Duke is a beautiful campus, and the buildings are well kept. The original Gothic buildings on Main West Quad and the Georgian buildings on East are simply stunning. Newer buildings receive mixed reviews regarding beauty—the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, for example, is elegant and modern, while the Paul M. Gross Chemistry Building, just around the corner, is generally considered one of the uglier buildings on campus. The athletic centers are really quite pleasant and well kept (especially Wilson; Brodie is useable, but not spectacular). The Bryan University Center tends to draw some very mixed reviews. Although it is reasonably central to West Campus and brings together restaurants, recreation, and administration just as a student center ought to, the extensive use of concrete pillars and walls as interior decorating choices garners some complaints.
Lilly Library on East Campus is beautiful but a bit cramped. Fortunately, the Perkins/Bostock system on West more than makes up for it with an abundance of group study rooms, big squishy chairs, and miles of tables, cubicles, and stacks. Explore and you will certainly find a niche for every studying mood. Despite the griping and minor complaints, Duke has some pretty darn nice facilities. This is not to say that all of the buildings on campus are spacious and immaculate—but it should be made clear that Duke is physically beautiful and well groomed.