Student housing

There's no place like your home on the Hill.

Most KU freshmen live in student housing, which puts you in the center of everything that's happening on campus, provides academic support, and helps you make friendships you'll keep for life.

Housing types

We have 10 residence halls with a mix of traditional two-person rooms and four-person suites. In addition, KU has 12 scholarship halls — close-knit communities of about 50 students each who cook and clean in exchange for a reduced housing rate. 

See all housing communities


  • On-site staff for safety — and to act as your liaison to campus services
  • 24-hour card-swipe entry and nighttime security rounds
  • Door-to-door bus service
  • Laundry machines (included in housing pricing)
  • Wireless internet

Campus dining

Your KU Card gives you access to the 20 dining locations spread throughout campus. They include all-you-care-to-eat dining centers, cafés, coffee and smoothie shops, snack bars, and a full-service restaurant, all conveniently located near classroom buildings and campus housing.

Dining plans are included in residence hall contracts and are also available to students living off campus or in on-campus apartments.

Getting around

Your KU student ID card, called your KU Card, gives you free access to bus service around campus and town. Buses and bicycles are the best way to travel during class hours, and campus and Lawrence are both bicycle-friendly.

It's very walkable here, so many students get by without a car. Or you can purchase a campus parking permit if you'd like to bring a car.

Housing Timeline

Sept. 5 As soon as you're admitted: Sign your housing application and pay the fee to reserve your spot to select later.

Nov. 1: If you're applying to live in a scholarship hall, turn in your materials by this date for priority consideration. If you miss it, you can still apply through March 1.

Feb: Returning students are first in line to select rooms and roommates.

April: New residents select rooms and roommates online beginning now and continuing throughout the summer. Your selection time will be posted on the Housing website. You can choose roommates or go potluck.

Step 1: Sign your contract

What's for dinner?

Wondering what the food is like? Check out menus for the campus dining centers.

See dining menus