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.