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Campus Housing Options

UNK offers many types of housing to suit your lifestyle, whether you are looking for the traditional college experience in community style halls or you're ready for the next step offered by our suite style housing. Perhaps your looking for an apartment conveniently located to campus in a great neighborhood? Take a look, and find yourself at home...

Antelope Hall, Nester North Hall & Nester South Hall

The Complex of Antelope, Nester North and Nester South are for upperclassmen (sophomore and up).

Nester Hall is named in honor of former UNK Chancellor William R. Nester who, as President of Kearney State College, led its transition to the University of Nebraska Kearney. The The Antelope/Nester Complex consists of two new housing units along 9th Avenue that are joined by a walk-through breezeway known as University View, which also serves as a lounge, study area and meeting room. Chancellor Nester's name was suggested by many nominators and won wide support from students and from the committee. Nester Hall opened in the fall of 2008.

Antelope Hall had several nominations for its name, and the committee suggested that this name honors our Great Plains heritage, which has distinctively shaped the institution. Never forgetting that, the Antelope is our institution's mascot. Now completed, Antelope Hall houses 160 students in a mix of two and four person suites.

Each suite includes a kitchenette with a full sized refrigerator, microwave and sink. Furnishings include a couch, chair, end table, kitchen island stools, private bathrooms, vanity areas and extra closet space.

Each bedroom includes an extra long bed that is lofted, a desk and chair, dresser, closet and end table. Each unit has individual digital cable TV outlet and Internet jack, as well as individual air cooling and heating controls.

Within the complex are computer labs, study rooms, TV lounges, full kitchens and centralized front desks.

Bedroom Size: 8' X 9' + Closet

Living Room Size: 11' X 9' + Kitchen

Bed Size: Extra long twin

Air Conditioning: Yes

Antelope/Nester Waiting List

Students wishing to live in Antelope or Nester Halls must be a sophomore or above and have completed the on-line housing application. If you have not completed an online housing application, please go your MyBlue Account. Once you have filled out the on-line application you may contact the Antelope/Nester Complex Director by email or by phone.  For more information please contact:

Matt Allbright, Antelope/Nester Complex Director

Centennial Tower East and Centennial Tower West

Centennial Towers East (CTE)

Located just North of the Nebraskan Student Union lie Centennial Towers West and East, built in 1967 and 1968. The Suite Style (one private bathroom shared between two rooms) buildings are named Centennial Towers in honor of the centennial of Nebraska's statehood. Each building is seven stories tall and between them they house approximately 750 students.

CTE offers a computer lab equipped with high speed Internet, study rooms, TV lounges, vending machines and an equipped kitchen on the ground floor.

Note: Students in suite-style rooms are responsible for cleaning and stocking their own bathroom.

Room Size: Approximately 18' x 11', with 8' high ceilings.

Bed Size: Extra-long twin

Air Conditioned: Yes

1002 W. 29th St.
Kearney, NE 68845-3372
308-865-4823 (front desk)

Centennial Towers West (CTW)

Located just North of the Nebraskan Student Union lie Centennial Towers West and East, built in 1967 and 1968. The Suite Style (one private bathroom shared between two rooms) buildings are named Centennial Towers in honor of the centennial of Nebraska's statehood. Each building is seven stories tall and between them they house approximately 750 students.

The West Tower contains a computer lab with high speed Internet, main lounge and community kitchen. The Towers are secured 24 hours with a fob system in place for residents to get in and out of the building.

The rooms are unlike anything you have seen. You may be wondering, why? The buildings are curved, so the rooms are curved as well. Don't let that scare you. Each room is equipped with a dresser, two desks and chairs along with two extra long twin beds. The towers are set up in a suite style with an adjoining bathroom between every 2 rooms.

Note: Students in suite-style rooms are responsible for cleaning and stocking their own bathroom.

Room Size: approximately 18' x 10' 6"

Bed Size: Extra-long Twin

Air Conditioned: Yes

1014 W. 29th St.
Kearney, NE 68845-3373

Mantor Hall

Named after Lyle E. Mantor, this Community Style hall houses approximately 320 students in its four stories.

The building is equipped with a grand lounge on the 1st floor, community kitchen and a computer lab. Each floor has a study room and lounge for residents to gather and create memories. Mantor also includes a conference room and a new seminar room. The rooms in Mantor are slightly larger with 2 twin beds, desks with chairs, dresser and spacious closets.

Mantor has a brand new elevator that connects the building to Randall Hall, which holds a game room equipped with a variety of games for all residents of both Randall and Mantor Halls. Mantor also houses The Thompson Learning Community. Mantor Hall is one of the larger residence halls on campus that features four-stories that are divided in to ten wings. It is located in close proximity to the tennis courts, Foster Field, Cushing Coliseum, and the Health and Sports Center.

Room Size: approximately 17' x 11'

Bed Size: Standard Twin

Air Conditioned: Yes

1203 W. 26th St.
Kearney, NE 68845-4230

Men's Hall

This community style hall was recently renovated in 2010. Originally, Men's Hall was built as a WPA project in the late Depression as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. Its distinctive Art-Deco design has netted it a space on the National Register of Historic Places. At various times it has contained faculty offices, the campus library, and a cafeteria, but it has been restored to its original use as a residence hall. Despite the name, the hall is co-educational.

Men's Hall houses students who participate in the Honors Program. Men's Hall offers a wide variety of room sizes for one to three students. Men's offers 1930's architecture with a dramatic fireplace lobby with both a community kitchen and computer lab. If your room is on the north side you have a great indoor seat to watch football games and other outdoor field events. The basement includes a study area, game room and laundry facilities.

Room Size: 14' x 12' 6"

Bed Size: Extra-long Twin

Air Conditioned: Yes

1103 W. 26th St.
Kearney, NE 68845-4233
308-865-4836 (front desk)

Randall Hall

Adjacent to Mantor Hall, Everett L. Randall Hall is conveniently located near the center of campus and is adjoined to Mantor Hall. Randall also located near many academic buildings as well as the Health and Sports Center. Randall was newly renovated in 2011 and boasts kitchens on every floor as well as remodeled bathrooms. Just like many buildings, Randall has a spacious ground level lounge with a large screen projector for student use along with a game room, laundry facilities and computer lab. Randall is a place that builds and fosters community on a slightly larger scale and houses Honors overflow.

Room Size:17' x 11'

Bed Size: Extra-long Twin

Air Conditioning: Yes

1207 W. 26th St.
Kearney, NE 68845-4229
308-865-4837 (front desk)

University Residence North and University Residence South

University Residence North (URN) and University Residence South (URS) are reserved mainly for Greek Chapter housing. Students who live in these halls must be a pledged member of a fraternity or sorority, or have ROTC affiliation. In some Greek communities, living in the chapter houses is optional, while in others, it is required. Most chapters will invite individuals to live in the house, but requests can often be made by individuals to join the chapter as well. For all further Greek information, please consult with Greek Life in order to make sure that all of your needs are met.

Room Size: 14' x 12'

Bed Size: Extra-long Twin

Air Conditioned: Yes

URN houses the following chapters


  • Gamma Phi Beta (ΓΦΒ) Pod D
  • Alpha Xi Delta (Α Ξ Δ) Pod B


  • Sigma Phi Epsilon (ΣΦΕ) Pod A
  • Pi Kappa Alpha (ΠΚΑ) Pod C

URN Address:
1601 University Drive
Kearney, NE 68845-4258

URS houses the following chapters


  • Alpha Phi (ΑΦ) Pod A
  • Alpha Omicron Pi (ΑΟΠ) Pod C


  • Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) Pod B
  • Phi Delta Theta Pod D

URS Address:
1701 University Drive
Kearney, NE 68845-4255

University Heights Apartments

University Heights offers apartment-style living in a complex located about a mile north of the University of Nebraska Kearney campus (1701 West 35th Street) 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 as well as basic cable is provided. If you would like to have Internet access, telephone service or expended cable and/or movie channels, this would be 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.

*Please Note: All apartments are unfurnished and not carpeted, however window blinds, refrigerator and stove are provided. The photos on this site are examples only of residents' furnished apartments.

For University Heights Floor Plans click on the links Below:

Efficiency Apartment

One Bed Room Apartment

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(rent) 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 Office of Residence Life may grant residency to persons who do not fit within these categories. An Eligibility Waiver Form will need to be filled out and turned into the Office of Residence Life or the Graduate Hall Director at University Heights. Once the Eligibility Waiver has been approved, you would need to fill out the University Heights housing application online and an apartment would be assigned to you. A new Eligibility Waiver must be filled out each semester for persons who have been given a previous exception. This needs to be completed and approved prior to the student filling out their contract on line for the upcoming term. An Eligibility Waiver forms may be picked up at the Office of Residence Life or it may be down loaded from the link at the bottom of this page. If you have questions or concerns, please call the Office of Residence Life at 308-865-8519 for more information.

Apartment Upkeep

  • 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 use 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.

Paying Rent and Financial Responsibility

Rent will be paid 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:

Late Payment Consequences

  • 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.

Non-Payment Consequences

  • 1st time Non Payment = Warning letter communicating possible future consequences.
  • 2nd time Non 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 immediate eviction.
  • 3rd time Non 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.

Important Information About Your Apartment

Please keep the following information in mind about your apartment:

  • To fill out a Maintenance Requests click here. Please use this form to notify facilities and maintenance of any repairs that need to be made in your apartment or concerns that need to be addressed. The Maintenance Request Form can be filled at anytime.
  • 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.
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
    • Suggested temperature settings are 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter.
    • Never turn the heat completely off during the 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, please call the University Heights hall director of RA (Resident Assistant) if available, and they 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 shoe box 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 up your paper. 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

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.

Not Allowed

  • 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
  • Waterbeds
  • Window-mounted A/C units


  • All vehicles parked in the 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 inoperable 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 dumpster 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.

Emergency Procedures/Safety Tips

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.

Safety Tips

  • 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.

Reminder: all apartments are unfurnished and not carpeted.

Contact Information

University Heights Office:
1701 West 35th Street
Kearney, NE 68845
(308) 865-4811