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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Good afternoon,

We are writing to share more information about campus housing for the 2021-2022 academic year. While we anticipate being able to implement this plan as outlined below, please remember that it is subject to change at any time based on the trajectory of COVID-19.  

As we mentioned in last week’s update, we are tentatively expecting an improvement of public health conditions over the next six months and anticipating a return to many of our pre-pandemic policies and practices, including assigning some students to double bedrooms.

Since last week’s announcement, Housing and Residence Life has heard from many of you about particular aspects of campus housing next year. We’ve partnered with leadership from Duke Student Government, particularly members of the Campus Life and Executive Committees, to develop the following plan.

The central goal of the plan is to dramatically increase the likelihood of your living with or next to your friends. 

Key Points

  • The housing application will be available via the Housing Portal from March 1 to March 5 at 12:00 p.m. EST. When completing the housing application, you will also indicate agreement to the License and Terms for 2021-2022. Rates for the 2021-2022 are published on the HRL website.
    • All rising sophomores and juniors must complete the application.
    • Juniors may indicate their interest in living off-campus on the application, though it is not guaranteed that juniors will be released from living on campus. 
    • Rising seniors who plan to live on campus must also complete the application. Please note that if you submit a housing application as a rising senior, you will not be able to cancel or decline your housing assignment and will be charged for housing.
  • Students may list up to six people with or around whom they want to live, as well as designate their preferred roommate and quad/building preference. Completing the application without a preferred roommate or roommate group DOES NOT guarantee a single room and you will likely be placed with a roommate in your class year.
  • Similar to the Fall 2020 process, HRL will assign your room, giving first priority to keeping friend groups (as designated on the housing application) intact. Quad/building preference will be taken into account as much as possible.

Additional Reminders

Students in the Classes of 2023 and 2024 must meet Duke’s on-campus housing requirement and live on campus for the coming year. This includes members of these classes who studied remotely or lived off-campus this year in the Durham area. Permission to live off-campus will only be granted through HRL or the Student Disability Access Office (SDAO).

It is important to us that students who require housing accommodations receive them, and we work with SDAO to ensure consistency in evaluating special housing accommodation requests.

Students with approved accommodations will be offered priority for placement in an available space that meets their accommodations. For students who have accommodations on file, please submit the housing application to reflect your preferences. In the event your accommodation requires priority placement, housing assignments will contact you mid-March to discuss your options. More information on how to request accommodations can be found on the SDAO website

We are also committed to ensuring that students without sufficient financial resources or with extenuating personal circumstances can live on campus. 

Where can I live next year?

First-year students will live on East Campus; we are also holding Keohane Quad 4A, 4B, and 4D for first-year housing if needed due to changing public health conditions. 

All rising sophomores will live on West Campus. (You can check out some 360 photos here!

The majority of rising juniors and seniors will live in 300 Swift, Avana Apartments, and Hollows Quad. There will be limited availability for juniors and seniors to live on main West Campus.

All students planning to live on campus are also welcome to apply to one of our Living Learning Communities. More information about West Campus LLCs can be found on our website, and be sure to check out the LLC info session TODAY, Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. here.

Rising juniors and seniors are welcome to live with their Selective Living Group in Edens Quad.

A final note

We are excited to be preparing for a more typical fall semester and thankful for the partnership with students in developing this plan.

Housing & Residence Life
Duke Student Government