Housing and Residence Life


Student Housing


    Housing and Residence Life strives to support academic learning and facilitate interpersonal and intercultural exchange outside the classroom. Residence Halls are not just places to live but a living-learning community where students develop and grow. To cultivate intercultural competence, mutual respect, and self-responsibility, we group students from diverse backgrounds together in the same rooms, suites and wings. A variety of residential programs are organized by the Resident Assistants (RAs) and Graduate Resident Fellows (GRFs) that allow students to explore common interests and interact with other students and faculty outside class. The home away from home living experience provides students the connection and bonding that will not be gained elsewhere.


    Residential Suites

    Student Residence
    Student Residence

    The residence hall is comprised of four wings, with two allocated for undergraduate students and two for graduate students. The residence hall has many team rooms for self- and group-study, a coffee bar, two student lounges, two game rooms (with TV, Ping-Pong table, air hockey, foosball, board games, and a piano in Block1), a laundry room with washers and dryers, communal fridges and microwaves, outdoor and indoor bike storage, e-print, and the Student Affairs Office on the first floor by the main entry and on the second floor (the Associate Dean’s Office).

    All suites are accessible from the second floor and in some suites, the bedrooms are on the third floor while others are on the first floor. Typical suites have a living room, four private single bedrooms (or one two-bed bedroom and two single bedrooms) and two bathrooms with showers. Amenities in a suite include a sofa, a TV, a kettle, study desks, chairs, lamps, single beds (two single beds in double rooms), closets, waste baskets, cleaning tools, and drinking water faucet at the sink. All suites and common areas are covered by free WiFi. Vacuum cleaners, mosquito bats, and sports equipment can be checked out from the 1F Student Affairs Office upon request.


    Apply for Housing

    For GLS students, housing application is open every semester; for graduate students, housing application is available on an academic year basis. On the Suite Assignment Form (SAF), students have the opportunity to choose either a single or double bedroom. As the number of double bedrooms and single bedrooms are limited, it’s assigned on a first come first served basis. Residence Life will make all efforts to meet the preferences indicated on the SAF and match individuals up with roommates and suitemates sharing similar living habits and interests, but there’s no guarantee that all of students’ requests will be granted. To apply for housing, please download

    the Suite Assignment Form and Emergency Contact Information Form and email the completed forms to residencelife@dukekunshan.edu.cn by June 30th, 2017. Wondering what to bring with you to campus? Check out the list of suggested items on the Residence Hall Checklist.

    Important Housing Dates: 

    August 20, 2017 Residence Hall re-opens for returning students, International and Graduate students check-in from 9AM-6PM
    August 21, 2017 GLS PRC students check-in from 9AM-6PM
    December 21, 2017 GLS students check-out by 12PM
    December 22, 2017 All graduate students check-out by 5:30PM
    December 23, 2017-January 3, 2018 Residence Hall closure for winter break
    January 4, 2018, Residence Hall re-opens for returning graduate students from 9AM
    January 6-7, 2017, MMS students check-in from 9AM-6PM
    February 14, 2018, 5:30PM-February 22, 2018, 9AM Residence hall closure during Chinese New Year Holiday
    February 22, 2018 GLS international students check-in from 9AM-6PM
    February 23, 2018 GLS Chinese students check-in from 9AM-6PM
    May 19, 2018, All graduate students check-out by 5:30PM
    June 16, 2018 GLS students check-out by 12PM



    The check-in stations are located in the student residence hall. To check in students should complete the following steps:

    • Scan Passport/Chinese ID card.
    • Complete the Participation Agreement.
    • Complete the Housing Agreement.
    • Get the student ID card.Check into the room and sign off on the Room Inventory Form. This is a good opportunity for you to point out any missing items, damages and maintenance issues in the rooms and suites.
    • Review the Roommate Agreement with your suitemates. Request to rent a refrigerator in the suite based on mutual agreement among all suitemates. To rent a refrigerator, students should submit the Rental Refrigerator Agreement to dkuhousing@dukekunshan.edu.cn and pay the rental fee and deposit to the Finance Department before installation.
    Student Residence
    Student Residence
    Student Residence
    Student Residence


    Before leaving the residence hall, there are a few things that students should take care of:

    • Remove all personal belongings, properly arrange furniture to its original places, and thoroughly clean your suite (including bedroom, bathroom, and living room) prior to check-out.
    • For the suites that have rented a refrigerator, unplug, defrost and clean the refrigerator at least 24 hours before check-out.
    • Return any borrowed equipment to the Student Affairs Office.
    • Schedule a check-out date and time with assigned RA/GRF.
    • During check-out, hand in the cleanliness checklists and sign off on the Room Inventory Form with the RA/GRF.
    • Update the mailing address. Mailing forwarding service is not currently provided. Graduate students who will return to the residence hall for the next academic year are required to check out and can request to store personal belongings in the residence hall storage room. More information about summer storage is available in FAQ.
    • Students who are graduating are required to return their student ID cards to the residence hall security office before departing.

    Student Leadership Opportunities and Community Building

    Student Residence

    Resident Assistants (RAs) and Graduate Resident Fellows (GRFs) are student leaders  who live on the residence hall floor to serve as the primary resource for students, providing peer help on academic, social and personal issues, ensuring the health and safety of residents, and building a positive community within the residence hall. The RA position is for one semester, while the GRF position is for one academic year. RAs and GRFs receive training on  topics of roles and responsibilities, student development theories, preventive mental health, programming, assessment, leadership and team work. Currently, all RAs and GRFs receive single-room housing remuneration for their work. INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN RA/GRF? Check out the detailed RA Job Description and GRF Job Description and apply NOW! The application process is:

    1. Fill out the RA/GRF Application Form.
    2. Collect all supporting documents, including response to the questions listed on the application form, vita/resume, two reference letters to be sent directly from professors, supervisors, or co-workers, who can recommend you to the position according to the responsibilities on the job description.
    3. Email your application form and supporting documents to residencelife@dukekunshan.edu.cn by July 1st, 2017.

    Apart from serving as an RA or GRF, GLS students can also participate in the Student Leadership Development Program to explore their leadership potential. This program provides an opportunity for students to establish their own definitions of “leadership”, develop essential soft skills (e.g. leadership, self-management, diversity and global consciousness, professionalism, and social and civic responsibility), and achieve personal goals through attending workshops, engaging in experiential learning, exchanging ideas with mentors, and collaborating in group projects. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a completion certificate at the closing banquet. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get involved in the residential community and to connect with like-minded leadership candidates. Interested in applying? Check out the Program Introduction and email your Application Form and Resume to residencelife@dukekunshan.edu.cn.