Why does UK need additional housing capacity this year?
The past few years have been a tremendous time of transformation and growth on our campus. Because we have another record enrollment this fall, we also have a record number of applications for on-campus housing. Because of this, we are creating additional rooms in the residence halls. We work hard to create forecasts that help us closely estimate these numbers. We are typically very close in that estimate. This year, though, there was simply more demand than we anticipated.
What does this mean for students?
This means some students have been assigned to one of these new, additional rooms—either converted RA rooms or converted multipurpose rooms. All students who have been assigned to these rooms have received notification via email to their uky.edu email account. Furniture inside these converted rooms are the same, and the building amenities remain the same as well.
Where is this taking place?
Additional spaces will be added in the following buildings: Blazer Hall, Chellgren Hall, Haggin Hall, Holmes Hall, Jewell Hall, Lewis Hall, Woodland Glen II, Woodland Glen III, Woodland Glen IV, and Woodland Glen V.
Is there a financial benefit to students in these rooms?
Yes. The cost of these converted rooms is $798 less per semester than a standard 2-person suite in that building. The housing rate per semester for students in converted housing is $3,750 per semester compared to the 2-bedroom rate of $4,548. Additionally, students in the converted rooms will receive $200 in flex on their dining account for fall 2019. Any unused flex balance rolls over to Spring 2020.
Are the living arrangements the same?
When assigned to these converted rooms, students will receive the similar amenities as other spaces on campus: an XL-twin mattress and frame, dresser, desk, desk chair, and area for hanging clothing. The space in these rooms is arranged differently than a standard room.
What is the process for notifying students when regular spaces become available?
We typically experience vacancies after the semester has begun, continuing up until move-out in the Spring. As spaces become available, we will begin moving students to standard housing spaces. There is no guarantee regarding how long this may take, and the location of these housing spaces may vary. When these spaces become available, the Housing Assignment Office will reach out to students in to make arrangements for transitions to standard rooms. If needed, our team will also provide assistance in moving.
Will students be charged a different rate when/if they reassigned?
No. The rate for these converted rooms will be honored for the entire fall semester. There will be no prorated charges.
What if a permanent space becomes available?
Priority for relocation to a permanent assignment will be given first to students in multi-purpose rooms, followed by students in a converted RA space. The University anticipates that students will remain in a 2-person converted multi-purpose rooms during the first month of the term, and those in a converted 2-person RA rooms would remain for the fall semester and potentially for the entire academic year.
If a student living in a converted multi-purpose room chooses not to relocate to a permanent space, the permanent space will be offered to a student in a converted RA space. Priority for relocation to a permanent space is by date of completed 2019-2020 Housing application. Students in converted RA spaces will not be required to move during the first semester if they choose to remain in their converted space.
For BCTC students reassigned to University Inn, are the amenities the same?
Beyond the location of the facility, there are only slight differences between this space and standard campus housing assignments. All amenities and furniture inside these rooms are the same as other residence halls. For example, you will receive a full Tempur-Pedic mattress and frame, dresser, desk, desk chair, and shared micro-fridge, as well as an area for hanging your clothing. Laundry facilities also will be available on-site. And, a limited number of proximate parking spaces will be available, should you wish to apply for a permit. More details on parking will be forthcoming. There is also a Lextran bus stop directly across South Limestone.
What should BCTC students reassigned to University Inn plan for in terms of transportation?
The University and BCTC campuses, as well as the broader Lexington metropolitan area, are easily accessible from the University Inn via bus, bike and sidewalks. Bus stops with access to campus and city bus routes are conveniently located nearby. Bicycle racks are available on-site and access to the University’s nationally recognized bicycle network is accessible via Cooper Drive, located immediately across Nicholasville Road. Finally, the University campus is extremely pedestrian friendly and many students choose to walk to nearby academic and student life facilities.
Is parking available for BCTC students reassigned to University Inn?
While fewer than half of UK students choose to bring a car to campus, we do realize that automobiles may be a necessity for some. As a result, a limited number of parking spaces are available in the University Inn on-site parking lot for residents who choose to bring an automobile to campus. Residents with University Inn housing assignments are eligible to purchase an R34 core residential permit. Permits for this lot may be purchased on a semester basis for $240 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. In the unlikely event that the R34 permit supply is exhausted, Transportation Services will allocate space for residents in other nearby lots.
Residential students seeking a cheaper parking alternative may choose to purchase a periphery permit, with access to the Kroger Field Blue and Red parking lots, at $136 per semester or $272 for the academic year. Additionally, remote parking in the Greg Page and Shawneetown area, with access via connector shuttle, is available at $160 for the academic year.
If you have any questions, need additional information or desire to purchase a parking permit, please visit the Transportation Services website (www.uky.edu/Transportation), visit the customer service center at 721 Press Avenue or speak to a customer service agent at 859-257-5757.
What is the move-in date for BCTC students assigned to University Inn?
Move-in is scheduled for Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You will receive move-in instructions via email. We ask that you print your Hall card and put it on your dashboard. A traffic coordinator will direct cars and the hall staff will be on site.
Will University Inn have TV’s in the room?
Yes, a Smart TV will be provided for each room.
Will University Inn have Internet Service?
Yes, wireless access is provided for each room at University Inn
What are the security measures at University Inn?
Card Swipe access for residents to the front entrance
7 x 24 front desk coverage
Security cameras at entrances, exits, front desk, stairwells, and parking areas
Will there be residence hall staff at University Inn?
Yes, there will be an Assistant Hall Director, two Resident Advisors, an Office Assistant, and front desk clerks. The front desk will be staffed 7x24.
Our commitment is to create the best residential experience possible for each and every student. In addition, we will be providing programming for residential connections tailored to BCTC students.
Is University Inn close to a bus route?
Yes, there is a bus stop at Limestone near Waller Avenue
Can I use my BCTC ID to ride the campus bus?
Will University Inn have bike racks?
How close is University Inn (located at 109 Waller Avenue) to the Cooper Campus of BCTC?
BCTC students reassigned to University Inn may cancel their housing application by August 5th at 5:00 pm without a cancellation penalty.
The distance is approximately 0.4 mile from 109 Waller Avenue.
If after receiving an assignment to University Inn, I decide to cancel, what are the penalties?
Those BCTC students who cancel by this date, will also be eligible to receive a refund of their pre-payment deposit (if it has been paid).
Will I still receive the $200 in PLUS account deposit, even if I cancel my assignment at University Inn?
Yes, the $200 in Plus account deposit will be available after August 19th. additional information on the Plus account is found at: http://www.uky.edu/plusaccount/faq
Is food available at University Inn?
There will be vending options within the building.
The cooking options at the University Inn are limited to microwave preparation.
Am I required to purchase a meal plan if I live at University Inn?
No, you are not required to purchase a meal plan if you live at University Inn
However, BCTC students may purchase optional meal plans including a commuter meal plan.
What is the process for requesting maintenance?
If you need an item fixed in your room, submit an electronic job order at www.uky.edu/AuxServ/fixit or call the 24/7 Call Center at 859-32FIXIT or (859) 323-4948 and use option 1. All non-emergency maintenance requests will be handled Monday-Friday during regular business hours. Maintenance personnel will be dispatched as quickly as possible in response to emergency situations.
If I had already secured a parking pass, can I get a refund or can I exchange it for a permit at the U-Inn lot?
If you wish to get a refund or exchange a parking permit please visit the Transportation Services website (www.uky.edu/Transportation), visit the customer service center at 721 Press Avenue, or speak to a customer service agent at 859-257-5757.
A limited number of parking spaces are available in the University Inn on-site parking lot for residents who choose to bring an automobile to campus. Residents with University Inn housing assignments are eligible to purchase an R34 core residential permit. Permits for this lot may be purchased on a semester basis for $240 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. In the unlikely event that the R34 permit supply is exhausted, Transportation Services will allocate space for residents in other nearby lots.
Are all BCTC students eligible to participate in student services and activities provided by the University of Kentucky?
All BCTC students enrolled in 6 or more hours of eligible courses (not online) with a home campus of Cooper Drive or Winchester campus will be eligible to purchase services.
BCTC students with 12 hours of eligible courses who are dually enrolled at the home campus of Cooper Drive for a minimum of 6 hours (not online) and at the Newtown Campus for a minimum of 6 hours (not online) will also be eligible to purchase all services. Online courses do not count toward eligibility to purchase services.
If I live in campus housing, am I required to pay the assessment for mandatory student services activity fees?
Yes, BCTC students who live in UK Housing are required to pay the mandatory student services activity fees per semester. Your UK student fees are automatically billed to your student account. This allows BCTC students to participate in the respective services. The mandatory fees for UK students and for BCTC students living in university housing is found at:
If I move off campus, am I required to pay for the full mandatory student services activity fees?
No, for BCTC students that do not live in campus housing, you have the option to choose which services you desire to purchase. The UK eStore website for BCTC Students provides information on the ‘a-la-carte’ options. Below are two links with more information: http://www.uky.edu/plusaccount/uk-estore-information
What services can I purchase?
For current eligibility requirements and a comprehensive list of available services offered by the University of Kentucky to BCTC students living off campus with associated fees, please visit http://www.uky.edu/plusaccount/uk-estore-information.
Each of the purchased services have a separate eligibility flag that validates when a student presents their ID card.
How do BCTC students living off campus purchase student services?
To purchase services access http://iwebnew.uky.edu/ukestore/
In order to login to the UK eStore, you will need your KCTCS email address (email address must be in lowercase and include @kctcs.edu) and PeopleSoft® ID number (example: 001234567). If you cannot login, please check your eligibility on the PeopleSoft® web site.
You can call or visit the UK Plus Account Office 8am - 430pm Monday-Friday. The office is located in A381 Student Center on UK's campus. The phone number is 859.257.6159. Visa® , MasterCard®, Cash, and Check are accepted. A valid BCTC ID and your PeopleSoft ID Number must be presented at time of purchase.
What if my students have questions I can’t answer?
Students and parents may contact the Campus Housing office at 859-257-1866.