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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I was not hyped about living with 3 other females but my room came with a full bathroom and walk in closet. I enjoyed the space and the hospitality. It was a little pricey but the amenities given; bathroom,living and kitchenette, cable and wifi.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are a lot of housing options on campus. I lived in McCollum Hall my freshman year, and even though the dorms there were really crappy and small, the social atmosphere made it worth it. Housing is kind of expensive though, especially when you consider how little you get with it. For how much it costs, the school should at least offer free usage of laundry facilities--but nothing at this school is free.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is okay. Having freshmen throwing up in the bathroom @ 3 am is not the best wake-up call, but it's better than the fire alarm going off @ 5 am. The dorm halls and meeting areas are cleaned weekly, but you probably wouldn't believe that because they always look like a tiny tornado went through them.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It really depends on which hall you get into. There is really only one hall that is bad since they are building two more brand new ones. The rooms are actually bigger than the other college dorms I toured before and the community is amazing. It's college so the rules are a bit lax at times but for the majority of the time everyone is respectful of the rules, especially during finals. The best thing for studying in the dorms are the lounges on each floor. You can always find someone in there who can help you if you get stuck on homework or just need a friend. The reason I gave the rating of 'ok' instead of 'great' is because in my hall, but not in all halls, we had community bathrooms. I think that speaks for itself but honestly as a girl it was not terrible and there was only one bathroom nightmare so you'll make it.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Dorms at Ku vary, some are pretty old where as others are newly renovated. In the fall of 2015 the university is going to be opening up two new dorms and demolishing one existing dorm, I hear that the new dorms are suppose to be pretty nice. Campus us beautiful, a nice walk to and from class, even though there are some hills. If you live in GSP or Corbin you are right in the center of all college fun- a couple blocks from Massachusetts street, where the best shopping in lawrence happens, a few streets over from all the college bars and hang outs and just up the hill from the football stadium!

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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
5,235
Average Housing Costs
$4,162
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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