Duke is located near Interstates 40 and 85 in Durham, N.C. Though signs for Duke University abound throughout the area, you might need some guidance. You can map your route to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. You may also find our searchable campus map to be a helpful reference tool.
Airport Ground Transportation
Duke’s campus is only a 20-minute drive from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). For information on taxi service and other ground transportation options, please visit RDU’s website. Duke does not provide airport shuttle service.
Durham offers a variety of lodging options – from charming bed and breakfast inns to luxury hotels, including several hotels that are brand new or have recently opened.
Durham is easy to navigate and offers ample on street and public parking for those who drive. There are also plenty of public transportation options including a free bus – the Bull City Connector – that stops at Duke as well as all of Durham’s hot spots.
Spend a day here.
7 a.m. – Start your day with an early morning breakfast on 9th Street
8 a.m. – Take a walk through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens
9 a.m. – Take a tour of Duke Campus via the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
11 a.m. – View works from local artists at the Durham Art Guild, or see the latest exhibits at the Nasher Museum of Art
12:30 p.m. – Get lunch on Main Street
2 p.m. – Explore the city’s heritage at the Durham History Hub
3 p.m. – Recaffeinate and refocus at Cocoa Cinnamon
4 p.m. – Window shop at Brightleaf Square
6:30 p.m. – Taste the regional barbeque or dine at a locally-sourced restaurant
9 p.m. – Watch a film at the Carolina Theatre or Full Frame Theater
11 p.m. – Indulge in dessert or drinks in downtown Durham
Plan a year here.
Jan – Give back to the community at the MLK Million Meal event
Feb – Attend Duke ASA’s LNY student showcase and commemorate the lunar new year
(Other cultural events: Hayti Heritage Festival, Durham Powwow)
Mar – Sample local eats and drinks at Bull City Food & Beer Experience
Apr – Enjoy a film screening at Full Frame Documentary Festival
Jun – See a premier performance at the critically-acclaimed American Dance Festival
Jul – Take in Durham’s great outdoors at the Festival for the Eno.
Aug – Witness emcees battle it out at Durm Hip Hop Summit
Sep – Celebrate Durham’s inclusive community at NC Pride Parade
Nov – Appreciate local arts and crafts at the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market
Dec – Experience a performance of Handel’s Messiah under the vaulted arches of Duke Chapel