Residence Life supports student development and growth in a close-knit, safe and inclusive living and learning community. The residential experience is designed with five core values in mind: Community, diversity, ethical citizenship, wellness, and personal and professional development, which ultimately contribute to the overall experience at Duke Kunshan.
First-year housing: Freshmen will live in the Conference Center (third and fourth floors) or Residence Hall (blocks 1, 2 and 3). The Conference Center has double rooms with a bathroom and shower. Residence Hall comprises suites with single and double rooms. All suites are accessible from the second floor, with bedrooms on the first or third floor. Suites have a living room, four single bedrooms (or one twin and two singles) and two bathrooms with showers.
Second-year housing: Sophomores live off-campus at Scholars Hotel (14thto 20th floors). The 14th floor has common areas and the 15th to 20th floors have double rooms with a bathroom and shower. Scholars Hotel is a seven-minute drive from campus. Regular shuttle services run between the hotel and campus on mornings, afternoons and evenings. Public bikes are available within a short walk from the hotel and outside the west gate of the campus. The route is also serviced by public transportation (No. 32 bus). Nearby the hotel is a fitness center, supermarket, restaurants, coffee shops and Kunshan Forest Park.
Residential education: The undergraduate residential experience creates opportunities for students to explore common interests as well as interact with faculty and staff outside the classroom. The Cultural Mosaic program helps students explore their cultural identity and develop their global competence (including cross-cultural communication, collaboration and conflict resolution skills). The topics include raising self-awareness, understanding societal inequalities, learning how to interact effectively with diverse people, and developing leadership skills to foster equity and social justice. We offer a variety of events such as improvisation workshops for cross-cultural communication and interactive theatre as a guide to discuss social change and leadership.
Graduate students can enjoy the convenience brought by living on campus in Residence Hall (block 4): A short walk from the classrooms, library, labs and cafeteria. Residence Hall comprises suites with single and double rooms. All suites are accessible from the second floor, with bedrooms on the first or third floor. Suites have a living room, four single bedrooms (or one twin and two singles) and two bathrooms with showers.
Residence Life supports graduate students in academic learning and facilitates interpersonal and intercultural exchanges outside the classroom. Residence Hall provides a community-based environment where residents are encouraged to meet one another, enjoy a wide range of events and study together in the team rooms. Events held throughout the academic year include festivals, scavenger hunts, karaoke nights, afternoon tea breaks, “breakfast for dinner,” Ph.D. info sessions, DIY room decorations, flea markets and a stress-relief chair massage and relax station.
Amenities and Services
To create a positive living and learning environment, Residence Life and Housing provide amenities and services tailored to the diverse needs of students. A list of amenities is available here, and you can find information on services here.
Residence Life matches first-year students of the same gender based on information about their lifestyle and habits collected through the housing application. Freshmen can indicate their preference to be assigned to the Conference Center or the Residence Hall. Students who prefer to be housed in the Residence Hall can also ask for either a single or double bedroom on a first come, first served basis. Sophomores who mutually indicate a preferred roommate of the same gender will be matched together. For those who do not have a preferred roommate, Residence Life will choose a suitable match.
Graduate students can list a preference for a single or double bedroom on a first come, first served basis and request one specific suitemate to be assigned with, based on mutual agreement, as part of housing application. The housing application for 2019-20 is below:
|June 17-30, 2019||First-year undergraduate: international students|
|July 15-28, 2019||First-year undergraduate: Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students|
|June 24-July 14, 2019||Graduate students (new and returning)|
Important housing dates are listed below. Students are expected to plan their travel accordingly.
|August 6, 2019, noon-6 p.m.||Move-in for RA/GRF|
|August 13, 2019, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.||Move-in for first-year international students (Class of 2023)|
|August 14, 2019, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.||Move-in for first-year Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students (Class of 2023)|
|August 17, 2019, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.||Move-in for new graduate students|
|August 21, 2019, noon-6 p.m.||Move-in for academic advisers|
|August 23-24, 2019, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.||Move-in for sophomores and returning graduate students|
|December 21, 2019, by noon||Residence halls close for winter break|
|January 2, 2020, 9 a.m.||Residence halls re-open|
|May 9, 2020, by noon||First-year international students, sophomores and graduate students check-out|
|July 16, 2020, by noon||First-year Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students check-out and residence halls closes for summer break|
Resident Assistant / Graduate Resident Fellow
Resident Assistants (RAs) and Graduate Resident Fellows (GRFs) are student leaders who live in the hall to help residents adjust to residence hall living. They serve as the primary resource; provide peer assistance on academic, personal and interpersonal issues; ensure the health and safety of residents; and build a positive community on their floors and in the halls. RAs mainly work with undergraduate students, and GRFs support graduate students. Each year, RAs and GRFs are assigned to specific residential areas and oversee 25 to 35 residents.
GRFs are assigned to specific residential areas and oversee 25 to 35 residents.
RA positions are open to upper-class students, including sophomores, juniors and seniors, and GRF positions are open to graduate students. Appointments are for the academic year, August to May. RAs and GRFs receive single-room remuneration, a meal allowance and a monthly stipend. In addition to these benefits, they also receive various opportunities to develop soft skills, interact and collaborate with staff and faculty on campus and beyond, and shape the residential culture for all students. More detailed responsibilities and benefits are available in the RA Job Description and GRF Job Description.
Residence Life is now recruiting GRFs for 2019-20. Please make sure of your availability before applying.
- August 6, 2019, noon-6 p.m.
- August 7-11, 2019
- August 13-24, 2019
Undergraduate student orientation
- August 17-24, 2019
Graduate student orientation
Policies and Procedures
The Duke Kunshan residential community values mutual respect and personal responsibility. To establish and maintain such a community, all students are held accountable for their actions. It is important for individuals to read and understand the living expectations, policies and procedures listed in the Housing Agreement and Student Handbook. Violations of the Residence Life policies and procedures will go through the student conduct process, as outlined in the Student Handbook.