Murray State University has become a home away from home for thousands of students since it’s foundation in 1922. While Murray is known for its academics, we offer more than just a top-notch education. Take a look at what life will be like as you become a part of our community.

International Student Leaders

BIOLOGY - 2016
"Murray's 200 student organizations offer great opportunities for international students to become part of a true American university experience. It's also a fun way to meet new people."
Sumanth Varaganti
MSIS (Information SYSTEMS) - 2016
"The university has a great unity with all the cultures from every corner of the world. This diversity of traditions together makes every student lively. This experience made me stronger than that I get from books."
"The purpose of the Murray Korean Student Association is to encourage Korean students’ involvement and participation in a variety of events that are organized by Murray State University."

International Student Organizations

A great way to plug yourself into the campus community is by joining any of the 200 Student Organizations offered at Murray State. Student Organizations fall under 11 categories; Departmental, Environmental, Greek, Honor Societies, Open, Political, Professional, Religious, Residential, Service, and Sports/Recreation Organizations. Whether you want to get involved in protecting the environment, volunteering, developing your leadership skills, or making lifelong connections in a sorority or fraternity, we have a club for you.

International Student Organization
The International Student Organization (ISO) is a very active student organization on Murray State University campus, composed of international students from many different countries, interested in learning about other cultures. Program Goals and Purpose: (1) ISO brings students from all countries together to share their cultural, educational, and ethnic backgrounds with one another while at the same time acting as a support network. (2) ISO contributes to the internationalization of our campus by collaborating with many different organizations and student government to bring global awareness activities to the students, faculty, staff, and the community as a vehicle for promoting international understanding.
Indian Student Association
The Indian Student Association hosts many events on campus to promote Indian culture, food and celebrations.
Murray Korean Student Association
The purpose of the Murray Korean Student Association is to (1) assist new and prospective Korean students to become acquainted with available resources at Murray State University and in the Murray, Kentucky area including housing, driver license, and bank account; (2) establish and maintain a network of the Korean community (e.g., students, staff, and faculty) to provide social gatherings, services, and information resources as needed; and (3) to encourage Korean students’ involvement and participation in a variety of events that are organized by Murray State University.

International Student Events

During the International Bazaar, MSU students from all over the world set up tables to present their cultures to K-12 students from across Western Kentucky. This is a great opportunity for MSU students to teach others about where they are from!
All Campus Sing
Every April since 1958, students, faculty, staff and local residents come to the lawn in front of Lovett Auditorium for the All Campus Sing. Groups of students choreograph and perform brief musical numbers on Lovett’s steps, with prizes handed out to the top performers in the categories of residential colleges, student organizations, fraternities, sororities and independent clubs. International student organizations often participate in this event, and you can see them singing and dancing on youtube!
Tent City
Since 1989, students set up nearly 50 tents on the east side of the track at Roy Steward Stadium. The tents represent a multitude of Murray State groups, including International organizations and clubs. The organizations use Tent City as a chance to meet alumni, introduce cultural activities, sell international foods and provide entertainment for homecoming spectators.

Academic Support

The library is an excellent place to study. There is a coffee shop located inside the main library on campus, so students like to grab a cup of coffee and do homework or check out books. The library also has several musical records, including tapes, CDs, videos and records. Tutoring is also available for students who need help with some of their classes.
Several departments on campus offer tutoring to students who need extra help.

Dining Options

is the largest venue on campus, hosts several buffet options and changes menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night meals. If you have special dining needs, they will happily accommodate you.
operates through Winslow and will deliver a variety of options anywhere on campus.
is the student center on campus. It is a great dining option for students with busy academic schedules. Its handy location on campus, as well as its various dining options, make it a prime lunch spot. The T’Room is the main venue within the Curris Center and it offers a short order grill, salad bar, pizza station, deli, and more. Also located in the Curris Center is the newest dining service to Murray State, Sushi with Gusto. Next to Dunker’s Deli is a coffee shop selling Starbucks to sleepy students throughout the day known as the Thoroughbrewed Café.
coffee shop selling Starbucks to sleepy students throughout the day known as the Thoroughbrewed Café. There are two of these coffee shops on campus: one in the Curris Center and one in the lobby of Hart College, one of the Residential Colleges.
is a small coffee and snack shop in the library. Grab a coffee and some food and go study!
is a snack shop in the Business Building. Grab a snack before class!
is our very own food truck!
International students have the unique experience of hosting International Night at Winslow! Share your favorite dish from home with students and faculty. You can also participate in the performances that take place throughout the night. Students file in for a taste of World culture. Midnight Breakfast is another fun night in Winslow and it takes place every semester during finals week. Since students stay up late studying, it has become a tradition for the faculty and staff of the university to stay up late as well and reward the students a late night breakfast. Seeing your favorite teachers in hair nets can make all the late hours worthwhile. Winslow has several themed dinners throughout the semester.

Housing Options

On Campus Housing

Wondering where you are going to live? Students at the university take up residence in one of our 8 Residential Colleges. The price is different depending on which residential college you live in. Check out the different options and rates here. This is a great option for students who want to live close to their classes, and each residence hall hosts many fun activities that will help you get to know other students!

houses approximately 298 residents. It includes a kitchenette, TV lounge, recreational rooms and laundry rooms.
houses approximately 314 residents. It includes a kitchenette, TV lounge, recreational rooms and laundry rooms.
houses approximately 534 residents. It includes a computer lab, Thoroughbrew Cafe, a kitchenette, TV lounge, recreational rooms and laundry rooms.
houses approximately 308 residents. It includes a kitchenette, TV lounge, recreational rooms and laundry rooms.
houses approximately 380 residents. It includes a kitchenette, TV lounge, recreational rooms and laundry rooms.
houses approximately 268 residents. It includes a kitchenette, TV lounge, recreational rooms and laundry rooms.
is an all-female dormatory. It houses approximately 298 residents. It includes a kitchenette, TV lounge, recreational rooms and laundry rooms.
houses approximately 388 residents. It includes a kitchenette, TV lounge, recreational rooms and laundry rooms.
houses approximately 180 residents. It includes a kitchenette, TV lounge, recreational rooms and laundry rooms.
are on campus housing for graduate students, married students and non-traditional students. Both one-bedroom and two-bedroom options are available.

Off Campus Housing

Students can also live off-campus. There are many apartments that are walking-distance from campus. Other apartments are accessible using local busses or bicycles.

Some of these options include all of the furniture, but most of them would require you to buy your own furniture.

Many of these apartments will also require you to sign a one-year lease. This means that even if you are not living in the apartment for a full, 12-month year, you will have to pay the monthly rent.

Current Listings

Campus Evolution Villages
Campus Evolution Villages is a furnished apartment building that students can live in. These apartments are close to campus, and each room has its own private bathrooms.
Station 74 Apartments
Station 74 Apartments has 2 and 4 bedrooms apartments, all of which have high-end finishes. Rates are $499 per person per bedroom for the 4s and $630 per person per bedroom for the 2s. Please know these rates are all inclusive (internet, cable, electric, water/sewer and furniture).
Coleman Real Estate & Property
Coleman Real Estate manages several properties around Murray. Many of these apartments and houses are walking distance to campus, and prices start at $300 per month. However, these apartments do NOT include furniture or utilities, so you will have to pay monthly for power, internet, etc. and buy your own furniture.
108 N 12th St, Murray, KY 42071


Instructions for Moving in 

1. Signing Your Lease

When you move into your residence, you will have to sign a lease. Make sure you read your lease! It will tell you how long you have to pay for your residence, what you are allowed to do in your residence and what is covered in your rent.


Sometimes your lease will limit the number of people who are allowed to stay with you. If you plan to live with friends, make sure your landlord (the person who owns your residence) knows who will be staying with you. If your family will visit you, make sure it is okay to have overnight visitors--some leases tell you how many people can visit your residence.


A lease will also tell you what is covered in your rent. Sometimes your rent includes utilities like water, electric, gas and internet, but often, it doesn't. Rent also usually does not include furniture, so your new residence will be empty. If you rent doesn't include these things, you will have to set them up yourself!


If you are living with friends, make sure every person living in the residence with you also signs the lease. Otherwise, you would have to pay all of the rent if your friend moved out! Every person living in a residence MUST sign the lease.

One Year Lease
Most off campus residences require you to sign a one year lease. This means that you must agree to pay for one year (12 months). If you sign a one year lease, you MUST pay rent for one year, even if you move out of the residence.
Six Month Lease
Sometimes, landlords (the people who own the residences) are willing to give you a 6 month lease. This means that you will sign a lease agreeing to pay rent for 6 months. If you sign this lease, you MUST pay rent for 6 months, even if you move out of the residence.
Month to Month Lease
Occasionally, residences will allow a month to month lease. For this, you will have to pay for your residence every month that you want to live there. These leases are hard to find, and the residenses with these leases are usually more expensive.


2. Utilities

Most residences need electric for lights, appliances and power. If your lease does not include electric, you will have to set it up yourself. Ask your landlord which electric company your residence uses, and call the electric company to tell them that you moved in. If you do not do this, the power in your residence may be turned off. After you set this up, you will have to pay a monthly bill for the electric you use.
Some residenses use gas for the heat and stove. If your residence uses gas, you must call the gas company to make sure the gas is in your name. When you do this, you may have to pay a deposit for the gas. You should get most of this deposit back when you move out.
Most leases do not include internet. Internet will help you talk to your family, check your email and do your homework. There are several ways to set up internet at your home. The best way is to sign up for wireless internet. For this, you may have to buy or rent a router, then you will have to pay a monthly fee to use the internet. You could also buy a dongle, where you will pay a monthly fee to have internet, but it would only work on your laptop.
Sometimes, your lease will not include water. If this is the case, you need to call the water company that your residence uses and give the water company your contact information. You will have to pay a monthly bill for the water that you use.

3. Furnishing Your Apartment

Walmart is located very close to MSU. Students often walk or take taxis to Walmart to buy cheap furniture for their residences.
Craig's List
Students seeking cheap, used furniture can also look at Craig's List. This website allows students and community members to give away and sell items. But, if you use this, BE CAREFUL. If you meet someone who you found on the internet, make sure you meet them in a public place during the day (when the sun is out).
This Facebook group allows students to sell and give away furniture from their residences when they leave. This is another good place to find cheap furniture.
You can buy furniture online and have it shipped to your new address. There are many websites that will sell you furniture this way, including Amazon.
Furniture Shops
There are several furniture shops in the town of Murray. If you walk around town, you will find a couple of places where you can buy new and used furniture, including: Woodcrafters Galleries, Fleming Furniture, Lulu's Home Trends Gallery, Carraway Furniture & Mattresses, A Good Thing Consignment and Peddler's Mall. To find directions, search for them on Google Maps.

Storage Options

Are you planning to leave for the summer? Do you need place to store your things until you return for the next semester? If so, you can rent a storage space in town. These spaces are usually affordable, and can be rented for as long as you need them. You can also search for other storage centers online, or find a database of options by clicking here.

Premier Mini Storage
Address: 644 N 12th St, Murray, KY 42071
Phone:(270) 753-9600
neon beach storage
Address: 812 Whitnell Ave, Murray, KY 42071
Phone:(270) 753-3853
Papa Smurf Storage
Address: 2938 State Route 94 E, Murray KY, 42071
Phone:(270) 978-1400

Health and Wellness

If you feel sick at any point of your stay in Murray, pay a visit to Health Services, located in Wells Hall. Health Services is staffed with a Nurse Practitioner as well as professional nurses throughout operational hours. There is also a physician on call and at the facility 6 hrs. a week. Most services are free for students.
There is also a Counseling Center for anyone needing a listening ear. Common issues they help with include homesickness, depression, and managing stress. Their services are completely confidential.

Sports and Recreation

Murray State University has several Division I competing sports teams. The strong athletics at MSU provide an opportunity for great athletes to come to MSU to learn and play on top teams. Scholarships are also available for some of our athletes.
Kentucky loves its basketball. At MSU, Racer Basketball is taken very seriously. Our OVC champion team can be seen in action at any of the home games during the Spring, free of charge to Murray State Students. Become part of The Stampede, a student basketball fan club, and get prime seating in the student section. Fans also get together to tailgate before Racer Football games.
If you want to try your hand at some competitive sports, check out the intramural team sports in basketball, soccer, flag football, and many others. You can play with your residential college, for a greek organization, or even form your own team to dominate the field or court.
Murray State has several facilities for working on personal fitness.
Bauernfeind Recreation and Wellness Center
Not only does the Wellness center have state of the art equipment, basketball courts, locker rooms, and an Olympic sized swimming pool, but they also offer free classes such as cycling, zumba, line dancing, tai chi, and kickboxing. You can check out further recreational equipment from the wellness center as well.
The Carr Health building has several basketball courts, an indoor pool, racquetball courts, dance studios, and more. Groups can rent out the Carr Health building facilities free of charge.
Purcell Courts
If Tennis is your sport of choice, head to the Purcell Courts for a match. The Purcell courts are located across the soccer field from the Curris Center, in front of Regents and White Residential Colleges. In front of New Richmond and New Clark is another set of tennis courts as well as a recreational soccer field.


Murray offers Racer Routes as a free service which takes students to the main parts of the town of Murray. If you aren’t using a car to get around while you are here, this is a great option.
Many students use bicycles to get around campus and to some of the shopping districts near campus.
Students are also free to walk around. There are sidewalks making it easy to walk around the campus and residential dorms, and many stores and restaurants are also within walking distance.
There are several taxi services that you can use to get around town. If you are planning to stay in Murray, this is an affordable option, but it can be expensive to take taxis for long distances.
Taxi Services:
1. Mama Nancy Taxi Services: (270) 227-4888
2. Bri'Z Taxi Cab'Z: (270) 753-2749
3. Murray Calloway Transit Authority: (270) 753-9725

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