DKU's Phase 1 campus spans 200 acres northwest of the old city center of Kunshan. Built with support from the City of Kunshan, it was completed in 2014, with the addition of the Innovation Building in 2019. The Phase 1 campus provides high-tech classroom and lab space, conference facilities, a library, student and faculty housing, and multiple dining and recreational areas. A student center is located nearby.
In August 2019, Duke Kunshan broke ground on the second phase of its green, sustainable campus. The expansion project will more than double the size of the existing campus and will feature state-of-the-art spaces for living and learning including a new library, sports complex and residence halls for graduate and undergraduate students.
DKU's vibrant residential campus environment encourages the exchange of ideas and continuous learning and growth in the classroom and beyond. The environment blends traditional Chinese elements with advanced educational technology in a spacious, modern, yet intimate setting. A model of sustainable development, the DKU campus is reflective of the natural and cultural context of the Jiangnan region, featuring:
- Native Wetlands: The campus includes 40 acres of preserved wetlands, reflective of the local geography—much in the way that Duke’s Durham campus sits within a preserved forest.
- Energy Efficiency: The campus design’s use of daylight, solar shading, passive cooling, and natural flood control is informed by centuries of experience dealing with the opportunities and challenges of Kunshan’s climate and terrain. Duke Kunshan University is the first university campus in China to receive LEED certification, with buildings rated LEED Gold and LEED Silver.
- A Walkable Campus: Roadways on the perimeter create a pedestrian-friendly central campus with walking paths and bridges connecting the buildings.
- Regional Connections: Kunshan’s location between Shanghai and Suzhou allows easy access to these major metropolitan centers by highways and high-speed railway.