Destination Durham

Durham, N.C., “Bull City,” has been named one of the top 10 places to live by U.S. News and World Report. When you consider the temperate climate, affordable cost of living, and a culture that combines world-class research and learning institutions, a flourishing arts and restaurant scene, and rich and varied opportunities for worship and Christian community, it’s easy to see why.

Duke is situated in the foothills of North Carolina’s beautiful Piedmont region, halfway between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic beaches. Although the area has four distinct seasons, temperatures are mild year-round, with sunshine around 210 days each year.

Durham has more than 300 religious and spiritual organizations. The diverse setting makes it an excellent area for ministry and engagement in the community. And at Duke, you’ll find hundreds of worship services each year in addition to the 11 services hosted by Duke Divinity School each week.
When you think about what makes Durham a unique destination, a lot comes to mind: great events, a celebrated food scene, and a welcoming community. But one of Durham’s special selling points is its personality—that energy that you can catch only by being here.
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"Durham is amazing, with its quirky mix of cultures, food spots, and vibrant arts scene. Whether it's trying a new restaurant, catching a live show, or just soaking in the diverse vibes at a local market, there’s always something cool happening."

Resources in Durham

Learn more about Durham, N.C., and the Triangle area. 

Off-Campus Housing Service

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Durham Visitors Bureau

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Raleigh Visitors Bureau

Neighboring cities Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill together form the Research Triangle. Learn more about things to do in Raleigh, including museums and family attractions.

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Duke University

When you come to Duke Divinity School, you also become part of the Duke University family. As a member of a world-class institution of higher learning, you'll have the opportunity to connect with an outstanding community of scholars through interdisciplinary learning opportunities, inspiring lectures and events, and a variety of student organizations. And you'll be at the center of it all: in addition to serving as Duke University's spiritual center, Duke Divinity School is located at the heart of West Campus, right next to Duke Chapel. 

You can take advantage of a library system with more than 6.8 million volumes, recreational facilities, and cultural resources, including the Nasher Museum of Art, professional performing arts through Duke Performances, and Duke Gardens—55 acres of gorgeous gardens minutes from Duke Divinity School.

You’ll have access to course offerings in nine other graduate and professional schools and inter-institutional registration opportunities. Plus, there's a full array of support services, including the Student Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, and top-notch athletic and recreational facilities and clubs.
Come find your spiritual home at the heart of the Duke University campus.

Resources at Duke University

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Duke Student Affairs

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Events at Duke

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Duke University Libraries

Our more than 6.8 million volumes make our library system one of the top 10 private libraries in the U.S.

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Duke University Website

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Duke Athletics

Duke boasts top teams in a number of sports, including basketball, and blocks of tickets are reserved exclusively for Duke students, who are passionate supporters!

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Resources for Families

Duke Partnership Child Care Centers offer priority placement to Duke students. Partnership Centers must maintain a four or five star license and be in good standing with the North Carolina and Child Care Services Association.

The Divinity School has an unstaffed children’s playroom in the Gray building and a breast-feeding area in the Women’s Center with a refrigerator and changing table.

Spouses of graduate students can get a Duke ID card, which allows access to recreational facilities, athletic events, and more. Students will first need to sponsor their spouse at the OIT Guest Account webpage. Once a Duke NetID is issued, students then must bring their own DukeCard, their spouse, a copy of their marriage certificate, a government issued photo ID of the spouse, and $5 to the DukeCard office.

The Divinity School has a Divinity Spouses group, which plans social, spiritual, and educational activities.