300 Swift Avenue FAQ

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Why did Duke purchase the property?
Duke purchased the property to provide a quality living option for undergraduate students as plans for renovations and additions to Duke’s current housing facilities proceed.


Who will be housed there?
Houses currently assigned to Crowell will be reassigned to 300 Swift for the 2017-2018 AY, returning to the completely renovated Crowell building in Fall 2018.  These houses are Gates, Griffin, Magnolia Commons, Hart, Wayne Manor, and Cooper.

How can I get assigned to live at 300 Swift?
The process for selecting housing at 300 Swift will be the same as the selection process for all housing on campus.  Students currently living in Crowell can live at 300 Swift by exercising their Right of Return. 

Students who wish to live at 300 Swift should list the four independent houses currently in Crowell at the top of their preference list.  Those who prefer to live on West should list all the independent houses on West (except those currently in Crowell) at the top of their preference list.

If I live at Crowell, can I pull in a roommate to live at 300 Swift with me?

What are the building amenities? What are the rooms like?
Click here to see a list of amenities and room layouts. Please note, two people will be assigned to each bedroom, as in other campus residence halls.

There are three layouts -  One for one bedroom apartments and three layouts for two bedroom apartments. See images here.

The only private bedroom opportunity will be in the studio apartments.  However, there are a very limited number of these available.

How many students will live at 300 Swift?
We plan to house approximately 350 students in 300 Swift in Fall, 2017.  In Fall, 2018, the number will be approximately 420.

Will the cost to live there be any different?
The cost will be the same as in other buildings on West Campus.  The double and single A/C rates will be used for the 2017-2018 AY. Billing for 300 Swift housing will be handled the same way as all other housing.

What is the transportation like?
The building is on a campus bus route.  Please consult the Parking and Transportation web site to see current route scheduled.  Though not final, we expect these same schedules for next year. 

What safety and security measures are in place?
There are a number of measures in place to promote safety.  Access to the building is controlled by an electronic system (utilizing fobs).  Each 300 Swift resident will have a fob assigned to him/her upon check in.  Cameras monitor a number of areas.  There will also be a security person assigned to 300 Swift each evening.

What are the dining options?
Each apartment also has a full size kitchen, including refrigerator.  HDRL is working to create a food option within 300 Swift to be open in August.  This will be a combination food service and convenience store that operates on the Dining plan.

What about the people who already live there?
All current contracts will be honored. Current residents may cancel leases without penalty.  We do expect some current residents to live at 300 Swift next year and will be working to create a community that embraces all members.

When can we go see it?
Please do not go over to 300 Swift to "look around".  The complex is fully occupied and we do not wish to disrupt current residents in any fashion.  Students assigned to live at 300 Swift next year are invited to attend a tour of the facility on Thursday, March 23 from 4pm – 7pm.  HDRL will be setting up two apartments with examples of furniture included that will be similar to what is being provided next year. 

Can I get a private bedroom?
Private bedrooms will only be available in studio designs.  There will be a limited number of studios available, so students should assume they will share a bedroom.  Two students will be assigned to one bedroom apartments and four students will be assigned to two bedroom apartments. 

What dining plan can I have?
Students living at 300 Swift will have the same meal plan options as those who live on Central – all meal plan options including the apartment plan.

Will furniture be provided?
Yes. HDRL will provide beds, mattresses, and dressers for each student for the bedroom.  In the living room, we will provide a couch, chair, coffee table, desk/table and entertainment center piece.  Barstools will be provided for apartments with the kitchen islands (most apartments).  For those without kitchen islands (normally studios), a table and four chairs will be provided.

Where can I park?
Students assigned to 300 Swift will have an opportunity to purchase a parking pass in the parking garage.  The application will be sent out soon.  The number is limited, so it is not guaranteed that a student will be able to purchase a pass.  HDRL will be using your housing lottery number to determine whom gets to purchase a parking pass to the garage if demand exceeds supply.

If a student is unable to purchase a pass to the garage, the student can purchase a Central pass and park in the lots that are near Central.  It is possible students would get a Smith Warehouse pass if demand is high and the other lots fill up.

Those able to purchase a pass for the garage (or Central) would not be able to purchase a parking pass for West campus.

Students who get a pass for the parking garage can get an orange pass from Parking and Transportation which allows parking on West and East during the evenings and on weekends (at most lots).

Can I have a pet?
Only fish will be allowed.  300 Swift will have the same pet policy as other residential areas.

How will WiFi work?
Upon check in, each apartment will have a router supplied from Time Warner.  This device will provide the wireless for each apartment.

Will I have access to cable TV?
Yes. The same Time Warner device that provides your wireless will also allow you access to a basic cable package.  Any additions to the package will be charged to the occupants of the apartment.

Will there be an eprint at 300 Swift?

Can I receive mail at 300 Swift?
Yes. Each apartment will have a mailbox assigned to it located at the post office within 300 Swift.  This is for US mail.  Packages are accepted by the staff at the front desk and then recipient will be contacted to come pick up the package.