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University of Kansas

Student life

The main campus in Lawrence tops Mount Oread is known informally as the Hill. KU is home to many famous landmarks and structures. Among them are the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, the Beach Center on Disability, Lied Center of Kansas and two national radio stations. 

The university is host to several museums including the University of Kansas Natural History Museum and the Spencer Museum of Art. The libraries of the University include the Watson Library, Spencer Research Library, and Anschutz Library which commemorates the businessman Philip Anschutz, an alumnus of the University.

The university provides a full range of student services, on-campus housing and many part-time employment opportunities. Getting around is very convenient. There are bus stations, car parking, the campus and the city of Lawrence are bicycle-friendly.

KU students run the clubs, student government and social, political, religious and service groups on campus. Any student can create a new club or join one already existing. Students develop about 600 student organizations each year, many of which are international in focus.

Each KU student is automatically a member of a first-rate health club — Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center. Student’s membership is included in theirs Required Campus Fee.

Recreation Services runs the student rec center, a sports complex, a pool and an outdoor education center. Students are eligible for Rec Services fitness activities, intramural sports teams, sports clubs and other programming.


Living in student housing means to be in the center of a student life. KU offers nine residence halls with a variety of rooms, 12 scholarship halls that emphasize cooperative living and two apartment complexes. Students have many options. KU's nine residence halls offer two-person traditional rooms and four-person suites.

Life in a residence hall is convenient. Here is a short list of amenities:

  • dining plans included in residence hall contracts
  • nighttime security rounds, 24-hour staffed front desks, and 24-hour card swipe entry
  • residence hall assistants
  • wireless Internet
  • free bus service to the classes (or you students can walk)
  • intramural sports teams
  • specialty equipment like pianos and art equipment
  • special interest academic communities

There are 12 scholarship halls that create close-knit communities of students aside from residence halls. About 50 students live in each school hall and they cook and clean their hall in exchange for a reduced housing rate.

KU also operates two apartment complexes for students with families. Both provide greater privacy than other KU housing and offer the benefit of being on campus.

Career services

The University Career Center offers a wide range of quality services designed to support and challenge students at all points on the career development and implementation path.

To guide students as they prepare for post-graduate career success three separate yet interdependent functional service teams are in place — Career Education, Career Networks and Administration. 

Collectively, these teams offer individualized advising services, quality career planning courses, outreach programs, the most comprehensive collection of career resources on campus, a first-class website and numerous opportunities to connect with leading employers from around the country and the world.

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University of Kansas
1450 Jayhawk Blvd Lawrence,
United States
KS 66045
United States
United States
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+1 785-864-2700

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The main UK campus is located in Lawrence, one of the largest college towns in Kansas. It is on Mount Oread, the highest elevation in Lawrence. The Kansas City International Airport is about a 45-minute drive and shuttle services from Lawrence are available.