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Duke Postdoc Buddy Program

  • Some of you are far away from family and home, or are separated from friends by physical distancing due to COVID-19.  You may be thinking, “Who would know if I am sick?”, “Who could help me?”, or “Who can I just talk to?” To help, Duke Postdoctoral Services and DUPA have established a buddy system to encourage connection between postdocs. If you are interested in having a buddy to talk to, or if you are interested in becoming a buddy to another postdoc, please participate in the Duke Postdoc Buddy Program. We will match pairs and connect you with each other.
  • NearDuke Housing--Information on renting, buying, or finding a roommate. Search by neighborhood, residence type (e.g. house, apartment, condo), and view public transportations options. 
  • NearDuke Housing Renter Resources--Information on moving in, safety in your home, safety going to/from campus, housing satisfaction surveys, 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.

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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, and 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.
  • Go Durham is the Durham city bus service.
  • Go Triangle provides transportation between Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough, and Raleigh.
  • The Robertson Scholars Express Bus travels between Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill during the academic year. Cost is $1 per ride with Duke ID.
  • 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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