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Tour showcases new $10,508 UK dorm Champions Court

A tour group visited a model dorm room during a public tour of Champions Court I in Lexington, Ky., on Aug. 14, 2014. The new building on Avenue of Champions and MLK Blvd. is one of the new modern residence halls opening this fall. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
A tour group visited a model dorm room during a public tour of Champions Court I in Lexington, Ky., on Aug. 14, 2014. The new building on Avenue of Champions and MLK Blvd. is one of the new modern residence halls opening this fall. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

The University of Kentucky showed off one of its new dorms, Champions Court I, to students and families. The building is one of five new dorms opening with the fall term.

The dorms — Woodland Glen I and II, Haggin Hall, and Champions Court I and II — are an $84 million piece of the ambitious housing plan to put 9,000 modern beds on campus. The deal is part of a public-private partnership with the Memphis-based Education Realty Trust, which puts up all the equity for construction and operates the dorms on a long-term lease.

The Champions Court dorms with two private bedrooms cost $10,508 for the year for undergraduates while the traditional dorm rooms in older buildings cost $7,821 for a private room, $7,321 for double occupancy. Prices, which include dining fees, can be found here.

Last year, UK opened Central I and II near the W.T. Young Library; rooms in Central can range from $9,550 to $12,976.

Woodland Glen I and II will house 818 students, the two Central Court halls will hold 1,167, and Haggin will house 396.

The dorm construction is scheduled to be finished by 2018, at a cost of between $500 million and $600 million, said Penny Cox, director of housing project implementation.

See a photo gallery of the Champions Court tour and see a video.

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