The lobby at The Nine.
The lobby at The Nine.

In recent years, the University of Louisville has added or renovated a number of student living spaces so that they now more closely resemble upscale apartments. They even include details such as granite countertops, and amenities such as fitness centers and pools.

UofL Campus Housing Director Julie Weber recently told Kentucky Monthly that this type of “new apartment building environment” is no longer rare on college campuses.

“Housing has become quite a competitive advantage … Some surveys across the country will tell you that housing is in the top three or four criteria by which students make college decisions,” she told the publication.

The Nine and University Pointe living communities, for example, opened on campus this year. They feature Bluetooth speakers in bathroom shower heads, a yoga room, a self-serve Starbucks coffee bar, outdoor fire pits and more. They also include state-of-the-art study rooms with large computer monitors and whiteboards.

Weber said it’s important that housing is about more than the amenities.

“At the core, all the time, is to make sure that around the swimming pool and shiny objects, those things that we know will help students be successful in college are maintained,” she told Kentucky Monthly.

Read the full story from Kentucky Monthly online

Check out the video below about UofL’s new housing options.

Alicia Kelso
Alicia Kelso is the director of social media and digital content. She joined UofL in 2015 as director of communications at the Brandeis School of Law. She also serves as a senior contributor at, writing about the restaurant industry, which she has covered since 2010. Her work has been featured in publications around the world, including NPR, Bloomberg, The Seattle Times, Good Morning America and Franchise Asia Magazine.