Making friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

Academic and social life are integrated to create seamless learning experiences in eight residential neighborhoods. Regardless of where you live on campus, you will experience the opportunity to make friends and build strong communities that will make your four years at Elon your best yet.

Each of our eight neighborhoods include dynamic Living Learning Communities so you can live with other students who share your interests.

Celebrating the traditions students love

Acorn to Sapling

Students receive acorns to mark the beginning of their Elon journey. Upon graduation, they receive oak saplings to celebrate their personal growth.

College Coffee

One of Elon’s most cherished traditions, College Coffee is held every Tuesday morning. The community comes together for conversation over coffee and pastries.

Spring Undergraduate Research Forum

Every spring, the university dedicates a week to highlighting research and the arts. The centerpieces is the Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF), when students and faculty take a day away from class to showcase their projects.

Elon Day

This 24-hour social media extravaganza held every March gives students, alumni, families and friends all over the world a chance to showcase their Elon love.

Cram Jam

Late-night pancakes, bacon and eggs are served to you during finals week by professors and staff who (might) feel a little bit guilty for assigning you that cumulative final exam.

Numen Lumen

Among the oldest of Elon student traditions, Numen Lumen, which held every Thursday morning, is a time and space for reflection with a musical or artistic performance provided by students, faculty, staff or special guests.

Students posing with the Phoenix during Homecoming.


Typically held in late October or early November, Homecoming is a time for students and alumni to celebrate their love of Elon together. There are many activities and events held during Homecoming week.


This student-run, dance marathon raises money to benefit Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.

Turning 21 Dinner

The event is held each semester and all students who turn 21 during that time are invited to a special dinner to honor the important milestone. Students may bring a faculty or staff mentor to be their guest.

Festival of Holiday Lights

This event kicks off the holiday season and features 2,000 luminaries that line the walkways in the heart of campus.

The Bell from Old Main

During New Student Convocation, first-year students process through Alamance in Building and touch the bell from Old Main, which was destroyed by a fire in 1923.


Holi, the Hindu Festival of Color, marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Officially observed in early March on the day following the full moon, colored powder is thrown to celebrate the earth returning to color and good triumphing over evil. At Elon, we celebrate Holi in April with a traditional powdered paint-throwing extravaganza at the Speaker’s Corner on Young Commons in front of the Moseley Center.