Incoming first-year students are paired together and placed on a residence hall by Residence Life. All residence hall rooms assigned to first-year students are double rooms, so every incoming first-year student will have a roommate.
Roommate matches: While students do have the option of self-selecting a first-year roommate, most incoming students are paired by the Residence Life staff. Davidson takes extraordinary care in pairing first-year roommates, taking into account such things as:
- Personal interests / Hobbies
- Sleep schedule
- Roommate preferences
- Myers-Briggs Type
On average, 35-40% of Davidson students choose to remain with the same roommate for sophomore year. Many who don't will live with one of their first-year hallmates. In one recent year, as many as 80% of seniors chose to share an apartment with their first-year roommate.
Returning students select their own rooms for the upcoming academic year during the room selection process that is held each spring semester.
During the 2012-2013 school year, all first-year students reside in one of four residence halls: Belk, Cannon, Richardson or Watts. Below are links to each of these facilities with approximate room dimensions and amenities.
Located on Dorm Row, Belk houses both first-year and upper-class students. Belk received new flooring and paint in summer 2011. The approximate room dimensions for Belk are - 15'6" length x 10' width.
Located on Dorm Row next to Sentelle Hall, Cannon houses only first-year students. Several floors in Cannon are regularly designated for sub-free housing. Cannon was extensively renovated during summer 2009. The approximate room dimensions for Cannon are - 17'8" length x 13' 8" width.
Located adjacent to Vail Commons, Richardson houses only first-year students. Two floors in Richardson are sometimes designated for sub-free housing. Richardson was renovated during summer 2008. The approximate room dimensions for Richardson are - 16'11" length x 9'7" width.
Located on Dorm Row next to Little Hall, Watts houses only first-year students. Watts was recently renovated during summer 2008. The approximate room dimensions for Watts are - 17'8" length x 13' 8" width.
The room rate for a standard double room is approximately $6000 for the year. For a list of all room rates for the current school year, please click here.