Housing & Residence Life

About Us

Housing and Residence Life (HRL) manages all aspects of the university’s three-year undergraduate residency requirement. Residential programs are designed to build positive communities that value learning, create new opportunities for faculty engagement, and generate positive social connections. HRL, student residents, and others in the Duke community develop and maintain environments that support classroom learning and stir students to seek learning opportunities in the world around them. We promote opportunities for students to connect with others and develop a strong and enduring sense of belonging; and intentionally provide opportunities for students to grow and develop, especially as they wrestle with issues of identity, autonomy and responsibility. HRL programs are rooted in the concepts of mutual respect and civility, and recognize and celebrate the dignity and self-worth of all members.

HRL also manages the facilities operations of all university student residences, which comprise approximately 25 percent of all university space. These responsibilities include all long-range planning, renovations and major projects, managing housekeeping and maintenance efforts, and ensuring that all residence options are safe, secure, comfortable, and well-maintained.

The value of a strong on-campus residential experience is central to undergraduate life at Duke. New construction, renovations and innovative upgrades are underway to make sure student living spaces--their homes at Duke--are up to the challenge.      

The Hollows

Construction on this new 2-building complex along Towerview Road and Duke University Road is expected to be completed in July 2019 and ready for occupancy for the Fall 2019 semester. Together, the buildings will add approximately 550,000 square feet of new living space and 700 new beds to campus.

Each building will features suite-style living, organized into 50- to 90-bed houses, and will include a suite bathroom with separate vanities, and a suite kichenette. Each house will have a resident assistant and a common room with a full kitchen and study.

The complex will include ADA compliant apartments, a graduate resident apartment and a residential coordinator apartment. An expanded dining facility will be added to McClendon Tower to support the community residents.


Hollows landscape drawing


All full-time employment opportunities are managed via the Division of Student Affairs and Duke Human Resources; Student employees via Duke List Student Employment and Research Opportunities.