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Housing Options for East Campus

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The FOCUS Program

Duke’s Focus Program for first-year students provides clusters of courses designed around an interdisciplinary theme with a residential component. Students participate in a shared housing experience with other FOCUS students that facilitates discussion and scholarly exploration while taking part in Duke’s rich East Campus living environment. Please note that as we make assignments, participation in the Focus Program supersedes most other housing preferences. For more information, go to

Substance-Free Housing

The Substance-Free Community was created to support students interested in living in a substance-free environment. Additionally, students in Substance-Free housing have the opportunity to participate in experiences to develop habits that support lifelong health and well-being.

While alcohol and other drugs are not permitted on East Campus, the Substance-Free community differs from other first-year communities because residents sign a contract pledging to refrain from:

  • the use of alcohol
  • being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs and tobacco
  • the abuse of prescription medications

Students who do not honor the contract will be relocated.

All Gender Housing

Most residence hall communities are designated as all gender across all buildings where students of any gender can live together and near one another. However, there will be opportunities within each building for students of similar genders to choose to live with and near one another as well.


House Councils

There are many ways to get involved with your community on East Campus. House Council elections occur during the first weeks of class. You can also help plan weekend events through the Late Night Programming Committee or you can participate in annual events such as Midnight Breakfast and Spring Carnival through East Campus Council. House Councils are the programming body for the house and also provide the student voice. House Council representatives will participate in two retreats as well as ongoing leadership development.

Duke Coffeehouse

Located behind Wilson on East Campus, the Duke Coffeehouse is generally considered one of the “chillest spots” at Duke and serves as a link between the University and the Durham community. Students come to study and socialize amid the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. When the Coffeehouse holds events, it is transformed into a live venue for performances, athletic watch parties and open mic nights.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Duke University and Duke University Health System is a tobacco-free campus. This policy applies to all property and grounds owned or leased by Duke, including construction project sites owned or leased by Duke. This policy prohibits the use of all tobacco-based products, including cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, hookahs, chewing tobacco, snuff, and electronic vaping devices such as e-cigarettes, vaping products, IQOS, as well as any other forms of tobacco. The use of FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy such as nicotine patches, gum, lozenges or inhaler will be allowed.


Students who need special housing accommodations should follow the procedures outlined at Deadline for requests is May 31, 2022.