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). Incoming students can find information about living on campus below, or in our Guide to Campus Living.
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. Completion of this form will help Residence Life pair incoming students with a roommate. Davidson takes extraordinary care in pairing first-year roommates, taking into account such things as:
On average, 35-40 percent of Davidson students choose to remain with the same roommate for sophomore year. Others live with one of their first-year hall mates. One year, as many as 80 percent of seniors chose to continue living with their first-year roommate.
All first-year students reside in one of the following four residence halls: Belk, Cannon, Richardson or Watts.
Effective May 15, 2015, the central laundry service will no longer be available. Free self-service laundry facilities are located throughout the campus for students. Learn more.
Davidson College offers a full laundry service for students at no additional charge. Students can use the self-service machines located in or near their residence hall free of charge, or drop off their laundry at the full-service Lulu Bell Houston Laundry.
As a signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, Davidson has 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. Davidson recommends 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's not required. Learn more about what to bring to campus.