The ELS Center Richmond - Kentucky in Richmond, KY - ELS 
eastern kentucky university campus

Richmond, Kentucky, United States

Richmond – Kentucky | Eastern Kentucky University

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About This Center


ELS Richmond – Kentucky is on the safe and friendly campus of Eastern Kentucky University in the heart of historic and charming Richmond, Kentucky, the sixth-largest city in the state. Enjoy the 200+ on-campus student organizations, the university’s recreation centers, downtown shopping and dining, Kentucky’s rich history, and the area’s outdoor beauty.

521 Lancaster Ave., 103 Crabbe Library , Richmond, Kentucky, United States

Great Things to See and Do

  • Lexington: Known as the "Horse Capital of the World," Kentucky's second-largest city is full of Southern charm, history, and natural beauty.
  • Red River Gorge: Witness the beauty of the Natural Bridge, a sandstone rock formation 20 meters high.
  • Paradise Cove Water Park: Enjoy the pool, diving boards, slides, and fun in the sun at Paradise Cove.

Richmond – Kentucky | Eastern Kentucky University

(859) 622-2510

  • Partner University
    • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Housing Options
    • Student Residence (On Campus)
    • Homestay
  • Center Facilities
    • Noel Studio for Academic Creativity
    • John Grant Crabbe Library
    • The Ravine: Outdoor Amphitheater
    • Campus Recreation Center: Gym, Group Exercise, Climbing Wall
    • Powell Dining Hall: Food Court & Buffet style
    • Sports fields/courts (baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis)
    • Indoor & Outdoor Swimming Pools
    • EKU has many international student clubs, as well as clubs by interest (music, sports, art, etc.)
    • On Campus parking (with $60 pass)
    • Access to computer labs on campus
  • City Environment
  • Suburban

Housing Options

Student Residence (On Campus)

The Telford Global Village is designed to bring ELS students together with EKU domestic and international students through the common language of English and specialized event planning. Students can enjoy practicing their language skills while sharing common floors, a large common kitchen and lounges with native English speakers and other international students studying at EKU.
Units are spacious double suite rooms, where two adjoined dorms have a shared bath that accommodate four students of the same gender. Each room has a mini-fridge for convenient food storage, as well as full size refrigerators in the common kitchen. Students can enjoy free cable TV and internet. All utilities are included in rental price, along with linens.
The Telford building has a 24 hours RA and is 8-10 minutes walking distance to downtown shopping, cafes and restaurants.

  • Cost per Session
  • $780
  • Occupancy
  • Double
  • Meal Credits
  • No meals included


The Homestay Program at ELS/Richmond-Kentucky offers students the option to live with an American family and experience American culture firsthand! Families are limited, but students who live with a family are provided with a private bedroom, nearby bathroom, 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner), and a quiet area to study. Students will get the opportunity to practice English outside of the classroom while experiencing day-to-day life as a part of an American family.
Transportation requirement: Many Host Families live in nearby Lexington (30 minutes by car), and students are required to provide their own transportation from the Homestay to EKU campus in Richmond.

  • Cost per Session
  • $820
  • Occupancy
  • Single
  • Meal Credits
  • 14 meals per week. Host families will provide a continental breakfast with cereal, bread and drink. Dinners are provided and vary based on food preference, allergies or restrictions noted in the student's application.

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