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Why Choose Campus Living

At EKU we have a first and second-year student residency requirement because we strongly believe that living on campus provides both immediate and long-term benefits. National and Regional studies specific to EKU confirm that students who live on campus:

  1. Stay in school and are likely to have a higher GPAs than those who never lived on campus.
  2. Come into contact more often with their peers and are exposed to different ideas and cultures that strengthen communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Are more involved in campus activities and have more contact with faculty, university staff members, and other students, which results in deeper, more meaningful relationships that often continue beyond their time at EKU.
In addition to the academic benefits of living on campus, our residence halls also provide: 
  1. Security: The residence halls have manned front desks and staff on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, should any student need assistance. All residence hall rooms have both smoke detectors and sprinklers.
  2. Convenience: Living on campus puts your student a short walk to classes. They do not have to drive back and forth to campus, sometimes in the rain or snow, look for a place to park when they do get on campus, and then still have to walk to class. Also, a wide variety of campus dining options exists at various locations across campus. Other facilities like the library, computer labs, and student recreation are also much easier to get to when living on campus.
  3. Easier access to campus technology: Every student who lives on campus has access to the university’s technology through either a direct hard wired or wireless connection in their residence hall room. Furthermore, every residence hall has computer areas available for residents to use.  
  4. One bill: Students who live on campus only have to pay one all-inclusive bill. They do not have recurring expenses such as rent, cable, utilities, the Internet, etc.

When combined, these benefits create an atmosphere of success and support that results in students who have lived on campus reporting greater overall satisfaction with their college experience than those students who never did. 


Regarding the residency requirement, even though it is not preferred, the university will allow students to commute from the primary home of their parents or legal guardian. A verification form must be completed to avoid housing fees for breach of the residency requirement. 

Residential Community Guide

Living on campus is one of the best decisions a student can make during their college years. In order to ensure a safe, comfortable environment for all of our students, it is important parents and students are familiar with the guidelines to living in an EKU Residential Community. Take a few minutes to review the Residential Community Guide and become familiar with the rules and guidelines of our campus community. 

residential community guide

Understanding the Housing Contract

Similar to a lease, when a student applies and is accepted to live on campus at EKU, they enter a contract for the academic year in which they will live on campus. Below is a review of what is included in the Housing Contract, as well as a copy for you and your student to review prior to complete the online application. 

Click to view a complete copy of a Housing Contract. 

Residency Requirement:

Unless eligible to live off campus, all students enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University are required to live on campus. Students who are eligible to live off campus are those students who:

  • are 21 years of age before classes commence

  • have completed 60 or more hours

  • have lived on campus at least 4 academic semesters. (summer terms do not count)

  • are married (submission of a copy of a marriage license may be requested)

  • have a dependent (proof of dependency may be requested)

View a complete description of our residency requirement. 

Length of Contract:

The length of the contract is for the academic year, which is defined as from the beginning of the Fall semester through the conclusion of the Spring semester.

Housing Pre-Payment:

Along with the signed contract, the student is also required to pay a nonrefundable $200 housing pre-payment that serves as a room reservation and a deduction from the total cost of Fall student housing.  This pre-payment needs to be paid only once per Academic Year.

Late Checkout Fee and Improper Checkout Fee:

Residents who do not check out properly with their hall’s staff may be assigned an improper checkout fee and students who do not check out by the posted times may be assessed a late checkout fee

Room changes:

Room changes may only be made during a specified period of each semester. Typically in the second week of each term, the specific period will be designated and published by the Housing office. Outside of this period, room changes are not allowed except on a case-by-case basis. All room changes including those occurring during the room change period must pre-approved by EKU Housing.


Regardless of the situation or circumstances that created the condition, unless in a private room, any student without a roommate will be required to go through the consolidation process to be paired up with another student who is also without a roommate. During consolidation, students without roommates are provided a list of students who are also without roommates in the hope that they may pair themselves up. The residence hall staff will help facilitate this process. After a specified period, the Housing office will arbitrarily pair any remaining students together within each hall. Any student who refuses to participate in the consolidation process will be assessed a private room charge.


The University is not responsible for the loss or damage to a resident’s or other person’s money, valuables, or personal property for any cause. It is strongly encouraged that a student living on campus obtain renter's insurance to insure his/her personal property.

Closing during breaks:

The residence halls are closed for the following breaks: Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break and, unless assigned to the Academic Year HallGrand Campus, or South Hall, students are required to vacate campus housing during these times. The specific closing and re-opening dates are provided on the housing calendar.

Termination of Contract:

Unless approved by Housing, students may not terminate the housing contract. Students who meet the eligibility requirements to live off campus mid-year may exercise the buyout provision of the Housing contract.


There is a provision in the Housing Contract that would allow a student who is eligible to live off campus to buy out the Spring semester portion of their contract.  The cost of the buyout is ½ of the semester rate for whatever building the student is assigned. To exercise the buyout, a student must notify the Housing office BEFORE the halls close for the Fall semester.

Important Offices

Below is an easy guide to contacting important offices you or your student may need to reach.

All phone numbers listed below begin with (859)-622-

Office Location Phone Extension Email
Admissions Whitlock 112 2106
Bookstore Keen Johnson 2696
Colonel ONE Card Office Powell Student Center 2179  
Financial Aid Whitlock 251 2361
Parking Mattox Hall 1063
EKU Police Mattox Hall 2821  
Registrar Whitlock 239 3876
Student Accounting Services Whitlock 210 1232
Student Disabilities Office (OSID) Whitlock 315 2933  

You can find information for other offices in the EKU Directory.


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