The Residential Community Guide
One of the most exciting and memorable aspects of the collegiate experience is the opportunity to live and learn with other students. Eastern Kentucky University Housing and Residence Life believes a student’s residential environment is an integral component of their education. As such, EKU requires all freshman and sophomore students to reside within University housing facilities. The residential experience complements the academic mission by providing a dynamic environment where living and learning interconnect. Furthermore, students are progressively empowered through the nurturing, supportive, and challenging opportunities offered through the various components of our residential curriculum.
Many students have never lived away from home or shared a room before coming to College and are anxious about how the experience will be. Adjusting to residential life means establishing new ground rules, negotiating different standards of sharing and fairness, and learning to respect others' priorities and opinions. It is important that you think about your priorities and how you might accommodate your needs and those of your roommate(s) in a new environment. A support network is available to help you through the transition. Our halls are staffed with both Residence Hall Coordinators (RHCs) and Resident Advisors (RAs) to help you transition in and navigate during your time at EKU.
Living on campus and away from home is a big decision for you and your family. However, in doing so, you have increased your opportunities to learn, grow and make lifelong connections and memories. You are already a member of your first EKU club. All residential students are members of our Residence Hall Association (RHA), a student organization that coordinates events for you and advocates for your needs. I hope that you take advantage of all that we have to offer from RHA, RA events, and our National Residence Hall Honorary (for the top 1% of leaders among you). If you have a question about the campus, our staff are a wealth of knowledge. We look forward to meeting you during move-in as you begin this exciting next chapter of your life.