Off-Campus Housing

Durham, NC
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The farther away, the cheaper it may be. Public transportation is really good.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most students stay on campus for three years, but there a number of luxury apartments populated by seniors.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am married, so I was not going to live on -campus. However, my husband and I love our duplex. It is a great location for community activities, shopping, eateries etc. It's further from campus, but the safety,space and convenience is worth it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Prices are totally reasonable compared to rent prices in big cities. Lots of nice apartment buildings close to both East and West

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Its sweet, too bad you have to wait for your senior year to leave campus. Thats because duke only cares about your money, and ways to siphon it out of your pockets


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  • 278th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Since you really can’t even start thinking about living off campus until senior year, most students don’t worry about it too much. However, if you’re a big “I want my own apartment!" kind of person, you might not be thrilled by Duke's options. While there are plenty of apartment complexes close to campus, Duke and Durham lack a cosmopolitan high-rise scene that other universities often possess.

That being said, the options off campus are more than sufficient. There are many new apartment buildings, and most are reasonably priced. Additionally, there are houses for sale or rent off East Campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Popular Areas
  • Erwin Mill
  • Houses off East Campus
  • The Belmont
  • West Village
Average Rents
  • Studio: $500
  • 1 BR: $650
  • 2 BR: $800

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 42 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 43 responses

  • 9% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 9% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 51% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 30% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 42 responses

  • 40% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 36% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Extremely helpful.
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