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.
Friendship House is a residential program in which Duke Divinity School students live together in community with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students gain a broader understanding of belonging and an enlarged picture of the kingdom of God.
Durham and Duke Life
Learn more about what Duke and Durham have to offer, from arts and athletics to academic events and worship services. Also find resources for children and families.
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 NearDuke.com for listings. Neighborhoods that are near Duke include Trinity Park and Lakewood. Housing listings are also available through Apple Realty and Zillow.com. In addition, students with a Duke Net ID can search the Duke List for rentals and other students seeking roommates.
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.
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.
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.
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.