What is it like to be a Wildcat living on the University of Kentucky campus? In a word, awesome!
With a campus that is more than 700 acres, you might think it’s hard to feel connected on campus, but at UK, that’s just not the case. Living on campus is a great way to make a larger campus feel small. UK’s three campus neighborhoods each have a distinctive feel. North neighborhood is a mix of new and old with residence halls of significant historical value, like Patterson Hall, to a more modern style of campus living in New North, a new suite-style facility.
South neighborhood is home to the Kirwan-Blanding Complex, home to more than 3,500 students. The two towers host a combined 44 floors of residences, common areas and study space; needless to say, there’s always something going on.
In real estate, you hear them say it’s all about, “location, location, location.” In that case, Central neighborhood is “prime real estate” because it is close to everything – most of campus right outside this area’s door step, with the William T. Young Library, classrooms and campus eateries less than a five minute walk away.
Many of UK’s residence halls host living-learning communities – where students live and learn in their residence halls about various topics such as the first generation student experience, health and wellness or the arts.
Dining on campus almost makes students not miss their mom’s home-cooking. Students can eat all they want at UK’s two largest dining facilities, Commons and Blazer, grab a cup of coffee at one of four campus Starbucks locations or sit down for a nice meal at The Lemon Tree, a student-run reservation-only café on campus. UK’s Student Center is a popular place for students to hang out and grab a quick bite at national chains including Chic-fil-A, Sabarro and Panda Express.
The Student Center is also central to students’ lives as it is home to the Center for Student Involvement, the Center for Community Outreach and the Student Activities Board.
Worried about moving in to on-campus housing? Don’t stress! Staff, faculty, students and the community – a small army of hundreds of volunteers – direct traffic, unload vehicles, provide directions and information, serve hot dogs and perform hundreds of other tasks, all to make our new and returning students’ move in stress-free as possible each fall.
Living on campus isn’t only fun, it’s beneficial to students, too. Studies show that student who live on campus for at least their first year are more successful students and are more likely to return to college for their second year.