On Campus Housing

Most freshman students live in the on-campus Student Living Center, which can accommodate up to 190 students and which is equipped with wi-fi.

Rooms feature computer connections to the campus network and the Internet and furnishings designed for the building, such as beds and desks. Residents are provided a board plan of 19 meals per week.

Freshmen must fulfill a two-semester contract in the Living Center except for students who are over 21 years old, transfer students and students who will be living with their parents (within a 30-mile radius). Triple, double and single-occupancy rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

A fitness room is located on the first floor of the Student Living Center. Equipment includes two treadmills and two elliptical machines, a stationary bicycle and free weights.

For a fee, students may also choose to join the Swinney Recreation Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a 10-minute walk from our campus. Swinney is a large fitness center with cardio and weight-training machines as well as a pool, basketball and racquetball courts.

Housing applications are only available to accepted students through their online application page. Email housing@kcai.edu with questions.

Apply for KCAI housing in the Living Center.

Living Center details

Living Center Guide (PDF)

Student renters insurance options
The link below will provide you with information about four insurance companies that provide renters policies. These companies have good reputations and received positive feedback on the Better Business Bureau website. KCAI will not benefit in any way if you decide to purchase one of their plans. These links are provided simply as a resource to you. We do recommend that you have some kind of insurance package in place before you move into the Living Center, or an off campus property, as the college is not responsible for damages to or losses of your personal property. Please note that many families will find that they have enough coverage through their homeowners or renters insurance policies to cover a student's belongings in the Living Center on campus, or in an off campus rental property.


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