"Durham offers big city activities without the big city hassle. It's the best of both worlds - you can be outdoors hiking in nature and then have dinner at a terrific restaurant. The residents here love their city, and our students often don't want to leave." —Pope "Mac" McCorkle, Professor of the Practice
Located near the center of the North Carolina, Duke University's campus spans nearly 9,000 acres. The university offers many activities for all types of interests, from professional theater, music and film festivals to exciting intramural and NCAA athletic events. Outstanding on-campus facilities facilities include:
- Sarah P. Duke Gardens, perfect for a picnic or stroll
- Wilson Center, popular recreation facility with a rock climbing wall
- Bryan Center, home to the Student Union, Gothic Bookstore and student organizations
- Al Buehler Cross Country Trail, a forested loop just right for a run or walk with friends
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When students and faculty need to relax, they often stroll through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. With many paths to explore, the gardens offer arrays of flowers and trees, a Japanese inspired teahouse, a bamboo forest, a pond with lily pads and koi fish, a giant outdoor field and other spots to enjoy.
Duke's hometown is Durham, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities. Durham, along with nearby cities Raleigh and Chapel Hill, form the Research Triangle — a growing metropolitan area of more than a million people.
Hear from graduate students in this video about life in Durham.
Nearby UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University increase research collaboration and social options. North Carolina's mild weather allows for outside fun year round. The mountains and beaches are just a few hours away from Durham by car.
Durham has gained national attention:
- 10 Best Places to Live - US News & World Report
- America's Foodiest Small Town - Bon Appétit Magazine
- Best Places for Businesses and Careers - Forbes.com
- A Corner of Durham Comes to Life - New York Times
- 34 Amazing Things That Will Make You Fall in Love with Durham, NC - Buzzfeed
Close Ties to Washington
Ideal for policy students, our location allows for easy travel to Washington, D.C., and other major East Coast cities.
The Sanford School has special relationships with D.C.-based alumni and employers who provide valuable internship and job search connections. Policymakers, politicians and dignitaries regularly visit campus, too.
We encourage you to visit our campus in person for a great Southern experience you won't forget.