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What is Graduate & Family Housing?

Graduate & Family Housing provides residential facilities for students and certain others at the University of Kentucky.

 

Who qualifies for Graduate & Family Housing?

All full-time graduate students; full-time students with families, and students classified as non-traditional, as space permits.

 

Do you give priority to certain students?

Yes. Priority is given to full-time graduate students and full-time students with families who will be living in Graduate and Family Housing for their first or second year. Priority is also given to full-time International students within these categories. Lastly, we prioritize these applicants based on their "priority date". This date is established when we receive a complete application. It is important to apply as soon as you know that you have been admitted to the University of Kentucky so that you receive an earlier priority date.

 

How do I apply for housing?

The application can be found online. At this time, it cannot be submitted online. The application can be sent by mail, fax, or as an email attachment. The email should be sent to: ukapthousing@uky.edu.

 

I sent an application for housing to your office. How do I verify that you received it?

Our office should send you an email confirming that we have received and processed your housing application. This is NOT an automated response and may be delayed during peak periods. If you do not receive this email within a couple of weeks, please contact our Front Desk Associate. She can be reached by email at: probi@email.uky.edu or by telephone at: 859-257-3721.

 

When will I know if I have a confirmed reservation?

If a residential facility becomes available, we will try to notify you via email at least 30-days before your requested move-in date. If you do not hear from us by that time, you should contact our office.

 

I haven’t received a reservation from your office and it is now less than 30-days before my requested move in date. What should I do?

Please contact our office. The telephone number is 859-257-3724. You may contact our Reservation Associate by email at: jay.dunn@uky.edu.

 

Do you have temporary housing that I can use if I get to Lexington earlier than my requested move-in date?

There really isn’t a definitive answer to this question, but we probably will not be able to provide temporary housing. Prior to the start of the Fall semester (August), you may be able to arrange temporary accommodations through Conference Housing in the residence halls. On rare occasions, we may be able to assign you an earlier move-in date. Please call our office if you find that you will arrive sooner than you originally anticipated. If we cannot accommodate you on Campus, you will need to make alternate arrangements such as staying in a hotel or with a friend.

 

Are the residential units furnished?

Generally, apartments contain a stove, refrigerator, dining table and chairs, sofa, beds, end table, lamp, and desk. Specific furniture details and policies can be viewed on this Web site by clicking "Policies".

We will not remove individual pieces of furniture other than the bed(s). We can remove all University furniture except as noted. NOTE: We cannot remove the platform beds in Commonwealth Village efficiencies. If you plan to use your own furniture all or just the bed(s), please let us know when you apply. You must let us know a minimum of 5-days in advance of your confirmed move-in date. If your request is made less than 5-days in advance of your confirmed move-in date OR anytime after moving into a residential unit, there will be a minimum (up to 1/2-hour labor) $25.00 charge.

 

Can I use my own furniture?

At your request, we can remove all of the furniture from the residential units so that you can use your own. If you want to use your own bed(s), we will remove our beds at your request. We will not remove individual pieces of furniture other than the bed(s). NOTE: We cannot remove the platform beds in Commonwealth Village efficiencies.

If you plan to use your own furniture all or just the bed(s), please let us know when you apply. You must let us know a minimum of 5 days in advance of your confirmed move-in date. If your request is made less than 5-days in advance of your confirmed move-in date OR anytime after moving into a residential unit, there will be a minimum (up to 1/2-hour labor) $25.00 charge.

 

Can I use my washer and dryer or dishwasher in the residential unit?

In most cases no. The only washers and dryers allowed in most residential units are the ones furnished by Graduate and Family Housing.

 

What laundry facilities are available?

Shawneetown has a laundry room in every building. There is one central laundry facility in Commonwealth Village and in Greg Page. The laundry machines located at 625 S. Limestone are coin operated. The laundry machines located in Commonwealth Village, Greg Page, and Shawneetown use a debit or credit card.

 

How can I pay rent and other charges?

Cash is NOT accepted.

Payment can be made on-line using a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit or debit cards. This payment option is accessed from our Web page: www.uky.edu/housing. You will click the "graduate and family" tab then you will choose the sidebar option "online payment".

Payment can be made in the Graduate and Family Housing office during regular business hours. We do not accept cash. Payment can be made using your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit or debit cards; personal check; traveler's check; or money order.

NOTE: We cannot return change when your payment exceeds the amount of charge on your account. Any excess payment will be applied as a credit on your account.

NOTE: Security deposits must be paid in the Housing office.

 

Do I have to pay utilities?

In most cases no. Generally, water, sewer, electric, and natural gas are included in your rent payment. Your monthly rent MAY include basic cable and internet connectivity. (NOTE: A Link blue (formerly u-connect) ID must be issued by the University before you can access the Internet.)

 

What do I need to do to get my telephone service?

You will need to purchase a telephone. Telephone equipment is not provided by Graduate and Family Housing.

Telephone service for the residential facility located at 625 S. Limestone will be established with the provider for Lexington. Please inquire at the Housing office to learn contact information for the current provider. In Commonwealth Village, Greg Page, and Shawneetown telephone service is established through the University of Kentucky. Instructions will be provided when you move into the residential unit.

A telephone number is assigned to your apartment. When you sign your Lease Agreement, we will give you this telephone number along with instructions that will guide you through establishing service. You will be responsible for paying your monthly telephone charges (basic service, long distance, and/or repair charges).

 

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring all items that you need for a home such as dishes, cooking utensils, pots and pans, linens, blankets, towels, wash cloths and so. If you are coming into the United States from another country, you may wait to purchase many of these items until after you move into the residential unit. You will also have to supply your own telephone, computer, a television, stereo and other personal appliances. You will need cleaning tools (mop, broom, vacuum) and cleaning supplies.

You will need a CAT-5 cable. This is the cable that connects your computer to the modem. It is not provided by Graduate and Family Housing.

 

What should I do if I do not arrive during your office hours?

You will receive after-hours key pick up instructions via email shortly before your arrival.

 

When will I sign my paperwork?

If you arrive during office hours, you will pick up your keys and sign your paperwork at the same time. If you arrive after-hours, you will sign your paperwork on the first business day following your move in. Please bring all residential unit occupants that are 18-years of age or older. They will all have to sign the License.

 

Do I have to move out of the residential unit in the summer or at the end of the semester?

Not as long as you are going to be a full-time student for the next semester and you are in the first or second year of your License. Most residents in their third year of their License will be able to remain in their residential facilities (subject to availability of residential facilities for residents in their second year of the License AND incoming new students). Residents in the fourth year of their License will most likely have to move off-campus. Should there be an excess of available residential facilities, residents in the fourth year of their License may be offered an opportunity to participate in a lottery for remaining vacant residential facilities. Graduate & Family Housing is open year-round which offers qualifying residents the opportunity to remain in their residential facilities. ALL residents must vacate their residential facilities when they graduate or when they no longer qualify as full-time students.

 

Will I have a roommate?

Graduate and Family Housing does NOT assign roommates. Single graduate students may elect to have a roommate of their choosing. The roommate must meet our eligibility requirements. Both of your will sign a License and other housing paperwork that makes you "jointly and severally" responsible for the apartment.

 

Can my domestic partner live in the residential unit with me?

Kentucky law does not recognize domestic partnerships. Therefore, we cannot allow unmarried partners to live in Graduate and Family Housing.

Same or opposite gender individuals may resident in a single residential unit as roommates provided that they both meet eligibility requirements as defined on this web site or the "Resident Handbook".

 

I will have an automobile. Is parking available? How much does it cost?

All of our communities have their own designated parking area. Parking lots are maintained and operated by the Parking Department. Their Web site address is: http://www.uky.edu/Parking/. Residents can apply for their parking hangtag on-line. Your hangtag will only allow you to park in your community. All information about parking at the University (including rates) can be found on this Web site. Short term guests and/or guest residents must go to the Parking Department to obtain a temporary parking permit.