We’re working hard to create a safe residential campus environment, and we recognize that some students need or want other options.

There are three options for where you live during the fall semester. Students may:

  • Live on campus in the residence halls.
  • Live in the town of Davidson or nearby.
  • Live away from Davidson and take all classes remotely. 

If you have specific housing needs, please reach out to the Residence Life Office

Our goal is to provide enough information and advance notice so that students can make the best decisions for them for the semester. For some students, campus is the safest place to be or the only place where they have specific learning opportunities or access to resources that they need. For others, home may be the best location. We will do everything we can to support you no matter where you are. 

Students will have until the 10th day of class to request a leave of absence without penalty, which includes waiving the late fee.

Fall Move-In

Residents will receive information on move-in dates via email. Additional information and procedures are available on the Residence Life webpages. 

Residential Spaces

We are converting residence hall lounge spaces to rooms to eliminate gathering spots and gain additional housing space. 

RLO is working with Physical Plant regarding necessary cleaning and upkeep for the residential spaces. This change in cleaning may impact how students can access bathrooms within the residence halls. We will provide more information about cleaning before students move into the residential spaces.


New procedures and information about dining options on campus are available on the Fall Semester Dining Services page.

The new dining plan eliminates self-service, limits seating in Vail Commons and provides a variety of carryout options at Vail, Davis Café and the Wildcat Den. The new Commons Market will offer convenience-store products and pizza-to-go. 

Davidson College Dining Services will be providing food to each Patterson Court house that has traditionally provided a meal option to its members. Food will be delivered to each house and members can choose to dine-in there or take food to go. House organizations will continue to charge its members for food. The college will bill houses on an aggregate basis. 

Guest Policy

For health and safety reasons, access to residence halls will be restricted. Only persons living in a residence hall will have access to that building. Students living off campus will not have access to residence halls. Residents are not permitted to have visitors or guests (including other Davidson students) in their rooms or apartments.   

Our Shared Obligation

With safety as our foundational priority, planning for the fall 2020 semester is guided by values of access and equity, community and connection, continuity, flexibility, quality, intentionality and transparency, and feasibility. Please learn more about Our Shared Responsibility.

Students will be screened with a PCR diagnostic test before moving into the residence halls.

Students must prepare to adhere to the expectations and public health guidance to ensure we can keep the residence halls open for students. The Residence Life Office (RLO) worked diligently during the summer to update the RLO Policies and Procedures to better meet the needs and expectations for residing in the halls. 

It is expected that these protective measures will be practiced by everyone every day to help safeguard our community:

  • Wear face coverings or shields
  • Abide by physical distancing rules
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Gatherings of any size will be strictly limited