Housing & Residence Life

Graduate Living on Campus

Housing and Residence Life (HRL) will offer on-campus housing for Graduate and Professional Students during the 2020-2021 academic year at 301 Swift. Assignment priority will be given to graduate or professional students on student visa status who are attending school outside of their home country for the first time. On-campus housing is not available for visiting scholars. Visiting scholars should contact the International House to explore housing options.

Most graduate students rent off-campus housing from private landlords in Durham. HRL has an off campus housing website to assist students in their housing search.

First- time, international students applying for the full academic year (August 2020 through May 2021) will be given priority in assignment. All students applying for less than the full academic year will be assigned on a space available basis after all full academic year students have been accommodated. International students do not receive priority when applying for less than the full academic year. Assignments are made in the order of receipt of completed applications.

If your housing plans change after completing an on-campus housing application, please contact our office (housing@duke.edu) as soon as possible.

Housing License

It is important for you to understand your commitment in agreeing to the Housing License. If you agree to the terms and license, you are bound to on-campus housing for the entire length of the license. The only way for release from your license is if you are no longer an active student at Duke. You can review the 2020-2021 License and Terms by clicking the link below.

2020-2021 License and Terms

Graduate Housing Application Instructions

  • If you have a preferred roommate, indicate their name and Unique ID in the proper space on the application. All applications for requested roommates must be received prior to the assignment of an apartment. Preferred roommates must mutually request each other.
  • All residents will receive a roommate.
  • All apartments will be assigned to capacity.
  • Housing Assignments reserves the right to make roommate assignments without prior notification to the current resident.
  • If you feel like you need a housing accommodation based on medical, psychological, or disability related conditions, please review our special housing accommodations process and contact the Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) at sdao@duke.edu or by phone at (919) 668-1329.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will need to be fully admitted to Duke University prior to applying for housing.

If you feel like you need a housing accommodation based on medical, psychological, or disability related conditions, please review our special housing accommodations process and contact the Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) at sdao@duke.edu or by phone at (919) 668-1329.

The rate for the 2019-2020 is $6,053.00 per semester and per student.

Every student at Duke University has a Bursar account. All of the charges for housing will go to your Bursar account.

All apartments come with basic furnishings, including a dining room table and chairs, a stove, sink and refrigerator, a couch a lamp and end tables. Each bedroom has bed, chest of drawers, and a desk. Linens, housekeeping supplies, and cookware are the responsibility of the residents. Your rent includes water, electricity, and high-speed internet. There are laundry facilities on the property.

When offered an assignment, students will be given a deadline by which to accept. If the assignment is not accepted by the deadline, it will be cancelled. All monies will be refunded if a request for housing is cancelled prior to accepting a housing assignment. Once a student accepts a housing assignment, the student may not cancel their assignment. An assignment will only be cancelled when a student become ineligible for University housing. Refunds will be calculated based on dates of occupancy of the assigned space.

Students have the opportunity to name a preferred roommate or be assigned a random roommate. If you do not have a preferred roommate, we will assign a roommate to the other space in the apartment. Please be sure to complete the lifestyle questions on the application, as we use these to make roommate assignments. If you do have a preferred roommate, please indicate their name and unique id in the preferred roommate field on your housing application.

In an effort to avoid difficult roommate situations, we ask that you first take the time to get to know your roommate through email correspondence. It is a good idea to discuss ground rules before you move-in together. If you have made an effort to get along with your roommate and things still aren’t working out, you can request meditation for a specific problem. If a roommate situation becomes undesirable, it is possible to request reassignment. Reassignments can be requested by meeting with the Residence Coordinator for Swift Avenue and are limited to available space within graduate student housing.

All graduate apartments are two-person occupancy. Each resident has his or her own bedroom and shares the living room, kitchen, and bathroom

There is ample parking at 301 Swift Avenue. You must purchase a parking permit. More information about parking is available at the Duke Parking and Transportation website.

Yes, campus buses stop at several points near 301 Swift Avenue. Information about campus bus routes can be found at the Parking and Transportation website.