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To Live On Campus or Off? That's The Question for Many WKU Students

WKU Housing and Residence Life

Western Kentucky University students have an opportunity to learn more about their housing options—both on campus and off—during the school’s first-ever Housing Fair on Tuesday.

Representatives from WKU Housing and Residence Life and Bowling Green apartment complexes will meet with students to discuss issues including local utility rates, negotiating a lease, and the benefits of being close to campus. The fair is sponsored by the College Heights Herald

Andrew Lee, a WKU senior from Owensboro and Advertising Manager at WKU Student Publications, said students face a big decision in whether to stay on campus, or live in one of a growing number of apartment complexes around town.

“And then you have individual property owners who are increasing renting out their hoses to college students, around campus and even throughout Bowling Green. So, I believe options are starting to increase for students, and it’s definitely becoming a more complex market.”

Lee said the Housing Fair can help students answer a lot of the questions they may have concerning their housing options.

“Does it have amenities that make living there worth the, maybe, extra price or the distance away from campus? Does it have a pool, for example—I know that’s a big draw for many. Does it have more privacy? Are the walls thicker? You know, living on campus you’re living with a lot of other students, and there’s not as much privacy, so I believe that’s also another major need and concern for some students.”

The Housing Fair is being held Tuesday, Feb. 26, on the first and second floors of the Downing Student Union, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Fair participants include:

  • BGMU
  • Campus Evolution Villages
  • Campus Pointe
  • The Columns
  • The Crown
  • Fairways at Hartland
  • Hilltop Club
  • Midtown BG
  • Muse Bowling Green
  • The Registry
  • WKU Housing & Residence Life
Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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