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Manhattan Life



Kansas State University has a student population of between 20 and 25 thousand students with about 5% of them being international. The beautiful buildings on campus are made primarily from the local limestone, and exhibit a wonderful architectural harmony, which adds beauty to the campus.

Students have access to multiple library facilities, including Hale Library, the largest and most widely used by campus (Hale Library is under construction due to a recent fire - first and second floor will open Fall 2019), and the Paul Weigel Library of Architecture, Planning and Design, to name a few.

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, built in 1997, is a wonderful addition to campus life with a fantastic mix of new and rotating exhibitions, visiting speaker/lecturers, and artwork. Positioned next door is the renowned McCain Auditorium that holds student, local, national and international on-stage acts, plays and musical extravaganzas. Students receive a significant discount on all performances at the time of purchase with a valid student ID. 

Campus supplies several recreation facilities for fitness, such as the Rec Complex, which has floors of workout equipment, an indoor track, various athletic courts, a climbing wall, and much more. Sign up for intramurals or rent kayak equipment for a day on the lake.

The Natatorium is K-States indoor pool arena and it features two separate lap pools and a diving well. This space is open to the public as well as students, faculty and staff. (Additional costs associated with the Natatorium's facilities.)

K-State has loads to offer on campus in entertainment and recreation, including K-State Athletics, Student Organizations, K-State Student Union and scenic lounge areas scattered across campus.


Manhattan is located in the Flint Hills region of Kansas and has access points to multiple trails, rivers, and lakes. The Konza Prairie, a reserve owned by the Nature Conservancy and run by K-State, is located south of town off of McDowell Creek Road. Just north of town is Tuttle Creek Lake and Park Services offering outdoor recreation, boating, fishing, and camping.

The Little Apple has loads to offer in the arts and culture from concerts in City Park, to art museums and galleries, such as the Strecker Nelson West Gallery and the Manhattan Art Center on Poyntz Avenue.

Food and Drink are a plenty in our town, just stop by Aggieville for cheap brews and local favorites, or travel down Poyntz Ave. for a nice dinner and a bit of shopping. This little apple has something for everyone.