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WKU Housing - Project Frequently Asked Questions

Looking Forward. The Future of WKU Housing & Residence LifeFrequently Asked Questions

How will housing rates be affected?

WKU residence hall and apartment annual rates will remain more affordable than the average rate for similar residence halls and apartments in Kentucky Universities, despite a slight increase in rates.

Community-Style Rates

  • Standard 2% annual rate increase to mirror inflation

  • Rates remain 4% more affordable than the Kentucky System average for similar beds

Hotel and Suite Style Rates

  • 5% annual increase until 2018

  • 2% annual increase thereafter

  • Rates remain 10% more affordable than the Kentucky System average for similar beds

Apartment Rates

  • 7% annual increase through 2019

  • 2% annual increase thereafter

  • Rates remain 2% more affordable than the Kentucky System average for similar beds

Is this going to increase my tuition cost?

No. Financing for housing projects are provided through the WKU Student Life Foundation. Student housing rates have seen a slight increase to align with the Kentucky System average,  and housing rates do help contribute to housing operations, programming, and future projects.

Why do we need new and renovated housing at WKU?

The WKU Student Life Foundation renovated every residence hall from 2001 through 2010 helping the University sustain tremendous gains in enrollment. In support of the University's broader goals for the next ten years, the Student Life Foundation seeks to make WKU housing a "value-added" asset compared to other institutions. There is also a need for more living options for all classifications of WKU students.

Why do we need new residence halls? Can't we just renovate what we have?

A new residence hall has not been built on WKU's campus since 1992. After an extensive review of the residence hall inventory, it was determined that it would be more cost-effective and conducive to our programming goals to demolish the pre-exisiting cross-style buildings than to renovate. 

In order to maintain the amount of beds while Barnes Campbell Hall and Bemis Lawrence Hall are demolished and new pod-style housing goes up, a new residence hall in the Valley, Hilltopper Hall, would need to be built. 

What's going to happen to all the land in the Valley?

After reviewing the limited options of where a new residence hall could be built on WKU's campus, the Valley was identified as the best area to build. While losing the wide open green space is not ideal, WKU Housing & Residence Life is working with the architects to make sure that tree and land loss is minimal, and to use the new hall as an opportunity to enhance the outdoor space in the Valley, providing outdoor seating and programming areas. There will also be programming and a dining area open to all members of the WKU community, making Hilltopper Hall an asset to campus.

How do I know which halls I can live in?

2017-2018:

Freshmen+

  • Barnes Campbell Hall - Male - Extended Living
  • Bemis Lawrence Hall - Female - Extended Living
  • Douglas Keen Hall - Male & Female
  • Gilbert Hall - Female
  • Hugh Poland Hall - Male
  • McCormack Hall - Male
  • Minton Hall - Coed - Honors
  • Pearce Ford Tower - Female
  • Rodes Harlin Hall - Female

Upperclassmen Only

  • Bates Runner Hall - Coed - Extended Living
  • McLean Hall - Coed
  • Meredith Hall - Female - Sorority Housing
  • Northeast Hall - Coed - Extended Living
  • Southwest Hall - Coed - Honors
  • Zacharias Hall- Coed

 

2018-2019

Freshmen+

  • Douglas Keen Hall - Male & Female
  • Gilbert Hall - Female
  • Hilltopper Hall - Coed
  • Hugh Poland Hall - Male
  • McCormack Hall - Male
  • Minton Hall - Coed - Honors
  • Pearce Ford Tower - Female
  • Rodes Harlin Hall - Female

Upperclassmen Only

  • Bates Runner Hall - Coed - Extended Living
  • McLean Hall - Coed
  • Meredith Hall - Female - Sorority Housing
  • Northeast Hall - Coed - Extended Living - International & Domestic Housing
  • Southwest Hall - Coed - Honors
  • Zacharias Hall - Coed

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