Housing and Dining Services provides an affordable, safe and engaging living environment for our students to complement the academic and social demands of your college experience. It's no wonder the majority of K-State students live on campus their freshman year.
- Derby Community (Ford, Haymaker, Moore and West halls): With about 2,000 residents, Derby contains the largest number of students on campus, and it's close to the academic buildings on the east side of campus. All halls are connected to Derby Dining Center by enclosed hallways. The community also contains a bakery and convenience store.
- Kramer Community (Goodnow, Marlatt and Wefald halls): The Kramer Community is located on the west side of campus and is home to more than 1,000 students. Kramer contains a convenience store and is steps away from a sand volleyball court.
- Strong Community (Boyd, Putnam and Van Zile halls): The Strong Community is home to more than 500 students and boasts a billiards room, several lounges and a convenience store. Van Zile Dining Center caters to residents in the Strong Community Monday through Friday, and the three halls are connected by enclosed walkways.
Benefits of living in the residence halls
- Students who live in the residence halls are more likely to finish their degrees and receive better grades than students who live off campus during the first year or two of college.
- Co-ed halls, all-female halls, traditional room or suite — it's your choice!
- Residents have access to an academic resource center with computer stations, printers and reservable space.
- Residential CAT Communities are specialized residence hall communities allowing like-minded students to easily connect.
- Meet new friends and participate in organized social activities.
- Each hall has a laundry facility and 24-hour front desk service.
- Each room is Internet- and cable TV-ready.
- Roll out of bed and walk to class. Residence halls are conveniently located near your classes.
- Meals are prepared for you. K-State's dining program has been recognized by the National Association of College and University Food Services for having the best daily menus in the nation, special event dinners and nutrition education.
- Feel safe. A computerized access system using your K-State ID card lets you into your specific hall. A K-State police officer walks the perimeter of all halls on a scheduled basis, and an officer can walk you to your hall from class.
On-campus dining options
A K-State graduate student's research found that eating in a dining center improves grades and makes students feel more supported. Why not join them? Our award-winning dining program offers several meal plans and menu options. You'll find a variety of shops, from a bakery to convenience stores, at your doorstep. Our dining facilities include:
- Derby Dining Center serves about 2,000 students living in the Ford, Haymaker, Moore and West residence halls. Derby is a short walk from the academic buildings on the east side of campus. Stop by The Bakery to soothe your sweet tooth with homemade cinnamon rolls or to order a cake for a friend's birthday.
- Kramer Dining Center serves the roughly 1,100 students living in Goodnow and Marlatt halls, which form the Kramer Community. It can be found on the west side of campus, not too far from the rec center. Students living in the new Wefald Hall also will dine at Kramer.
- Van Zile Dining Center caters to the approximately 550 students living in the Strong Community — Boyd, Putnam and Van Zile residence halls. This dining hall, the smallest of the three, is closed on weekends, but Derby is just steps away when hunger strikes.
- Quik Cats stores are located on campus to conveniently provide you with a wide variety of items when you need them — day or night.
- JP's Sports Bar and Grill is located in the Jardine Complex, and serves students, faculty, staff and the community delicious food and drinks at affordable prices.
Start your residence hall experience now
- Submit an online residence hall application with the $30 nonrefundable application fee. You will need your Wildcat ID number, which you'll receive when you're admitted.
- Explore your housing options.
- You'll receive an email indicating when you can complete the online contract process, after your application and fee are received. K-State eID and password are required to access the contract. A $400 initial payment is required to complete the contract, but it is refundable until June 1. You'll receive an email confirmation when your contract is complete.
- If you need a roommate, use our RoomSync matching service.
- In spring, you'll receive an email with instructions about selecting your room. The ability to finalize your room selection is determined by the day your completed contract and payment are received.
- Get in touch with your roommate(s) to get to know each other better and to coordinate what to bring.
- Residence halls open for occupancy in mid August.