First-Year Housing

Living Housing First-Year Housing

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All first-year students begin their Duke journey on East Campus, where they have many opportunities to intentionally make new connections and friends, become a leader within their residential community, and have the support of many university staff as they begin their college career.

Over their course of their first-year at Duke, students will be able to join their House Council, have fun connecting with others in their community through Resident Assistant lead activities, and participate in building and campus wide events and programs.

We believe in blurring the lines between curricular and co-curricular experiences in our residences. Academic deans and advisors work are connected to individual Houses on East Campus, where they work with students in many ways. Each house also has a connected Faculty-in-Residence (FiR), who are professors who live alongside of the students in the residence halls. FiRs are an excellent resource for first-year students who provide intellectual engagement opportunities as well as interactions between students and faculty.

The East Campus experience for first-year students is designed to introduce and engage students to life at Duke and 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.

 

East Campus Houses

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Alspaugh opened during the period when Trinity College became Duke University. The building was completed in the fall of 1926 and originally referred to as Dormitory No. 2. The building is named for John Wesley Alspaugh (1831 - 1912) who earned his degree in 1855 from Trinity College which was then located in Randolph County.

Details about Alspaugh:

  • Home to approximately 120 first-year students.
  • All bedrooms have original hardwood floors.
  • Bedrooms are heated via steam radiators and cooled with window a/c or floor unit a/c.
  • Most rooms have two closets or one large closet that is shared by both students.  
  • In rooms with smaller closets, a wardrobe has been added to the room to provide more storage space.
  • Alspaugh has single and double rooms.
  • Alspaugh does not have a passenger elevator. 
  • It is equipped with a wheelchair-accessible ramp to provide access to the first floor.

Residence Coordinator: Ashley Costantino
Assistant Residence Coordinator: Alicia Wolverton
Faculty-in-Residence: Greg Samanez-Larkin

QuadEX Connection: Kilgo

Mailing Address for all mail and packages:

First and Last Name: Blue Devil
Address Line 1 - Residence Hall Street Address: 1344 Campus Drive
Address Line 2 - Box Number, Residence Hall and Room #: Box 99999, Alspaugh 100
City, State, Zip: Durham, NC 27708

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Bassett was constructed in 1925 and opened in 1926 just shortly after Trinity College became Duke University. The building is named for Professor John Spencer Bassett, who advocated for educational opportunities for African Americans during a time of racial tensions in the South. Professor Bassett is now honored for his commitment to academic freedom, even at the risk of his own career. Bassett is one of the "red bricks" which are located on the main quad of East Campus.

Details about Bassett:

  • Home to approximately 120 first year students.
  • All rooms retain their original hardwood flooring.
  • Bedrooms are heated with steam heat radiators and cooled with either window unit or floor unit air conditioners.
  • Rooms have either one closet per students or one large walk-in closet that is shared by both students. Some rooms have a wardrobe instead of a built-in closet.
  • Bassett has single and double rooms.
  • Room layouts vary widely in the building 
  • Bassett does not have a passenger elevator.  
  • The first floor includes a large common room, a study room, and a shared kitchen.

Residence Coordinator: Ashley Costantino
Faculty-In-Residence: Catherine Admay

QuadEX Connection: Craven

Mailing Address for all mail and packages:

First and Last Name: Blue Devil
Address Line 1 - Residence Hall Street Address: 1332 Campus Drive
Address Line 2 - Box Number, Residence Hall and Room #: Box 99999, Bassett 100
City, State, Zip: Durham, NC 27708

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Bell Tower opened in 2005.  It was named for the Jack Marse Bell which has been part of Trinity College and now Duke University since 1911. The bell has resided in numerous places on the campus before finding its home in Bell Tower.

Details about Bell Tower:


  • Home to approximately 140 first-year students.
  • Most rooms in the building are carpeted however some have vinyl plank tile (similar to laminate).
  • Bedrooms are heated and cooled with a central HVAC system.
  • Bedroom windows are not operable which helps keep the building at a constant temperature and humidity level
  • Rooms do not have closets. Rather, they have freestanding wardrobes that students can move within the room.
  • Bell Tower has mostly double rooms and a few single rooms.
  • Room layouts are fairly standard throughout the building.
  • Bell Tower has a passenger elevator and several ADA equipped restrooms.
  • Each floor of the building has a commons room.  
  • The first floor includes two classrooms, astudy room, media room, game room, music practice room, and kitchen.

Residence Coordinator: Colin McLaughlin
Faculty-in-Residence: Sam Fury Childs Daly

QuadEX Connection: Edens

Mailing Address for all mail and packages:

First and Last Name: Blue Devil
Address Line 1 - Residence Hall Street Address: 40

 Brodie Gym Drive
Address Line 2 - Box Number, Residence Hall and Room #: Box 99999, Bell Tower 100
City, State, Zip: Durham, NC 27708

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Blackwell opened in 1994, housing approximately 185 first-year students. The building is named in honor of the former Blackwell Park. The park was later developed into a racetrack before being acquired by Julian Carr and put to use as the home for what is now East Campus. Blackwell is situated next to Randolph, another residence hall with a very similar architectural style and room layout.

Details about Blackwell:

  • Home to approximately 185 first-year students.
  • All bedrooms have vinyl plank tile which is similar to laminate flooring.
  • Bedrooms are heated and cooled with a centralized heating and air conditioning system.
  • All double rooms have two closets just inside the entry to the room. Closets include one shelf and a hanging bar. Students often use a tension rod to hang decorative curtains over the closet opening.
  • Blackwell has two passenger elevators.  
  • The first floor includes two large commons rooms and two shared kitchens.

Residence Coordinator: Anaija Lapaix
Faculty-in-Residence: Patrick Charbonneau

QuadEX Connection: Keohane

Mailing Address for all mail and packages:

First and Last Name: Blue Devil

Address Line 1 - Residence Hall Street Address: 51 Brodie Gym Drive
Address Line 2 - Box Number, Residence Hall and Room #: Box 99999, Blackwell 100
City, State, Zip: Durham, NC 27708

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Brown was constructed in 1925 and opened in 1926 just shortly after Trinity College became Duke University. It was originally named "Dormitory No. 5." The building is named after Joseph G. Brown who graduated from Trinity College in 1875 and went on to chair the Board of Trustees for several years. Brown is one of the "red bricks" which are located on the main quad of East Campus.

Details about Brown:

  • Home to approximately 120 first-year students. All public areas and bathrooms were renovated in summer 2015.
  • All rooms retain their original hardwood flooring.

Brown double room

  • Bedrooms are heated with steam heat radiators and cooled with either window unit or floor unit air conditioners.
  • Rooms have either one closet per student or one large walk-in closet that is shared by both students. Some rooms have a wardrobe instead of a built-in closet.
  • Brown has single and double rooms.
  • Brown does not have a passenger elevator.  A wheel-chair accessible ramp is available to students with approval.
  • The first floor includes a large common room, a study room, and a shared kitchen.

Brown double room

Brown Comm BathroomResidence Coordinator: Ashley Constantino
Assistant Residence Coordinator: Alicia Wolverton
Faculty-in-Residence: Nikki Lane

QuadEX Connection: Kilgo

Mailing Address for all mail and packages:

First and Last Name: Blue Devil
Address Line 1 - Residence Hall Street Address: 1328 Campus Drive
Address Line 2 - Box Number, Residence Hall and Room #: Box 99999, Brown 100
City, State, Zip: Durham, NC 27708

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East House benchEast House is a three-story building of white pressed brick and Indiana sandstone, roofed with green tile; it complements West House architecturally. Its construction began January 4th, 1911, the same day the original Washington Duke Building was destroyed in a fire. It was known as the East Dormitory until 1912, when it was named in honor of former North Carolina Governor Charles Brantley Aycock (1859-1912). The building initially served as a men's residence until the opening of West Campus and the creation of the Woman’s College in 1930.

In 2014, the building name was restored to East House.  

East House Study RoomDetails about East House:

  • Home to approximately 90 first-year students.
  • All rooms retain their original hardwood flooring.
  • Bedrooms are heated with steam heat radiators and cooled with either window unit or floor unit air conditioners.
  • Rooms have either one closet per student or one large walk-in closet that is shared by both students. Some rooms have a wardrobe instead of a built-in closet.
  • East has single and double rooms.
  • Room layouts vary widely in the building 
  • East does not have a passenger elevator but does have a wheelchair-accessible side entrance.
  • The first floor includes large commons rooms and a shared kitchen.

East House Double roomEast House Community Room

Residence Coordinator: Adam Coshal
Faculty-in-Residence: Nima Bassiri

QuadEX Connection: Wannamaker

East HouseMailing Address for all mail and packages: 

First and Last Name: Blue Devil
Address Line 1 - Residence Hall Street Address: 1312 Campus Drive
Address Line 2 - Box Number, Residence Hall and Room #: Box 99999, East House 100
City, State, Zip: Durham, NC 27708

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Gilbert-Addoms, referred to by most students as "GA", opened in 1957 to meet the need of growing enrollment in the Women's College. The building is named for Katherine Everett Gilbert and Ruth Margery Addoms. Professor Gilbert was the first woman to be named a full professor at Duke. Dr. Addoms served as a professor of botany at Duke for 20 years. One of the largest buildings on East Campus, the building has three large gathering spaces on the first floor, two shared kitchens, and study rooms.

Additionally, the lower level of the building houses a large game room with a pool table, foosball table, and ping pong table. Known as the "GA Downunder", this space includes a large multipurpose room with several TV screens which can be used as both study space and as a place for campus activities.  

Details about GA:Gilbert-Addoms comm lounge

  • Home to approximately 185 first-year students.
  • All rooms have vinyl plank tile (similar to a laminate) flooring.
  • Bedrooms are heated via radiators and cooled with window a/c or floor unit a/c.
  • Most rooms have one large closet that includes a built-in chest of drawers, a built-in shoe rack, and shelving in addition to hanging space.  Some students choose to use a tension rod to hang a curtain over the doorway of the closet.
  • GA does not have a passenger elevator.

Gilbert-Addoms comm kitchenGA Study LoungeGA Double room leftGA double room rtResidence Coordinator: Alex Rosenbery
Faculty-in-Residence: Kisha Daniels

QuadEX Connection: Few

Gilbert-Addoms

Mailing Address for all mail and packages:

First and Last Name: Blue Devil
Address Line 1 - Residence Hall Street Address: 1368 Campus Drive
Address Line 2 - Box Number, Residence Hall and Room #: Box 99999, Gilbert-Addoms 100
City, State, Zip: Durham, NC 27708

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Giles BenchGiles opened in 1928 just shortly after Trinity College became Duke University. The building is named in honor of three sisters: Mary, Theresa, and Persis Giles. The Giles sisters were not allowed to enroll in Trinity College but paralleled the program through private tutoring with Trinity faculty. Eventually, the Board of Trustees agreed to confer both degrees. The Giles sisters were the first women to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees from Trinity College. Giles is one of the "red bricks" which are located on the main quad of East Campus.

Details about Giles:

Giles Comm Lounge
  • Public areas and bathrooms underwent a major renovation in 2016
  • Home to approximately 120 first year men and women.
  • All rooms retain their original hardwood flooring.
  • Bedrooms are heated with steam heat radiators and cooled with either window unit or floor unit air conditioners.
  • Rooms have either one closet per students or one large walk in closet that is shared by both students. Some rooms have a wardrobe instead of a built in closet.
  • Giles has single and double rooms.
  • Room layouts vary widely in the building 
  • Giles does not have a passenger elevator but does have a wheelchair accessible ramp and entrance.

The first floor includes a large commons rooms, a study room, and a shared kitchen.

Giles Comm kitchen

Giles Double RoomGiles Single RoomGiles Community Bathroom

Residence Coordinator: Adam Coshal
Assistant Residence Coordinator: Adrienne Jones
Faculty-in-Residence: Zbigniew Kabala

QuadEX Connection: Crowell

Giles

Mailing Address for all mail and packages:

First and Last Name: Blue Devil
Address Line 1 - Residence Hall Street Address: 1352 Campus Drive
Address Line 2 - Box Number, Residence Hall and Room #: Box 99999, Giles 100
City, State, Zip: Durham, NC 27708

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Pegram BenchPegram was constructed in 1925 and opened in 1926 just shortly after Trinity College became Duke University. The building is named for Professor William Pegram who graduated from Trinity College and taught a variety of science courses at Duke for 46 years. Pegram is one of the "red bricks" which are located on the main quad of East Campus.

Pegram was recently renovated. The project included a complete rebuild of the bathrooms and public areas as well as some minor updates to bedrooms.   

Details about Pegram:Pegram Comm kitchen and Lounge

  • Home to approximately 125 first-year students.
  • All rooms retain their original hardwood flooring.
  • Bedrooms are heated with steam heat radiators and cooled with either window unit or floor unit air conditioners.
  • Rooms have either one closet per student or one large walk-in closet that is shared by both students.  Some rooms have a wardrobe instead of a built-in closet.
  • Pegram has single and double rooms.
  • Room layouts vary widely in the building.
  • Pegram does not have a passenger elevator.  Pegram does have a wheelchair-accessible ramp and entrance.

The first floor includes a large common room, a study room, and a shared kitchen.

Pegram Comm Bathroom

Pegram Double roomResidence Coordinator: Ashley Costantino
Faculty-in-Residence: Hsiao-mei Ku

QuadEX Connection: Craven

Mailing Address for all mail and packages:

First and Last Name: Blue Devil
Address Line 1 - Residence Hall Street Address: 1340 Campus Drive
Address Line 2 - Box Number, Residence Hall and Room #: Box 99999, Pegram 100
City, State, Zip: Durham, NC 27708

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Randolph opened in 1994, housing approximately 185 first-year students. The building is named in honor of the original location of the school that would eventually become Duke University. Trinity College was originally located in Randolph County before it moved to the present East Campus location in Durham. Randolph is situated next to Blackwell, another residence hall with a very similar architectural style and room layout.

Details about Randolph:

Randolph Community LoungeRandolph Double room

  • Home to approximately 185 first-year students.
  • Many bedrooms are carpeted.  A limited number have vinyl plank tile which is similar to laminate flooring.
  • Bedrooms are heated and cooled with a centralized heating and air conditioning system.
  • All double rooms have two closets just inside the entry to the room. Closets include one shelf and a hanging bar. Students often use a tension rod to hang decorative curtains over the closet opening.
  • Randolph has two passenger elevators.  
  • The first floor includes two large commons rooms and two shared kitchens.

Residence Coordinator: Anaija Lapaix
Faculty-in-Residence: Leonard White

QuadEX Connection: Keohane

Randolph

Mailing Address for all mail and packages:


First and Last Name:
Blue Devil
Address Line 1 - Residence Hall Street Address: 50 Brodie Gym Drive
Address Line 2 - Box Number, Residence Hall and Room #: Box 99999, Randolph 100
City, State, Zip: Durham, NC 27708

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Southgate opened as a residence hall in 1921 when Duke was still Trinity College. The building is named after James H. Southgate who served on the Board of Trustees. In its past, Southgate has at times been an all-women identifying building and an all-men identifying building. Southgate was recently renovated during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Details about Southgate:

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  • Home to approximately 140 first-year students.
  • All rooms have Twin XL beds.
  • All of the rooms are without carpet.
  • Air-conditioning and heat are provided through a central air system and temperature setting is controlled by a thermostat in each room.
  • Rooms have either one closet per student or one large walk-in closet that is shared by both students.  A few rooms have a wardrobe instead of a built-in closet.
  • Southgate has a few singles rooms but mostly double rooms.
  • Room layouts are fairly standard though some configurations vary.
  • Southgate does not have a passenger elevator but does have a wheelchair accessible ramp
  • The first floor includes a large common room, game room, study room, and kitchen.

Residence Coordinator: Alex Rosenbery
Faculty-in-Residence: Candis Smith

QuadEX Connection: Few

Mailing Address for all mail and packages:

First and Last Name: Blue Devil
Address Line 1 - Residence Hall Street Address: 1400 West Main Street
Address Line 2 - Box Number, Residence Hall and Room #: Box 99999, Southgate 100
City, State, Zip: Durham, NC 27708

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Trinity Community LoungeTrinity House opened in January 2018. The Trinity House design is based on the existing Bell Tower residence hall, and will enclose the quad formed by Southgate, Bell Tower, Randolph and Blackwell.

Details about Trinity:

  • Home to approximately 250 first-year students.
  • The student rooms have vinyl plank tile (similar to laminate).
  • Bedrooms are heated and cooled with a central HVAC system.
  • Bedroom windows are not operable which helps keep the building at a constant temperature and humidity level.

Trinity Double

Trinity Wardrobe

  • Rooms do not have closets. Rather, they have freestanding wardrobes that students can move within the room. A picture is below.
  • All beds in Trinity are full size (54" x 75").
  • Trinity has mostly double rooms and a few single rooms.
  • Room layouts are fairly standard throughout the building.
  • Trinity has a passenger elevator and several ADA-equipped restrooms.
  • Each floor of the building has a commons and study room.  
  • The first floor includes an extensive kitchen, a main common area featuring console games, an arcade,
    and a small theater with seating for 25.

Trinity Study LoungeTrinity Community Kitchen

Trinity Theater


Trinity Game Room

Residence Coordinator: Colin McLaughlin
Faculty-in-Residence: John Blackshear

QuadEX Connection: Edens

Mailing Address for all mail and packages:

First and Last Name: Blue Devil
Address Line 1 - Residence Hall Street Address: 610 Broad Street
Address Line 2 - Box Number, Residence Hall and Room #: Box 99999, Trinity 100
City, State, Zip: Durham, NC 27708

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West House, originally named for former North Carolina Governor Thomas J. Jarvis, was considered to be cutting-edge in architectural design, adding great aesthetical value to Trinity College's campus (now the East Campus of Duke University). Like its nearby twin, East House, West House was built of white pressed brick and Indiana sandstone and roofed with green tile. When completed and occupied in October 1912, 

the building had such amenities as a large social room, two complete kitchens, and a pressing room on each floor. Built to house 120 

students, it was home to men from 1912 to 1930. West House also housed the campus post office between 1912 and 1928. 

In 1930, the new West Campus opened and what had been the Trinity College campus (now East Campus) became the Woman's College of Duke University.

In 2020, the building name was restored to West House.  

 

Details about West House:

West House Community Room

 

  • Home to approximately 90 first year men and women.
  • All rooms retain their original hardwood flooring.
  • Restrooms and public areas were renovated in 2011.
  • Bedrooms are heated with steam heat radiators and cooled with either window unit or floor unit air conditioners.
  • Rooms have either one closet per students or one large walk in closet that is shared by both students. Some rooms have a wardrobe instead of a built in closet.
  • West House has single and double rooms.
    West House SingleWest House Dbl
  • Room layouts vary widely in the building 
  • West House does not have a passenger elevator but does have a wheelchair accessible side entrance.
  • The first floor includes a large commons rooms and a shared kitchen.

Residence Coordinator: Adam Coshal
Faculty-in-Residence: Zbigniew Kabala

QuadEX Connection: Kilgo

West House

Mailing Address for all mail and packages:

First and Last Name: Blue Devil
Address Line 1 - Residence Hall Street Address: 1360 Campus Drive
Address Line 2 - Box Number, Residence Hall and Room #: Box 99999, West House 100
City, State, Zip: Durham, NC 27708

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Wilson House BenchWilson was constructed in 1925 and opened in 1927 just shortly after Trinity College became Duke University. The building is named for Mary Grace Wilson who served in various roles at Duke including social director, Dean of Residence, and Dean of Undergraduate Women. The building is the only suite-style building on East Campus. A series of bedrooms are connected by a corridor and share a bathroom. The size of suites varies throughout the building. Wilson is one of the "red bricks" which are located on the main quad of East Campus.

 

Details about Wilson:

Wilson House Hallway

 

  • Home to approximately 90 first-year students.
  • All rooms retain their original hardwood flooring.
  • Bedrooms are heated with steam heat radiators and cooled with either window unit or floor unit air conditioners.
  • Rooms have either one closet per students or one large walk in closet that is shared by both students.  Some rooms have a wardrobe instead of a built-in closet.
  • Most rooms are suite-style, where two or more rooms share a bathroom. Because of this there are few common bathrooms in Wilson.
  • Wilson has single and double rooms.
  • Room layouts vary widely in the building 
  • Wilson does not have a passenger elevator.  
  • The first floor includes a large common rooms, a study room, and a shared kitchen.

Wilson House Double Room #1

Wilson House Double Room #3

Residence Coordinator: Adam Coshal
Assistant Residence Coordinator: Adrienne Jones
Faculty-in-Residence: Nima Bassiri

Wilson House

QuadEX Connection: Crowell

Mailing Address for all mail and packages:

First and Last Name: Blue Devil
Address Line 1 - Residence Hall Street Address: 1320 Campus Drive
Address Line 2 - Box Number, Residence Hall and Room #: Box 99999, Wilson 100
City, State, Zip: Durham, NC 27708

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