Leonardo DaVinci (LDV) is a traditional dormitory-style residence hall, housing about 55 residents. Although new students are housed throughout campus, the residents of LDV are typically first-year or new students. The energy in LDV is often very exciting, as it is a hub for first-year students and is a good resource for adjusting to life at Franklin. While every residence hosts various great events and programs, LDV focuses on providing amazing opportunities for its residents to explore Lugano, Ticino, and Switzerland at large. Past experiences have led students to explore the city of Zurich, go snowshoeing in the Alps, take trips to Swiss chocolate factories, and many more. The building itself has a large common kitchen, which offers an opportunity for residents to hang out with each other and bond over cooking communally.

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As a first year only residence hall, Leonardo DaVinci or LDV is the first home for many Franklin students. LDV is located right next to our North Campus as well as about a 10 minute walk from the train station and Kaletsch Campus. As it is connected to the Franklin dining hall along with our big common kitchen, you are given the best opportunity to meet or hang out with friends while also being able to eat great food! LDV hosts many closed events to where you can meet the other residents that also call LDV home.

Aurora Nelson and Cam Rodriguez, LDV Resident Assistants