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Comfortable Living in a Vibrant City

Located in the Creative District of downtown Wilmington, DCAD’s housing options are safe, comfortable, and in the middle of a vibrant community. DCAD’S intimate campus offers the convenience of classes, dining services, and housing within a two-block expanse, meaning you’ll be footsteps from endless educational resources.

By making DCAD your home, you will be surrounded by like-minded artistic peers and mentors. As well as providing a safe, supportive environment, DCAD’s housing is close to the excitement of a variety of the East Coast’s most famous cities. Whether you want to explore or stay close to home, DCAD has the living situation that’s right for you.

Housing Options

Student housing options include The 707 Residence Hall, which houses the 707 Café, and The Saville Residence Hall, which houses the Tatiana Copeland Student Center. Within each residence hall live our Residence Assistants, who are trained to serve as resources for students. As well as enforcing policies, Resident Assistants provide guidance, organize student activities, and function as role models for their peers.

The Saville

The Saville occupies the corners of Sixth and Market and Sixth and King streets, directly across from DCAD’s academic building. The site spent much of the 20th century as the James T. Mullins and Sons department store before first being converted into an apartment building and then becoming part of DCAD. The Saville offers bedroom and living/work spaces and can house two, three or four residents.

Each unit includes:

  • Regular twin bed
  • Drafting table and artist’s stool
  • A full bathroom
  • A kitchen with a stove, a dishwasher and a full-size refrigerator
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating
  • Closet space

The Tatiana Copeland Student Center

The first floor of The Saville features the Tatiana Copeland Student Center, a gathering spot offering game tables, study nooks, Wi-Fi, vending machines and the DCAD Student Gallery. In addition to Student Gallery Club-curated exhibitions, the Center hosts music performances, game competitions, poetry readings, meetings of other campus clubs and study groups.

The 707

Located at 707 N. King St., a block-and-a-half northeast of DCAD’s academic building, 707 is a former hotel converted into student housing. It offers double or triple-occupancy studio-style units that offer far more square footage per student than the national standard. The building’s second floor offers a quiet study lounge.

Each unit includes:

  • Regular twin bed
  • Drafting table and artist’s stool
  • A full bathroom, featuring ceramic tile and marble countertops
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating
  • Closet or wardrobe space for each resident

707 Café

The first floor of 707 features the 707 Café, a bright, relaxing atmosphere where both residents and commuters enjoy diverse, well-rounded meals – which include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options – for eating in or grabbing and going. Dining services are provided by CulinArt Inc., and the head chef is always open to student suggestions and requests for special dining needs.

Also on the first floor, students dine, socialize and study in the main Atrium space and in the more private Gray Room lounge. A media wall in the Atrium includes a television, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the area. The Resident Assistant Security Desk is also located here, as well as a laundry facility and a vending machine room for student use.

Gender Neutral Housing

DCAD aims to be as inclusive as possible in order to provide the most comfortable, accessible lifestyle for all of our students. Our Gender Neutral Housing Policy allows two or more students to occupy a single living space regardless of biological sex, gender identity or gender expression. The intent of this policy is to provide students with a housing option that will best suit their personal, social, and community needs. Learn more.

Emotional Support Animal

The emotional and physical health of our students is of the utmost importance to the DCAD community. If you have an emotional support animal who alleviates symptoms or assists with a diagnosed condition, we welcome you to fill out an emotional support animal request form.

Housing Safety

While living at DCAD, we want our students to focus their full attention on their art. We take every precaution necessary to ensure that each student is safe, secure, and protected so that they can grow as creators.

Both The Saville and The 707 residence halls are monitored and utilize an exterior door lock system. Electronic fobs are required to gain access inside each building. A member of the DCAD Student Services staff lives in The Saville, and student Resident Assistants live in both buildings. Smoke detectors, sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers are in each room, and no smoking is permitted in any DCAD building.