Upper-class students can choose to live in single, double and triple rooms or suites. Upper-class students also have options for theme housing in Duke or the Eco House, but space is limited. With special permission, off campus housing is allowed. Please visit the Lottery Timeline often during housing selection to stay informed of important application deadlines and dates. Make sure to review the options below before room selection night.
Since there are a limited number of single rooms available on campus, these rooms generally go to students with the lowest lottery numbers. Single room selection occurs separately from selection for doubles and suites (usually before).
Most singles on campus are found in Tomlinson pods (64 total) and Irwin, Akers, Knox (51 total). There are also 10 singles on the fourth floor of Belk and 10 singles in Duke. New Hall houses 17 singles for rising sophomores only.
Single Room Clusters
Clusters of up to four students are allowed in Tomlinson Pods and Irwin, Akers, and Knox. If students are interested in living by one another in one of these communities, they will need to attend the single room selection night together. Their lottery numbers will be averaged and they will be placed in lottery number order with other students desiring a single room.
Didn't Get a Single?
Since all returning students must select a room during the lottery process, students who do not receive a single during single room selection MUST select a double room or a suite during that part of the process. Furthermore, since students are required to go through double/suite selection in pairs, we suggest and encourage students who are trying for a single room to have a backup plan by having a potential roommate already in place.
A majority of the residence hall rooms available to students during room selection are double rooms or rooms within a Tomlinson or Duke suite. Students who wish to select a double room or suite and those students who were not able to select a room earlier in the room selection process will choose a room during this final phase of the lottery.
A small number of triple rooms
are available on campus on fourth floor of Belk and second floor of Duke. These rooms are assigned according to lottery number order. If you are part of a group that is interested in living in a triple room, complete the triple room application
(DOC) and email the completed form to the Residence Life Office
. Please note the following information with regard to double/suite selection:
Students Without a Roommate
- In order to choose a double or suite room, students MUST have a roommate.
- Roommates total their lottery numbers to determine their lottery selection number.
- Roommate pairs should arrive together at room selection during the appropriate time slot.
- Students with the lowest selection number will choose their rooms first.
- If two or more roommate pairs have the same totals, then the pair with the lowest individual number will be accommodated first.
- Late arrivals will select rooms at the beginning of the next time slot.
If you do not have a roommate and are having difficulty finding one before room selection, visit the Residence Life Office for a list of students seeking roommates. Fill out a roommate inquiry form
(DOC) in order to be added to the list. Check with your resident advisor or hall counselor to see if they know of other students looking for a roommate. At the time of room selection, students without roommates will be placed on a waitlist in lottery number order and will be placed in a room with a roommate at a later date.Clusters
Students who are going through double/suite selection may choose to cluster in groups of four. Clusters will be required to select two double rooms on the same floor or all spaces within a suite, unless none are available at the time their group is selecting. In order to determine their cluster's lottery number, the four individual lottery numbers are added together. The total is divided by two. This number is then used to determine when room selection will occur for the group. Groups must arrive together during the appropriate time slot according to the selection schedule. Clusters in Irwin, Akers, and Knox may include a combination of single and double rooms and will be chosen on the first selection night.
Each year, Davidson sets aside one or more floors per gender for upper-class
students who desire to live in a substance-free community. These communities have high expectations regarding substance use by residents. Students agree to not use alcohol or drugs in the community as well as not bring their effects back onto the hall (e.g. not returning to the hall intoxicated).
Any upper-class student seeking to live in substance-free housing must turn in a substance-free housing application
(DOC) by the deadline. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee a student a space in substance-free housing.
Only double rooms are available on substance-free floors and clustering is available in groups of four students who want two double rooms together on the same floor. Room Selection
Substance-free housing applicants select rooms separately from other selection processes in the Residence Life Office. Students will learn their lottery numbers upon check-in and will select in lottery number order. Early arrival is essential to allow for processing before selection begins. Please be on time for selection. Late arrivals will select rooms at the end, after everyone who arrived on time, regardless of lottery number.
Here are some helpful reminders to ensure a successful lottery process:
- Turn in applications on time. Late applications will be placed at the back of the stack, regardless of the applicant's lottery number.
- Be on time for all lottery selection nights. Arriving late puts you at the end of your selection group, regardless of your Lottery number.
- If you are serving as a proxy to a student who is unable to be present during lottery bring a signed Lottery Absentee Form (PDF) for that person. Students who are abroad or on-leave should name a proxy but do not need to complete a form.
- You must have a roommate to be eligible to sign up for a double room and three/four roommates to sign up for an apartment.
- If you want to live off campus, you must submit an off-campus application by the deadline.
- If you have questions about the lottery process, please ask them before room selection on your respective night. College officials may not be available to answer all individual questions that night.
Please note that all rooms and suites must be occupied by students of the same gender. Co-ed bedrooms and suites are not allowed. All residence halls and campus buildings are smoke-free.