As a residential campus, Davidson requires all students to live on campus throughout their time as a student (a few exceptions are granted each year).
While students do have the option of self-selecting a first-year roommate, most incoming students are paired together and placed on a residence hall by Residence Life staff. All residence hall rooms assigned to first-year students are double rooms, so every incoming student will have a roommate. Incoming students receive an email sent to their personal email account with a link to a housing preference form during the summer. Full completion of this form with insightful and accurate answers will help Residence Life pair incoming students with a roommate. Extraordinary care is taken in pairing first-year roommates. Examples of questions include:
- Personal interests/hobbies
- Sleep schedule
- Roommate preferences
- Study habits
- Myers-Briggs Type
Many of our students enjoy their first-year roommate so much that they choose to live together in their upperclass years.
Free self-service laundry facilities are located throughout the campus for students. Washers and dryers are available at no charge in every residence hall. You do need to provide your own High Efficiency (HE) laundry detergent, fabric softener, laundry basket, and other supplies, as needed.
Students are allowed to have one microfridge per room, if they desire one. We recommend that students rent or purchase a microfridge unit through Standards for Living. This is a special refrigerator/freezer and microwave oven combination appliance that features a patented energy management system. Any assistance provided by bringing Energy Star-rated electronics to campus will be greatly appreciated, but it is not required.
As a signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, we have adopted an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring the college to purchase Energy Star-certified products where such ratings exist.
The Residence Life Office is asking students and parents to assist in the college's efforts by purchasing Energy Star-rated products for use in residence hall rooms. Computers, televisions, DVD players, audio sound and theater systems, game stations, etc. are a huge draw on electricity.