than their commuting peers.

Room and Board Rates and Contract Information

Residence Hall Room Rates

Residence hall room rates include charges for Internet and HD cable with HBO, local phone service and all utilities. For Room Rate information click Here!

Contract Information

For 2015-2016 Contract information click Here!

Hall Amenities and Rentals


UNK also offers the following rental options:


Now accepting reservations! Click Here!


Lofts are available for rent from College Products. Click Here to order and browse their website. (School Code:UNK)

Services and Conveniences

The Office of Residence Life coordinates all campus housing and is dedicated to maintaining an environment conducive to educational and personal development.Each residence hall is supervised by a live-in Graduate Hall Director and is staffed by Resident Assistants who live on each floor.

Room Amenities

Each double occupancy room comes equipped with:

  • two twin beds(Beds can be bunked or lofted to maximize floor space. Please contact to rent a loft.)
  • two desks
  • two desk chairs
  • closet and dresser space
  • window coverings
  • one cable TV outlet- TV must have HD capabilities
  • two computer ports for wired Internet connection

Hall Amenities
  • Computer labs with access to the UNK network resources
  • Bike Racks
  • TV Lounges
  • Kitchens
  • Laundry facilities - unlimited use
  • Quiet study areas
  • Recreational space
  • High speed Internet access - wifi and wired
  • Basic cable television service
  • Basic furnishings
Front Desk Services

Every hall manages a front desk operation, which serves as the hub of the community. From the front desk you can do the following:

  • receive your mail/packages
  • check out vacuums, games, and cleaning supplies
  • access to your room if you are ever to lock yourself out
  • receive lock-out keys
  • make photocopies

To Bring or Not to Bring....

Items you may bring to UNK:

  • towels
  • first aid kit
  • laundry basket
  • dinnerware
  • throw rugs
  • computer/printer
  • compact refrigerator
  • stereo/cd's
  • hangers
  • backpack
  • radio w/extra batteries
  • toiletries
  • sheets/blankets
  • pictures/posters
  • clock radio
  • plants
  • shower tote
  • planner
  • telephone
  • flashlight w/extra batteries

Items you may NOT bring to UNK:

  • candles
  • microwaves
  • any open coil appliance (i.e. toaster)
  • pets
  • alcohol
  • illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, incense
  • weapons

Get Involved

Residence Hall Leadership Opportunities

There is a positive correlation between academic success and campus involvement; research has shown that involved students do better academically, and have more success in the job market upon graduation. The residence halls provide an opportunity for community involvement, as well as a chance to develop leadership skills.

The following is an overview of the groups/organizations that are available to become involved with in your residence hall community:

Community Assembly

Community Assembly serves as a catalyst for ideas and hall spirit, and is the cornerstone of hall identity. Community Assembly actively deals with departmental issues and works on projects that grow out of the interests and needs of hall residents. Recycling and energy issues, fundraising, planning special programs and events, reviewing hall and housing policies, and hall improvements are typical issues that Community members address during weekly meetings.

Students are encouraged to become involved in residence hall government. Each hall has its own governmental system. Like any other concentration of people within boundaries, the residence halls function best when positions of leadership, organization, and representation are established. For this reason, each hall selects a president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and representatives for the Community Assembly organization (further defined below).

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

RHA is the overall representative governing body for the residence halls. RHA promotes a positive on-campus living environment by addressing and representing the residence hall system as a unit in determining issues and concerns affecting all on-campus residents. In addition to promoting inter- and intra- hall programming, RHA supports and sponsors programs and events between halls and other campus organizations. Other opportunities for involvement in RHA include regional and national affiliation and conference attendance.

RHA Executive Officers include: President, Vice President, National Communications Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer, NRHH President and Programming Chair. The responsibilities these officers have are as follows: attend weekly executive and general body meetings, participation in hall training and team-building exercises, attend campus-wide training workshops offered for individuals in leadership, actively participate in or lead hall and RHA committees, serve as a liaison to all halls in an effort to keep halls informed of activities and opportunities, and generate ideas and enthusiasm for hall projects and activities. Click [here] for more information on RHA.

National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)

NRHH provides recognition for the top 1% or students living in the residence halls who have shown outstanding service and leadership. NRHH promotes such activities as "Of the Month" awards in programming and individual leadership. NRHH also promotes and sponsors programs which encourage leadership development for students. Click [here] for more information on NRHH.

Greek Life

Each Greek organization provides numerous leadership experiences for members and a wide variety of opportunities to get involved on campus and in the Kearney community. Click [here] for more information on becoming a member of the UNK Greek community.

Living with a Roommate

One of the first people you may be asked to get to know is your roommate. If you are sharing a room with a roommate, the two of you will be sharing the same living space for the entire school year. You and your roommate may be similar or very different, and it may take some work to develop that relationship. You do not necessarily have to be best friends with your roommate, but you do need to establish a working/living relationship.

To help you develop a good relationship with your roommate, we suggest three key factors: consideration, communication and compromise. The following may help you zero in on some typical lifestyle issues, allow you to examine the different ways you and your roommate approach issues, and give you the opportunity to work out methods of resolving differences before conflict arises:


When do you like to study? Do you plan to do most of your studying in the room or in places such as the library? At what noise level do you prefer to study? How much time do you devote to studying?

Room Condition

How much clutter do you like around the room? Is it okay for my side to be more messy/neat than yours? What is the best way to organize a method of cleaning, e.g. a schedule or specific tasks? Whose responsibility is it to clean certain areas? How often should the room be cleaned?

Sleeping Hours

Do you go to bed early or late? Get up early or late? Does noise or light bother you late at night or early in the morning? Do you get upset when awakened?


How much privacy do you need? Do you need time to yourself in the room each day? Can it be scheduled?


Is it okay to borrow a possession or clothes? Do you need to ask first, no matter what it may be? (Be prepared to accept responsibility if something happens to the borrowed item. Offer to pay for or replace it.) Are there possessions which are accessible to me as your roommate, or certain possessions nobody is to touch except you?


How do you feel about me having a visitor of the same sex or of the opposite sex? If you have a visitor and this proves to be an inconvenience to me, how would you best like me to communicate this to you? How late is all right to have visitors? When is it all right to have overnight guests?


If you decide to have long distance telephone service, how is the bill to be settled? How is the deposit to be divided? How is the cost to be divided? How do you expect repayment? Should we get calling cards to avoid conflict over long distance calls? How late/early is all right to receive and/or make phone calls?

Future Problems

If something is bothering you concerning the rooming situation, what would you most likely do? Would you be passive or assertive? How would you like to be approached concerning problems that might arise between us?

Dealing with Conflict

Conflicts may arise during the year. It is important to let your roommate, or anyone else you have a conflict with know who you feel about situations. Otherwise small incidents can build up into a major quarrel.

When you are describing how you feel, be sure to:

  1. Know what you are feeling.
  2. Put the emotion you are feeling into words - try to be specific.
  3. Try to indicate what triggered the feeling.
  4. Own the feeling as yours.

For example: "It makes me (own the feeling) angry (the feeling) when you leave your clothes all over the room (what triggered the feeling)."Not helpful: "You are a slob!" or "You're a jerk!"

About Listening

Listening is just as important as describing your feelings. People do not always listen to others, even though they may seem as if they are. Here are a few suggestions for listening actively:

Recognize Differences in Listening

Listening is similar to reading. Some situations require more attention, depending on the purpose and the degree of difficulty of the material. Are you listening for pleasure, to understand, or to evaluate?

Be Ready to Listen

This applies both mentally and physically. Stop thinking of whatever else is on your mind. Devote your attention to the person speaking. Stand or sit in a comfortable position for listening.

Shift from Speaker to Listener

Listen to what the other person says when she/he is speaking. Don't worry about what you will say next.

Withhold Evaluation

Control your judgmental responses to the words and ideas that you hear. Work on retaining your objectivity, even in touchy situations.

Listen Actively

Active listening includes paraphrasing and questioning. You become a part in deterring the meaning of what is said. Ask for clarification of what is difficult for you to understand, or what you did not hear clearly.

Some Steps to Positive Relationships

  • Show concern for your roommate as a person.
  • Be open about your needs. Express your concerns before they become problems.
  • Make an effort to spend quality personal time with your roommate.
  • Appreciate the differences in your roommate. Allow those differences to work for you instead of against you.
  • To have a good roommate, BE a good roommate!

The Roommate Bill of Rights

The following Roommate Bill of Rights is a reminder to each resident of his/her responsibility to his/her roommate. The quality of your on-campus experience will depend, to a large extent, on the consideration that you demonstrate toward each other.

Basic rights of a roommate include
  1. The RIGHT to read and study free from undue interference in one's room. Unreasonable noise and other distractions inhibit this RIGHT.
  2. The RIGHT to sleep without undue disturbance from noise, guests of roommate(s), etc.
  3. The RIGHT to expect that a roommate will respect one's personal belongings.
  4. The RIGHT to a clean environment.
  5. The RIGHT to free access to one's room and facilities without interference from the roommate.
  6. The RIGHT to privacy.
  7. The RIGHT to host guests with the expectation that the guests are to respect the rights of the host's roommates(s), visitation hours, University staff members, and other hall residents.
  8. The RIGHT to be free from fear of intimidation, physical, and/or emotional harm.
  9. The RIGHT to expect reasonable cooperation and the use of "shared" appliances (i.e., telephone, etc.) and a commitment to honor agreed upon payment procedures.
  10. The RIGHT to address grievances. Your residence hall staff is available for assistance.

Remember, to be a mature adult is to accept responsibility for yourself and the welfare of others. Only you can assure that you and your roommate(s) enjoy these rights. The biggest mistake roommates make is not discussing a problem as it develops. The important thing is to keep lines of communication open. Communication means actively listening to what your roommate says, as well as talking with him/her about your ideas and feelings.

Some Thoughts for Parents

The staff in the Office of Residence Life considers you, the parent, a partner in our efforts to educate each student outside of the classroom. Our focus is on the development of each individual student as they find a home here at UNK.

Our most common discussions with parents are around their student's social adjustment to college life as well as concerns regarding roommates and other living situations.

We understand that the transition to college can be a difficult process for both students and parents. Your student will encounter a variety of situations throughout their college years, and it is our hope to assist them as they grow and develop as young adults.

Once again, it is our hope to partner with you in an effort to assist each student in their transition to college life. Therefore, we ask that you keep the following in mind as we work together:

  • While problems may arise as your student adjusts to life on campus and in the Residence Halls, it is important that each student take an active role in working to resolve these problems. Residence Life staff members are here to work directly with your student and facilitate the problem solving process. Please realize that while we are happy to speak with you about concerns you have as a parent, it is very important that we work directly with the students involved. As your student will realize, direct and clear communication is the key to resolving most issues.
  • Roommate conflicts always have multiple perspectives and points of view. Before taking action on a reported concern, we work to gather all perspectives and learn as much as we can about the situation. Our staff will then work directly with the students involved to help resolve the issue. Both our professional and student staff members are trained in conflict mediation skills and can often help roommates to acquire necessary listening and communication skills that will assist them throughout their years of living on campus.

We look forward to working with your student as they find a home at UNK!