the men of Battenfeld Hall playing a game of football on the lawn in the 1960s

Historic Student Communities at KU

KU students have lived in different halls, houses, and co-ops since the university was founded. Listed below are the names of previous communities that existed in and around the campus with links to the KU History website.

Making Do
Getting Through

KU Co-ops, Halls, and Houses 1919-1966

Making Do and Getting Through, a book by Fred McElhenie

This 400-page book weaves a rich tapestry of the history of KU residences from 1919-1966 using memories, photos, and letters.

The late Fred McElhenie, long-time member of the KU Student Housing staff, gathered details from archives, yearbooks, and personal remembrances.

To order, contact:

KU Bookstore
1301 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
(785) 864-4640