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Duke offers seniors option to live in Lancaster Commons apartments amid on-campus housing shortage

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Duke is now offering seniors the option to be reassigned and move into Lancaster Commons North, an off-campus apartment building about three miles away from West Campus. 

As staff rush to find enough on-campus housing for the fall, seniors on West Campus, excluding Hollows, can enter into a reassignment lottery for Lancaster, according to a Thursday email from Deb LoBiondo, dean for residence life, obtained by The Chronicle. 

The rate per person per semester is $4,000. Meal plans are optional and Duke bus transportation will be provided between West Campus and Lancaster, located at 2709 Western Bypass, according to the email. 

Students will still have DukeCard access to West Campus dorms and “remain connected to their current quad community.”  

The complex primarily houses Duke graduate and professional students, but LoBiondo wrote in the email that there are some unassigned units. In the last few years, Duke has used rooms in Lancaster as designated isolation spaces for students with COVID-19.

All apartments are two bedroom units with two full bathrooms, a full kitchen, living room and dining area, and they are unfurnished. 

In July, Duke offered all undergraduates the option to be released from their on-campus housing commitment for the upcoming year as it sees record-high interest in living on-campus. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. 


Milla Surjadi | Editor-in-Chief

Milla Surjadi is a Trinity junior and editor-in-chief of The Chronicle's 118th volume.

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