King Edward Hall at Kent Ridge (KE Hall at KR) was first opened unofficially in January 1979 to
accept its first batch of residents. The name King Edward Hall was chosen to restore the
historical significance related to the university. To avoid confusion, ‘at KR’ was included until
King Edward Hall at Sepoy Lines closed.
King Edward hall at Kent Ridge was officially declared open on 5th December 1981 by then-
President of Singapore and Chancellor of NUS, Mr. Devan Nair. Four years later, in December
1985, the hall embraced a new name, departing from KEKR to Kent Ridge Hall in order to create
a new identity and tradition free from the shadow of KEVII. Pro-chancellor at NUS, Dr. Justice A.
P. Rajah, officiated the Hall Renaming Ceremony.
The following year marked the unveiling of the new Hall Crest and Hall Motto by President Wee
Kim Wee. The new Hall Motto was first proposed by residents of the hall and then discussed and
modified to take the form it has today- ‘Seek, Strive and Excel’. The motto expressed the essence
of the hall and its residents, the continual seeking for knowledge and truth, the striving for high
ideals in spite of difficulties, and the excellence which marks all that is undertaken by us to do.
The source of our hall spirit and a driving force of our achievements is our strong family culture.
It is believed that the camaraderie forged during our stay here will pave the way for our
renewed goal, that of being “the Family Hall ever striding for excellence”, reinforced by the
Family Song introduced in 2002.
In November 2002, KR was relocated from its original site in Lower Kent Ridge Road to its
current location at Heng Mui Keng Terrace. The move was symbolically represented by having
the then-residents walk over to the new building, which was officially opened on 3rd January
2004 by former President S. R. Nathan.
Despite the move, the culture of Kent Ridge Hall has not only survived, but thrived in its new home.
From outstanding results in FLAG and RAG, yearly productions and most recently, becoming
champions of the Inter-Hall Games (IHG) in 2014, it become clear that the spirit of excellence KR
embodies remains ever-present in the hall.