With next year’s housing application now open to students until noon Feb. 14, Duke has made several changes to the process, including announcing QuadEx. To help students sort through all these new policies, the Chronicle has compiled the most pressing housing information for the 2022-2023 year.
How does QuadEx affect sophomores?
All sophomores will be assigned to a West Campus residential quad based on the East Campus dorm they were living in this year. A list of all quad connections can be found on Housing and Residence Life website. Students can choose another sophomore of any gender to be their roommate, given that their roommate will be living in the same quad as them next year.
If students could not find a potential roommate in their assigned quad, they could submit a QuadEx appeal request form. On February 10, these students were notified of the outcome of their appeal.
How does QuadEx affect future juniors and seniors?
Members of the rising upper class are not assigned quads, but can rank their preference for quads they would like to live in, including Hollows and 300 Swifts, on their housing application. The students will be divided into quads by drawing lots.
Juniors and Seniors can choose any other Junior or Senior, regardless of gender identity, as their roommate.
What are the rules for LLCs and SLGs?
All members of Living Learning Communities must complete their housing application as if they were not living with their LLC. Students in LLCs can still live with a preferred roommate from their quad connection, even if that roommate is not in the LLC. February 1 was the deadline for LLCs to submit their membership lists to the Housing Assignments staff.
As for Selective Living groups, the 2022-2023 school year will be the last year they will be assigned on-campus housing. February 14 was the deadline for SLGs to submit their membership lists.
Members of LLCs and SLGs will be notified by February 14 of their membership and they have until February 18 to confirm their membership. Upon confirmation, housing staff will manually assign these students to their respective residential spaces.
What is the lottery and self-assignment process?
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After the housing application closes, each pair or block of roommates will be randomly assigned a lottery number. All-senior blocks will receive the lowest numbers, followed by mixed junior-senior groups, then juniors, then sophomores, which will have the highest lottery numbers.
Lottery numbers are used to determine when students can select their room in their assigned quads. The lower the lottery number, the sooner they can select their room. During this self-assignment process, students do not have to select a room with their preferred roommate or anyone in their block.
For the fall semester, Duke will not be holding an off-campus lottery, anticipating that there will be enough room to house all seniors who choose to live on campus.
How does block formation work?
All students can form blocks of up to eight students to live nearby. To create a block, a person in the block must invite all other members on their housing application, and those other members must accept the invitation sent by email.
Sophomores can only block with other sophomores, but upperclass students can have junior and senior blocks. Forming a block does not guarantee that students will live in adjoining rooms, but it does give all members of the block the same lottery number, which means they can all select their rooms at the same time.
What are the important dates to remember?
The self-assignment process for room selection takes place the week of March 2. Students who have successfully appealed their QuadEx placement will be notified of their new assignment the week of April 4. By April 8, all students must confirm their fall housing assignments. If they are not satisfied with their arrangements, students can request a reassignment from May 16.
Anisha Reddy is a sophomore at Trinity and associate editor of the 117th volume of The Chronicle.