Campus Housing

Location
Lawrence, KS
Undergrads
17,130
Tuition (in-state)
$23,748 ($9,678)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The department of student housing is not well run, there is a never-ending process to get everything correct and those in charge abuse their power more often than not.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: We again, literally have everything from singles, doubles, 2 & 4 person suits, to on-campus apartments! Everyone is sure to find their perfect fit!

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty run-down and old. Elevators are constantly broken and lobbies are constantly vandalized and trashed. But I don't really know what else you would expect from a bunch of college freshmen. It's easy to find a place to live. The buses are always going between the dorms and classes, so it's very easy to get around. Everything is also within walking distance, but there are lots of hills.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are prices way to high for the quality and space of the dorms.

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College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Never stayed in a dorm or rented a house. I commute.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 64th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 457th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 920th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1334th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Thompson
Hometown
Overland Park, KS
Major
Journalism/Environmental Studies
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Each dorm on campus has its own reputation. Templin is the smart dorm, Lewis is nice, Hashinger is the artsy dorm, Ellsworth is pretty average, McCollum is run-down, Oliver is the party dorm, and GSP and Corbin are for sorority girls. But these reputations don’t always prove to be true, and most students agree that the quality of dorm life has everything to do with the people surrounding them instead of the actual dorm. On-campus housing is a great place to meet new friends and establish lasting relationships that can last through and past your career at KU.

The University provides students with lots of different campus housing options. Students can choose their roommate or they can go “pot luck” and have the University pair them up with a roomie. Scholarship Halls are available to students based on academic excellence and economic need and can be a good choice for more serious students. Scholarship Hall residents usually live without the distractions of the freshman desire to party, which can envelope some of the other dorms. Whatever the experience turns out to be, dorm life is something most students never forget.

 

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
5,332
Average Housing Costs
$3,804
Undergrads Living On Campus
23%
Number of Dormitories
20
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Dorms
  • Hashinger
  • Lewis
  • Templin
Worst Dorms
  • McCollum
  • Oliver
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV hookup
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
Also Available
  • Learning communities and honors floors
  • Scholarship Halls - These halls are a living option available through a special application process. They are smaller than regular dorms and are either all-female or all-male dorms. Students complete special household tasks like cleaning or cooking dinner each week in exchange for cheaper housing fees. The halls accept people based on need and academic excellence.
Available for Rent
Lofts Microwaves Minifridges
Did You Know?
The department of student housing lists its top 10 reasons for choosing on-campus housing. Check out www.housing.ku.edu/KU_DSH_TopTen.shtml.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Battenfeld Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, men only
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Suite-style and traditional doubles, triples, and quads
Special Features: Large deck, three TV rooms, and aardvark mascot.
Corbin
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 290
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, women only
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Sister dorm to GSP, "Women to Women" program, shared dining center and academic resources.
Dennis E. Reiger Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Shared by suite or floor
Coed: No, women only
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Suite-style
Special Features: Newest KU Scholarship Hall.
Douthart Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: No, women only
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Suite-style quads
Special Features: Large storage facilities.
Ellsworth
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 600
Bathrooms: Shared by suite or floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Singles, traditional and suite-style doubles
Special Features: Laundry facilities, seminar rooms for classes, "success center".
Gertrude Sellards Pearson (GSP)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 430
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, women only
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Sister dorm to Corbin, "Women to Women" program, shared dining and academic resource center.
Grace Pearson
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: No, men only
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Suite-style quads
Special Features: Host of annual GP Coffee House.
Hashinger
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 550
Bathrooms: Shared by wing
Coed: Yes
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Center for the Creative Arts, dance studio, darkroom, instrument practice rooms and piano rooms, small theater.
KK Amini
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: No, men only
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Suite-style quads
Special Features: Frequent "School Hall of the Year" winner.
Lewis
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 450
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Private doubles, suite-style doubles, and suite-style four-person rooms
Special Features: Each floor has its own budget for activities. Lewis residents much complete volunteer hours each semester to stay in the dorm.
Margaret Amini Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: No, women only
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Suite-style quads
Special Features: Cable TV outlets in rooms.
McCollum
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 900
Bathrooms: Shared by wing
Coed: Yes
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: It's the only dorm open for holidays, and most foreign exchange students are housed in McCollum.
Miller Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, women only
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Sun porch, communal cooking arrangements.
Naismith Hall
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Four-bedroom suites
Special Features: Outdoor pool with sundeck, movie theater, tanning bed and cleaning services. It's within walking distance to sports facilities.
Oliver
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 650
Bathrooms: Shared by wing
Coed: Yes
Residents: Doubles
Room Types: Close to athletic facilities, dining center.
Pearson Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, men only
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Large deck.
Sellards Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, women only
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Quads
Special Features: Large kitchen.
Stephenson Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, men only
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Basketball court.
Templin
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 550
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: All classes
Room Types: Suite-style doubles, four-person rooms
Special Features: Residents of Templin must maintain a minimum GPA to remain living in the dorm.
Watkin Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, women only
Residents: All classes
Room Types: 25-person sleeping porches
Special Features: Original KU scholarship hall, communal cooking arrangements.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Jayhawker Towers
Bathrooms: In room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, quads
Special Features: Laundry, recreation room.

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