Welcome to Downs Hall

an exterior view of Downs Hall

About Downs Hall

Located in KU's Central District, Downs Hall is KU's newest residence hall and home to 545 coed students. This coed hall is single gender by suite and its rooms include two- and four-person suites, and private bedrooms with shared bath. The South Commons Dining center is conveniently attached to Downs Hall. Downs is within easy walking distance of Daisy Hill, Allen Fieldhouse, and Ambler Student Recreation Center. It is across the street from the School of Business, and near the Schools of Law, Engineering, and Music. Downs Hall opened in 2017.

Cora Downs, for whom Downs Hall was named, was the first woman to earn a PhD at KU in 1924. She also received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from KU. She began as an instructor of bacteriology in 1917, then became a professor and served as a member of the faculty until her retirement in 1963. Dr. Downs was one of KU’s most outstanding scientists. During World War II, she led 40 scientists in a top secret biological warfare project.

Cora's grandmother, also named Cora Downs, was the first woman named to the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing body for all Kansas state universities.


  • Downs Hall

  • 1517 W. 18th Street

  • Lawrence, Kansas 66045