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
WKU Housing & Residence Life stategic plan approved by the WKU Student Life Foundation
Northeast & Southwest Halls
Construction began on Northeast & Southwest Halls. Improvements included renovated lobbies and the addition of elevators, large kitchens, and community spaces.
Construction began on Hilltopper Hall.
Northeast & Southwest Halls
Northeast and Southwest Halls complete renovations.
Southwest Hall became Honors housing.
Bathroom & Lobby Renovations
- Bathroom renovations were completed in Bemis Lawrence, Barnes Campbell, Douglas Keen, Hugh Poland, and Minton Halls.
- McLean Hall lobby renovated.
- Northeast Hall became international/domestic housing.
- New Living Learning Communities became available.
- Hilltopper Hall opened.
- Completion of designs for new pod-style housing.
Pearce Ford TowerBathroom renovations in Pearce Ford Tower
First Year Village Construction Begins
Construction begins on pod-style residence halls for the First Year Village
Bemis Lawrence HallBemis Lawrence Hall closes at the end of the spring 2019 semester.
Barnes Campbell HallBarnes Campbell Hall closes at the end of the spring 2020 semester.
First Year Village | Hall 1The first pod-style residence hall opens in the First Year Village
First Year Village | Hall 2The second pod-style residence hall opens in the First Year Village.
*Timeline and projects subject to change