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Moving to Durham, Housing and Utilities

Postdoc to Postdoc (P2P) Program

  • DUPA Postdoc to Postdoc (P2P) Program: Want help with getting settled, how to get around or where to get the best food in town? Whether you are coming from out of town or out of the country, we have postdocs here to help you make your transition. Sign up at and you will be matched to an established postdoc who can relate to your situation.
  • on renting, buying, or finding a roommate. Search by neighborhood, residence type (e.g. house, apartment, condo), and view public transportations options. 
  • Duke Community Housing--Lists a variety of rental options in the Durham area, with links to renter resources, public transportation options and housing satisfaction surveys.
  • Duke Community Housing Renter Resources--Information on moving in, safety in your home, safety going to/from campus, communicating with your landlord, living with roommates, subleasing, moving out, and legal issues.
  • International House Housing Links--Whether or not you are international, I-House has useful housing information, including a list of temporary housing options.
  • DukeList lists housing for sale and for rent, as well as household goods for sale, yard/moving sales, vehicles for sale, child care services, and more.
  • Craigslist lists housing, sublets, household goods for sale and for free, and more.
Internet & Phone Options

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Driver’s License/Motor Vehicle Registration

In North Carolina, you are required to have a NC driver’s license or state identification card before you can register your car. You must pass a written exam to be granted an NC license, even if you have a valid license from another state. Study for the exam using the NC Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Handbook.

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Childcare and Local Schools

Public Schools
Charter Schools

Private Schools

Home Schools

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Public Transportation


  • Duke offers the GoPass for $25 a year to employees, allowing unlimited rides on select local transit systems.
  • The free Duke Buses travel between Duke’s West, East, and Central campuses.
  • The free Bull City Connector loops between Duke and downtown Durham.
  • Go Durham is the Durham city bus service.
  • Go Triangle provides transportation between Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough, and Raleigh.
  • The free Robertson Scholars Express Bus travels between Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill during the academic year.
  • The Duke Housing Map shows bus stops located near Durham apartment complexes.

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Getting Settled at Duke: ID, Parking, Benefits & More

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