Durham is a vibrant city located in the heart of the Triangle area (along with Raleigh and Chapel Hill). Situated in central North Carolina between the mountains and beaches, Durham offers the best of city living within close proximity to suburban and rural areas. The diverse setting make it an excellent area for ministry and engagement in the community.

The city of Durham is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, historical and cultural places, professional sports and recreational activities, and a thriving center for the arts. There are also many free or low-cost things to do in Durham. 


There are many off-campus housing options for Divinity School students and families. Here are a number of housing resources available:

D.Min. and M.A.C.P. housing and parking is handled through Duke Divinity Events Management. More information will be sent to students in the coming weeks.

Roommate listserv

The Admissions Office maintains a roommate search list for anyone seeking housing or a roommate. To subscribe to the list, please complete the Roommate List Request Form.


The Admissions Office maintains a list of returning students who have volunteered to assist unloading your belongings. Contact us for more information. If you need to hire a moving company, many students have used TROSA.

Student Health

All students are required to carry medical insurance either through the Duke-sponsored plan or a comparable medical insurance plan based in the United States. Students can also elect dependent health care coverage. You will receive an email via your Duke.edu email account with specific information. Learn more about health insurance coverage.

You must submit a health history and immunization form (pdf). North Carolina law requires the automatic suspension and dismissal of any student (degree or non-degree) who fails to provide proof of immunization within 30 days of enrollment. So please complete the immunization forms as soon as possible!

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Kenyon, Duke Student Medical Insurance Manager.

Parking and Transportation

Duke Parking and Transportation encourages students to use alternative transportation options whenever possible.  Students can register their bicycles and secure free bus passes. For more information, review off-campus student options for your commute.

On-campus parking is very limited for graduate students. If you plan to park on campus, you must purchase a parking permit. Information about reserving your parking spot will be posted in early April; the parking permits can be reserved in mid-June. Please review the Graduate and Professional Students Parking Information for details.

Family Resources

The Divinity School is a welcoming community, dedicated to connecting families with the resources and support they need. Some resources include: