Everything Your Student Needs

Grand Duke is designed to offer a comfortable lifestyle for students in Harrisonburg. Our apartments provide privacy and independence with the bonuses of included utilities, on-site maintenance, individual leasing, and fun resident events. Our fully furnished apartment community meets every need your student may have, so they can succeed in a fun, social atmosphere during their time at James Madison University.

Individual Leases

Individual leasing means peace of mind for you. Your financial responsibility is your student’s space only—unlike many shared apartments or rental houses with joint leases. That means if a roommate transfers or moves out for any reason, you don’t have to worry about covering their portion.

On-Site Professional Staff

Our on-site maintenance staff responds to maintenance issues quickly and professionally. We also offer 24-hour emergency maintenance so your student’s comfort is never affected by a maintenance issue.

Affordable Floor Plans

Grand Duke has four spacious floor plan options so you can find the one that suits your needs. We have private one-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom apartments with two levels.

Fully Furnished Apartments

Many of our floor plans are available as fully furnished apartments complete with bedroom, living room, and kitchen furniture. So there’s no need to buy and move your own!

Roommate Matching

If your student doesn’t have a roommate, we can find them one! Each roommate will fill out a Roommate Matching form so we know what they’re looking for. During the summer, we spend weeks looking at these preferences and matching them up with the best person available.

Resident Events

Here, your student will create life-long relationships and connections that will make them even more successful after graduation. Our staff plans monthly resident events to help keep students involved. We also keep our residents connected to events going on at James Madison University as well as events happening around town so they never miss a thing.

Frequently Asked Questions
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What does it mean to have an individual lease?

We offer individual leases per person instead of per apartment. This means if your roommate fails to pay their rent, you won’t be held responsible.

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What is included in the rent?

Your payment at Grand Duke includes water, sewer, and trash pickup, access to all of our amenities, and a wonderful staff that is here to help anytime you need them.

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Do you have a roommate matching system?

Yes, we offer a roommate matching system. When you fill out your lease agreement, you’ll also fill out a resident profile card which includes a questionnaire about your lifestyle and preferences. If you need to be matched with a roomie, we’ll use this information to find you roommates with similar interests. We take roommate matching very seriously and spend a lot of time making sure that we find just the right fit.

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When is my rent due?

You have three installment payment options to pay the entire amount due under the lease: one installment, two installments, or twelve installments. Please note, these are all installment payment options and not monthly rent.

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How do I pay my installment?

We accept payment via check, money order, or online payments through our resident portal, which can be found on this website.

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What if I don't have a guarantor?

No guarantor is no problem, because we offer Leap as an option. Leap is a quick and easy process that fills in for a guarantor or co-signer. The application is free online and takes around 5 minutes to complete, and you’ll even get a conditional decision within 30 minutes during normal business hours. Contact our office for more information.

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Do you allow pets?

Yes, we’re a pet-friendly community!

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Does my lease provide coverage for my belongings?

Our insurance will not cover your personal belongings. For this reason, we suggest getting renter’s insurance, which will cover your personal belongings if something happens.

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What if I need to break my lease or don't return for the spring semester?

Your lease is binding and cannot be broken. If you can’t live here after signing your lease, you’ll need to re-let. Please call the leasing office for information on re-letting.

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What if I need maintenance in my bedroom or apartment?

For apartment maintenance, give us a call, stop by the office, or submit a service request through our online resident portal. If it is a maintenance emergency, please notify the front office immediately.

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What furniture is provided?

If you choose a fully furnished apartment, it comes with a couch, oversized chair, coffee table, and end table in the living room. Your bedroom has a full-size bed and mattress, a desk with chair, dresser, end table, and lamp, and your kitchen comes with a dining table and chairs.

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How do I receive my mail and packages?

Your mail will be delivered to your apartment’s mailbox located on our property.

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What do I need to bring to my new apartment?

We suggest you bring bedding for a full-size bed, toiletries, dishes and cookware, and decorations to make your new apartment feel like home.

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What kinds of events do you host?

We host resident events ranging from pizza parties to karaoke nights and from resume-building classes to gaming tournaments. These often include free food as well as tons of opportunities to meet new people.

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Are leases for families with children available?

Yes. This policy is for family occupants with one or more children under the age of 18 who are domiciled with (i) at least one parent, legal guardian, or another adult with legal custody of the children, or (ii) the designee of a parent, guardian, or other adult with legal custody, with written permission of such parent or other adult.

For family households with children, all household members 18 or older must (A) complete an application, and (B) sign the lease as a resident. For family households with children under 18, at least two people will be permitted to occupy a single bedroom. If a family household with children under the age of 18 requires additional occupancy per bedroom, additional occupants may be allowed on a case-by-case basis, depending on factors including but not limited to the size of the bedroom(s) and unit, age of the children, configuration of the unit, physical limitations of the property, and local occupancy codes.

If a child reaches 18 years of age during the term of the lease, the lease will be allowed to complete its term, but the renewal will only be offered in compliance with the occupancy policy as stated for those aged 18 and above. Children under 24 months of age at the time of lease signing will not be counted under the occupancy policy for purposes of maximum occupancy, but they will be counted for subsequent leases if they reach the age of 24 months during the term of the lease. The landlord reserves the right to lease any empty bedroom(s) in a unit.

Families should contact the office directly regarding the application for family households, as this process varies from individual leasing and the required forms are not all available electronically.

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COVID 19 Update: 

In the name of social responsibility, we will be going ALL-Digital effective 01/03/2022. We want to play our part in keeping both the team and surrounding community safe and comfortable. Our office will be closed for all incoming tours and property visits until further notice, but we will still be available to help make your very important housing decision via Facetime, Skype, call, chat, and email.

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