Campus Housing

Location
Durham, NC
Undergrads
6,631
Tuition
$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I enjoy all aspects of the campus.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have some friends who live on campus who think it is a great situation. I don't know about the cost or how to get a dorm, but otherwise what I know is positive.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Coming into Duke I was very skeptical of the housing system at Duke. As a freshman you are on East Campus with the other freshman. I initially saw this as a negative aspect, but quickly came to love it. I still frequent Lilly library when I need to study. Sophomore year, I lived in my fraternity section on Central Campus. Again, I initially disliked central. It is somewhat dilapidated and relatively inconvenient. As the semester went on, I grew to love my section, my apartment, food fac, and my daily walk through the Gardens to get to West. I love central.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Seriously freshman housing is the only thing they get right. You have your own freshman campus which is nice, but the housing system is so stupid, I was penalized by the school for the amount of complaints I levied. They literally could care less about yu. If you have a ton of cash, chances are youre fine. But everyone else can "suck it" -- Duke University.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its okay. Greek life, lax or mens ball have the most fun.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 313rd
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 344th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 438th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1009th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Overall, Duke has very comfortable, livable housing. Freshmen are housed on East Campus, which fosters a good first-year bonding experience despite the inconvenient location. Houses on the main quad are the oldest at Duke and, thus, lack air conditioning. Holding about a hundred students, these charming houses have fairly large rooms with hardwood floors and walk-in closets; they are also close to Lilly Library, the Marketplace, and the bus stop. Dorms off the main quad on East are much newer (and, thus, air-conditioned), but generally have smaller rooms. On West Campus, most dorms on the main quad have been recently renovated, incorporating the modern luxury of air conditioning while maintaining the exterior charm of Collegiate gothic architecture. Keohane was recently constructed and has very large rooms, while Edens, a collection of buildings generally considered unattractive and undesirable due to its location, has the saving grace of air conditioning.

For upperclassmen, there is apartment-style housing on Central Campus, which features full kitchens and private bathrooms. While the apartment exteriors are certainly not winning beauty pageants and the distance to class on West is less than ideal (a bus ride is required), the space and independence afforded by apartment living is appealing to many students. On the whole, Duke housing is good, and students are satisfied with their living arrangements. 

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
5,652
Average Housing Costs
$6,983
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Men's dorms
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
83%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
21
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Freshman Dorms
Bell Tower
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Few Quad
  • Kilgo Quad
Worst Freshman Dorms
Blackwell
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Edens Quad
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk
  • Dresser
  • Internet connection (Ethernet and Wi-Fi)
  • Phone jack
  • Trash and recycling bins
Also Available
Substance-free housing and a performing arts community are available for freshman year, and language dorms, special-interest housing, wellness living, and selective living groups are available after freshman year.
Available for Rent
MicroFridges are available for rent. If you enroll at Duke, you will receive a brochure with all sorts of equipment available for your dorm.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Alspaugh
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Common room, kitchen, study room, most rooms have hardwood floors, part of the East 1 Neighborhood
Aycock
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Common space, grassy area, kitchen, large closets, laundry room, part of the East 2 Neighborhood, pingpong room, hardwood floors
Bassett
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Common lounge with big-screen TV and pool table, kitchen, part of the East 1 Neighborhood, hardwood floors, study rooms
Bell Tower
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Classrooms, common room, computer lab, media room, music practice room, part of the East 4 Neighborhood, quiet study rooms on each floor
Blackwell
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air-conditioning, common rooms, "open-concept" closets, part of the East 4 Neighborhood, seminar rooms, shared kitchens, study rooms
Brown
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Common room with big-screen TV, kitchen, part of the East 1 Neighborhood, piano, rooms have hardwood floors, study rooms
Craven Quad
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Special Features: Common room with pool table, community kitchens, computer lab, houses four fraternities, outdoor barbecue area
Crowell Quad
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, computer clusters, commons rooms, game room, kitchens, media room, substance-free living option available
Edens Quad
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Computer lab, home to several fraternities, SHARE living group, Arts Theme house, laundry, music practice room, study lounge, Wii
Epworth
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Common room, full kitchen, laundry, outdoor patios, part of the East 2 Neighborhood, hardwood floors
Few Quad
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Close to the library, home to several fraternities and the Women's Center
Gilbert-Addoms
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Common area, holds Devils After Dark program, laundry on each floor, media room, part of the East 3 Neighborhood, picnic tables, porch swings
Giles
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Common room, kitchen, laundry, part of the East 2 Neighborhood, hardwood floors, study room
Jarvis
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Close to bus stop, grassy area, kitchen, large common room with big-screen TV, part of the East 2 Neighborhood, rooms have hardwood floors, three study rooms
Keohane Quad
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Den, houses living group and Quad Council, outdoor terrace
Kilgo Quad
Floors: 3-5 (8 individual houses)
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Art gallery, climate-controlled rooms, computer lounges, commons area, kitchens, recycling areas
Pegram
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Common room, home of the Arts Community, part of the East 1 Neighborhood
Randolph
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, common rooms, kitchens, "open-concept" closets, part of the East 4 Neighborhood, small library
Southgate
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Common space with pool table, part of the East 3 Neighborhood
Wannamaker Quad
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Across from tennis courts, home to a fraternity and Wayne Manor
Wilson
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Kitchen area, part of the East 2 Neighborhood, hardwood floors, study, two commons spaces

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Central Campus
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Dining room table and chairs, stove and refrigerator, couch, laundry

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