When you live in student housing, you're in the center of student life. KU offers eight residence halls with a variety of rooms, 12 scholarship halls that emphasize cooperative living, and two apartment complexes. You have many options. Most freshmen live in student housing, so you'll make friends from all over.
We make it easy for you
Life in a residence hall is convenient. Here's a short list of amenities:
- wireless Internet
- dining plans included in residence hall contracts
- special interest academic communities
- free bus service to your classes (or you can walk)
- specialty equipment like pianos and art equipment
- residence hall assistants
- intramural sports teams
- nighttime security rounds, 24-hour staffed front desks, and 24-hour card swipe entry
Create your own community: Be a "schol haller"
Our 12 scholarship halls create close-knit communities of students. About 50 students live in each schol hall, and they cook and clean their hall in exchange for a reduced housing rate.
This lower rate is considered a form of scholarship, but students don't have to receive a scholarship to live in one of the schol halls. They do, however, have to maintain a 2.5 GPA and take at least 28 credit hours a year.
Scholarship halls have their own personalities and one-of-a-kind traditions and events like the Amini Weenie Roast and the annual International Dinner.
On-campus apartments: Get the best of both worlds
KU operates two apartment complexes: Jayhawker Towers, for single students, and Stouffer Place, for students with families. Both provide greater privacy than other KU housing and offer the benefit of being on campus.
Home to 750 students, this apartment complex of four towers contains two-bedroom apartments shared by two or four residents.
Amenities include wireless Internet, on-site staff, KU Card-operated laundry, optional meal plans, and rental furniture packages.
Stouffer Place offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for graduate students, couples and students with children, postdoctoral researchers, and nontraditional students.
Your KU Card provides you ease and convenience at any of these venues:
- Three residential dining centers (Mrs. E’s, Oliver dining, and North College Café in GSP)
- Six retail cafes (the Underground, the Market, Crimson Café, the O’Zone, Studio, and Mortar and Pestle Café)
- Four coffee and smoothie shops (The Roasterie Coffeehouse)
- Seven snack bars (Hawk Food Stops)
- A full service restaurant in the Kansas Union (Impromptu)
Students living off campus or in on-campus apartments are eligible to purchase campus dining plans. Dining plans are included in residence hall contracts, and students should select the plan that best fits their busy schedules.
Want to live green? We’ll help you get around.
KU students with a valid KU ID may board any KU or city fixed route bus for free. Use Lawrence Transit's Guide to Ride to plan your route around campus & town. KU on Wheels also offers: SafeRide, SafeBus
KU's campus and the city of Lawrence are bicycle-friendly. During class hours, campus is closed to general traffic except for KU buses and bicycles. Plan your route for riding to class with our campus map.
KU's Parking & Transit Department issues and enforces all on-campus parking rules, regulations and permits for cars, motorcycles and mopeds. Because the campus is pedestrian-friendly, it is not necessary to have a car or other vehicle at KU.