Housing & Residence Life

Fall 2020 Housing Information

President Price recently updated the university community on Duke’s goal to safely welcome students back to campus for the fall semester. Housing and Residence Life is committed to providing an experience and environment that supports the learning, health, and safety of students on campus. As such, we want to advise you of the adjustments HRL is making to campus housing to ensure that we follow public health guidance and local regulations.

In making these changes, we are observing the following guidelines:

  • Overall occupancy and density of our buildings will be reduced
  • The number of students living in single bedrooms will be increased
  • Seniors and juniors will receive priority for single bedrooms in upperclass communities
  • First year students will be housed together on both East Campus and West Campus 
  • All upperclass communities will be transitioned to independent houses 
  • Selective Living Groups will not have a residential section

Because these changes impact our existing room assignments we will conduct a new room assignment process the week of July 13.

Housing is an integral part of the student experience. We know these uncertain times may lead some to re-evaluate where they would like to live, and that some students will participate in their Duke coursework from remote locations this coming academic year. HRL wants to work with you as you make these decisions.

  • There is no penalty for breaking the housing agreement for those who are granted permission to live off campus via the upcoming lottery.  We expect a higher number than usual to be granted permission.
  • All seniors have met the on-campus residency requirement. If you would like to decline housing and move off-campus, please go to the housing portal and complete the Decline Housing form under 2020-2021 Upperclass Housing forms. Your housing assignment for fall 2020/spring 2021 semesters will be cancelled.
  • We are offering all juniors who have completed four semesters on campus the opportunity to apply for the off-campus housing lottery. The off-campus lottery application is live on the housing portal: 2020-2021 Upperclass Housing forms –> Off-Campus Lottery. The initial deadline is Friday, June 12. Your housing assignment for fall 2020/spring 2021 semesters will be cancelled if you are approved through the off-campus lottery process. 
  • The off-campus lottery will remain available on a rolling basis. Due to the unique nature of the coming semester, all students are allowed to apply for permission to live off campus in Durham or whichever location best fits your needs during this pandemic.The off-campus lottery application can be found on the housing portal: 2020-2021 Upperclass Housing forms –> Off-Campus Lottery.
  • If you are cancelling housing to take a leave of absence or study remotely, please complete the Decline Housing form via the housing portal: 2020-2021 Upperclass Housing Forms -> Decline Housing Form
  • All Duke students in Durham – living on-campus and off-campus -- will be required to observe the practices being implemented to curtail the spread of the virus (e.g. wearing masks, monitoring symptoms, and maintaining social distancing).  Failure to abide by these expectations may result in a violation(s) of the Duke Community Standards.

We have heard your concerns and suggestions about housing assignments. Most importantly, we will double the maximum size of blocks—from six to 12—to enable larger friend groups to live with and next to one another. Putting you together with your friends helps you follow new social and health guidelines for residence halls and preserves a key part of what makes Duke special—the people.

As such, we are adjusting the fall assignments process in the following ways:

  • Block members will live next to one another.
  • Students, roommate pairs, and blocks will submit assignments
preferences based on quad locations.
  • HRL will assign blocks to rooms within the quad.
  • We expect to be able to honor roommate requests.
  • Though more singles will exist, we cannot guarantee all who wish to be in a single will be assigned to one.
  • The standard double rate ($4,582 per semester) will be charged for all room types.

Students will have additional housing options for the next academic year. Duke has secured apartments in the new Blue Light community on Erwin Road, as well as rooms in the Washington Duke Inn, for rising juniors and seniors. HRL will reach out to those students eligible to live at these locations after the application closes on June 24.

Please know that HRL works closely with the Student Disability Access Office to evaluate housing accommodation requests. Students with approved housing accommodations will be offered priority placement in an available space that meets their accommodations. Please visit https://access.duke.edu/students to contact SDAO.

All Duke students in Durham – living on-campus and off-campus -- will be required to observe the practices being implemented to curtail the spread of the virus (e.g. wearing masks, monitoring symptoms, and maintaining social distancing).  Failure to abide by these expectations may result in a violation(s) of the Duke Community Standards.

The timeline and next steps for the fall assignment process will be:

  • JUNE 18 – Housing application available via the housing portal: 2020-2021 Upperclass Housing Forms -> Fall 2020 Housing Application.
  • JUNE 24 – The housing application will close at 5 pm. on Wednesday, June 24; it will be re-opened for late applications on July 1.
  • WEEK OF JULY 13 – Upperclass students receive their housing assignment, confirm their assignment, and select new dining plan.

All Duke students in Durham – living on-campus and off-campus -- will be required to observe the practices being implemented to curtail the spread of the virus (e.g. wearing masks, monitoring symptoms, and maintaining social distancing).  Failure to abide by these expectations may result in a violation(s) of the Duke Community Standards.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.