Off-Campus Housing

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are required to live on campus. There are apartments that are non-Duke affiliated near the school that are good though.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off-campus and LOVE it. Including utilities, it's about the same price as living on West Campus, except that I have a two-bed, two-bath apartment with washer/dryer and dishwasher. If you can afford it/have a car, I would definitely recommend living off.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some are really good, while others are bad. But there are a lot of options to suit your needs. From the Brooklyn-esque housing in West Village to where most of the uppity kids live in Trinity Commons. You have to stay on campus for your first three years of school though.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Only some people do it because you have to live on campus for 3 years


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  • 278th
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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 45 responses

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

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 45 responses

  • 42% Not very helpful.
  • 4% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 33% Somewhat helpful.
  • 20% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 45 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.
  • 53% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 29% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
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