Watkins

Mailing address: 1506 Lilac Lane, Lawrence, Kansas 66044

Phone: (country code +1) 785-812-3138

Watkins opened in 1926 as the first of KU’s scholarship halls and maintains strong bonds with alumnae by hosting an annual spring tea. Long-time traditions such as “candlelightings" and a “Heaven and Hell” party have been revitalized, while new traditions provide opportunities for innovation. Monthly kitchen fees are determined by the residents.

Watkins newly refurbished living room.


One of the many gathering places in Watkins Hall.
 
The sun room, recently redecorated.


One of the seven kitchens used by Watkins women.


Baking bread in one of the seven kitchens.


Watkins study room.


A study room. The women sleep in a large sleeping porch area.


Move-in day at Watkins.


Watkins hosts the annual Heaven and Hell Party.


Schol hallers participate in the Heaven and Hell costume contest as Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus.




 

Contributing to Academics

  • Wireless Internet
  • Academic Resource Center with computers, printers and study aids

Your Room

  • Sleeping porches with bunked beds
  • Twin extra-long mattress
  • Living spaces with two-to-four residents each
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Closet
  • Dresser
  • Trash cans
  • Venetian blinds

Your Hall

  • Located near Memorial Stadium, the Kansas Union and Downtown Lawrence
  • Rooms with dresser, closet and study space
  • Two sleeping porches
  • Seven shared kitchens and dining areas
  • About 50 female residents
  • KU Card-operated laundry areas
  • KU’s first scholarship hall
  • Opened in 1926

Have Fun Here

  • Strong alumni connections (K-8, the Miller/Watkins alumni group) with a mentoring program
  • Annual Heaven and Hell Halloween Party

             

 


New apartments open 2018!
More than $200,000 in annual scholarships to returning residents
Academic success: More than 94 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen in student housing enroll for the next semester
5,100 residents choose student housing each year
Residence hall rates are almost $2,000 less per year than the national average for public schools
— College Board
$4 million alumni gift funded Krehbiel Scholarship Hall
Options include suites, private bedroom with shared bath, two-person rooms, scholarship halls, and apartments
Oswald and Self residence halls opened in 2015
One bill covers all costs: room, food, utilities, and wireless Internet
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities