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The Future of Housing

The Future of WKU Housing & Residence Life

WKU Housing & Residence Life is optimizing the on-campus living experience for current and future students through a 10-year plan to renovate and construct residence halls on WKU's Bowling Green campus.

After an in-depth review of current housing options and extensive focus groups, interviews, and surveys with current WKU students, WKU Housing & Residence Life identified opportunities to improve and enhance the learning-centered community of on-campus living for WKU students. The improvements made will further promote campus living involvement, intensify each student's connection to WKU, and provide a premier living-learning experience. 

Projects include adding community areas to Northeast & Southwest Halls, constructing "Hilltopper Hall," and demolishing Barnes Campbell and Bemis Lawrence Halls to create a First Year Village with pod-style housing.



  • Large community spaces, such as a "maker-space" to promote hands-on learning and creativity, "iron chef" kitchens for community building and programming, and individual study spaces;

  • The creation of "Global Learning" residence halls, including the relocation of honors and international housing for closer proximity to the Honors College and International Center, as well as more intentional programming that promotes interaction between international and domestic students;

  •  More private, hotel, semi-suite, and pod-style housing options for all student classifications;

  • A late-night dining option inside a residence hall;

  • More structured living-learning programs

  • Enhanced outdoor spaces

  • Lobby renovations



Spring 2016

Strategic Plan

WKU Housing & Residence Life stategic plan approved by the WKU Student Life Foundation

Summer 2016

Northeast & Southwest Halls

Construction began on Northeast & Southwest Halls. Improvements included renovated lobbies and the addition of elevators, large kitchens, and community spaces.

Fall 2016

Hilltopper Hall

Construction began on Hilltopper Hall.

Fall 2017

Northeast & Southwest Halls

Northeast and Southwest Halls complete renovations.

Southwest Hall became Honors housing.

Summer 2018

Bathroom & Lobby Renovations

  • Bathroom renovations were completed in Bemis Lawrence, Barnes Campbell, Douglas Keen, Hugh Poland, and Minton Halls. 
  • McLean Hall lobby renovated.

Fall 2018

  • Northeast Hall became international/domestic housing.
  • New Living Learning Communities became available.
  • Hilltopper Hall opened.
  • Completion of designs for new pod-style housing.

Winter 2018/2019

Pearce Ford Tower

Bathroom renovations in Pearce Ford Tower

Spring 2019

First Year Village Construction Begins

Construction begins on pod-style residence halls for the First Year Village

Summer 2019

Bemis Lawrence Hall

Bemis Lawrence Hall closes at the end of the spring 2019 semester.

Summer 2020

Barnes Campbell Hall

Barnes Campbell Hall closes at the end of the spring 2020 semester.

Fall 2020

First Year Village | Hall 1

The first pod-style residence hall opens in the First Year Village

Fall 2021

First Year Village | Hall 2

 The second pod-style residence hall opens in the First Year Village.


*Timeline and projects subject to change 

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