Freedom Place

Residence Hall: University Place Annex
Freedom Place is open to any student who chooses to live in a substance-free environment. Our supportive environment will allow students to explore ways to cope with stress, unwind, and have fun while abstaining from drugs and alcohol. Whether students are in a recovery program, are looking for a respite from family or peer relationships that have been impacted by substance use, or just want to commit to a healthy lifestyle, Freedom Place offers a sober community without judgment.


Single rooms located in a separate building within University Place are secure, yet let students have a traditional college experience, with a dining hall plan and on-campus location. 


Biweekly 1-hour sessions will focus on body, mind, and creative wellbeing.  

Freedom Place provides first-year students with a supportive and structured environment that encourages them to learn from one another, and from a cohort of upperclassmen mentors, to develop a strong sense of self and greater belonging to the campus community.  

Upperclassmen who are interested in providing peer support and modeling a healthy lifestyle are encouraged to apply. 

The program will provide students with a number of opportunities that include: 

      • Mentorship from Health and Wellness Services and faculty members
      • Opportunities to attend campus events 
      • Opportunities to engage in community service and advocacy 
      • Located near athletic fields and fitness center 
      • Excursions to alcohol- and drug-free entertainment and events 
      • Opportunities to attend local twelve step meetings 
      • A private central kitchen and recreation area for community dining and meetings
      • Take part in a weekly house meeting
      • Attend 3 KU faculty/staff facilitated presentations/programs a semester
      • Plan one house dinner a semester
      • Take part in weekly Sober Night Out activity