Residence Life

Danieley Center

Opened in 1999 as a sophomore residential community, the Danieley Center Neighborhood now houses up to 812 first-year and sophomore students in either flat or apartment living. The Danieley flats present a unique living experience that allows residents to live in spaces of 8-10 students, while the Danieley apartments offer a more traditional apartment-style living option for a group of 4 sophomores. The neighborhood was named for late Elon President Emeritus Dr. J. Earl Danieley, whose leadership helped propel the university toward today’s vibrant campus environment. His family still joins first-year students and their families on move-in day for the First Night Elon celebration. The apartments in the neighborhood surround the beautiful Lake Verona, named for Dr. Danieley’s wife, Verona Daniels Danieley.

The hub of Danieley Center Neighborhood is the newly renovated Violet Hoffman Daniel Commons (commonly known as Daniel Commons).. Daniel Commons is home to the Neighborhood Office, where you will find the Residence Life team dedicated to making each resident feel at home. Daniel Commons also hosts multiple courses throughout the academic year in its smart classroom, features a multipurpose lounge, and offers Qdoba Mexican Eats and Einstein Bros. Bagels as dining options.

The Danieley Center Neighborhood is also home to the Phoenix Activities and Recreation Center (PARC), an athletic facility with basketball courts and a fitness center for residents of the neighborhood to enjoy, whether that be playing basketball, participating in intramural sports, or just working on physical fitness. 

Inspired by the legacy of Dr. Danieley, each year the neighborhood focuses on a different aspect of leadership. Residents can expect to have the opportunity to explore Leadership through Civic Engagement  with a staff that is passionate about exploring leadership and its application with our residential students.

Academic Linkages

  • Linked sections of COR 110: The Global Experience and ENG 100: Writing, Argument & Inquiry for first-year students in the neighborhood
  • Colin Donohue, the Faculty Director, lives in the neighborhood and supports the intellectual life of the neighborhood. 
    Colin is the director of student media at Elon University and an instructor in Elon's School of Communications. He currently teaches the senior-level course Multimedia Journalism and has previously taught the introductory level writing course Media Writing. Colin provides support and instruction in preparing budgets, leadership training and transition strategies to all six of Elon's student media groups. He advises the student-led public relations group dedicated to promoting and telling the stories of student media. He also works closely with the web/analytics and business staffs of Elon News Network, the student-run news organization.
    Colin has a background as a newspaper sports reporter with the Burlington Times-News and the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He earned his undergraduate degree from Elon University and his master's degree from the University of Memphis. He is a father to two boys, a husband, a son, a brother, a dog owner, a teacher, an adviser and (usually painfully) a Washington Capitals fan.

Signature Programs/Traditions/Experiences

Residents who choose to live in the Danieley Center Neighborhood can expect to have the opportunity to experience a variety of events that aim to build a strong community, grounded in connectedness and intellectual inquiry. In addition to events that are created in close partnership with the Center for Leadership, the Student Professional Development Center, and Elon Athletics, residents can also look forward to:

• Phoenix Phind, a campus-wide scavenger hunt during the fall semester
• Pumpkin Carving, an event where students are able to decorate pumpkins and enjoy in fall-themed festivities
• Chicken Pickin’, an outdoor event in which residents compete in a grilling contest
• Community Dinners

Room Types

  • The Flats (buildings G-N) for sophomores and first-year students are suite-style living with five rooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchenette (no stove included in most flats). Each room is furnished with a bed, desk, and wardrobe.
  • Apartments A-F, for sophomores or upper class students, have two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, a dining room and kitchen. Each suite is furnished with living room furniture, bedroom furniture (bed, desk, and dresser); dishwasher; refrigerator; stove and full access to the campus computer network.
  • Apartments O and P, for sophomores or upper class students, have four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and kitchen. Each unit is furnished with bedroom furniture (bed, desk, and dresser); living room furniture; washer and dryer; refrigerator, stove and full access to the campus computer network.

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Other Information

  • All of G-N flat buildings have open breezeways (except building I for easy access to the bus stop). 
  • The Danieley Center neighborhood has outdoor basketball and volleyball courts and a Frisbee golf course.
  • Einstein's Bagels and Qudoba are located in the newly expanded commons building
  • PARC (Phoenix Activities and Recreation Center)

PARC (Phoenix Activities and Recreation Center)
Open recreation/Basketball Courts | Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday: 3PM – 10PM (programming scheduled from 8PM – midnight)
Friday: 3PM – 8PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Fitness Center | Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 6AM – midnight
Friday: 6AM – 10PM
Saturday: 10AM – 10PM
Sunday: 10AM – midnight

*The Fitness Center is only for Danieley Center Neighborhood residents. The Basketball Courts are open to all Elon University Students.

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