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Duke to house students in hotels and apartments, no selective living group housing in fall

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Duke has secured space in hotels and apartment buildings to house students in the fall, and changes are coming to on-campus living that include a lack of selective living group housing. 

The changes come as Duke reduces occupancy and density in residential buildings in keeping with “public health guidance and local regulations,” Joe Gonzalez, assistant vice president of student affairs and dean for residential life, wrote in a Tuesday email to students. 

Among these changes are the addition of housing options “including nearby hotels and apartment buildings,” with details coming June 17, and the conversion of all upperclass communities into independent housing.

More students will live in single rooms, and seniors and juniors will have priority for singles in upperclass dorms, Gonzalez wrote. In addition, first-year students will live together on both East and West campuses. 

Students will have to participate in a new room assignment process the week of July 13, with more details coming June 17, Gonzalez wrote. 

“Currently, we expect to be able to accommodate roommate preferences in the new process,” he wrote. “Students will have the opportunity to create blocks of up to six people and identify preferences by quad.”

Juniors who have completed four semesters on campus can apply for the off-campus housing lottery by Friday, June 12, Gonzalez wrote, and HRL expects a higher number of students than usual will be granted permission. There will be no penalty for breaking the housing agreement for those who are granted permission.

Students who were going to participate in now-suspended study away programs can complete housing applications starting June 17 or apply for the off-campus housing lottery, Gonzalez wrote. 

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