Choose this for Aug. 2017! New 19th Street project

Come see inside of the residence hall being built at 19th and Naismith! You could move in for August 2017 if you choose this hall during room selection now. The video rendering begins with the new science building, then at 2:20 shows you the apartment complex, and finally at 2:37, the new dining center and residence hall, including interiors.

A brand-new residence hall with four room options will open next year for both upperclass and freshmen residents! Room options include more private bedrooms, pictured below, as a response to resident requests. This hall also will be single gender by suite instead of single gender by wing, as are the other halls. Sign the contract now to choose this hall in spring 2017 and move in in August.

The hall is conveniently located near buildings that serve many upperclass students, including the Schools of Business, Law, Engineering, and Music. In addition, nearby recreation buildings include Anschutz Sports Pavilion, Allen Fieldhouse, Hoglund Ballpark and Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center. With the construction of the Central District, this building is located at the new center of the KU campus, easily accessible by walking and by convenient bus routes.

The $51 million complex will feature a 545-bed residence hall and new dining center to be shared with existing Oliver Hall. In the architectural rendering above, the dining center is at left and residence hall at right.

The hall is part of the broader KU Central District project. The KU master plan also calls for a 708-bed apartment complex for upperclass and graduate students on 19th Street near Ousdahl. The $350 million Central District project creates new science buildings, a power plant, parking, and space for future academic buildings.


Where is this hall located and what is it called?
The address is 1517 W. 18th Street. The hall is located between 18th and 19th Street, just west of Naismith Drive. It will connect to the current Oliver Hall, 1815 Naismith Drive, via a shared dining center. The name has not yet been determined.

What will the building include?
The hall will have 545 men and women residents. Residents may choose one of four room designs. A renovated academic commons will be located in the existing Oliver Hall dining center. Additionally, a brand-new 22,000 square-foot dining center will connect Oliver Hall and the new hall.
  • All rooms are suites
  • Private bedrooms are options for both 2-person and 4-person suites
  • Laundry rooms are located on each floor
  • A recreation room is available
  • The hall comes equipped with a full kitchen

When can I sign a contract?
Contracts for next year are available now! Returning residents have first choice of rooms and can sign the online contract now. All residents, new and returning, may sign a contract now and begin choosing a  space in spring 2017. As with all contracts, cancellations fees apply if you change your mind. The hall will be open for the August 2017 move-in date.

What is the construction timeline?
This project is part of the KU Central District, approved by the Kansas Board of Regents in November 2015. The Central District development is well underway. In addition to this new residence hall, the projects include a 700-bed student apartment building at 19th and Iowa streets, the new Burge Union, a parking garage, a utility plant and a 280,000-square-foot integrated science building.

How much will the new hall cost?
Total project cost is estimated at $51 million for this complex. The rate that students pay for this hall has been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents and can be found here. Student housing is a fee-funded department and, as with other renovations and construction, the cost will be borne by students who choose to live in these new buildings, not by general tuition.

When was the last new residence hall built at KU?
Last year, we opened Self and Oswald Halls. Prior to their opening in 2015, Oliver Residence Hall was the last new residence hall. It was built in 1966.

A 20-year history of KU Student Housing residence hall construction
  • Self and Oswald Halls: new buildings opened in August 2015
  • GSP Hall: renovated and reopened in August 2012
  • Jayhawker Towers A, D: renovated and reopened in August 2009 and 2010
  • Hashinger Hall: renovated and reopened in August 2006
  • Ellsworth Hall: renovated and reopened in August 2004
  • Lewis Hall: renovated and reopened in August 1999
  • Templin Hall: renovated and reopened in August 1997
Construction Updates

Watch this webcam of the new residence hall being built.

A still image from the webcam that shows the buiding progress in late August.

View of the site and how the building connects to the existing Oliver Hall

General room dimensions:
In the 4-person suites, bedrooms are about 7-7 ½’ x 11-11 ½’ and living rooms 13 ½ x 13 ½.
In the 4-person rooms (non-suites), bedrooms are approximately 11 ½ x 15 ½’.
In the private bedrooms (non-suites), bedrooms are approximately 7 ½ x 13 ½’.

Halls & Apartment Essentials
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
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