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What to know about the 2023-24 housing process

Next year’s housing application will open for students on Feb. 7. To help students sort through the process, which has changed since QuadEx, The Chronicle has compiled the most relevant information about housing in the 2023-24 academic year.

Where can rising sophomores apply to live? 

Rising sophomores will be able to live in their linked West Campus Quad, and form roommate pairs and blocks with others also assigned to the same Quad. 

Rising sophomores can appeal their Quad connection by submitting an appeal request. The deadline to request an appeal is noon on Jan. 23. 

Where can rising juniors apply to live?

Juniors can either live in their Quad, Hollows, or 300 Swift. They cannot apply to live in another Quad. 

Where can rising seniors apply to live? 

The Class of 2024 has no formal Quad affiliation, which means they can rank each West Campus Quad by preference, as well as Hollows and 300 Swift, according to MJ Williams, Duke’s director of housing assignments and planning. 

Quad allocations will be decided based on lottery number and space availability. 

How do Quad connections work?

Here are the East-West Campus Quad connections: 

  • Basset and Pegram to Craven Quad
  • Giles and Wilson to Crowell Quad
  • Bell Tower and Trinity to Edens Quad
  • Gilbert-Addoms and Southgate to Few Quad
  • Blackwell and Randolph to Keohane Quad
  • Alspaugh and Brown to Kilgo Quad
  • East and West House to Wannamaker Quad

Rising sophomores will be able to live in their linked West Campus Quad, and form roommate pairs and blocks with others also assigned to the same quad.

Can I appeal my Quad connection?

Rising sophomores can appeal their Quad connection by submitting an appeal request. The deadline to request an appeal is noon on Jan. 23. 

In the request, students must provide a “thorough explanation” and a “valid reason” for why they don’t want to live within their assigned Quad. If a student has a preferred roommate, both the student and their roommate must submit an appeal request.

If an appeal is granted, a student and their preferred roommate will be assigned the same new Quad and have the ability to form a block with students who are in their new Quad. 

If an appeal is not granted, the student and their preferred roommate must follow the general assignment process within their originally assigned Quad.

How does forming a block work under QuadEx?

Students can form a block of up to eight people. To start a block, one block member must invite the other members during the housing application, and the rest of the block must accept the invitation. 

Forming a block does not guarantee that students will live in neighboring rooms, but it gives all block members the same lottery number, so all members will be able to select their rooms at the same time.

For rising sophomores, everyone within the block must have the same Quad affiliation. 

How will blocking work for rising juniors and seniors? 

A mixed block is a block that either includes both rising juniors and seniors, rising juniors from different Quad connections, or any combination of both. 

Mixed blocks can be allocated to 300 Swift or Hollows, or a Quad if all members are eligible for that Quad. If a mixed block cannot be allocated to one of these, the block will be disbanded. 

If a mixed block is disbanded, seniors will be allocated to another Quad based on preference, and juniors will be allocated back to their connected Quad. 

Seniors can then create a new block with juniors and seniors within their new Quad allocation, or juniors can create a new block with juniors and seniors within their connected Quad allocation. 

Mixed groups will receive lottery numbers that place them at the end of the junior room selection for their allocated Quad. 

How long am I required to live on campus? 

All students are required to live on campus for their first three years and are guaranteed housing for the fourth year. However, future “construction and renovation” may create a shortfall in availability, resulting in the University saying that they “may modify the three-year residency requirement” and possibly “temporarily suspend the four-year housing guarantee for seniors.” 

Duke faced a housing shortage fall 2022 after it saw record-high interest in on-campus housing. In July 2022, HRL offered undergraduates the chance to be released from their on-campus housing commitment for the 2022-23 academic year. 

HRL is not conducting an off-campus lottery for the fall 2023 semester. 

What are some important dates to keep in mind?

Quad connection appeal requests for rising sophomores are due Jan. 23. 

The housing application will be available from Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. to Feb. 10 at 12 p.m.

Quad allocations for juniors and seniors will be released on March 1. Room selection dates and times will be released on March 20. 

Room selection will take place on the weeks of March 28 and April 4. Room assignments will be available the week of April 12. 


Kathryn Thomas | News Editor

Kathryn Thomas is a Trinity junior and news editor of The Chronicle's 118th volume.

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