Campus Housing

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Spacious, sub free is awesome

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Most of the freshman dorms are superb with spacious rooms. Very clean!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms vary according to preference (sub-free or not) and size. They are all close to Chambers, which helps a lot

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All housing options are great. Some dorms are smaller than others, and few buildings (Duke, Richardson, and Watts) are slightly outdated, but they are still great options.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is great at Davidson. Most of the freshmen and sophomore dorms are close to the academic center, while juniors and senior usually live a bit further away. Dorms are large, clean, and have services such as cable and AC. Upperclassmen living is great. Seniors usually live in apartments, and most of the non-freshmen dorms have kitchens.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 75th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 158th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 272nd
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 346th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Annie Maietta
Hometown
Weston, MA
Major
Undecided
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Given that about 95 percent of Davidson students live on campus all four years, dorm quality is a pretty important aspect of Davidson life to consider. Many of Davidson’s dorms have been renovated within the last several years. Upon seeing the Rich or Watts lounges, people often exclaim that “it looks like Pier One Imports in there!” and it is not infrequent to hear Duke described as “a palace” because of its luxurious amenities and nice rooms. There are sinks in most rooms (with the exception of the Sophomore Apartments), and several dorms that are not immediately next to the free laundry service have self-service laundry rooms in their basements in case students prefer to do their own laundry.

As for Davidson’s “worst” dorms… it’s all relative. The majority of Davidson’s accommodations make it difficult to complain with any true sincerity. Because Davidson has done such a great job keeping the dorms updated, the smallest rooms are large in comparison to those of many schools, and the dorms are generally well-maintained. These days, the most complaints stem from Little and Sentelle, as the bathrooms are not always the cleanest. Additionally, the Sophomore Apartments are a “love it or hate it” type deal; they are avoided by many due to their cramped space, loudness during weekends, and distance from the center of campus, but are sought after by others for their fun atmosphere and proximity to Patterson Court.

As upperclassmen, Davidson students are given many excellent dorm options. Some prefer the suite-style living of Tomlinson, others the fun theme hall atmosphere at Duke. As seniors, however, Davidson students are rewarded for three years of hard work with the college-operated senior apartments, which are more than spacious with private living rooms, kitchens and even porches. In general, Davidson dorms are excellent, and the cause for complaint is minimal. Anyone would be at home here.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,659
Average Housing Costs
$6,249
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
94%
Number of Dormitories
11
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Dorms
  • Duke
  • Senior Apartments
  • Tomlinson
  • Watts
Worst Dorms
  • Little
  • Sentelle
  • Sophomore Apartments
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV
  • Chair
  • Desk
  • Dresser
  • In-room heating and cooling
  • Internet connection
  • Phone jack
  • Sink
  • Wardrobe
Also Available
  • Eco House: The Davidson College Ecological Cooperative was founded in 2007 as an alternative living space for students committed to living in community with one another and with conscientious awareness of the natural world. Eco-op gives ten students a chance to live lead environmentally conscious lives while closely working with their faculty advisors. The Eco House is its own building, separate from other residence halls. Major goals of the Eco-op residents include improving energy conservation and increasing the amount of local food in their meals. Living in the Eco-House is a substantial extracurricular commitment; it is not just a residence. Eco-House residents must be able to commit to daily and weekly activities such as cooking, cleaning, house meetings, internal and external programming and events, and continuing education.
  • Substance-Free Housing: Students may opt to live on Substance-Free ("Sub-Free") halls at Davidson. These halls are located within the regular residence halls; however, every member of the hall must sign a written agreement at the beginning of the year that they will not bring alcohol or cigarettes onto their halls, and they will not return to their halls inebriated. Essentially these halls are ideal for students who either do not want to drink and do not want to be around people who do, or else those who just are not big on the party scene. Generally these halls contain people who prefer a quiet living/studying environment.
  • Theme Halls: Every year there are several theme halls located in the Duke Residence Hall. According to Davidson's website, you can "live with students who share your interest in a region or an issue; organize special activities related to your shared interests; enjoy regular, small-group interaction with a faculty advisor, campus guests, and the Dean Rusk Program staff; and shape the calendar of events that the Dean Rusk Program organizes for the Davidson community." An added perk is the 24/7 access to the Duke kitchen and the International Studies Lounge, which receives satellite broadcasts from around the world.
Available for Rent
MicroFridges
Did You Know?
  • Davidson tries to renovate a dorm every summer. Cannon is slated for renovation in the summer of 2009, Rich and Watts were updated in 2008, and Duke was renovated in 2007. Most dorms have been renovated within the last few years.
  • All dorms on campus are equipped with air-conditioning and heat, and most have in-room sinks.
  • Davidson has a free laundry service. Drop your clothes off in a laundry bag, and two days later they are cleaned, folded, and ready to pick up. Nice clothes and Polos are even cleaned separately! Linens are also provided and cleaned free of charge by the college laundry.
  • Davidson assigns rooms by giving each student a random lottery number. In this system, upcoming seniors have the best lottery numbers (1-500), followed by juniors (501-1000), then sophomores (1001-1500). If you're lucky enough to get a good number, then you have the keys to the best rooms on campus!

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Belk
Floors: 4 plus basement
Number of Occupants: 316
Bathrooms: Two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-years, sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: Doubles, singles, triples
Special Features: Sinks in most rooms, largest dorm on campus
Cannon
Floors: 4 plus basement
Number of Occupants: 112
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, singles
Special Features: Sinks in rooms, kitchen in basement
Duke
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 72
Bathrooms: Two to three per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, singles, suites
Special Features: Sinks in most rooms, spacious rooms
John M. Akers
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 47
Bathrooms: Two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Doubles, singles
Special Features: Sophomore apartments, some rooms have walk-in closets
Little
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 84
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-years
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Private sinks
Mary Belk Irwin Residence Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 47
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Doubles, singles
Special Features: Sophomore apartments, some rooms have walk-in closets
Peter Knox Residence Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 47
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Doubles and singles
Special Features: Sophomore apartments, some rooms have walk-in closets
Richardson
Floors: 4 plus basement
Number of Occupants: 142
Bathrooms: Two per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-years
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Sinks in rooms, all furniture bolted into place
Sentelle
Floors: 4 plus basement
Number of Occupants: 112
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, singles
Special Features: Sinks in rooms, laundry in basement
Tomlinson
Floors: 4 plus basement
Number of Occupants: 96
Bathrooms: Two per pod, one per suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, singles
Special Features: All pods and suites, elevator, kitchen/laundry in basement
Watts
Floors: 4 plus basement
Number of Occupants: 84
Bathrooms: One per floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-years
Room Types: Doubles, singles
Special Features: Laundry in basement

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Martin Court Apartments (Building B, Flowe, Hart, Jamieson)
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 48
Bathrooms: One per apartment
Coed: By apartment
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Four bedrooms, living room, kitchen, toilet room, shower room, porch
Martin Court Apartments (Building F)
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 90
Bathrooms: One per apartment
Coed: By apartment
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Five bedrooms, living room, kitchen, toilet room, shower room, porch, laundry on first floor
Martin Court Apartments (Ryburn)
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 56
Bathrooms: One per apartment
Coed: By apartment
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Four bedrooms, living room, kitchen, toilet room, shower room, porch, laundry in basement

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