Housing and Campus Life for International Students


CMU is a residential campus and all students are expected to reside in residence halls unless they meet one of the following criteria:

  • 21 years of age before the start of the semester
  • Enrolled in the fifth year of full-time undergraduate study
  • Living with parents within 30 miles of the campus
  • Married or the custodial parent of a minor child
  • Student is transferring to CMU and has attempted and passed four semesters of full-time academic credit.

NOTE: All international students arriving at CMU to study in the U.S. for the first time must live on campus during their first academic year.

Receiving a Hall Assignment

After you have been accepted to CMU, complete a housing application, and pay the $200 housing and enrollment deposit we will mail your residence hall assignment, as well as the name and contact information for your roommate. Every effort will be made to match you with a compatible roommate who shares similar interests. You may communicate with one another to become acquainted before the semester begins.

What is included in the Residence Hall?

All residence hall rooms are furnished with beds, dressers, and desks. Each residence hall has a computer lab, laundry and kitchen facilities, as well as a lobby furnished with comfortable seating and a flat screen television. Cable and wireless internet are provided. Roommates are permitted to bring and share one dorm-size refrigerator and one microwave per room. Other suggestions on what to bring can be found on the Residential Life web page.

Residence Hall Costs

There are five total residence halls on campus: two for men, one for women, and two co-ed. Different room styles are available and costs vary depending upon the residence hall and meal plan selected.

Detailed residence hall costs

Meal plans



The Office of Student Development, in cooperation with the Student Government Association, plans off-campus trips and on-campus activities for students throughout the semester. All events are advertised through daily campus announcements and on the event calendar.

Transportation for off-campus activities is provided at no charge to the students. Some past trips include: KC Chiefs, St. Louis Blues, KC Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Museums, Paintball, Canoeing, Haunted House tours, Mission trips, etc.

A variety of shows are offered on campus each semester. Some past shows have included: hypnotists, mentalists, magicians, ghost hunters, motivational speakers, novelty acts, musicians, theatre productions, and workshops offered by professionals.

In addition to shows, there are many other on-campus activities such as: pep rallies, intramural athletic competitions, homecoming, movies, bingo, spring fling, scuba lessons and more.

CMU also has more than 40 student organizations on campus.


Getting Around Town

CMU is located in Fayette, in the heart of Missouri; an agricultural area full of rolling hills and shady trees. The campus is conveniently situated in the downtown area, within easy walking distance of parks, banks, shops, and restaurants.


Health Forms and Insurance

Students can receive basic health care at no charge in the Student Health Clinic. There are also many area clinics and hospitals.


Social Security Number, Driver's License, and Bank Account

Social Security Number

If you are authorized to work on campus, or obtain permission to engage in OPT (Optional Practical Training), CPT (Curricular Practical Training), or Economic Hardship employment, you may apply for a Social Security Number.

Driver's License

International students may obtain a one year, renewable Missouri Driver's License. The required documents are: the I-20, valid passport, I-94 card, and a letter from the DSO confirming the student's full time enrollment status and current address.


International students may open a bank account by presenting their passport, a minimum deposit of $25, and a letter from the DSO confirming a full time enrollment status and a current address. There are three banks located in Fayette, and many others in Boonville and Columbia. 


Other Helpful Things

Currency Converter

You should change some of your currency to U.S. dollars before you arrive, because the local banks do not provide this service. To check the current exchange rate, you may use this converter: Current Exchange Rate.

APA Writing Guidelines

Avoid plagiarism and the frustration of not knowing how to format that paper for your next assignment. All college writing follows clearly mandated rules which can be easily understood by looking them up in the "OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab", which can be found on the Purdue University website.


Having Trouble Understanding a Word or Expression in English? Try looking it up on the Word Reference website, a reliable online dictionary and resource.