Campus Population Swells as UK Move-In Continues This Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2015) — The University of Kentucky campus is buzzing as students are starting to return for the new academic year.  UK Move-In is an exciting time for the campus community and an important time to begin fostering student success — the university's top priority.

Move-In began Saturday, Aug. 15, when nearly 2,000 students — mainly sorority members, band members and students in the FastTrack program — moved into their residence halls.  Three remaining Move-In days will occur this week.

·         Wednesday, Aug. 19

·         Friday, Aug. 21

·         Saturday, Aug. 22


As students and their families come to campus, so do their vehicles.  UK employees should please consider increased traffic on campus when making morning and afternoon commutes.  Families making the trip to campus should also expect some traffic delays and are urged to use route materials sent to them and follow signs on campus for the color coded routes.  The UK Police Department will be assisting with traffic, including drivers and pedestrians who are new to campus. Everyone's patience is appreciated during this critical time when UK welcomes students back.

 A unified effort of hundreds of people make a successful Move-In and a warm welcome possible. More volunteers are needed in this important effort.  UK faculty or staff members who are interested in being a part of this wonderful opportunity to make a great first impression for students and their families, can volunteer at

Move-In — combined with current construction occurring on campus — will impact parking and transportation routes throughout the campus at various times. Among the more than 6,600 students moving to campus housing, about 2,000 arrived Saturday; 1,300 are expected Wednesday, Aug. 19; 2,100 on Friday, Aug. 21; and 800 on Saturday, Aug. 22. 

Below is information regarding student move-in traffic flow and parking impacts this week, including important information about one-way streets, no parking areas, and high traffic locations.


Streets will begin one way at 8 a.m. each day with the exception of Saturday, Aug. 22, when fewer students are moving in.  Streets are expected to remain one way until 3-5 p.m. each day.  Weather could potentially delay the events.

One-way southbound:  MLK Boulevard between Good Samaritan parking lot and Avenue of Champions

One-way southbound:  Lexington Avenue between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions

NOTE:  Employee (E) lot entrance north of the Joe Craft Center CLOSED at Lexington Avenue; enter and exit only at Rose Street

One-way westbound:  Avenue of Champions between Rose Street and South Limestone (No Thru Traffic)

One-way westbound:  Huguelet Drive between University Drive and Rose Street

One-way northbound:  Rose Street between Huguelet Drive and Washington Avenue

One-way eastbound:  Hilltop Avenue between University Drive and Woodland Avenue

One-way northbound:  Woodland Avenue between Hilltop and Columbia Avenues

One-way southbound:  Sports Center Drive between Woodland Avenue and the Employee (E) lot north of the Nutter Football Training Facility.


Due to the need to quickly unload vehicles near residence halls, several areas of campus will be NO PARKING zones from 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m. on each of the Move-In days. Additionally, several streets on and bordering campus will have closures or other changes to traffic flow to accommodate Move-In. Watch for NO PARKING signs and bagged meters in these areas.

Vehicles parked in the NO PARKING areas listed below will be TOWED.  Owners will be responsible for all tow-related charges.

Wednesday, Aug. 19; Friday, Aug. 21; Saturday, Aug. 22:

UNIVERSITY DRIVE (BOTH SIDES):  from Cooper Drive to Hilltop Avenue

SPORTS CENTER DRIVE: between Woodland Avenue and the Employee (E) lot north of the Nutter Football Training Facility


AVENUE OF CHAMPIONS: metered parking in front of Roselle Hall

MARTIN LUTHER KING BOULEVARD: between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions

LEXINGTON AVENUE: area between the Employee (E) lot entrance and Avenue of Champions

E LOT BETWEEN KELLEY BUILDING and MED CENTER ANNEX #5: the 5 spots in the lane just north of Medical Center Annex #5

WOODLAND AVENUE: between Hilltop Avenue and Sports Center Drive, no parking anytime


Students and parents participating in Move-In will be permitted to park in the following designated parking areas:

Rose Street Garage (PS #2): On Saturday Aug. 22 only

South Limestone Garage (PS #5): all move-in dates listed above; 3-hour maximum

Sports Center Garage (PS #7): all move-in dates listed above; 3-hour maximum

Orange lot at Commonwealth Stadium: all move-in dates listed above

A shuttle bus will transport families back from the Orange Lot and return them to their cars.  

UK's newest residence halls this year are Woodland Glen III, IV and V.  The campus community and the public are invited to an open house for the Woodland Glen community from 3 to 6 p.m. today.  Limited parking is available in the W.T. Young Library visitor parking lot.