Housing & Residence Life

House Descriptions

Administrative Houses –  Living and learning communities that are sponsored, resourced, and facilitated by an office often in conjunction with faculty partners.  Students apply to join these communities and are selected by the sponsoring office.

  • Baldwin Scholars: The Alice M. Baldwin Scholars Program inspires and supports undergraduate women to become engaged, confident and connected leaders in the Duke community and beyond. 18 First-Year women are selected each year to join the four year program which includes living together, an internship, two academic seminars, community service, and a retreat among other things.
  • Wellness on West: This community was created to support students who were interested in living in a substance-free environment and having the opportunity to participate in experiences to develop habits that support lifelong health and well being.
  • Women’s Housing Option (WHO): This house, created in 2010, provides a living space to build women’s agency on campus through fostering mentoring relationships, facilitating ongoing dialogue, and promoting egalitarian campus culture. Its purpose is to improve the campus experience for women while also taking strides towards breaking down racial and social barriers.
  • Smart Home: This community was created in partnership with the Pratt School of Engineering to offer selected students the opportunity to create technologically innovative products with a real life application.

Lifestyle Community Options – Communities that offer students a certain lifestyle option that is somewhat unique on campus, but neither has any programmatic or staffing resources committed to it.  Student indicate their preference for this option on their housing application

  • Gender-Neutral: This living community allows students of different genders to share the same two-bedroom suite or three-bedroom (four person) apartment on Central Campus.
  • Substance Free: This is an administrative living option where all members of the house commit to a substance free life style both inside and outside of the house.

Non-Greek Selective Living Group Houses – Student-initiated communities that can be purely social in nature or based upon some fundamental intellectual or cultural theme.  Students participate in a recruitment program and are selected to join the group by current members of the SLG.

  • Alpha Kappa Psi: The Beta Eta chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi is Duke University’s premier co-ed business fraternity. Their aim is to develop future business leaders, specifically for careers in finance, consulting, and entrepreneurship. Because AKPsi is a brotherhood, its culture offers unique advantages that other business clubs cannot.
  • Alpha Phi Omega: APO  is a national coeducational service fraternity founded on the cardinal principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service. The Lambda Nu Chapter has a long tradition of providing meaningful service to Duke and Durham, including building a nature trail at the Durham Children’s Museum (now the Museum of Life and Science), and working with groups like the Eno River State Park, Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital, Duke Rescue Mission, and many local hospitals, schools, and shelters.
  • Arts Theme House: The Arts Theme House is a selective living group whose mission is to practice, appreciate, and promote the arts at Duke University. They welcome all artists and students interested in the arts (music, dance, visual and performing arts, creative writing, poetry, cooking).
  • Asian Cultural Interest House: This selective living group is sponsored by the Asian Student Association (ASA), which works to serve as a lobbying voice for the political, cultural, and social interests of students of Asian Pacific heritage at Duke .
  • Brownstone: Brownstone is a selective living group at Duke University, composed of around 70 total members. They have no official theme or affiliation. They are a diverse group of individuals with different backgrounds and interests.
  • Black Cultural Interest Group: Black Student Alliance strives to eliminate social barriers for all.  The Black Culture selective living group will serve as an extension of the Black Student Alliance and will provide a residential opportunity to explore the African Diaspora and strengthen the broader Duke community by providing cultural programs and events for the purposes of education.
  • Cooper House: A student living group looking to provide a forum for Duke students whose academic focuses span multiple disciplines and are active on campus in a diverse range of organizations and clubs.  They hope to facilitate collaboration across disciplines and organizations on campus that their members are active in.  Our four main pillars are:  Interdisciplinary Engagement, Mentorship, Networking, and Philanthrophy.
  • InCube: A member organization of Duke’s Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Club: The Duke Entrepreneur. InCube is a selective living group and an incubator that strives to create a passionate entrepreneurial culture by bringing together Duke’s best entrepreneurs.
  • Jam!: This co-ed SLG is dedicated to fitness and healthy living.
  • Languages: Langdorm (Language Dorm) is a selective living group. The members celebrate a multicultural experience, mostly through food. Members are divided into language-specific halls (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish) according to their specific interests.
  • Maxwell: Maxwell is a co-ed selective living group of about fifty residents. The  members have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. Maxwellians are leaders in all sorts of campus clubs, organizations, and academic endeavors.
  • Mirecourt: A co-ed selective living group that prides itself on being a closely-knit community. With traditions like Miretea, retreats, and Mentor/Mentee relationship, this SLG is all about bonding and fun. They claim to be the first to establish K-Ville.
  • Mundi: This group seeks to enhance cultural appreciation and understanding from the student body’s perspective. The mission of this new student group is to understand and appreciate the myriad of cultures that compose the world and to celebrate and comprehend the context of various customs and traditions from different countries.
  • The Nexus: This is a society at Duke dedicated to intellectual discourse. Their values include curiosity, positive discourse, imagination, non-discrimination, and gender equity.  The Nexus is Duke’s first selective living group to allow for opposite-sex roommate pairs.
  • Round Table: A student living group founded upon three pillars – Student (social), Community (service), and Faculty (interaction with professors). Events to establish these pillars include rafting trips, broom ball games, hosting numerous guest speakers, and volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house.
  • Ubuntu: Ubuntu is a selective living group at Duke devoted to civic engagement and social change. Their mission is to cultivate a sustained passion and interest in addressing the world’s most pressing issues, and to ingrain these characteristics in the consciousness of the typical Duke student.
  • Wayne Manor: WayneManor is Duke’s only non-greek, all-male selective living community that takes pride in offering a comprehensive living experience that facilitates student growth through tight-knit intra-house relationships, inclusive on-campus social interaction, and rewarding community service involvement

Fraternity Houses

  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Pi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon

Sorority Houses

  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Zeta Tau Alpha