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Duke allows blocking of up to six people, first-years will live on East Campus for 2021-22

Blocking of up to six people will be allowed and first-years will live on East Campus in the 2021-2022 academic year, according to an update from Housing and Residence Life and Duke Student Government. 

In a Thursday email to all undergraduate students, HRL and DSG shared key updates to the Fall 2021 housing plan, with the central goal of the plan being to “dramatically increase the likelihood of your living with or next to your friends.”

Students now have the ability to list up to six people “with or around whom they want to live,” a preferred roommate and a quad or building preference.

“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,” the email states.

First-year students will live on East Campus next year. Should public health conditions change, Keohane Quad 4A, 4B and 4D are being held for first-year housing as well.

All rising sophomores will live on West Campus, while most rising juniors and seniors will live in 300 Swift, Avana Apartments and Hollows Quad. 

Rising sophomores and juniors are required to complete the housing application, available on the Housing Portal from March 1 to 5. 

Unlike this year, rising seniors who complete the housing application will not be able to cancel or decline their housing assignment and will be charged for housing.

Current sophomores and first-years are required to adhere to 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),” the email states.

All students are eligible to apply to a Living Learning Community, and as announced previously, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to live in their Selective Living Group section in Edens Quad.

The update comes after an email last week which wrote that Duke plans to resume some pre-pandemic housing policies in the fall 2021 semester, including returning to a mix of single- and double- occupancy rooms.

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