Housing, Dining, & Transportation

Housing and Residence Life (HRL)

Undergraduate Housing

Housing, Dining and Residence Life manages all aspects of the university’s three-year undergraduate residency requirement. Residential programs are designed to build positive communities that value learning, create new opportunities for faculty engagement, and generate positive social connections. HRL, student residents and others in the Duke community develop and maintain environments that support classroom learning and encourage students to seek learning opportunities in the world around them. HRL promotes opportunities for students to connect with others and develop a strong and enduring sense of belonging; and intentionally provide opportunities for students to grow and develop as they continue to negotiate developmental issues related to identity, autonomy, and responsibility. HRL programs are rooted in the concepts of mutual respect and civility, and recognize and celebrate the dignity and self-worth of all members.

HRL also manages the facilities operations of all university student residences, which comprise approximately 25 percent of all university space. These responsibilities include all long-range planning, renovations, and major projects, managing housekeeping and maintenance efforts, and ensuring that all residence options are safe, secure, comfortable, and well-maintained. For more information, visit studentaffairs.duke.edu/hdrl.

Graduate and Professional Student Apartments

Limited on-campus housing is available to full-time graduate students. Priority for housing assignment will be awarded to graduate students who arrive from abroad on student visa status and it is their first time attending school outside of their home country. Students applying for the full academic year will be given priority in assignment. All students applying for less than the full academic year will be assigned on a space-available basis after all students applying for the full academic year have been accommodated. International students do not receive priority when applying for less than the full academic year. For more information on graduate student housing application timeline and facility amenities, visit this website. Assignments are made in the order of receipt of completed applications.

Off-Campus Housing

The Duke Community Housing Office maintains a listing of rental apartments, rooms, and houses provided by property owners or real estate agencies in Durham at durhamgradhousing.com.

Duke Housing and Residence Life (HRL) operates a website specifically to simplify the off-campus housing search for students, parents, faculty and staff, and for area property owners and managers at nearduke.com/housing.

Duke Dining

Duke is home to one of the most innovative, dynamic, and cutting edge collegiate dining programs in the country. Duke Dining provides access to over 45 dining locations that include 36 on-campus locations, Merchants-on-Points (MOPs-off-campus restaurants that deliver), and food trucks. A community-driven, sustainable, award-winning program, Duke Dining provides opportunities for culinary education and engagement with access to cooking classes, chef demos, nutrition and wellness events and special themed dinners throughout the academic year. For more information, visit studentaffairs.duke.edu/dining.


All Duke students are issued electronic Duke University identification cards through their mobile devices. This identification should be carried at all times. DukeCards are the means of identification for library privileges, athletic events, and other university functions or services open to them as university students. Students will be expected to present their cards on request to any university official or employee. DukeCards are not transferable and fraudulent use may result in loss of student privileges or suspension. For more information, visit dukecard.duke.edu.

Parking & Transportation

Duke Parking & Transportation provides the Duke community with parking options that balance price and convenience while managing supply and demand across the parking system. A valid permit is required in all locations; most locations are gated and the permit activates the entry and exit gates. Visitors who do not have a permit pay by the hour in facilities specially set aside for them. Accommodations are also available for patrons that require accessible parking or transportation.

Options include annual permits and short-term permits that allow for flexible or occasional parking. Anyone affiliated with Duke is eligible to purchase on-campus parking in available locations. There are also many transportation options available at Duke, including Duke Transit (buses), vans, city and regional buses, private taxi service, and a ride-hailing program. For more information, visit parking.duke.edu.