Life in Durham

Life in Durham


A City You’ll Come to Love

Ranked in the top 10 as one of the best places to live by US News & World Report, Durham has something for everyone—a burgeoning downtown, quiet country nearby, and everything in between. The city is one point of the Research Triangle—which is also bound by Raleigh and Chapel Hill—both located roughly 30 minutes away. Situated in the Piedmont of North Carolina, it’s just a 3 hour drive to the mountains and a little over 2 hours to the coast.

Duke University is located in the center of Durham, so students can easily take advantage of Broadway plays at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)—which nationally ranks #4 in attendance—plus our farm to table restaurants scene, bars and craft breweries, our twice weekly farmer’s market, and boutique shopping.

Durham Living

You can live close-by to Duke, or if you prefer, you can settle down in the country, just a few miles from campus. In the heart of downtown, there are renovated lofts and new apartments close to campus and other amenities. Home ownership is also affordable and some students choose to purchase a house while studying for their PhD. Here are a few resources to help you find a place to live.

Durham Food

Being awarded “The South’s Tastiest Small Town” by Southern Living and a recent write-up in Vogue Magazine on “Why Durham is North Carolina’s Hippest City,” spells out what makes Durham’s food scene so unique. 

Durham Social

Durham is young and lively—it boasts festivals to football, art to exercise, and dog parks to kid parks. It's got something for everyone, such as music in Duke Gardens, independent films at the Carolina Theater and American Dance Festival, that converges on Durham for six weeks over the summer. Durham even has a low or high ropes course, where groups can physically challenge themselves.

Durham Outdoors

Bike on the American Tobacco Trail, hike through Duke Forest, or on July 4th weekend, attend the Eno River Festival with music, artists, and food—these are just a few ways you can enjoy the many days of sunshine and warm weather that make Durham a great place to live. The Triangle also hosts multiple road races throughout the year and fund raisers like Durham’s annual Crop Hunger Walk.

Durham Kids

Kids love the Museum of Life & Science, Duke’s Lemur Center—with the largest collection of lemurs outside Madagascar—or watching a Durham Bull’s baseball game. And when the weather gets hot, it’s off to one of Durham’s spraygrounds or blowing off some steam at the downtown skate park