Despite complaints of less state funding for capital improvements, a housing boom continues to play out on the campuses of Missouri schools, with some of the state’s largest universities opening, building or planning new residence halls.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City this month will open a fourth residence hall after a decade of building new student housing. Down the road in Columbia, the University of Missouri has moved back to old-style community living for its newest residence hall, the 11th built on the campus in 13 years. The University of Central Missouri plans to open a $41 million mixed-use residence hall and retail facility by the fall of 2015.
With swelling enrollments, schools are experiencing a housing boom not seen since the late 1960s and early 70s, according to a spokesman for the Association of College and University Housing Officers.
And declining state funds don’t stop schools from building dorms, campus facility officials say, because residence halls pay for themselves, with housing fees helping to pay off construction bonds.