New international students have housing options on campus at Missouri State University and off campus in the community of Springfield, Missouri.
All first time college students under 21 years of age with less than 30 hours of college credit are required to live on campus in university residence halls. That's a good thing! Living on campus helps you meet new people, be more involved in campus organizations, and focus more on your studies. Research actually shows that students who live on campus maintain better grades than their off campus counterparts.
Students over 21 years of age or with more than 30 hours of transferable credit may live off campus. There are several off campus apartments and homes for rent within walking distance of Missouri State as well as a few that offer shuttle services to campus. Before you sign any lease agreement, carefully consider the condition of the apartment, terms of the lease agreement, transportation and parking, payment options, price, and what is included in the price of your monthly rent. Make sure you’re a good tenant – review our International Student Guide to Apartment Living if you’re not sure what that means.
If you are attending Missouri State in the fall 2016 semester and you plan to arrive in Springfield, Missouri before you have made off campus housing arrangements or prior to the on campus residence halls opening on August 15, 2016, you will need to request temporary housing through our airport request form. A member of our #InternationalBears Welcome Crew will contact you to help you make temporary housing arrangements on campus or at a nearby hotel.