• The Residence Life Office works hard to ensure a safe, comfortable living experience while enhancing academic performance and social development.

  • Davidson promotes respect and responsibility among individuals in our residential community and encourages students to learn from one another.

  • With a four-year residency requirement, more than 95 percent of Davidson students live on campus.


New Students

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.

Roommate Matching

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:

  • Personal interests/hobbies
  • Sleep schedule
  • Roommate preferences
  • Study habits
  • Myers-Briggs Type

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.

First-Year Housing Options

All first-year students reside in one of the following four residence halls: Belk, Cannon, Richardson or Watts.

  • Belk Hall is located on Dorm Row and houses both first-year and upper-class students. Belk received new flooring and paint in summer 2011. 
  • Cannon Hall is located on Dorm Row and houses only first-year students. Several floors in Cannon are regularly designated for substance-free housing. Cannon was extensively renovated during summer 2009.
  • Richardson Hall is located adjacent to dining facility, Vail Commons, and houses only first-year students. Richardson was renovated during summer 2008.
  • Watts Hall is located on Dorm Row and houses only first-year students. Watts routinely houses at least two floors of substance-free students. Watts was recently renovated during summer 2008.

Laundry Services

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.

Energy Efficiency

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.