"No event has changed more about how I see the world, and God’s mission in the world, than Urbana. It’s an indispensable opportunity to hear from global leaders, deepen your understanding of the biblical story, and listen for your call.”
- Andy Crouch
author, journalist, musician, public speaker
Who can come to Urbana 18?
Most Urbana participants are college and graduate students ranging in age from 17 to 29 years old. However, anyone interested in global missions or discerning God’s call for his or her life is welcome. Many pastors, missionaries, and ministry leaders have been particularly blessed by their experience at past Urbanas. We do require participants to be at least 17 years old by December 27, 2018, and in their last year of high school.
Can I volunteer at Urbana?
Yes! Urbana highly values and appreciates the many volunteers who help the conference run smoothly. There are two main types of volunteers. Full-time volunteers serve for the whole conference while part-time volunteers come from the greater St. Louis area and only serve for part of Urbana 18. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, go to our Volunteering at Urbana page.
Where and when will Urbana 18 happen?
Urbana 18 will be held in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The large morning and evening sessions will take place in The Dome at America’s Center Convention Complex located at 701 Convention Plaza. Seminars and manuscript Bible study sessions will either be in the America’s Center or in nearby hotels. Urbana 18 will start Thursday, December 27, 2018, with check-in between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The opening session is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in The Dome at America’s Center. Some Urbana 18 tracks will host orientation events in the afternoon before the opening session. If this applies to you, your track director will let you know. Urbana will end after the final general session, with everyone welcoming in the new year together, on January 1, 2019, at 12:30 a.m.
How much does it cost to go to Urbana 18?
Register now to lock in the early-bird rate. At the time of registration, you are only required to pay a nonrefundable $100 deposit to reserve your space. Urbana does not retain registration information from past conferences, so everyone will have to create a new account when they register.
View the Urbana price chart.
What's covered in my registration fee?
The registration fee includes all conference costs and four dinners (December 28-31). You are responsible for housing, travel, and all other meals. Urbana’s registration system, however, does give you the opportunity to reserve a hotel room at a discounted rate (breakfast included). Plan on spending about $125, including tax, per room, per night. Finding roommates can help lower costs.
How do I plan my housing and travel?
You can reserve rooms through the Urbana Housing Bureau starting August 1. Keep checking here for travel and more housing info. We'll be updating this page regularly.