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Housing

phone: 919-684-4304 | email: housing@duke.edu | studentaffairs.duke.edu/hdrl

Alspaugh residence hall is home to approximately 125 first-year students. Opening in 1927, the building was named for John W. Alspaugh, a lawyer, newspaper editor, and Trinity College Trustee.

Bassett residence hall is home to approximately 125 first-year students. Opening in 1927, the building was named for John Spencer Bassett, a scholar and historian.

Bell Tower residence hall is home to approximately 140 first-year students. Opened in 2005, the building is named for the bell tower located at the building’s northwest corner. This tower houses the 6,500-pound Trinity College Bell.

Blackwell residence hall is home to approximately 185 first-year students. Opening in 1994, the building is named for Blackwell Park in Durham.

Brown residence hall is home to approximately 125 first-year students. Opening in 1927, the building was named for Joseph G. Brown, a banker in Raleigh who was named Chairman of the Duke Board of Trustees in 1917.

East House residence hall is home to approximately 100 students. Opened in 1912, it was originally named Aycock Hall in honor of former North Carolina Governor Charles Aycock. in 2014, the building name was changed to East House.

Gilbert-Addoms residence hall is home to approximately 190 first-year students. Opening in 1957, the building was named for Katherine Everett Gilbert and Ruth Margery Addoms, two former professors at Duke.

Giles residence hall is home to approximately 125 first-year students. Opening in 1927, the building was named after three sisters who were the first women  to  graduate  from Trinity College.

Pegram residence hall is home to approximately 125 first-year students. Opening in 1927, the building was named for William H. Pegram. Pegram is home to the Performing Arts Living/Learning Community.

Southgate opened as a residence hall in 1921 when Duke was still Trinity College. The building is named after James H. Southgate who served on the Board of Trustees. In its past, Southgate has at times been an all-female building and an all-male building. Presently, Southgate houses male and female students.

Randolph residence hall is home to approximately 180 first-year students. Opening in 1994, the hall is named for Randolph County, NC, the original location of Trinity College.

Trinity House residence hall is home to approximately 250 students. Opened in Spring 2018, the building is named after the original name of Duke University, Trinity College.

West House residence hall houses approximately 120 first-year students. Opened in 1912, the building was originally named Jarvis Hall after former North Carolina Governor Thomas Jarvis. It was later renamed to West House in 2020.

Wilson residence hall is home to approximately 100 first-year students. Opening in 1927, the building was named after Dean Mary Grace Wilson, the first Dean of The Women’s College here at Duke.

Who’s Who?

Residential Staff

RA | Resident Assistant; a student leader assigned to your floor; fosters community in your house; helps you acclimate to Duke and Durham; plans activities; mediates conflicts; points you in the right direction.

GR | Graduate Resident; a graduate student who oversees programming and advises the House Council; works closely with the RA staff.

ARC | Assistant Residence Coordinator;  a senior level graduate student who has many of the same responsibilities as an RC. They supervise RAs, advise house council, and meet with residential students.

RC | Residence Coordinator; a full-time, live-in professional who supervises RAs and GRs; helps students with residential and academic concerns.

FIR | Faculty-in-Residence; faculty members who live in the residence halls; host events and create a heightened sense of intellectual curiosity.

Packing List?

DON’T FORGET TO PACK…
  • XL twin bed sheets (Trinity residents bring full-size sheets)
  • Umbrella & rain boots
  • Surge-protected power strips
  • Winter hat & gloves
  • Command strips to hang things on the wall
  • Shower shoes & caddy
  • Reusable water bottles & coffee mugs
  • First-aid kit
  • One dress outfit

DON’T BRING…
  • A printer
  • Halogen lamps
  • Candles
  • Knives & weapons
  • Pets
  • Alcohol