Phone Service

Residence Life can provide in room phones for you for only $100 for the whole year.  That is less than $11 a month including install!

You mean there’s not a phone automatically connected in my room?

Since the Fall 2007 semester, Truman no longer provides a room phone as part of the standard room and board fees for the Residence Halls and apartments.  Phones will be in lounges, computer areas, or laundry facilities.

So how do I get a phone line connected in my room?

If you wish to have phone service for an additional $100 annually in your room, simply indicate so on the Housing Contract, or send an email to  Be sure to include your name, student ID, and campus address.  This service must be cancelled prior to August 1 in order to receive a refund.  Residence Life DOES NOT provide telephone units for individual room use.

Why did Residence Life stop automatically putting phone lines in the rooms?

The decision to phase out phone service in the residence hall rooms was not made without several years of assessment. Ultimately, the decision was made when our survey data indicated that 90% of on-campus students were using their mobile phones as their primary means of communication. The decreased number of phone lines has allowed Residence Life to re-allocate a significant amount of money to better serve our on-campus residents.

Mobile Phones

As students continue to rely on mobile phones as their primary means of communication, reception and service becomes an increasingly important factor when considering which provider to choose. While Residence Life does not support any one provider we can share with you the results of student feedback on reception between the carriers in Kirksville.

Mobile Provider*
(# of respondents)
My cell phone has great reception everywhere on campusMy cell phone has good reception everywhere on campusMy cell phone has poor reception on campusMy cell phone does not have good reception anywhere on campus
Alltel (23)48%44%9%0%
AT&T/Cingular (153)7%61%25%7%
Sprint/Nextel (112)23%63%13%2%
T-Mobile (36)17%50%28%6%
U.S. Cellular (54)57%41%2%0%
Verizon (85)44%57%0%0%

*Survey conducted in 2007

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