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The University of Kentucky offers numerous dining options, residence halls, and athletic facilities. It is also home to more than 250 student-run organizations.

There are 16 sororities and 25 fraternities that serve the University of Kentucky in Lexington.



Name Founding year Notes
Alpha Chi Omega 1966 Closed since 1976
Alpha Delta Pi 1851
Alpha Gamma Delta 1908
Alpha Kappa Alpha 1975
Alpha Omicron Pi 1982
Alpha Xi Delta 1908 Closed since 2004
Ceres 1997
Chi Omega 1914
Delta Delta Delta 1923
Delta Gamma 1962
Delta Phi Mu 2008
Delta Sigma Theta 1975
Delta Zeta 1923
Gamma Phi Beta 1966 Closed since 1982
Kappa Alpha Theta 1945
Kappa Delta 1910
Kappa Kappa Gamma 1910
Phi Sigma Rho 1999
Phi Sigma Sigma 1952 Closed since 1957
Pi Beta Phi 1962
Sigma Alpha Iota 1967
Sigma Gamma Rho  ????
Sigma Kappa 1989
Tau Beta Sigma 1984
Zeta Phi Beta 1983
Zeta Tau Alpha 1924 Closed since 1992


Name Founding year Notes
Alpha Epsilon Pi 1972 Inactive
Alpha Gamma Rho 1920
Alpha Phi Alpha 1965
Alpha Sigma Phi 1917 Inactive
Alpha Tau Omega 1909
Beta Theta Pi 1990 Inactive
Delta Chi 1914 Inactive
Delta Sigma Phi 1994
Delta Tau Delta 1924
FarmHouse 1951
Kappa Alpha Order 1893
Kappa Alpha Psi 1981
Kappa Kappa Psi 1984
Kappa Sigma 1901
Kappa Upsilon Chi 2007
Lambda Chi Alpha 1930
Omega Psi Phi 2003
Phi Beta Sigma 1990
Phi Delta Theta 1901
Phi Gamma Delta 1958
Phi Kappa Psi 1988
Phi Kappa Tau 1920
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia 1922
Phi Sigma Kappa 1926
Pi Kappa Alpha 1901
Pi Kappa Phi 1996
Pi Lambda Phi 1949 Inactive
Sigma Alpha Epsilon 1900 Suspended March 2010[1]
Sigma Alpha Mu 1915 Inactive
Sigma Chi 1893
Sigma Nu 1902
Sigma Phi Epsilon 1901 Inactive
Sigma Pi 1973
Tau Kappa Epsilon 1951 Inactive
Theta Chi 1968 Inactive
Triangle 1920
Zeta Beta Tau 1942 Inactive


Name Location Notes
Blazer Cafe Blazer Hall
Commons Market Kirwan-Blanding Complex Features Starbucks and various other dining establishments.
Intermezzo Intermezzo at the Patterson Office Tower. Features sandwiches and drinks.
K-Lair Central campus near Haggin Hall. A fast-food establishment.
Lemon Tree Second floor of Erikson Hall. Features upscale salad and entree options.
Ovid's William T. Young Library Features more upscale food choices.
Student Center Student Center Features Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, and various other dining establishments.

There are also two convenience stores, located at Blazer Hall and at the Commons Market.

The meal plans for on-campus students no longer utilize a declining-balance system, similar to a debit card. In 2005, a new "all you can eat" plan was initiated to the disfavor of 84.9% of the student body [2]. The cheapest meal plan for on-campus students is $949 per semester, extending upward to $2,013 per semester. These plans also include $100 in "flex dollars" which can be used at the convenience stores and any dining establishment, with the exception of Starbucks.

Students can also use their Plus Account to eat at a few select off-campus restaurants, such as McDonald's or Fazoli's.


The university has over 250 organizations designated by:

  • Honor,Leadership and Recognition Society
  • Governmental
  • Political
  • Professional and Departmental
  • Social Fraternity
  • Social Sorority
  • Speciality International
  • Speciality Religious
  • Speciality Greek
  • Speciality Sports
  • Speciality Medical
  • Speciality Media
  • Speciality Campus


The university provides several facilities for unwinding from the daily campus grind. The Johnson Center, a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) two-story structure located at South Campus, features basketball, volleyball, badminton, racketball, and wallyball courts, along with weight-lifting facilities, and rock climbing walls. It is also the home for some group fitness classes utilizing a large aerobics studio.

The Lancaster Aquatic Center, located next to the Johnson Center, opened in 1989 and features 10 lanes for lap swimming and has shallow space for other water activities.

The Seaton Center features facilities for basketball, volleyball, badminton, jogging, squash, table tennis, and racquetball.

Residence halls

Name Location Notes
Baldwin Hall South Campus Constructed in 2005. Co-ed.
Blanding I, II, III, IV, Tower South Campus This, along with the mirror-image Kirwan complex, is home to nearly 5,000 students, most of them freshmen. The Blanding Tower is 23 stories tall. All buildings are currently co-ed.
Blazer Hall North Campus Female-only dorm.
Boyd Hall North Campus Currently closed
Donovan Hall Central Campus Female-only dorm.
Greg Page Apartments South of Commonwealth Stadium
Haggin Hall Central Campus Male-only dorm.
Holmes Hall North Campus Co-ed dorm, although it has been female-only and male-only at different times in the past.
Ingels Hall South Campus Constructed in 2005. Co-ed.
Jewell Hall North Campus
Keeneland Hall North Campus Co-ed dorm. Organized into two-room suites, with a bathroom in between.
Kirwan I, II, III, IV, Tower South Campus This, along with the Blanding complex, is home to nearly 5,000 students, most of them freshmen. The Kirwan Tower is 23 stories tall. Kirwan I is male-only; all others are co-ed.
New North Hall North Campus Constructed in 2005 and has yet to receive an official name. Co-ed.
Patterson Hall North Campus Co-ed dorm. Originally constructed as UK's first women's dormitory in 1904.
Smith Hall South Campus Constructed in 2005. Co-ed.

The completion of New North Hall, Smith Hall, Baldwin Hall, and Ingels Hall mark the first time residential buildings were constructed on campus since 1979, when the Greg Page Apartments were completed, and the first traditional dormitories since the Kirwan-Blanding complex opened in 1967.

The North Campus residence halls, with downtown Lexington in the background.
The Kirwan-Blanding residence halls complex.

Campus safety

The university has suffered from a perception that the campus is unsafe. In a survey of 1000 female university students, conducted in spring 2004, 36.5% reported having been victims of rape, stalking, or physical assault while at the campus.[3][4] Campus law enforcement statistics do not bear out these numbers, however,[5] and it can be assumed either that many serious crimes go unreported or that the survey conclusions were erroneous.

In response to the survey, University President Lee T. Todd, Jr. launched an initiative in September 2005 titled the Campus Safety Imperative, which included a quadrupling of annual expenditures on safety.[6] Todd specifically linked campus safety to the goal of becoming a top 20 public research institution, stating that "We will never make gains toward becoming a top-20 public research institution if our students are unsafe or if they lack a sense of physical security. It is part of our fundamental mission, then, to create a campus that provides a safe place to live, to work, and to learn."[4]


  1. ^ Kocher, Greg (Mar. 07, 2010). "UK fraternity SAE suspended, members moved". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Rose, Sean. "Despite vote, meal plan unchanged." Kentucky Kernel [Lexington] 24 Aug. 2006, sec. Campus news. 5 Sept. 2006 [1].
  3. ^ "Women's Place Safety Imperative". University of Kentucky. 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  4. ^ a b "UK President Announces Initiatives to Improve Women’s Safety". University of Kentucky. 2004. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  5. ^ "University of Kentucky Campus Safety and Security Report 2006". University of Kentucky. 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  6. ^ "$1.25 Million Committed to Improving Campus Safety". University of Kentucky. 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 


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