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New residence hall ready for several hundred University of Kentucky students

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Kentucky students will have more living space when they return to campus Saturday.

Right now, crews are finishing work outside University Flats. That's not the case on the inside. In fact, you could say it looks more like a five-star hotel than a college dorm.

So campus life is about to get a lot more posh for several hundred students.

"I am so excited for it," said junior engineering student Ariel Robinson.

Robinson is a Chicago native and one of the students who will live in the new residence hall.

"It's surprising to see how far UK has raised that bar," she said.

Sure, there's the usual excitement about the upcoming football season, but it looks like UK is upping its game off the field with the University Flats.

The $74 million residence hall is on University Drive overlooking Kroger Field. The building includes a patio and recreation rooms.

"It has 771 beds and roughly 300,000 square feet," said Penny Cox, Associate Vice President for Administration at UK.

Cox said the new residence hall was built based on recent data about incoming students.

"Ninety-three percent have never shared a room," she said.

University Flats include two-and four-bedroom apartments and will be home to upper class students.

"It wasn't just about heads on beds," Cox said. "It was more about creating an environment that supported learning."

Cox said the new residence hall provides a lot, including room to grow.

"We do anticipate that growing next year," she said..

And Robinson believes the new living space will also help student grow.

"It's like the off-campus experience, but you're closer to the resources on campus," she said.

Right now, the RAs are already moved in, and the remaining students will do the same on Saturday.

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