UK announces 2023-24 housing and dining rates
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2022) — University of Kentucky housing and dining rates will increase for the 2023-2024 academic year due to inflation and rising costs. The UK Board of Trustees approved the housing increase during its December meeting.
Dining rates and plans are based on an agreement with Aramark, the university’s dining partner.
The cumulative rate increase for university-constructed residence hall units will be 4%, significantly lower than marketplace rent increases in Lexington. Break housing and early move-in rates will also increase 4%.
The year-over-year rent increase for Lexington is currently 16.6% with an overall 34.1% jump in rental housing since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, according to a recent report by ApartmentList.com.
“The new housing rate is necessary to fund rising operating costs due to price increases in utilities, maintenance and supplies,” said Eric N. Monday, UK executive vice president for finance and administration. “Additionally, the increase in the dining plan is reflective of rising food prices and inflation being experienced in every sector.”
All students living in undergraduate residence halls are required to purchase a dining plan with the exception of University Flats residence halls. Dining rates will increase an average of 8.9%, below current food inflation rates.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of food in America rose 11.2% from Sept. 2021 to Sept. 2022. The food and beverage industry as a whole also continues to overcome supply chain disruptions.
“While we are plagued with same inflationary cost increases that families, businesses and college campuses are facing across the nation, we have worked to minimize the impact as much as possible,” Monday said. “We also are committed to continually evaluating our efforts, working with our dining partner, to continue to provide healthy and reasonably priced options.”
More information on individual room rates can be found here.
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