Housing & Residence Life

First-Year Housing

The East Campus experience for first-year students is designed to introduce and engage students to life at Duke, to give each student a solid foundation for a successful university experience. There is much to do and explore, and assistance is readily available to help navigate the complexities of an always new, often challenging, exciting time of life.

First-year assignments are done on a random basis. Duke University is committed to encouraging our students to embrace new experiences, and our random assignment process allows students to be exposed to a myriad of cultures, viewpoints, and value systems. We make every effort to meet the preferences (room type, medical need, etc.) for students. However, we are unable to guarantee that a student’s preferences will be met. While our assignments process is random, it is also based on the University’s non-discrimination policy.

We believe in blurring the lines between curricular and co‐curricular experiences in our residences. That's why academic deans and advisors work with students in one of the four residential neighborhoods on East Campus and each house has its own resource librarian. We host events such as the ‘Chautauqua’ lecture series in which some of our most prominent professors come to the houses to chat about their latest research with students over a catered dinner.