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Am I required to live on-campus?

Not at KU. However, most freshman do live on campus. 

Research has shown that students who live on campus get better grades and graduate in a more timely manner than those who live elsewhere. When you live on campus you have so many opportunities to meet and make new friends: students form study groups, roommates become friends, residents watch TV together in the lobby.

Another benefit is the convenience: by living on campus you can roll out of bed, jump in the shower, catch the KU bus to class, eat great meals either in your own hall or elsewhere on campus, and never worry about grocery shopping, washing dishes, paying utility bills, or long commutes.

Students who live on campus say it’s more convenient, safer, and less expensive than off-campus living. We have the staff and resources to help you meet people, become involved and be more connected to the University. Let us be part of this wonderful and rewarding experience that you’ll value for the rest of your life.

KU is committed to providing an exceptional experience of living and learning together. Many factors combine to form this experience, including your expectations. We know that students who are most satisfied with on-campus living:

  • Have a good relationship with student staff (we have the best Resident Assistants, so this one should be easy.)
  • Participate in programs and activities (we have much to offer you).
  • Have a respect for people of diverse gender, race and ethnicity (you’ll be proud to know that student surveys show KU students excel at this).
  • Return next year for more fun.

Student Housing News
New Stouffer Place 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