As you prepare to make the move to Durham, N.C., use the resources on this page to help find housing, plan for parking and transportation, and arrange for health care.

Living On Campus

Duke University keeps updated information about the application process for living in on campus or Duke subsidized housing here. You can also find information about applying to be a Graduate Resident on Duke's campus living and working with undergraduate students.


Incoming students can search for listings. Neighborhoods that are near Duke include Trinity Park and Lakewood. Housing listings are also available through Apple Realty and In addition, students with a Duke Net ID can search the Duke List for rentals and other students seeking roommates.

Hybrid Students

During immersive weeks and for orientation, hybrid students often choose to either stay in a local hotel (alone or sharing with colleagues they make along the way) or using a house-sharing app to find a short-term rental. For students interested in booking a hotel, information about specific hotel blocks will be available over the summer closer to the on-campus portion of orientation.


If you need to hire a moving company, many students have used TROSA.

Durham Info

Find additional information about the city of Durham and more on The Graduate School's city of Durham site, Discover Durham, or Information for Visiting that is provided by Duke University Student Affairs.

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 email account with specific information. Learn more about health insurance coverage.

Before enrolling, you must review and submit the Duke University Immunization Requirements for Undergraduate/Graduate/Professional Students form. 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 requirements forms as soon as possible!

If you have any questions, please contact Immunization Compliance.

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. Note that Duke offers students the GoPass, a free local and regional bus pass.

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 May; the parking permits can be reserved in mid-June. Please review the Graduate and Professional Students Parking Information page for details.