All first-year students live on East Campus. A five-minute bus ride from West Campus, East Campus includes 172 acres of open lawns, residence halls, research labs, tennis courts, a dining hall, café, convenience store, library, theater, and gym.
East Campus is comprised of five neighborhoods with 13 residence halls while West Campus consists of eight major quads divided into smaller “house” communities. The student-designed benches standing in front of each residence are a testament to the creativity-inducing camaraderie forged in a Duke dorm. Adding to those peer connections, a network of live-in Faculty in Residence (FIR), Graduate Residents (GR), Residence Coordinators (RC), and Resident Assistants (RA) encourages interactions outside the classroom and supports students in their living spaces.
Find Your Space
Selective Living Groups (SLGs) and Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are unique housing options that allow students to participate in academically or socially themed communities.
The Focus Program
This program for first-year students includes 15 interdisciplinary, living learning clusters that nurture intellectual curiosity and a sense of academic adventure.
The Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Panhellenic Association help to govern and further the interests of the myriad of sorority and fraternity chapters on campus.
Performing Arts Community
First-year students with musical, dramatic, and artistic inclinations can find their creative counterparts in this expressive community.
Operated by the Pratt School of Engineering, the Duke Smart Home is a 6,000 square foot living and research space that exhibits smart technology for efficient and sustainable living.
This entrepreneurship-focused Selective Living Group helps students pursue their own ventures and promotes entrepreneurship across campus.
A Flexible Feast
Whether it’s a late-night chem breakthrough over Loop milkshakes or a storytelling session with Sazón arepa bowls, some of the most memorable Duke moments occur around the table (or swinging bench!). An abundance of eateries combined with flexible meal plans provide tempting and nutritious options for the diverse dietary habits of our students. “Food points” can also be used for on-campus food trucks and delivery orders. Duke Dining takes an innovative approach to sustainable practices including partnerships with local farmers such as the Duke Campus Farm.
Gather Around the Table
New Ideas, New Flavors
Health and Wellness
A Holistic Approach
Despite bustling student schedules, our centrally located wellness and recreation facilities help students prioritize health and self-care. The Student Wellness Center stands at the heart of campus making it easy for students to go from class, to a dentist appointment, to a meditative poetry reading—all in a matter of minutes. Those who need a break from the lab can exercise both body and brain while setting a new route on the climbing wall or powering through a cardio dance class at the Wilson Recreation Center.
The Student Wellness Center houses Student Health, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Dental Office, Nutrition Services, Physical Therapy, and more.
DuWell helps students relax, reenergize, and recharge with Moments of Mindfulness activities such as drum circles, tea tastings, paint nights, and self-care spaces like the Oasis and the Murphy-Nimocks Meditation Garden.
Brodie and Wilson Recreation Centers on East and West Campuses offer aquatics centers, free group fitness courses, and personal trainers as well as physical education and outdoor adventure opportunities.
Feeling safe is an important part of feeling well. Our on-campus police force, limited access residence halls, safe ride services, and emergency “blue light” phone system provide a network of security from East to West.