Frequently Asked Questions

Living Housing Housing Assignments Frequently Asked Questions

2023-2024 Housing Process

Upperclass Students

Become familiar with the Duke Housing Website and navigating through important pages.

The Housing Assignments page holds all the information regarding short-term and long-term processes students encounter throughout the school year. Each process happens during a specific time of year and requires a separate application. During the application window, students can see a timeline, eligibility requirements and cost (if applicable). It is important to check the Housing Assignments page often as updates are added throughout the process. However, eligibility, processes, and deadlines are subject to change, so it is important to reach out to housing@duke.edu with any specific questions.

Check out the Annual Calendar for more a yearly time frame for processes. Policies and eligibility requirements do change, so it is important to stay updated.

  • Housing Assignments page
  • Scroll down to “Housing Processes” – separated into two sections; our 3 main processes and short-Term processes. This page is currently being updated so remember to check back soon for more information!

All housing applications appear on the Housing Portal. The housing portal is the main hub for all things housing and meal plan related. As housing processes become live, applications are available to students on the portal. Access to applications will depend on your class year.

Use the Annual Calendar to look ahead to when our main processes begin or for deadlines when applications are due. Please note: All housing process timelines are tentative and may be changed at the discretion of the Housing Assignments Office.

Check your Student Status on the Housing Portal.

This new feature on your Housing Portal is now available. You can check your current housing information as the 23-24 housing process progresses. This information will help you navigate the 23-24 housing process. You will see:

  • Quad Connection
  • Class Year
  • Preferred Gender
  • SDAO (Student Disability Access Office) Approved Accommodations (if applicable)
  • 23-24 Application Details
  • Decline Housing Status (approved housing release) (if applicable)
  • If there is information on your Student Status you feel is not correct, please reach out to the respective office to get clarification (example: SDAO – reach out to the Student Disability Access Office regarding status).

Decide if you are interested in joining an LLC (Learning Living Communities).

LLCs incorporate the residential component of the college experience along with other academic and social pursuits by living together in designated quad. Learn more about the current LLCs by attending an LLC information session on January 12th at 8:30pm. Get the Zoom link and learn more information about LLCs here.

Follow Housing social media accounts and check your Duke email regularly to stay up to date on housing information. 

Make sure you are following Duke University Student Affairs on Instagram (@dukestudentaffairs) and you are receiving emails from the Housing Assignments office (housing@duke.edu) to guarantee you are getting updated information regarding the 23-24 Housing Application Process.

If you have any other questions after reading this email you can contact the Housing Assignments office at housing@duke.edu. Be on the lookout for more email communications and reminders on social media for information sessions, the application process, and quad building details!

Review all email correspondence from Housing Assignments, review this webpage, FAQs, and attend an Information Session:

Tuesday  1/24 – Rising sophomore information session; Zoom link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/95035682252. 

Thursday, 1/26 – Upperclass information session; Zoom link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/99687496215.

Monday, 1/30 – Rising sophomore information session; Zoom link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/97353633162.

Wednesday, 2/1 - Upperclass information session; Zoom link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/98215468481.

Information Sessions 

The 23-24 Housing Information Sessions will be held on four different days via Zoom. Rising sophomores can attend sessions on Tuesday, Jan 24 or Monday, Jan 30. Rising juniors and seniors may attend sessions on Thursday Jan 26 or Wednesday Feb 1. Each session will be covering the same content, applicable to the designated class year. The application process including blocks, quad preferences (when applicable), single room availability, etc. will be discussed in detail. The link to attend can be found through DukeGroups here (rising sophomores) or here (rising juniors and seniors) and also can be found on the Duke housing website under Housing Assignments > 23-24 Housing. Students are strongly encouraged to attend one information session relevant to their class year.

The 2023-2024 housing assignment process begins in January with Zoom information sessions. You will receive notice of the information sessions via your duke.edu email account. You will have access to the housing application on Monday, February 7 via the housing portal. The deadline for completion of the housing application is Friday, February 10.

Tuesday  1/24 – Rising sophomore information session; Zoom link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/95035682252. 

Thursday, 1/26 – Upperclass information session; Zoom link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/99687496215.

Monday, 1/30 – Rising sophomore information session; Zoom link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/97353633162.

Wednesday, 2/1 - Upperclass information session; Zoom link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/98215468481.

Below are the rates for the current 2022–2023 academic year. Historical rate increases have been between 3 and 5%. We anticipate a similar rate increase for the 2023-2024 academic year. Specific rate information will be shared upon approval by the Board of Trustees.

Single Room
Semester: $6,271
Academic Year: $12,542

Double Room
Semester: $4,747
Academic Year: $9,494

Apartment Private Bedroom:
Semester: $7,524
Academic Year: $15,048

Apartment Shared Bedroom:
Semester: $6,271
Academic Year: $12,542

Please note: Hollows room assignments are charged a single room rate.

Yes, if a man and woman want to live together they can select this option via the application process and select a room to live in together.

We strongly suggest all students have a preferred roommate, even if you prefer a single room. You may select from whatever is available in your Quad during your self-assign time. If a single is available, yes, you may choose it. Make sure your preferred roommate knows what your single room plans are.

Yes, even as a member of an LLC, please complete the housing application.

Students will be assigned to quads prior to the first day of their first year at Duke as every East Campus House is connected to one of the West Campus Quads. First year students will live in their East Campus residence hall as non-resident members of their West Campus quad and will live “in quad” for their sophomore year. Juniors may live in their connected quad or in Hollows/300 Swift. Class of 2024 may choose to live in a preferred quad, Hollows/300 Swift, or off campus. Students will retain their quad connection regardless of where they choose to live and will keep that affiliation even after they graduate. 

The connection between each East Campus residence hall and West Campus quad will remain the same year after year. 

Depending on quad size, 1-2 East Campus houses will connect to each West Campus quad. Each East Campus house hosts around 100-250 students, which means a community of 200-400 first years will transition into each quad for their sophomore year.  Around 125 beds or so will be reserved in each quad for upperclass students. 

Duke students are still required to live on-campus for three years. First-year students will live in their assigned East Campus residence halls. Sophomores will be required to live on-campus in their connected quad. Juniors will also be required to live on-campus in their connected quad or in Hollows/300 Swift. Class of 2024 may choose to live in a preferred quad, Hollows/300 Swift, or off campus. Students retain their quad connection regardless of where they live.

The 23-24 QuadEX Connection Appeal Request is currently open; the deadline is Monday, January 23.

Class of 2026 students with a valid reason may choose to submit a 23-24 QuadEX Appeal Request to appeal their quad connection.  You will be asked to provide thorough explanation for your QuadEx connection appeal request. If your appeal is approved, you will be allowed to form a preferred roommate pair or block within your new connection. If you have a preferred roommate, they must also submit this appeal request. 

Connections can be viewed here.

All appeal requests must be submitted by 12pm EST on Monday, January 23rd.

Terms of Appeal:

  • Once you submit your appeal request, it will be reviewed by a committee of staff and faculty. They may be in contact with you to discuss your appeal and may request any applicable documentation. Decisions regarding your appeal will be made by January 27th. 
  • If your appeal is not granted you will follow the general assignments process based upon your original quad connection. You will be expected to find a roommate or block within your original quad connection. 
  • ​​​​If your appeal is granted, you and your preferred roommate (if you have one) will be assigned the same quad connection and will submit your housing application with the ability to form a block with students also assigned to that connection.

Regardless of your appeal outcome, you must apply for housing when the application is open between February 7th and 10th.

Students returning to Duke after a separation of any kind should work with the Time Away Office to manage their return process. You may contact housing assignments regarding your residency status while your Time Away Return Form is under review. 

  • Students without a housing assignment will be required to apply and are assigned once approved for return.
  • Students with a housing assignment, who take time-off from the University, can decline housing and apply once approved for return. 

Students should complete the housing application even if you think you might participate in a study away program. If you do enroll for a study away program, you may decline housing and then apply for the spring process. All students are verified via the Global Education Office.

Students who study away for the fall 2023 semester should plan to live on-campus when they return in the spring 2024 semester. Application information will be available via the HRL website in mid-September with applications going live in October.

Please go ahead and complete the housing application. Once you determine your plans for next fall you can submit the Decline Housing form via the Housing Portal. If you identify a preferred roommate, please make sure they are aware of your plans. If you decline housing after assignments are made, your preferred roommate may be assigned a random roommate.

Yes, you are still guaranteed housing. You will need to apply again for housing in October.

Yes, you may get a random roommate for the fall semester. You and your preferred roommate can identify each other for the spring semester. This may mean that you might have to move to a new assignment to be paired together if your fall roommate is not moving out.

We do not “save” rooms or suites or apartment for students returning in the spring semester. It is hard for us to predict what may or may not be available for the spring semester. We must use the spaces that are vacant in the Fall semester or become vacant due to graduation and/or students leaving Duke for various reasons. 

For the spring semester you will be able to identify your original preferred roommate as a preferred roommate for the spring semester. You may be required to move to be assigned together as roommates; it depends on where the vacancies will be for the spring semester. We cannot guarantee what vacancies we will have to assign roommates. We also do not honor blocks for the spring semester.

No, once you are officially enrolled in a program you will be contacted to decline your housing. This will remove your housing and you will be removed from the process and/or assignment. It will not impact your lottery # or quad preference for self-selection.

Duke students are still required to live on-campus for three years. First-year students will live in their assigned East Campus residence halls. Sophomores will be required to live on-campus in their connected quad. Juniors will also be required to live on-campus in their connected quad or in Hollows/300 Swift. Class of 2024 may choose to live in a preferred quad, Hollows/300 Swift, or off campus. Students retain their quad connection regardless of where they live.

Currently we are not planning on an off-campus lottery process for the spring 2024 semester.

Yes. When you complete the application, you agree to the 2023-2024 License and Terms, which commits you to living on campus. This is particularly important to note for seniors, who are not required to live on campus.

When you apply again for spring semester housing, you will be able to identify a preferred roommate, but will not be able to identify a block due to the restrictions on where the vacancies will be for the spring semester. We cannot guarantee what vacancies we will have to manage blocks.

Students can decline housing for the following reasons: 

  • Met residency requirement (class of 2024 or lower)
  • Housing accommodations to live off campus
  • Enrolled in sponsored program (study away, Marine Lab, etc.)
  • Voluntary leave from Duke (medical or personal leave, voluntary withdrawal)
  • Involuntary leave from Duke (academic dismissal, administrative financial withdrawal, administrative withdrawal, disciplinary dismissal/suspension)

Otherwise, we expect all students returning from study away to live on campus.

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 to discuss your options. More information on how to request accommodations can be found on the SDAO website

Please note: Students with accommodations are still able to and encouraged to be a part of a roommate block.

We will attempt to meet your accommodation in your LLC. It will depend on if the rooms with private baths available are singles or double to allow for your roommate. We will be reaching out to you shortly to discuss your options. If you have more specific questions, please email housing@duke.edu.

Singles are available for selection based on lottery number order after all SADO accommodations are met. In our process, this means that seniors and juniors will have lower lottery numbers and may select singles before sophomores. Doesn’t mean that sophomores can’t get singles, just means there may be limited opportunity for sophomores to select a single.

No, indicating that you prefer a single room, and have a preferred roommate will not impact your randomly assigned lottery #.

We always advise students to go through the process with a roommate, even if you prefer a single room. 

It’s important for your preferred roommate to know your plans during the application process so they may make decisions appropriate for them. If there are no more singles or they don’t want a single, they may choose a double room and get a roommate through the self-assign process.

You will be able to decide from the rooms available at your selection time. If a single is available, you may choose it. But if there are no singles, you will then need to select a double with your roommate.

You can complete the application without a roommate, but if you do end up in a double, you will be assigned a roommate and it could be a random roommate.

Please note: Indicating you prefer a single room, and a preferred roommate will not impact your randomly assigned lottery #.

There are no means in our process to increase your chance of selecting a single room.

The only exception to the process is an approval from the Student Disability and Access Office or a SDAO accommodation. If you think you have a need for special accommodations, please review the information on the SDAO website.

You may also email housing@duke.edu if you have specific questions.

Because each student chooses their own room and there is no guarantee what may be available during your selection time, there is the ability to change plans and roommates during the actual self-assign process. You do not have to room with your preferred roommate or anyone specific in your block.