Orientation

Housing Preview tours, virtual tours, floor plans, packing list and more: Housing questions answered at Orientation

Life on campus will be one of your most exciting new experiences at KU. Along with learning how to live with others, you'll meet many new Jayhawks and make lifelong friends in the flock. Orientation is a time to consider your upcoming Jayhawk journey, register for classes, and plan upcoming travel to Lawrence. Although move-in day is not finalized, all sorts of details (how can your family send packages?) will be on this move-in page when we have confirmed information.

The tabs below provide information to sign up for Housing Preview tours, see online virtual tours, floor plans, room measurements, furniture layouts, a packing list and much more.

After you read this page, you may have other housing questions. One resource is housing's Frequently Asked Questions page. Another is your student housing handbook, which helps you understand your student housing contract and the policies and procedures governing your new home. You'll also find information about how your Residence Life staff can assist you, the services offered in each of our buildings, and how to get involved with your community and your new neighbors.

If you’re still wondering about something, feel free to email us at housing@ku.edu, or call 785-864-4560.

Welcome to KU and Rock Chalk!

You may sign up for a preview of rooms in the Student Housing building you’ve selected for fall. Previews will show each room type, but not your specific room. Although many preview dates align with the in-person orientation, any student who has a selected a Housing space can sign up online for any Housing Preview date.

If you have not yet selected a Housing space, go the myKU portal and make your room selection now.

Here’s how you’ll sign up to select a Housing Preview

  • Go to the myKU portal and enter your KU online ID and password.
  • Select "Services" and “Login to Housing.”
  • Click “Summer Housing Preview Signup"


Housing Previews will be offered at the following dates and times:

Times
  • 11 a.m. to noon
  • Noon to 1 p.m.
Dates
  • June 2, 4, 11, 14, 16, 18, 25, 28, 30
  • July 2, 9, 12, 14, 16

Locations

Hall

Start Location

Corbin

Corbin

GSP

Corbin

Hashinger

Daisy Hill Commons

Oswald

Daisy Hill Commons

Self

Daisy Hill Commons

Downs

Downs

Ellsworth

Ellsworth

Lewis

Lewis

Stouffer Place

Stouffer Place

Scholarship Halls

Crawford Community Center
1346 Louisiana St.

Preview reservations will close 24 hours before each tour begins. If you want to select a time that has been closed, call Student Housing 785-864-4560.

Residence hall virtual tours and more

Almost 3,500 new incoming students choose a residence hall room. You may launch virtual tours of each room type, find room measurements and furniture layouts on the floorplans, and see photos that show you the space by selecting your hall name on this Halls &Apartments page. 

This pdf also contains a compilation of all floorplans in every hall:

Res Hall brochure

Scholarship Halls

If you were selected for a scholarship hall, congratulations – you are one of fewer than 600 students who will be part of this tradition-filled community. KU has 12 scholarship halls, two co-ed halls (KK Amini and Grace Pearson), six women's halls and four men's halls. Rooms are selected by the students in a process determined by each hall.

Explore these webpages and look for your hall name to find floor plans, photos and details (such as shift responsibilities for residents) about each hall or download the Scholarship Hall Interiors (pdf) below.

Schol Hall brochure

Or give us 30 seconds and some Scholarship Hall residents will tell you what it's like to live here:

Apartment virtual tours and more

Residents will find floorplans, 360-degree spins of each room type, and other apartment information at this site. You'll also find a list of the furnishings that are included, plus a proposed list of what to bring that includes apartment needs.

Apt brochure

STOUFFER PLACE: These apartments are fully furnished and all inclusive. They feature a private bedroom and private bath for each resident in the four-person apartment configuration. Navigate these spins for a virtual tour. The 4- or 6-person option for freshmen in Stouffer North are here.

JAYHAWKER TOWERS: Navigate through these spins to take a virtual tour of a Towers apartment. Jayhawker Towers apartments comprise a living room, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. The kitchen has a stove and refrigerator (and dishwasher in Towers A, B and D). Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, all 2-person apartments in Towers A&D only will contain full-size beds, not extra-long twins. All other bedrooms are furnished with an extra-long twin bed, desk, chair, and dresser for each resident. Living room furniture and queen sized bed, which are shown in the virtual tours, are available from a rental company.

MCCARTHY HALL: Navigate through these spins to take a virtual tour of McCarthy Hall apartments. The McCarthy Hall apartment complex features two-bedroom, two bath apartments, and four-bedroom, two-bath apartments for 38 male residents. This apartment building also features a half-court basketball court, media room, audio-video access control, study rooms and a lounge on each floor and free laundry.

Maps

Housing on-campus is in four districts: North College, Scholarship Halls, Central and Daisy Hill.

on-campus housing map

This campus map (pdf) highlights KU Student Housing in relation to other campus landmarks. You may also view this image in Google maps.

What to bring

What you should bring depends on where you are planning to live. The “What to Bring” page breaks it down for you with specific instructions for all residents, and a separate tab for apartment residents.

What to bring (pdf)

BED CONFIGURATIONS

The webpage for each individual hall describes its setup, but in general: All beds on campus are lofted or bunked. To request a modification to your bed configuration, submit a service request and Facilities Services would be happy to assist.

Exceptions include:

  • Hashinger Hall beds can only be lofted.
  • Lewis Hall and Templin Hall beds can be bunked or un-bunked, but not lofted to different heights.
  • Stouffer and McCarthy beds are not bunked or lofted. The exception is that beds in the 6-person option for Stouffer Place are lofted.
  • Scholarship hall beds, except Miller and Watkins, can be bunked or un-bunked, but not lofted.

Payment plan options

Typically, your all-inclusive housing charge is placed on your Enroll&Pay account near the start of each semester. However, no-interest monthly payment plans are available. For information contact KU Student Accounts & Receivables: studentaccount-services.ku.edu

Signing up for the Nelnet program offers a monthly payment option to cover tuition, campus fees and housing. There is a flat fee each semester for this service. Contact 1-800-722-4867.

Checklist for after you move in

❏ Introduce yourself to your resident assistant (RA). In a scholarship hall, you'll meet your Proctor and Food Board Manager.
❏ Get acquainted with your own building.
❏ Get to know your roommate and complete the roommate agreement.
❏ Get acquainted with your floor mates.
❏ Pick up or buy your textbooks.
❏ Make sure you go to your first floor meeting.
❏ Tour campus and check out where your classes will be.
❏ Don't miss the KU welcome events.
❏ Participate in your floor and hall events.

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