Before Coming to KU

Below are aspects of graduate school that you need to consider before beginning your studies at KU. More resources on a wide range of academic and personal matters can also be found on the Student Resources page.

  • If you are an international student, please follow the information provided by International Student Services.
  • Driving Directions to KU are available here.
  • Information on ground transportation from the Kansas City International Airport is available here.

  • Graduate student health, dental, and vision insurance is offered by KU through UnitedHealthcare StudentResources. International graduate students should consult the International Student Services insurance webpage.
  • Watkins Memorial Health Center offers both walk-ins and appointment-based services. Please review the following welcome letter and complete the required forms before you start classes. 

Welcome Letter from Watkins Health Services

  • For off campus housing, please see the following websites:

Craig's List for Lawrence - All Housing Apartments

  • For on campus housing, KU Housing has Jayhawker Towers which offers apartments with all utilities paid, plus optional time-saving meal plans


  • Students who were accepted into KU while still completing a degree program will need to provide final transcripts that show the conferral of a degree. Failure to provide a final, degree conferring transcript will result in an enrollment hold in subsequent semesters. More information is available on the transcripts section of the application process website.
  • Make sure you have completed, signed, and sent any KU contracts including letters of acceptance, teaching or research assistant contracts, and any other paperwork required by your department. For more information about contracts and other required paperwork, contact your academic department.
  • International students should also contact International Student Services (ISS) to find out more about ISS requirements, services, and mandatory orientation.

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