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University of Kentucky completes revitalization of campus housing with final two of 14 residence halls

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By Blair Hoover Conner
UKnow

Four years, nearly $450 million, and more than 6,800 beds in 14 new state-of-the-art residence halls.

Those are the numbers that encompass the University of Kentucky’s revitalization of campus housing — the largest taking place in all of higher education. The transformation concludes this year as two new residence halls — Lewis Hall and University Flats — are completed.

Lewis Hall, named after native Kentuckian and UK graduate Tom Lewis, will be home to the Lewis Honors College. With nearly 20,000 square feet of dedicated academic support space for the college, it includes four classrooms and over 30 offices. 

Lewis Hall is located in the center of campus — across from the William T. Young Library and adjacent to The 90. The hall houses 346 residents throughout five floors and boasts study rooms on each floor, three recreation rooms and a community kitchen. Students will reside in two-bedroom suites, in which each student has his or her own private bedroom.

University Flats — just down the road from Lewis Hall — will be home to 771 residents throughout seven floors. University Flats will serve as upperclassmen and graduate student housing. The graduate wing of the residence hall consists of two room types — studio apartments and one-bedroom apartments for graduate and professional students. The undergraduate wing provides two-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom apartments.

University Flats also offers amenities such as study rooms on each floor, a four-season outdoor lounge and fireplace, as well as a sand volleyball court.

Since 2012, UK in partnership with EdR has created a broad continuum of residence halls with high-tech classrooms and nearly 200 living and learning spaces that support student success and ensures its position as a national model for a thriving, public residential research university.

University Flats, one of UK’s most recent residence halls. (Photo by Mark Cornelison.)

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